Meet Jill Raab, our health coach!

Meet Jill Raab, our health coach!


I’ve been invited by my colleague, Dr. Jo Braid, to be a guest blogger at Braid Health.

So, I shall let you in on a bit of personal background, to put you in the picture.

We all have a story (I just love to hear people’s stories as we dive deeply into what makes them unique) and mine spans several decades! Suffice to say from the age of 4 years old I always felt a strong pull, a calling, a need, a love of helping others feel better. Simple hey?

I channelled that energy into a career as a nurse and midwife, where I was lucky enough to enjoy the diversity of working in both city and remote areas of Western Australia. As a Royal Flying Doctor Flight Nurse, I was privileged to serve in an area of a third of a million square miles providing emergency and clinic care to mining staff, aboriginal communities, station families and the general public. Prior to retiring 4 years ago, I worked in Emergency and Midwifery in a Perth hospital.  Another highlight of my career was community midwifery in England. In between times I have had the joy of raising two beautiful young men with my husband.

Now you may ask, why are you doing Health Coaching, why not enjoy retirement? Firstly, my health faltered on several occasions over the years, leading me to understand the part nutrition and lifestyle play in being not only well but feeling vibrant. From asthma and chronic fatigue, to melanoma, osteoarthritis, thyroid disease and especially the postnatal depletion I endured as an older Mum; I learned what it felt like for others.

Secondly, during the last decades I have watched the growing tide of chronic disease escalate out of all proportion.  People are suffering and it is not their fault!

My “why” crystallized one day a few years ago when, in response to an emergency call, I saw coming down the corridor of the Emergency Department a mother pushing a flushed, crying, overweight two-year-old with chest pain, in her stroller. The child was holding a red drink in her hand.
Whilst talking to her and her mother I quickly took her blood sugar level. It was that of a diabetic adult! Shock, anger and sadness overwhelmed me.

It was in that moment I realized I wanted to find a way to help people discover the simple steps they can take to feel well again. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that however retiring suddenly gave me space to recreate my role. I became certified as a Functional Medicine Health Coach, studying for 12 months with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. I learned how to leverage my extensive medical knowledge with proven coaching techniques to help you prevent or reverse chronic lifestyle induced disease. My love of learning now sees me continuing to enhance my knowledge, as I fulfil my quest for the latest science in applied functional medicine at The School of Applied Functional Medicine.

I love to work as part of a collaborative team, identifying the underlying causes of illness, helping you achieve the health goals you have set for yourself.

With my broad background in midwifery and nursing and love of people from all walks of life, I can turn my hand to coaching almost anyone.

Am I going to meet you soon?

The journey to health is one we all take when ready. I will give you a space of comfort, of safety and a place where you can be, receive and have gratitude for the complete person that you are. No matter what, I will be in your corner as you take on this challenge to feel vibrant again.

Sugar Cravings

Sugar Cravings

Do you crave sugar and sweets?

Well you are not alone. This is an oh so common challenge in our lives. In fact, it is thought to be the number one reason people “fall off the wagon” with the food they choose to eat.

Let’s talk about what drives these cravings.  Here are eight of them however there are many more.

  • Yeast infections. Yeast is chemically capable of making us crave sugar to feed itself. So, if we want these pesky infections to go away, we need to stop feeding them. That means 100% elimination of sugars/sweeteners, fruit juice, alcohol and anything made with flour. I know it’s tough, however it is critical.
  • Insulin resistance.These cravings can result from both high or low insulin levels.
  • Low serotonin. Not everyone has reduced serotonin levels however if we are on the oral contraceptive (OCP) , which results in a low vitamin B6, or an SSRI (type of anti-depressant) medication, we might struggle with controlling that impulse and surrender to these cravings.
  • An absence in our lives. Of rest, calm, acceptance, comfort, sleep, refuelling, affection or a stimulating job can trigger cravings.
  • Magnesium
  • Omega-3 fatty acids deficiency.
  • Alcohol intake or withdrawal.
  • Hypothyroid state.

If you suffer from sugar cravings try these tips:

  1. Eating more protein will help balance out blood sugar which will reduce cravings.
  2. Consuming more healthy fats found commonly in a Mediterranean diet will help you kick sugar addiction.
  3. Eating more fibre helps you stay full for longer, supports detoxification and can reduce candida or yeast symptoms in your body. Aim for 35-40 grams a day. Fibre is also important in helping with many other health issues common today. e.g. high blood pressure, constipation, heart disease and diabetes.
  4. Enjoying more sour or probiotic foods such as plain yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and apple cider vinegar can decrease sugar cravings.

 So dear friends, if this is you, we are here to help.