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My name is Sophie Croiger and I'm a nutritional therapist, naturopath and certified GAPS practitioner.
I hold an advanced certification in Nutritional therapy from the Free Institute of Natural Medicine and Ethnomedicine (FLMNE) in Paris, a technical institution created by Dr. Jean-Pierre Willem in 1987.
I had the good fortune to complete my training under celebrated and brilliant instructors such as Dr. Ludovic Rondini, Dr. Gilles Mondolini, Dr. Michel Vinogradoff as well as the talented dietician Brigitte Mercier-Fichaux.
I am also a certified GAPS practitioner and trained under Dr. Natasha Campbell Mc-Bride herself.
The GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) certificate is awarded each year to a handful of practitioners by Dr. Natasha Campbell Mc-Bride and I am fortunate to be one of them.
You’ll find me on Dr. Natasha Campbell Mc-Bride's official website "GAPS me", under section: GAPS PRACTITIONER for France:
To learn more about the GAPS program, see section "GAPS".
I am passionate about people and teaching how to live a healthy and fulfilling life in all its different parts.
I take a holistic and comprehensive approach to the human being and I believe in the Body-Soul-Spirit connection.
Everyone is eager to live an extraordinary life. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the critical role that good nutrition plays in shaping that life.
I am curious and passionate by nature, and strive to always learn and stay informed. I never want to stop being a student.
I’ve had a difficult relationship with food since my teenage years.
I experienced eating disorders (Bulimia, hyperphagia and even anorexia).
It was obvious that my relationship with food – and myself - was not a healthy one.
I used food to fill a void, calm my nerves and for a quick source of energy.
I lived in the world of extreme behaviors, struggling with bouts of bulimia, eating to the point of purging out of guilt or restricting my food intake as a form of punishment and response to a fear of weight gain.
Both behaviors deprived my body of essential nutrients and were seriously detrimental and harmful.
I developed addictions to food restrictions, diet and low-fat products and an unsafe phobia of fat.
Deprivation caused amenorrhea, an abnormal absence of menstruation, which lasted over a year...
This was a time of great anxiety for my family who considered hospitalization, especially during my periods of anorexia and extreme weight loss.
Ultimately, I found a way out by taking the first steps into my ongoing journey of self-care.
Some years passed when, in 2009, my body started breaking down. I experienced a wide range of physical symptoms (chronic fatigue, widespread muscle and joint pain, brain fog, irritable bladder causing extreme frequency in urination and weight loss in spite of increased food intake).
After months of research and physician consults, hospital visits, biopsies, ultrasounds and a multitude of other physical exams, I was diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases: interstitial cystitis, celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, as well as candidiasis, dysbiosis, chronic EBV infection and heavy metal poisoning, and a range of nutritional deficiencies.
My body was infected and intoxicated on multiple levels.
My mother, a trained psychiatric nurse and researcher (I affectionately refer to her as my "Dr. Quinn"), eventually led me on the autoimmunity investigative path.
She probably saved my life and I will be forever grateful to her.
She had stumbled on Dr. Jean Seignalet's book Alimentation ou la troisième médecine (“Diet, the third path to health”).
The book explains the correlation between interstitial cystitis (irritable bladder), gluten intolerance and celiac disease.
I was suffering from autoimmune diseases that were causing absolute havoc on my system.
My gastroenterologist was adamant: I had to stop consuming gluten permanently.
My poor lifestyle choices needed to change. My diet was based on industrial and processed foods, fast food, refined sugar, gluten-rich products and processed wheat. I had to stop eating these things.
It was time to get my life and health back and find natural solutions to these problems.
One thing lead to another: As a passionate student of health, physiology, anatomy, nutrition, and naturopathy, I spend hours poring over books, studies and videos by physicians and practitioners, especially from the UK and US.
This is where my physiological, emotional, relational and spiritual journey began.
I finally got on the path to recovery.
I removed all that was toxic from my life, including relationships, and instead incorporated all the things I needed to function optimally and experience the best, healthiest and most fulfilling life.
