Hi, I’m Brianna A.K.A Brie! I am a Celiac Health Coach. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease, I realized that I wanted to be the person I wished I had when I was struggling. That is why I started my business, Coaching by Brie. My goal as a coach is to help people with Celiac Disease heal their gut and navigate the gluten free lifestyle. I understand first hand how lonely and frustrating it can be when you are diagnosed with this disease. Things that were once effortless and enjoyable such as going out to eat or enjoying holiday meals with family, becomes extremely stressful. I remember in the beginning stages I felt like I had no control over my life, like I was in the passenger seat, but after a lot of hard work, effort, and persistence I learned that I am fully in control of this disease. I want to help others make these same realizations and take these same steps I took toward living their best *gluten free* life.
I grew up and still currently live in Long Island, NY. I am the youngest of 4 and the only girl, so naturally I've been a tom boy my whole life. I played so many sports growing up from basketball, to volleyball, to tennis, to baseball, even tackle football (because I wanted to be just like my brothers), but my absolute favorite was lacrosse!
Country roads take me home...
After high school, I went to West Virginia University, but that only lasted one semester. Looking back, I went away to college for all of the wrong reasons. I think what seniors should really be doing straight out of high school is finding themselves and really figuring out what they want for the future. Unfortunately, so many people end up in a career they don't even like and they're so deep into debt!
You have to lose yourself to find yourself
So I realized that college wasn't for me, but I still wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do with my life. However, I knew I needed to get a job if I wanted to keep living under my parents roof. I went back to the job I had in high school at a local bagel store. I worked there for 3 years and I had some other random jobs in the food industry, until one day I woke up and decided I wanted to try something else. That something else was joining the Building Trades. Yes, that's right, I worked in construction! I was a Sheet Metal Worker for a little over a year, before I had to take a medical leave of absence. I had already been diagnosed with Celiac and Hashimoto's a few months prior, but now I was diagnosed with Dysautonomia and Heavy Metal Toxicity from over exposure at work. And that pretty much takes us to present day... I spent a few months getting my life back on track and finding true health and happiness like I had never experienced it before. Along that journey, I found my purpose in life. I was born to help other people facing the difficulties I once faced. That's what led to me where I am today!