It took me a long time to understand that being healthy meant much more than weighing a certain number on the scale or being a certain dress size. That to be truly happy I needed to nourish my soul and my own well-being. That out of all of the relationships in my life, the one with myself was just as important.
My plummeting self-esteem began when I was about 12 years old. I mysteriously gained about 30 pounds in 3 months. The doctors couldn't figure it out and told my mother "she's probably hiding food under her bed." But I wasn't. So I was put on diet pills and all kinds of diets. Nothing worked. The battle with my weight continued and set me off on that path of never feeling that I was quite good enough. Of always thinking, "If I could only lose 10 or 20 pounds then I'd be happy”~ believing that happiness was just a dress size or bikini body away.
As I got older, I started getting all of the symptoms associated with aging. Arthritic fingers and hands, unexplained weight gain, sore hips, fatigue and I was conditioned to believe this was the way it was meant to be, just part of getting older. I then went through my second divorce, which was soul crushing and left me feeling like a failure, again! I started feeling tired, used up, and my self-esteem took another nosedive. I needed to be my own client and apply all that I had learned studying Feng Shui, Wabi Sabi, and nutrition to my own life.
You see, while working as a Feng Shui Practitioner I realized the importance of helping my clients with their own personal health as well as working with their environment, but I felt that I lacked the tools. To be able to add that element of personal health and wellness to my consultations, I went on to attend the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, studying with the likes of Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; and Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University, to name a few.
Soon clients began coming to me to seek out health and wellness coaching and it didn't take long before it became evident that most of their issues (weight, stress, insomnia, IBS, etc.) had a root problem, and it wasn’t necessarily with food or lack of exercise. It was a combination of things. But more often than not, that root problem seemed to stem from troubled relationships; first and foremost, the one we have with ourselves. The feelings of “not being good enough” in one area or another was the common denominator. This naturally led to working towards personal growth, acceptance, forgiveness, self-esteem, knowing our worth, and knowing that we are love and lovable.
What do I want for you?
I want you to finally feel at home in your own skin. To love your body whether it's a size 2 or a size 20. To know that you are worthy, to know that you are here for a reason, to live life fully and revel in your own individuality. To accept and embrace your perfectly imperfect self so that you can focus on what’s truly important, living a healthy and happier life. To be you. No apologies necessary.
When we “re”view our past by changing the way we look at it, and becoming the author of our future, healing and transformation can take place. This is done by combining nutrition and mindful eating, working with Feng Shui, adopting a Wabi Sabi mind-set, journaling exercises, visualization techniques, conscious breathing exercises, guided meditation, practicing gratitude, self-love and self-care techniques.
For me, after making simple lifestyle changes, taking time for self-care, working on forgiveness and self-love, eating more whole foods and taming my sugar addiction, I feel better than I have in years. Of course, I still have my ups and downs, but I can honestly say the ups outweigh the downs and are much more consistent!
Everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you. It's all about bio-individuality and discovering our own needs and solutions. My goal is to help you find what makes you feel your best, what makes you function on high. I want to help you get back your energy, your passion for living, to develop a healthy positive relationship with your body, food, the people in your life, and a newfound love and respect for your self.
A Health Coach is your partner, it is an interactive process. I’ll be there to guide and support you. So get ready, we’re going on this adventure together.