I finally found my healing path by combining a root cause approach: with spiritual, emotional and relational healing, a mentality and state of mind changed, a physiological change through nutritional therapy and a healthy lifestyle.
In 2011, I created a Facebook page to share my daily experiences, gluten-free findings and information on autoimmunity, trying to reach the greatest number of people with similar experiences.
In 2013, I met Judith Albertat, the author of multiple publications on Lyme disease, a former airline pilot and now naturopath, over a gluten-free lunch in Paris.
I shared with her my passion for naturopathy and wellness. In turn, she suggested that I explore this more extensively and put myself in a position to help others.
This meeting affected me in profound ways. It gave me the confidence to pursue this professionally and begin formal study and training.
I have been practicing professionally for 5 years now.
I want to help you be the best version of yourself.
Every person is different. You are unique.
My goal is to inspire people and allow as many as possible to reach their full potential when it comes to their health.
What works for someone does not necessarily work for someone else. It’s therefore vital to tailor custom programs to each individual.
I’ll listen, hear what you have to say, provide reassurance, guidance and motivation, and help you get back on track. Together, we’ll define a set of optimal nutritional choices to maintain or regain your health and a life full of energy, strength, joy and positivity.
about me ...
1) I love raspberries, avocado, dark chocolate and mahogany.
2) I am a Christian. Jesus is my savior.
3) I'm a fan of healthy tea-time and I have a collection of mugs (#Mugaddict).
4) I love Shawn Mendes’s music. It puts me in a great mood, and I’m not really sure why. I also love Alessia Cara, Colbie Caillat, Grace and the Victory Riders, Andra Day, Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi, James Arthur, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban Michael Bublé, French violinist Renaud Capuçon and our late Gregory Lemarchal.
In Christian music I love listening to my beautiful and talented Cristelle Cloutier, Émilie Charette, Mylen Quéry, Dena Mwana, Kim Walker-Smith, Jesus Culture, Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Bryan and Katie Torwalt, Dara Maclean Petty, Lauren Daigle, Anthony Evans, Danny Gokey and the band NEEDTOBREATHE.
5) I'm a real foodie and married to a chef.
6) I have been eating gluten-free for 10 years.
7) I love to travel and discover other cultures, new landscapes, languages, food cultures and culinary specialties.
8) I'm from Brittany, in the west of France. I have a soft spot for 100% buckwheat pancakes, semi-salted butter, Alan Stivell, Nolwenn Leroy and mussels.
9) I'm quite the homebody. The best evenings can be as simple as a good movie or TV show, a good book, a gluten free meal, plaid, or tea.
10) I'm a fan of natural cosmetics, glow and nutricosmetics, aka “beauty from the inside out”.
11) Clint Eastwood is my favorite actor and director.
12) I am passionate about parasitology.
13) I love receiving chiropractic adjustments. I visit my chiropractor four times a year on average.
14) I love the city of London and I would love to live there: Double-decker buses, the energy, the British accent, big parks, healthy eating, culture, the royal family… I'm a big fan.
15) I love nature and the Dolomites.
16) I naturally have curly hair and freckles, which become increasingly noticeable in the summer.
17) I am a former professional make-up artist.
18) I love the fragrance of basil and cilantro.
19) I will consume quality animal foods with a very high nutritional density.
20) I love roses, peonies and sunflowers.
Me as a small child, in the garden of my grandfather Georges Croiger in Carhaix
Thank you : I would like to thank God, my entire family, my mother, Marilyn (my very own Dr Quinn-slash-Greta Thunberg), my loving grandmother Josette and grandfather Georges, who sadly passed in 2015 but lives in my heart forever. He gave me a sense of respect for the earth, a passion for tasty garden vegetables like leeks (yes!). And of course I want to thank my husband who makes every day better than the previous, a man who encourages me to pursue my dreams, provides much needed comfort and above all gives me unconditional love.
I want to thank my clients and readers who are the reason I do this. Thank you for reading my work, your support and love after all these years. It touches me enormously.
Our ongoing exchanges are my inspiration. I learn something through you every day.
Without you, I would not be where I am today. I am very grateful.