leahfollet

My Journey

Like many Australians, my husband Mark and I suffered from allergies and asthma growing up. As we got older, our list of ailments became longer and more complex. When I was pregnant with our first son, I put on 40 kilograms and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, despite following all the recommendations on food and exercise. Then our son was born, a perfect bundle of joy.

It wasn’t until he was 18 months old that he stopped hitting developmental milestones, struggled to communicate and couldn’t cope with normal life events. By the time we had our second son, it seemed like we were in a never-ending cycle of meltdowns, migraines, skin infections, diarrhoea, constipation, runny noses, bronchitis, sleepless nights and more. The standard Australian diet and lifestyle was slowly killing us.

When our oldest son was diagnosed as moderately autistic with an expressive and receptive language disorder, it was the wake-up call that I believe saved our lives. Like many people, we received the diagnosis and thought, now what? The pressures of our modern lifestyle had left us without a sense of intuition; we didn’t know how to listen to our bodies and restore the balance we needed in our lives. So I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach, which complemented my Bachelor of Education qualification and taught me how to create the right environment for healing and thriving.

I took a scientific approach, reading everything I could get my hands on and working with a range of healthcare professionals to manage the health problems my family faced. Along the way, I discovered that healing was as much about the physical body as it was about our emotional and spiritual state. Living mindfully and reducing self-sabotaging beliefs began to play a vital role in our lives.

It was a long and difficult journey, full of trial and error. Over the next nine years, we tried everything from eliminating foods like gluten and dairy, to trying the failsafe and GAPS diets. Slowly but surely, we moved from a modified GAPS diet to a low-carbohydrate paleo diet and began to see results. We began looking beyond physical health, to see how our environment and emotions were impacting our bodies. The changes were small and simple, but the results were extraordinary.

Today, my family’s ailments no longer control our lives and our children continue to heal, as we listen to our bodies and make changes to improve our health and wellbeing. Our recovery has made us a stronger family and taught us lifelong lessons that I’m now proud to share with others who are starting on their own journey. My qualifications as an educator and health coach have helped countless people heal themselves and their families, revitalising every aspect of their lives.


Your Personal Health Coach

The role of a health coach is to bridge the gap between healthcare providers, helping you find the physical, social and emotional imbalances that may be contributing to your illness. Through my books and speaking engagements, I help people understand nutrition and guide them towards a healthy and sustainable diet that will help their body heal naturally. I’m also passionate about increasing awareness of the chemicals we encounter in our everyday lives and the stress this places on our bodies.

A health coach doesn’t replace medical advice—they support it by looking at the bigger picture rather than focusing on one symptom, diagnosis or body part. I’m proud to help people take small but sustainable steps to reduce their use of chemicals, make informed choices about food, revitalise their body with exercise, explore their creativity and enliven their spirit with a deeper self-awareness and connection to all.

Where to Next?

While autism was the straw that broke our family and gave us the motivation to improve our health and wellbeing, for you it could be another diagnosis or simply a desire to feel more vibrant and live better, every day. No matter where you are in your journey, the same rules apply. It’s about listening to your body and taking small steps in the right direction. My goal is to be the health coach I needed during those dark times, when I didn’t know where to turn. If you’re ready to begin the healing process, I invite you to read my book and join our community of like-minded souls who will encourage you every step of the way.

“Leah is one of the most passionate, genuine and giving people I know. Her massive heart, abundant knowledge and passion is exactly what women need to help find their healing journey!”
— Dr Brett Hill, The Wellness Coach
I bought your book almost immediately, I knew it was a wise investment - but I had no idea just how much!

As often happens, it then sat on my bookshelf, untouched, until just the right time. I opened the pages a mere few days ago & haven’t been able to put it down ever since. I thought I was readying myself to learn more about Autism (I used to work in autistic schools in London, and have recently connected with an autistic student at the circus where I now work as a coach) ... I had no idea it was OH SO MUCH MORE!

You had me in tears at the dedication.

I love how the universe presents us with the perfect inspiration at just the right time. Having struggled with my own autoimmune diseases, I have been studying natural therapies & seeking healing in many different forms over these past 12 years. I have known for a while now that it’s time to re-evaluate & reshuffle the regime I’ve plateaued on of late, but I wasn’t sure where to go next. You’ve given me that answer.

A thousand thanks!!!!

Thank you for everything you’ve done, for the bravery you’ve displayed; for the determination you’ve held; for the love you’ve shared; for the flexible viewpoints allowing for individual needs/progress/learning paces/belief systems (this is so rare!!!); for the gentility & intelligence you present your findings with; the massive workload you’ve undertaken, and for the subsequent knowledge you’ve shared! For myself, and for all of humankind, I thank you dear one. You are a gem!!!

Love & light to you,
xoxox
— Adrienne, Byron Bay

“Leah is not only vibrant and enthusiastic, her outgoing personality and divine spirit is contagious! She lights up the room when she enters and leaves her mark of inspiration when she leaves. She is one of this planet’s greatest gifts!”
— Carren Smith, Motivational Speaker and Author
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“Leah is a capable and knowledgeable presenter who engages with everyone in a loving and compassionate manner. She opens her heart to all and supports our attendees in finding their own path to wellness, happiness and success. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for our next retreat!”
— Carra Bolard, Living Empowered Lifestyle Design

“Leah’s heartfelt account of her family’s incredible journey and the empowering way they navigated their way to thriving health will inspire and enliven you to your core. Autistic to Artistic is an exceptional guidebook for any parent wishing to provide wholesome, nurturing care for their little ones and themselves.”
— Pete Evans, The Paleo Way