Kelly Storrs has dedicated her life to service with a drive to address global problems. Since 2011, she has shifted her focus from the geopolitical world to nutrition, first taking her health into her own hands, and then reaching out through R^3. Kelly founded R^3 to help others experience deep, rejuvenating healing and achieve their dreams of increased vitality and living life with mental clarity and joy.
When I graduated from the Naval Academy in 2009 and became a Marine Corps Officer, I should have been at an all time high. Everything was going well for me. I had finished out a very successful collegiate swimming career which took me to Olympic Trials in 2004 and led me to be named a three time Division 1 Academic All-American. I was at the top of my college class and was headed to London for two years on a Marshall Scholarship. I was also days away from marrying my amazing husband. But I was not well.
My health had dramatically declined during college. I suffered from both anxiety and depression, panic attacks, specific phobias, extreme motion sickness and fatigue. I had skin problems, scalp problems and digestive distress. I also had worsening social anxiety. I felt like I had to hide my ill health because everyone knew the successful me. I didn't have time to be sick.
Once I left the high pressure environment of the Naval Academy, I sought help. Doctors medicated me to stabilize my mental health, and I went to London hopeful that the break from the military would help me reset. While in London, I slowed my life way down and spent my days walking the city, reading fiction books and playing with my new puppy at the London parks. I started to feel better after about a year and took myself off all but birth control pills, which I went on a few months before getting married. I still did not travel well and had anxiety and motion sickness as well as digestive distress, but changing my lifestyle definitely had a positive impact on my health. My diet was atrocious, though at the time I didn't realize it. After all, I was thin and had the energy to walk 10 miles a day in London. I also took up rock climbing and skiing and climbed the Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany, with my husband and his work buddies. Despite feeling better, something still wasn't right.
In the summer of 2011, while living in Germany, my husband suggested we try the paleo diet. At first I balked at giving up grains, but being an avid researcher, I agreed to look into it. After reading several books on the science behind the paleo diet, I boxed up everything non-paleo in the kitchen and never looked back. Shortly after, I became pregnant with my first daughter. I continued eating the paleo diet throughout my pregnancy. I had a wonderful pregnancy and left the hospital at my pre-pregnancy weight. I felt amazing. My depression and digestive issues had resolved. I no longer had panic attacks as frequently, and my social anxiety had also lessened.
I learned how to cook with the aid of many wonderful paleo cookbooks that were coming out on the market at the time. Because of how much better I was feeling and how great the food tasted, my husband and I decided that this diet was now our way of life. We raised our daughter to eat only paleo-approved foods. She always ate well, relishing her meats, vegetables, and fats. I breastfed her for three years until I became pregnant with my second daughter. She was rarely ill as a result of her diet.
In 2014, two years after having my eldest daughter and 3 years after “going paleo” I developed adrenal fatigue. I was balancing working full time as a Naval Officer and often solo parenting due to my husband's work schedule. I could barely stay awake and felt like I had climbed a mountain every day by the afternoon. I had no idea what was going on, since my diet was clean and things had been going well.
My stressful lifestyle from childhood through college had worn me down and diet change only got me halfway to health. I read books about adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. I had my thyroid tested. I researched pyroluria and became convinced that I had it. It seemed like I needed to supplement, but I was nursing and wanted to have another child, so no one was willing to advise me on supplementation.
I again slowed my life down as much as possible and relied on family and my closest friends to carry me through. I had months of good energy, but after having my second daughter in 2016, I found myself right back in the thick of adrenal burnout. While researching pyroluria for the hundredth time, I came across nutritional balancing. My practitioner was confident that she could help with my concerns. She was eager to work with me and my children, rather than put off by the fact that I was breastfeeding. I sent in my hair sample and started right away.
While on a nutritional balancing program, I have felt emotions, infections, and toxins release in various ways. My first retest showed that I was actively dumping toxic metals out of my body and had released a large amount of manganese. Seemingly overnight, my debilitating motion sickness and associated anxiety vanished. A few months later my energy came surging back. No doctor had ever provided hope that my motion sickness was correctable or that there was any real problem with my hormones. Through Nutritional Balancing I found a new outlook on life, and I once again look forward to adventuring with my family.
My immediate family is also on a nutritional balancing program, including my two young daughters and husband. Nutritional balancing helped heal my youngest daughter's enlarged kidney from in utero without the need for corrective surgery or invasive testing.
We are expecting our third daughter in October 2018. I have followed a complete nutritional balancing program throughout this pregnancy with no complications or concerns. We are planning our first home birth and trust that nutritional balancing has helped prepare my body and our baby girl for a joyful entrance into this world!
One year after starting my healing through nutritional balancing and resigning from the U.S. Navy to focus on my family, I studied under Dr. Lawrence Wilson and became certified in Nutritional Balancing Science. Additionally, I hold a B.S. in History from the United States Naval Academy, an M.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK, and an LLM in Public International Law from The London School of Economics and Political Science. I started R^3 to share nutritional balancing with others who need a voice of hope and encouragement to take their wellness into their own hands.