Jaz Williams was a promising cricket player when he got diagnosed with chronic fatigue. With his sports career over, alcohol became his buffer. But his life took a positive turn when he changed his diet and gave up alcohol. Today, Jaz works as a physio, with private health coaching clients and corporate health coaching on the side.

 

I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue […] This was a very hard pill to swallow and affected my mental health greatly.

 

Initially, my journey into the health and wellbeing field was rather unorthodox.  As an 18-year-old, whilst playing cricket in the UK, I was struck down with an illness that turned out to have consequences that would shape the rest of my life. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, which resulted in regular fainting and periods of low blood pressure and heart arrhythmias that left me incapacitated and often unable to stand up and walk to the bathroom. This was a very hard pill to swallow and affected my mental health greatly, including my ability to play cricket. I gave up cricket and football, trading my weekends on the sports field for socialising and heavy binge drinking. 

Alcohol momentarily distracted me from my health predicament and gave me a short and brief shot of relief. This was only temporary, however, and certainly not a long term management strategy. The days following were horrific and compounded the fatigue, driving me into a pit of despair. Furthermore, I had exhausted all that the medical establishment had to offer me, with doctors and specialists unable to find a cause of my problem, never mind a solution.  

 

I increased the fat, eliminated the refined carbohydrates/sugar and significantly reduced alcohol. I immediately felt better.

 

In 2014, my life took a turn when I discovered a book called Good Calories, Bad Calories by investigative science author Gary Taubes. In this now infamous treatise (basically a ‘Low Carb Bible’), he thoroughly questions the mainstream dietary advice to severely restrict fat in the diet and the encouragement to replace fat with carbohydrates. Gary makes a strong case in his book that this advice is the primary driver of the obesity and type 2 diabetes that plague modern society, growing year on year. I took heed and overhauled my diet. I increased the fat, eliminated the refined carbohydrates/sugar and significantly reduced alcohol. I immediately felt better and continued to read and learn, soaking up everything I could get my hands on. I read text books on nutritional biochemistry, paleo-anthropology, and evolutionary biology. I added in specific vitamins and nutrients and I managed to get well.

On my journey, I came across a video of Grant Schofield on Youtube. He was questioning the importance of carbohydrates in the diet and echoed much of the low carb literature that I had read. He was just down the road at AUT so I stopped in and had a chat! I’ve been following the work of Grant Schofield, Caryn Zynn, George Henderson etc ever since. 

 

It truly is the health profession of the NOW and the future. I can’t recommend PreKure and this exciting profession enough!

 

When I heard these warriors were behind the PreKure initiative I jumped at the opportunity to complete the health coaching certificate. The certificate covers not only diet, but many other ‘pillars’ of health that are often neglected, such as sleep, stress management and exercise. The certificate is evidence based, with each area of speciality being covered by an expert in the area. Since graduating in late 2019, I have used many of the skills I learnt through PreKure in my own physio practise, and have since taken on additional contracting work as a health coach, working with a company that works alongside businesses to improve the wellbeing of their staff. 

Health coaches are needed now more than ever in history, with chronic diseases on the rise and health care costs continuing to put strain on health systems and the people within them. It truly is the health profession of the NOW and the future. I can’t recommend PreKure and this exciting profession enough!


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