The art of a healthy, happy life

My Approach

Fried fish on green asparagus with salad

So while you’re reading my blog and perusing my website you may find yourself wondering, “who is this person and what’s her agenda?” Great questions, by the way, which is why I’ve created this page to explain it all!

My approach…

I believe that the secret to feeling fabulous and leading a life you love is to discover – and focus – on the things that truly nourish you and fulfill you. It’s not just the food we eat that matters. Healthy relationships, living with purpose, regular physical activity, rest and relaxation are all equally essential forms of nourishment. (You can learn more about this concept in the section below titled “Primary Food”). Keep in mind that creating your personal recipe for vitality and wellness is a very personalized endeavor. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach…and it’s definitely not about striving for perfection.

I also firmly believe that people who are chronically sick, exhausted and stressed CAN regain control of their health and lives.  Our bodies are intelligent and sophisticated beyond belief!  Given the right conditions, our bodies can recover from the damage that’s been done (at least most of the time). Not gonna lie though, it’s not always easy – and a pill is often much easier – but it’s SO worth the effort!

Now just in case you think I’m poo-pooing Western medicine, I promise I’m not.  Western medicine has saved millions if not billions of lives. When I accidentally stabbed my leg as I was making the ‘dummy layer’ of my wedding cake, did I go and make myself a salad or go for a jog around the block?  NO!  I wrapped a towel around my gushing wound and drove to the emergency room…stat!  Thank goodness for stitches, antiseptics and antibiotics. But if I can avoid a medicine or surgical procedure, I absolutely do.

So this, in a nutshell, is my agenda.  If it makes sense to you, then I guess it means that you’re in the right place! Hopefully you’ll find my website full of information and inspiration and a place where you can interact with like-minded friends. Before I end, I’d like to share two of the main principles I learned in my training that I whole-heartedly subscribe to:

Bio-individuality™: The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. It’s important to keep the principle of bio-individuality in mind as you work to make positive changes in your life. Consider your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, heredity and ancestral background when making and implementing changes.

Primary Food™: It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, rest and relaxation are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are in harmony, what you eat becomes secondary. Not to say that eating a healthy diet shouldn’t be among the top of your goals!  Just make sure you consider all the other factors in your life, too, so that you can attain that essential balance.

What in the world is a health coach?

Health coaches are a relatively new concept, so a lot of people don’t really know what they do or what the term means.  If you’re one of these people, fear not…you’re about to get the whole scoop!

Maybe the easiest place to start is with what a health coach ISN’T:

  • A health coach is not a nutritionist (in many States, doctors and dietitians are the only ones allowed to develop meal plans for their patients)
  • A health coach is not a psychologist
  • A health coach does not diagnose or treat medical conditions

Okay, so now that we got all that out of the way, here’s what a health coach IS:

  • A health coach is educated in many diverse dietary theories and can help you learn, choose and decide for yourself which foods make you feel your very best.  
  • A health coach can help you stay motivated and on track if your doctor or nutritionist prescribes a specific diet.
  • A health coach goes beyond food, to help you access where you are in your life…what’s working, what’s not.  We help you implement the changes that YOU want to make in your life, and hold you accountable to achieving your values and goals – no more excuses!
  • A health coach is an ally, a support, someone who really LISTENS and asks the questions that will have you going, “Wow! I never thought of that!”
  • A health coach provides her clients 100% confidentiality and a “no-judgement” zone.
  • A health coach can help you stop going around and around in circles, and instead, help you create a plan of action that will get you to where you want to be in your life.

In my opinion, everyone would be healthier and happier if they had a health coach…I should know because I’ve had a few!  The truth is, we all have the answers inside ourselves…only problem is, most of us don’t have the opportunity in our daily lives to really dig deep and get those answers out.  And then, when we discover our truths, it can be very difficult to stick to our convictions and follow through.  Sometimes it’s downright terrifying to go beyond our comfort zones!  That’s where a health coach can offer support – by cheering you on and holding you accountable to what you’ve set out to do.

Curious to find out how health coaching can help you in your life?  Please feel free to contact me, I would love to connect with you!