My Story 2017-06-06T08:56:56+00:00

MY STORY

Flashback to 2012 and Me In a Nutshell: I was completely exhausted AND overwhelmed with the prospect of having to lose 35 pounds after giving birth to a gorgeous baby girl. I decided for my sanity (and the sanity of everyone around me) that I needed to focus on my health and happiness, so I made some lifestyle changes and ultimately went back to school to become a certified Holistic Health Coach.

What a change! That seems like such a long time ago!

(I’ll give you a brief playback but my whole point is that if I can change, I promise that YOU can change and I’d be happy to help you).

So here’s what happened to me and how I dug myself out of a rut.

MY FIRST PREGNANCY

Prior to my first pregnancy, taking care of myself was very low on my priority list. I didn’t really struggle with my weight, partly because I ate well enough and love exercising. I just wasn’t focused on my health. I learned quite a bit about nutrition as a child and I grew up playing a lot of sports.

I was a division 1 athlete in college and the love of sports carried over into my adult life. I still love all things physical (running, biking, skiing, yoga, ect) and the competitor in me really liked being successful in my career. I spent 10 years working in sales and sales management at Fortune 500 Companies. At the time I loved my job and always was one of the top performers. Unfortunately, pushing myself so hard led to a lot of small health issues. I experienced bloating, digestive issues, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and brain fog. All of these little issues compounded meant that I felt pretty crappy a lot of the time.

When I was carrying my first daughter, reality set in! I realized I needed to clean up my act. I was lucky to have a mother who taught me to eat wholesome foods (obviously I should have done a better job of listening), so I began to restore the ways of my youth by eating a healthier diet.

I also started getting more sleep (helping with my exhaustion), and I learned how to fit in activities that made me feel good (reducing my stress and making me an overall happier person).

So what happened was that not only did I change my eating habits, but my lifestyle too. (Bingo: that’s the key!)

I was doing it because I thought it was best for my daughter, but the result was that I felt amazing too. I realized I couldn’t go through life super stressed, exhausted, and living on caffeine. I didn’t want to live like that anymore.

AFTER MY PREGNANCY

After my pregnancy, I wanted to learn how to take off the baby weight in a sane and realistic way. I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a Health Coach and reset my instant-gratification expectations so I could be happy in the process of taking off the weight. This was really hard for me because I am an immediate results kind of girl and I had to learn to give myself a break. The outcome was that I have a deeper compassion for this incredible vehicle we call “the body”. I found a way to eat well, enjoy my newborn baby, and get my body back without beating myself up along the way. It was such a wonderful transformation.

In fact, this new way of living rocked my world so much that I decided to give up my career in the corporate setting and make a career change – I wanted to help other men and women reach their personal health goals too.

FAST FORWARD

Fast forward to today, I currently live in a suburb of Boston with my wonderful husband and 2 beautiful young girls. Every day I still try to focus on finding the “balance” in life. I love spending time with my family, helping others attain their goals, and making time for me too.

WHY IS HEALTH SO IMPORTANT TO ME?

Everything in life is so much better when you feel good. I’m passionate about health because it spills over into the rest of my life. I have so much more energy to spend time with my family. I have the mental focus and physical stamina to run a business and wake up ready to fit in the activities that I love. For me, good health is as simple as this: I want to feel fantastic and (now that I’m a mom) teach my daughters how to be healthy and feel good about themselves from a young age.

WHY I BECAME A HEALTH COACH:

I became a health coach to remind men and women how to live well. You don’t have to give up because you haven’t found lasting results. It is possible to feel great by eating foods that make you happy and give you energy. I work with bright, successful people that just need a little push. Sometimes they just need to give themselves a break and put themselves first. Everyone deserves to feel incredible– whether that means “all eyes on you” at the next party, having enough energy to make it through the day (without slugging back coffee and eating cookies!), or feeling like you have enough time to accomplish your “to do” list!

MY EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Genuine Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health.

Combining my nutritional education, with over a decade of training and managing in the corporate setting, gives me a unique perspective on how I work with clients. I will support you and push you toward your goals. I want to give you the knowledge and ability to maintain the results after our program is finished.

WHAT MAKES HEALTH COACHING DIFFERENT?

Health Coaches are knowledgeable advisors who give you the straight talk on what to eat and how to make lifestyle changes so that you can feel completely unstoppable. I provide undoing support to you. You set the goals and we work together to make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness. We want your changes to last!

As your Health Coach, I will listen carefully to what you’re telling me about your life, what foods you hate, which ones you love, and how you like to prepare food (or not! – if you don’t like to cook, I get it, and we’ll figure out alternatives!). I’m going to help you navigate the world of confusing (and frankly, sometimes ridiculous and contradictory) nutritional advice so that we can get you on the right path and make reasonable changes. Nothing is cookie-cutter: your personalized program will be customized for you. Because of this, you are going to radically improve your health and happiness. Together, we will explore concerns that you have about your eating and lifestyle habits ~ and I’m going to show you how to incorporate simple, easy, fun tools that you can use for a lifetime. Balance is my mantra, and believe me, nothing feels better!

If you’re ready to learn more, I invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with me. During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals. Feel free to email me for an initial appointment.

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