Develop an appetite for healthy food…

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming or boring – it’s a journey full of interesting, rewarding and tasty surprises.

What is a Health Coach?

I will hold you accountable so you can tackle your health goals once and for all and feel supported in the process – it can be a tough road to go alone!

As a yoga teacher and general wellness enthusiast, I often get asked the question: “Is this healthy?” I remember my days of confusion about what to eat in order to feel energized, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid digestion issues (my three main health goals). I sought advice from nutritionists, published health experts, acupuncturists, yoga teachers, and other professionals in the world of health and wellness and experimented extensively on my own before being able to answer that question confidently for myself. Along the way I had to sort through a lot of contradictory information about the wrong/right foods to eat, as well as misleading marketing and propaganda behind certain food products, supplements and dietary advice. The more sense I made of everything, the more I started to give unsolicited advice to interested friends and family and discovered that I had a passion for helping people develop a simple and clear approach to eating well.

The other problem is that most nutritional advice tends to overlook lifestyle choices that affect our health and the way we eat such as our jobs, relationships, creative outlets and activities. Many diet or health programmes are pre-packaged and don’t take into account our individuality – we all have unique needs. In my experience, nutritionists could prescribe certain foods to eat based on symptoms I described (bloated belly, fatigue, weight gain for example), but didn’t provide support in making those dietary changes or take into account lifestyle habits that needed to change to sustain a healthy routine. Medical professionals like doctors could prescribe treatment but didn’t have the time to help me pinpoint the source of my problems. This is where a health coaching fills a void…

It can be a nutrition jungle out there and I want to help clear a path for people with health concerns, which is why I became certified as a Holistic Health Coach.  A health coach is a personal guide that helps make food concepts more familiar and accessible.  A health coach is a cheerleader who is on your side when it comes to prioritizing your health over anything else. A health coach is a mentor and advisor who encourages you to develop the tools and intuition you need to make healthy choices for yourself for the rest of your life.

My Approach

I believe that: Healthy Tummies=Healthy Bodies=Healthy Minds=Healthy People=Healthy Planet!  And I’d like everyone else to be passionate about that too.  

Different health coaches will operate differently so here’s what makes me unique.  Through my personal experience and observations coaching others, I’ve targeted that stress management is a key issue that must be confronted when taking care of your health and use my background in yoga and meditation training to address this more deeply with clients.  I have also discovered that learning to cook is imperative when creating a healthy routine and provide easy, practical advice on how to get started in the kitchen and excited about cooking simple, healthy meals that taste great.  I coach my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline.  Here’s how I work:

  • I use a personalized, holistic approach that looks at lifestyle as well as food choices
  • I’m not into counting – especially calories, carbs and kilos – no maths or scales here
  • I love food and will always provide tasty alternatives to sugary or processed ‘treats’
  • I believe in breathing and moving and can coach you on simple yoga and pranayama exercises
  • I believe in making food choices that support the environment – eating local is the best
  • I want to prove that healthy eating is affordable and economical – we’ll seek thrifty solutions

As a client of my health coaching programme, you will…

  • set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
  • work to achieve and maintain a healthy physique
  • understand and reduce your cravings
  • increase your energy levels
  • feel great in your body
  • learn about new foods and how to easily incorporate them into daily eating
  • improve your personal relationships
  • discover the confidence to create the life you want

To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule an initial health 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.

Or click here to learn more about how to work with me.

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My Health Background

A problem-solver with a passion for holistic health and the environment, I have dedicated most of my adult life to exploring and researching alternative approaches to health and eating that are kinder to our bodies and to the earth. And now I’d love to help you.

Some things have been consistent in my lifetime (I was always the family mediator, always singing, always spotting the butterflies in nature), but many things have changed. I grew up eating mostly hamburgers, bagels, processed cereal and a lot of Diet Coke. I took gymnastics for a year before giving up because I felt embarrassed looking at my less than lean body in a leotard. Over time, I realized that food affected my mood and that traveling and learning to cook was a way to be more adventurous and wise with my food choices. I also learned that I love to move and be athletic despite not having natural flexibility and grace. I now avoid fast food chains, love exotic food and have a collection of crazy tight yoga pants that I teach in. Who knew that would happen?

I am someone who maintains a very busy lifestyle and used to do this to the detriment of my health. In the past, friends, yoga teachers, and nutritionists would tell me I was ‘stressed’ but I didn’t link the most obvious of symptoms (fluctuating weight, poor digestion, tightness in my chest, fatigue, headaches, etc.) to the way I was living my life. Once I hit my thirties, this was impossible to ignore and I knew I needed to take action.

In this nonstop, mobile, modern world where we hardly have a moment to hit the pause button, we have grown to accept ‘being stressed’ as a part of life. We accept that we won’t feel great all of the time and that most of our issues are conditions we have to deal with alone or that require medication. We have come to believe that time works against us and that there is simply no space to incorporate healthy routines into our schedules that would make us feel better. In short, we have dangerously put our health on the back burner, somehow convincing ourselves that we’ll be okay if we ignore the very signals pointing towards a need for change.

Well, let me let you in on a little secret – there is always a natural route to feeling better.

I have lived in several ‘stressful’ cities, relocated countless times across Europe and the USA, completed a Master’s degree, developed a full-time career in the media industry, and maintained many hobbies and relationships over the past ten years. Even when I let stress get the best of me, I never gave up trying to find a solution to improve how I felt. At some point, I realized that it was in my hands to create balance and healthy habits to keep all those balls up in the air (maybe willingly drop a few), have fun and stay healthy in the process!

My Training

I received my health coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in numerous dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle 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; Geneen 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.

Below are some concepts covered in my training that we will explore during our work together:

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. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I’ll support you to make positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, and ancestral background.

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 and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary.

Integrative Nutrition™ Plate: The Integrative Nutrition Plate emphasizes the importance of local and organic produce, whole grains, high-quality proteins, plant-based fats, and water. It shows you how a plate should appear at mealtime and emphasizes the importance of proportions and portion size. To complete the picture, the plate is surrounded with lifestyle factors that create optimal health: relationship, career, physical activity and spirituality.

You can learn more about my training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Disclaimer

Please note that I am not a certified nutritionist or a medical professional.  If you have a serious health condition requiring strict dietary regulations, it is best to seek help from a qualified nutritionist recommended by your primary care physician.  As time goes by more and more health coaches are working alongside doctors and nutritionists to provide additional support for those who need to make changes to improve their overall health and to assist those seeking alternative solutions when options feel limited.   If there is anything I have learned on my path to wellness, it’s that sometimes ‘it takes a village’ and I am grateful to the team of people who have played a role in educating me and supporting me to take my health into my own hands.

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