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Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise.
The Sweetie Pie Story
Sweetie Pie is the creation of radio personality, writer and therapeutic musician Kelly Ann Monahan. Her father, Joseph, referred to her as his "Sweetie Pie" from the time that she was a little girl up until his passing in 2010. As the result of Kelly's long, difficult health journey, in addition to the inspiration of her father's life, she started Sweetie Pie® Health & Harmony with the goal of inspiring others to achieve better health through clean eating. With a background in music, Kelly also incorporates the healing power of music for its therapeutic effects.
As a child, her father took her from doctor to doctor trying to get the correct diagnosis for a myriad of physical symptoms. Her first gastroenterologist appointment was when she was 11 years old, followed by a spectrum of other specialists from urologists to neurologists for many years. It wasn't until recent years, though, that she was correctly diagnosed by a rheumatologist - followed by a geneticist - with an under-diagnosed connective tissue disease resulting in faulty collagen synthesis called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Because collagen is found throughout the body, it affects the whole body. This was after a lifetime of going in circles: invasive testing, procedures, surgeries and endless medical appointments, physical therapies and other medical specialists. Once diagnosed correctly, the whole protocol - including the many exercises that she had been doing at physical therapy since her childhood - was changed. In the meantime, Kelly spent her childhood and teenage years overloaded on various medicines (including way too many antibiotics) and, consequentially, developed additional physical symptoms resulting from the side effects of all those medications. Not only was she not getting better; Kelly was getting worse.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
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In faith during the years, she started learning as much as she could about nutrition, natural health, healing protocols and supplements. Kelly was already reporting on health and medicine for radio, so she delved into the natural health world even more. Kelly read and read...and read. It was quite the learning curve for many years! In the midst of it all, she traded things like pain pills for fresh ginger. Kelly traded things like acid reflux medication for aloe vera juice. She eliminated gluten from her diet, and she began avoiding sugar. Oh, and Kelly lost about 80 pounds in the process.
By nourishing her body properly and dialing down the inflammatory load through clean eating, Kelly can manage her condition and the physical pain way more effectively. She eventually decided to get her formal health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, and became a board certified integrative nutrition health coach. Then, she started creating her own healthy recipes! And on that note, Sweetie Pie was born.
Soon, Kelly realized - with a background in music as a singer/songwriter and therapeutic musician - that incorporating music into Sweetie Pie® Health & Harmony would work very nicely considering the powerful effects of music on the body! Music is beneficial for stress management, pain management, lowering blood pressure and more. She incorporates the gift of song into her inspirational speaking engagements.
Before she knew it, Kelly was a re-occuring guest on TV in Nashville, whipping up one of her clean-eating, gluten-free recipes! She then started getting featured in various articles such as Nashville's largest newspaper The Tennessean!
Kelly also is an health advocate for those suffering from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. In 2014, she formed the first-known EDS support group in the state of Tennessee, going on to solidify representation for the tissue disease at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.