How To Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

How To Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Desiree Taylor

Holistic Health Coach


Desiree Taylor played hockey for the NSW Women's team and was a successful businesswoman. But at age 26, she was struck down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and life as she knew it came to a crashing halt. Now, Desiree is a certified Holistic Health Coach. Read her compelling story and find out how she transformed her life.

As the great Hippocrates said; “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. I hold this quote very near to my heart, as you see food has been my medicine, it has healed me and literally saved my life!

Five years ago, I used to be the woman who raced through life at 100 miles an hour, filling up my days with endless to do lists and eating and drinking whatever I wanted. I had a great ‘life CV’. I was playing hockey for the NSW Women’s Team, working in a lucrative corporate job as a team leader for a large global recruitment firm and had a wonderful social life, partner, family and friends. In my mind, I was doing what everyone else was doing, working all day, exercising at night, eating a carbohydrate fuelled diet, falling asleep with a few glasses of wine and waking up each morning with coffee.

Desire Taylor

Desire Taylor overcame chronic fatigue and totally transformed her life

Even though I had such an active life and was playing elite level sport, I would still get allergies, cold’s and flu’s multiple times a year, headaches, irritable bowls, massive mood swings, bloating, a foggy head, muscle aches, constant fatigue, acne, excess weight, sleepless nights and I had an underlying anxiety and depression that I masked with superficial pleasures, comfort food and alcohol.

Deep down, I knew I wasn’t 100% but I was so focused on “doing” so much and “achieving” so much, that I pushed through and ignored everything my body was trying to communicate to me. I simply took the quickest fix I could get a hold of to push past the pain and mask my symptoms, so I could carry on with my day. I believed that because I was doing what everyone else around me was doing, I would be fine and healthy…….I was horribly wrong!

In 2011 at the age of just 26, I was struck down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with underlying Adrenal Burnout. My burn and churn lifestyle finally had caught up to me and I was bedridden for six months. I could not wash my own hair, I could not walk to the bathroom without my heart racing as if I was running a marathon and at times I did not have energy to talk. I had to quit my job, quit hockey and move in with my parents for support, spending all my savings on medical bills. My life had rapidly crumbled around me. Within a few weeks, I had gone from being a high achieving, successful sports and business woman to having absolutely nothing and fighting for my life.

Desire Taylor Teaching Holistic Health

Desiree Taylor Helps People Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I soon realised that unfortunately no conventional medical doctor could help me, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and embarked on a journey to help heal myself.

Over the course of the next four years, I spent every minute of every day researching everything I could about how to heal the body naturally using food as medicine and finding alternative, natural healing tools. I used my body and mind as my own laboratory to test and trial different dietary theories and concepts until I slowly, but surely started to heal.

Key Learnings

  • Food is medicine, it can either harm or heal you
  • Being healthy, is not the absence of having a disease, but the ability to wake up every single morning happy and bursting with an abundance of energy
  • Your thought, emotions and lifestyle choices, all impact your health on the absolute highest level.

My journey of healing using the power of food was a blessing in disguise and I have found a new purpose and passion in life as a Holistic Health + Wellness Coach. I educate, inspire, motivate and guide other women to make positive changes in their life that serve them on all levels and am proud to announce that I will be speaking at the upcoming 2016 Mind, Body Spirit Festival in Sydney on ‘Eating for Energy’!

Desiree Taylor’s Top Tips On Eating for Energy

  • Eat wholefoods
  • Eat good fats with every meal
  • Ditch the sugar, caffeine and white processed carbohydrates

The Carousel would like to thanks Desiree Taylor – a certified Holistic Health Coach & Founder of “Free Yourself Holistic Health Coaching” for this article.

Find out more on her youtube channel: here

4 responses to “How To Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

  1. Debra Taylor says:

    A very inspiring article Desiree.>>Congratulations on what you have achieved -wishing you success always.

  2. Cheryl Bremner says:

    Desiree Taylor I am inspired by your story. I read your article and felt I was reading some major parts of my own life. I too have gone from success in every aspect of my life to still having trouble washing my hair, going to the bathroom with my heart racing and many other small but significant difficulties in my every day life.
    I am proudly gluten free, dairy free and aim to eat 5-7 teaspoons of sugar (hidden sugar, not raw sugar) a day – I am working on Fodmaps process at the moment and hope to find something that totally works for me.
    I have 3 chronic pain conditions including the development of central sensitisation / fibromyalgia, chronic pain comes hand in hand with chronic fatigue .
    I would like to thank you for wearing your heart on your sleeve, I am proud to know you and continue to read your stories with inspiration I can one day have the energy to work again.

    • Robyn Foyster says:

      We too are inspired by your story and the fact you also shared it. We’ll pass on your lovely comments to Desiree. We are about to publish more stories from Desiree so watch this space.

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