My parents did not believe, much less understand about eating healthy. In fact, what I can remember most is eating peas and string beans out of cans and not eating much of them or for that matter, much else. Food was a turn-off unless it was sweets! Growing up in the fifties and sixties, there were not a lot of restaurants, so home cooked meals which were, for the most part, tasteless or overcooked, were my only food options. My father owned a retail business and worked long hours, six days a week, and my mom helped him in the business and/or seemed to do a lot of napping. I was pathetically thin, had an underactive thyroid, suffered from insomnia and was often stressed and depressed. I wonder why. . . Could it be lack of balance?
Balance is key. So allow me a moment to digress from my story a bit. It’s not just about what you eat that makes you healthy which are our secondary foods. That is certainly a major part of of it – - especially for children. Those developing cells require healthy nourishment so we have a solid foundation to built our health upon We also require strong primary foods – exercise, relationships, career, and spirituality. That’s where balance comes in.
As an adult, I learned to enjoy a variety of foods and, for the past ten years, most of what I ate was organic. I exercised religiously, however, spiritually I was a mess. I was a workaholic – working seven days a week, most months of the year, for over 15 years. I didn’t sleep well and I ate so fast I rarely enjoyed food unless I went out to eat. Most importantly, I had a daughter that from day one, viewed life as an seemingly insurmountable struggle. I was her only parent, so I had the constant burden of making sure she was OK, and consequently, neglected myself.
Four years ago I was diagnosed non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I know what you are probably thinking. Why? How? “You ate so healthy why did this happen to YOU?” Though I cannot clinically prove this, I believe I ‘created’ cancer because what I lacked in my life was BALANCE! Cancer is an inflammatory disease that thrives in a stress laden environment. Day after day, month after month, year after year untold stressors were creating the perfect storm for cancer to develop. I needed to learn how to let go and start focusing on me – having fun, developing relationships, as well as creating a connection with my higher self.
My education and training as a health counselor has really brought the need to having this mindset and attitude to the forefront. I’m not perfect. In fact I do have relapses, but awareness is the first step to change and isn’t really about progress not perfection? I make a major effort NOT to work seven days a week; I’m in a committed relationship, and I’m learning how to allow my now 27 year old daughter to experience life. I’ve become aware that if I can put even half the focus I put on others onto myself, I can have a rich, full, balanced life.
To be honest, I never thought at 64 years old I would feel better then I did at 30! I’m not here trying to sell you a dream; this is a story of someone, that for many years, had no quality of life. Today I have a road map of how I can maintain balance in my life, or better stated, I am usually able to tune in to my life’s rhythm and know which food, primary and/or secondary, needs to be addressed. The beautiful thing is that I don’t look at my life and think why did I make all those mistakes. I prefer to think that mistakes are life’s way of telling us to change direction. Didn’t my mistakes lead me to where I am today? And today I am cancer free and doing what I love: Helping people examine their nutritional options concurrent with having a life of joy and gratitude. What’s better than that?
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “road map to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
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I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. Based in New York City, Integrative Nutrition® is the largest nutrition school in the world. The school offers the world’s leading Health Coach Training Program™ and teaches over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and cutting-edge coaching methods.
Integrative Nutrition is the only nutrition school to integrate all the different dietary theories and provide comprehensive coaching and business training. Health Coaches from Integrative Nutrition’s world-class training program learn from top experts in the field of health and wellness including Dr. Andrew Weil, Geneen Roth, Dr. David Katz, Dr. John Douillard, Dr. Mark Hyman, and David Wolfe among many others.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and the importance of preventive care. Drawing on my education and experience, I work with clients to help them make the dietary and lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
Are you ready to become the YOU you were meant to be? Schedule your Look & Feel 20 Years Younger Breakthrough Session – begin your transformation! The fee is $147. I am offering this powerful session for $47 through the end of the month.