I currently live in North Florida with my soul mate John of 22+ years, our 5 dogs, 4 horses and 3 cats (all rescues) whom are our kids and we love so much! I just turned 44 years young. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Utah with experience in home health care, hospice, counseling, and a wide variety of other things. I'm currently working on getting certified as a Life Coach. Growing and learning so much over the years into the positive, mindful and healthy person I am today, I wanted to learn more about how to help others do the same. I’ve always been a counselor of sorts and I love talking and learning about nutrition, health and well-being.
I'm so grateful that I’ve learned so much over the years about nutrition, health, and wellness- on my own, from others and from my health coaching program. I’ve come a long way and I’m always learning new ways of improving and trying new and different things. It's amazing just the small changes you can make that can really help you feel better, make your life easier and feel much less stressed. Healthy changes can bring you more motivation, energy, strength and the spirit to do the things you really want to do. It has taken years of little changes here and there to get to where I am today. I wish I'd learned about and tried healthier things a long, long time ago. I wish I knew how great it could make me feel in so many different ways, how much better I would be contributing to the environment, and how it could help me truly be healthy on the inside and look it from the outside. But I know now and that's all that matters. I've implemented all that I've learned and it's been truly life changing. It's a continuous journey!
Nutrition is very important to overall health but there's so much more, even when it comes to just eating! There's also drinking enough water, getting enough quality sleep, getting enough Vitamin D (naturally) along with other vitamins and minerals, having minimal chemical intake, having positive stress responses, having a good support system, and being as mindful as possible. All are integral parts of your overall health and wellness.
I've always been slender with slight fluctuations and challenges here and there. Because of my love for animals I finally went vegetarian for good over a dozen years ago and lost 5 lbs. When I stopped eating wheat and gluten five years ago I lost about another 5 lbs. Then when I finally kicked the cheese habit (it's literally addictive) a couple of years ago- the only animal product I still ate and really didn't want to anymore, I lost another 5 lbs. But all of it was without actually trying to lose weight! Hmm, sounds like meat, cheese (dairy) and wheat aren't that great for your weight. They're not. Nor are they good for your health. Many other things negatively contribute too in regards to food- high levels of added oils, refined sugar, salt, preservatives, chemicals, pesticides, processed and genetically modified foods. Sadly it's what a lot of foods and meals are comprised of here in the US as well as other parts of the world. And it's mind boggling and quite concerning just how closely tied and influential agriculture, animal production, biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, big money and the government really are.
However, I will never force upon anyone a certain lifestyle or any specific way of being. Any healthier choice made is a good one and I will applaud it! I never deprive myself of anything, I just try to have it in the healthiest way possible. I don't exercise fanatically, but I enjoy keeping in shape because it feels good. I do what I can because of some chronic pain issues and I'm grateful to be able to move at all. I don't believe in calorie counting or weighing out food, that's just not sustainable and it's too obsessive. I try and accept my body, mind and spirit for what it is and why God made it that way. We're not all perfect- inside or out- but we can strive for being as healthy and happy as we possibly can. It all starts with one small change at a time. Small hinges swing big doors!
As for my mental and spiritual journey, it's been a rough road at times. I've taken some left turns and I've learned a lot along the way. I believe talking about our problems can really help work through them. Doing that with a counselor/therapist/coach helps even more because they are someone who has an unbiased opinion of you, who you can trust and tell your story to, and who has the training to help. I have some advanced training in counseling and I've been to various individuals within the mental health field in the past. Honestly the best help came from those who listened well, had gone through their own struggles, and were able to truly empathize. I can do that- as a Health Coach and also as a Life Coach, which I'm currently getting certified as.
Overall, I believe lots of people could feel happier if they were healthier. Healthy people glow, give off positive energy, feel better and are attractive. It's not about actual looks, the number on the scale, or your social or economic status- and it comes from the inside. I want to do that- to help people feel better from the inside out. What are you waiting for? Give me a call! I look forward to hearing from you!