ABOUT SARAH WRAGGE

My Story

I spent most of my youth in and out of doctor’s offices with chronic digestive and health issues. It wasn’t until my late 20’s that a holistic nutritionist made the connection between the foods I was eating and my symptoms. By simply changing my diet, the health issues I had battled my whole life disappeared. This is the inspiration for Sarah Wragge Wellness.

WHILE OTHER GIRLS WERE HAVING FUN

sunbathing or barbecuing at our apartment complex, I spent my afternoons in gastroenterologists’ offices, one after another. By the time I was 18, I’d had a colonoscopy and two upper endoscopies which showed nothing wrong. I was prescribed every antacid under the sun. The doctors experimented with different doses and brands, but nothing worked.

In college my hands and knuckles became constantly sore and inflamed. At first I wrote it off as a sports injury from years of playing field hockey and jammed fingers during basketball games, but finally my mom took me to one of the top orthopedists in Washington, D.C., who said that I most likely had rheumatoid arthritis.

THE DOCTOR WAS QUICK TO PRESCRIBE A POWERFUL MEDICATION 

called methotrexate, which I later learned is an immunosuppressant and chemotherapy drug used to treat certain types of cancers. The medication has serious side effects, and the doctor wasn’t even sure if what I had actually was rheumatoid arthritis. I remember sitting in that room as the doctor read one of them: skin turning a grayish tone after exposure to direct sunlight. I opted not to take the medication.

In my 20’s, my health issues continued. My newly launched career in sales, fueled by late-night client dinners of steaks and martinis and not enough sleep, definitely didn’t help. One day on a lark, I decided to do a juice cleanse with a colleague from work, and I started to notice how food affected me. Looking at my plate I could predict the consequences: pizza caused a night of agony and fire; a turkey sandwich turned into instant bloating; that steak dinner meant the pipes were clogged for days.

ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO I HIT A WALL

Fed up with feeling so lousy, I went to an acupuncturist who, after taking one look at my eyes and tongue said that I had “text-book” candida, which is an over-production of yeast. It was causing inflammation throughout my body, including in my digestive tract, and persistent ear infections and swollen joints.

Even though I’d noticed how I reacted to certain foods, I’d never made the connection between dietary choices and illness. Nutrition wasn't even a thought, or a question.

A HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH WHO CHANGED MY LIFE

put me on a candida protocol cleanse for 60 days. I cut out sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dairy and gluten. My diet became mostly plant-based, and I learned about food combining. I invested in a Vitamix and I started making smoothies. I started incorporating infrared sauna sessions and colonics.

Within two weeks I tossed the Prevacid. I started sleeping soundly through the night and — the coolest thing — my hair started growing like crazy. My body became leaner and longer because there was no inflammation simmering under my skin. I had boundless energy — so much so that sometimes I couldn’t fall asleep at night. The eye-opener was that giving up many of the things I’d been eating most of my life, and replacing them with whole and unprocessed foods, didn’t make me feel like I was missing out on anything. I felt nourished in a whole new way.

I FELT LIKE A NEW ME — AND IT WAS TRULY INCREDIBLE

I was determined to continue leading a healthier lifestyle while connecting with clients and building professional relationships. So I traded in martini and steak dinners for Sweatworking, a company I created to host fitness- and wellness-themed networking events. Right away I could see the positive effect as people began connecting in a truly “feel good” environment, making more genuine connections through the shared experience of challenging themselves to complete the class. Feeling truly transformed in all aspects of my life, I decided to get my degree from the renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition — and turn my health crisis into a career that helps people. 

In my holistic wellness practice I teach women and men about the powerful connection between nutrition and wellbeing – mind, body, and soul. My programs are designed just like a personal training program — starting with a clean approach to your diet, and tailored to your very individual needs and goals.

THE SARAH WRAGGE

Wellness Approach

There is a barrage of information floating around the wellness world. It's overwhelming and leaves people more confused than informed. I believe in a wellness approach that treats more than the symptoms, and addresses the root cause of the issues instead. With the right information, plan, and support, you can experience a true health transformation like I did.

THE METHOD

Education

CERTIFIED HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, 2013 

The world’s most prominent nutrition school with a 25-year history of educating health practitioners on the full scope of dietary philosophies, including ancient Eastern practices, modern Western modalities, proprietary holistic concepts, and lifestyle factors.

CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION COACH, Mind Body Green, 2020

Taught by the country’s most prestigious functional physicians that include Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Joel Kahn, and Dr. Frank Lipman. The curriculum is a scientific deep dive into gut, brain, heart, and hormone health, in addition to the interconnectedness of the body’s dysfunctions and healing potential.

OTHER CREDENTIALS

Co-host of The Inside Scoop

Co-host of The Way with Stacey Griffith

Corporate Wellness Speaker at Mt. Sinai and American Securities

Contributing Nutrition Editor for Style of Sport

Wellness Concierge at ITKE