In a search to find the cause of her daughter’s eczema, Amanda Saffer found a new pursuit of her own: Wellness.
“We were trying to understand the underlying condition that was causing her so much discomfort,” recalls the Tucson mom of two. “Many doctors told us it was genetic and to rub a little cortisone cream on it, never addressing the root problem.”
Saffer conducted her own research, finding clinical studies that link certain foods with eczema flare-ups. She also consulted a naturopathic doctor, who ran several tests and found her daughter did have food sensitivities. An elimination diet helped “pinpoint the culprits” and her eczema began to diminish. Saffer herself noticed brain fog, exhaustion and a touch of the blues after age 40. A naturopath found that she was low in several vitamins and minerals and wasn’t eating properly. “A few tweaks and about 30 days, I was back to feeling like myself…,” she says.
Her new namesake company, Amanda Saffer Wellness, is what has emerged from her quest for answers. “It was the knowledge I had learned and my unquenchable search for more that propelled me into enrolling in the largest nutrition school in the world, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and it’s been a worthwhile journey ever since.”
As a health coach, Saffer now offers options from a pantry reboot to healthy cooking demonstrations to more in-depth wellness sessions. She recently created a healthy eating guide for one of her college-bound clients. Her new website, AmandaSafferWellness.com, also offers healthy recipes and a blog where she tackles topics such as sugar intake and self-care.
“Nutrition is my hot-button,” Saffer says. “So many diseases are linked to a poor diet, and it’s amazing how making just a few tweaks to your diet can help you feel so much better.”
Saffer especially has some take-home ideas for multi-tasking moms, whom are often the last to take care of themselves:
- Put yourself at the top of your to-do list every single day, and the rest will fall into place. That could mean making a list and prioritizing your day.
- Take 10 to 20 minutes to get outside for a walk or take in the sunshine.
- Take a relaxing Epsom Salt bath.
- Watch your sugar intake, eat healthy fats for brain health and reduce processed food from your diet.
“We all have our struggles, no one is perfect, and…so many of us feel the exact same way,” Saffer says. “I have met with so many clients…who share the same exact ailments. And every time, it seems to boil down to the fact that we are not taking proper care of ourselves, not eating or sleeping well and are flipping exhausted. I know how good it feels to feel well again, what it takes, and I’m excited to share that knowledge with others.”