Several years ago, Laurie Pinard was working around the clock, employed in the highest level of politics. Her days started early and ran late. When she was hungry, she headed to the McDonald’s drive through window. When the weekend arrived, she spent most of it lying in bed, sapped of energy.
She had known since her 20s that something was off inside of her. She pushed it aside, over and over, continuing to push forward and rise in her career. She was living the dream. She had a high-powered career, a fancy car, designer clothes and handbags, and nothing was going to stop her.
In 2009 at the age of 40, Laurie lost everything. Crippled by the overwhelming and unrelenting pressures – both internal and external – Laurie went off the rails and her career came to a screeching halt. Finally, she was forced to get help, and begin to make the changes she needed to make to restore her health – both mental and physical. Laurie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, as well as with having painful ovarian cysts.
“My journey first began when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. As a path to health and recovery I used micronutrients, a healthy diet, yoga and a lifestyle change. Today, at 46, I am 50 pounds lighter and am taking Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and beginning yet another part of this life-changing journey,” Laurie says.
Last year, Laurie began thinking about what could be causing her ovarian cysts; while she has the option to remove them, doctors warned that they would likely return.
“I had no idea that an unhealthy diet could contribute to an overabundance and imbalance of hormones in my body. But it wasn’t just diet, it was plastic, make-up, laundry detergent, household cleaners, food containers, pharmaceuticals, and even the water I drink,” she says. “I had battled mental illness, now it was time for me to battle toxins and other chemicals in my environment, food, and everyday products.”
She remembered hearing about a new store that had opened near Ikea and focused on healthy products. “Since I live on a small budget, I needed to start small and build over time. So, I came to terra20 to begin this new journey.”
During her first visit, she met Josée, who helped to point her in the right direction. The first item she bought was a new toothbrush and some Green Beaver toothpaste. (“Who knew about all the gunk they put in toothpaste? I certainly didn’t.”) That was followed by a facial cleaner (the Andalou Naturals Revitalizing Lash + Lid Make-Up Remover), Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, Zuii Certified Organic Flora Liquid Foundation, Zuzu Luxe Blush in Haze, both the Zuii and Zuzu lip glosses, and Bare English & Co. Lip Balms.
"Honestly, there is so much to learn and I’m so excited to do so! The assistants at the store are always so helpful, knowledgeable, and patient with me. Each time I visit, I learn something new. 2015 is going to be a fantastic, healthy, and educational year. I’m going to become a Hatha Yoga Teacher. I’m working very diligently at cleaning up my diet – I’m even taking nutrition classes with Dr. Joel Villeneuve. And, I’m beginning my education on greening up my own environment (both body & home) with the help of terra20."
“I feel like I’ve come so far from where I used to be and how I used to think. I know I’m definitely in the process of making the switch to a healthier lifestyle.”