Like most, I grew up eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). I know my mother, like so many, thought what she was cooking and feeding her family was "health". I was your average weight as a child. I did not concern myself with how I looked until those young teen years. It was then that I started "dieting." It was then that I started to be concerned with how I looked. As I entered my late teens and early 20's, which was a time when "high" impact aerobics and "fat free" foods entered the market, I became more obsessed with calorie counting, and exercising so I could "burn" calories. In my mind, the less fat I eat and the more processed foods that were labeled fat free, the less calories I would need to burn. Right?
Wrong!! I did not know it at the time, this was "disordered" eating. This was how I managed my diet into my early 30's. As a full-time working mother of two small children, my health started to change. After years of depleting my body of nutrient dense foods(not because I wanted to but because that is what the food industry advertised as health), lack of sleep, and high levels of stress (due to my warped sense of perfectionism), my health,
which I thought was good, started to take a turn. I was exhausted, suffered from anxiety, headaches, digestive issues, and poor immune function. My lifestyle was slowly breaking down my body.
After many years of not feeling well, I decided to find the answers. To educate myself and make the
changes my health and life needed. To create an environment for healing so I could become well
and stay well. So I could be the best mother and wife for my family. So I could be the best version of myself. There was no single answer to this healing. It was like peeling back the layers of the onion.
Each time I found a new way to feel good, I went deeper. I had energy all day long(no more falling asleep behind the wheel on my way home from work), my digestive issues cleared, I was sleeping better, my headaches were far and few between. And best of all I stopped obsessing about calories
and food choices. It was liberating!!
While healing myself I discovered my passion and found my purpose. After many years in the ever so stressful corporate world, I decided to become a Health Coach and secured my certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011. During my training, I studied a multitude of dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods.
Nutrition and movement are very important to a healthy lifestyle, but I never realized just how important mindfulness could be to helping me take my own health to a higher level. During an eight week Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program in 2017, I became aware of just how powerful our thoughts and emotions can be on the physical body. The mind is a powerful tool to healing both physically and mentally. Where the mind goes, the body will follow. The "belief" one can heal is a powerful tool to attaining optimal health. "Life is about 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it". ~ Charles R. Swindoll
In 2018 I enrolled at the School of Applied Functional Medicine to go deeper in my education. Functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease of an individual. This is a holistic approach that focuses on the body as a whole system, identifying an individual's unique needs, with a focus on nutrition.
I have recently received my certification from the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches. The esteemed NBC-HWC credentials represents training, education, and assessment standards, allowing the profession to advance in all aspects of healthcare and wellness.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, mindfulness, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills, my knowledge, and passion for continuous learning, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
As a health coach I help you in mobilizing your internal strengths and external resources, and in developing self management strategies for making sustainable, healthy lifestyle, behavior changes. Health is a very personal thing. Only YOU know your body and what works best for you. Your journey to restore and enhance your health is one I will take with you. I will truly listen to you, inspire you, educate you, empower and re-empower you to take back your health. Not just to survive, but to THRIVE.
I will assist you to use your insight, personal strengths and resources, goal setting, action steps and accountability toward healthy lifestyle change. This is not a "one size fits all" approach. This is a targeted approach that will focus on your unique lifestyle and the choices you make to create an environment for healing your entire body.
Are you willing to take the journey to better personal health? If you are, I am ready to join you as a partner. I promise to open my heart and mind, to be present, and to listen. I will not judge you nor dictate to you. I will be your guide, and offer you hope.