What is a Health Coach?
Health coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. We are a resource in the field of wellness, and act as a supportive mentor that motivates an individual to enrich positive health choices.
Find Your Balance
Clients tell me all the time that “I know what I need to do to be healthier.” So why aren’t they doing it? We all know what we need to do or at least have an idea of what a healthier version of ourselves looks like.
I help high-achieving, overworked individuals find balance in their lives. I guide them through their obstacles on a course to discover balance and success.
If you are determined and ready to reorganize your life then there is no need to wait. The time is now!
I don’t believe in diets, extreme workouts, or will power. Instead I embrace eating tasty foods, exercise you love, and indulging in life’s beauty. Let’s do this together!
Certified through Integrative Nutrition as a Health Coach
Studied plant-based nutrition at the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Completed Rochester Lifestyle Medicine 6-week course.
Rouxbe Plant-Based Cooking Course
Certified through The National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS)
Hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a second Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology
Im looking forward to studying with Victoria Moran of Main Street Vegan this fall in NYC
My life changed at 31
At 28 I was not the healthiest version of myself. I overworked, carried 40 pounds of extra weight, experienced chronic lower-back pain, and constipated and bloated every day. I was confused and perplexed: Why did my workouts lack results? I exercised three times a day (gym in the morning, 5k run at lunch, and boxing after work) and wasn’t seeing the results that I desired. I had been taught weight loss was all about calorie counting, and many individuals were making a lot of money off this concept. So then why wasn’t it working for me???
Then something started to happen: I began to embody the belief that my health situation was all about aging and genetics. Older friends reinforced this with the additional outcry, “Wait until you hit 30, then it really gets bad!”
They were right. I turned 30 and in addition to everything explained above I didn’t have the same soft tissue recovery after my workouts. I woke up sore and stiff. Wow, so these are what my genes are giving me? I’ve become my parents.
My outlooked change in 2009 (age 31) when I was given a gift. One of my colleagues burned me about a dozen CDs of T. Collin Campbell’s book The China Study. (Yes, I am embarrassed to admit that my first copy was pirated, but proud to say I now own a legally legit version.) I listened intently and the research moved me to experiment with my eating habits. I didn’t embrace it completely, but I was willing to make a change.
I didn’t adopt a plant-based diet at first. My progression to plant-based was gradual. My first decision was to go four weeks without eating meat. I had just seen the movie Food Inc. and I was looking for another reason to break from meat. This was it. I removed meat and deep-fried cooking from my menu options and focused on vegetables, grains, legumes and fruits. I did have the occasional egg and dairy. I still was concerned about protein.
For me, at that time the idea of giving up meat was scary. I thought I was going to be protein deficient. I wasn’t going to have enough energy to exercise, and even more unsettling, my physical appearance was going to resemble frail and sick. I didn’t want to die, so I held onto eggs and dairy for protein security, and gave it a go.
The first three weeks were HELL. It was a definite struggle. I made this decision not having any strong culinary skills. At the beginning of this my tally counted double the kitchen fires compared to finished edible meals. The first week, I was eating raw vegetables accompanied by tofu or a variety of canned beans. Eating wasn’t fun and had no flavor, and I was always craving and hungry.
But I had set a challenge for four weeks of meatless eating and I was determined to finish. I needed to develop stronger kitchen skills in order to survive. So I began with a Google search: vegetarian recipes.
I increased my time in the kitchen, making lots of mistakes and learning from all of them. It was overwhelming and exhausting, and I made many meals that I ended up eating based on my invested content and not on a blend of flavor. I was learning something completely foreign to me and I felt like a moron. But I invested the time and I got better and more efficient.
By the end of the fourth week I felt amazing AND was surprised. At the beginning I was curious but didn’t think it was going to affect me. My big noticing points: I had regular bowel movements. What a major mood shifter. I had no idea how powerful regularity could be. I didn’t need to drink coffee for results. Second big notice: decreased soreness in my body. My lower back pain was gone (I also complemented this with a different approach to core training. The combination worked. NO MORE chiropractor visits!!!)
Additional notices: I lost weight (I didn’t weigh myself—but I loved the way I looked in and out of clothes), I didn’t need to eat every so many hours before I would develop a hungry headache, and I felt lighter after meals compared to my old way of eating.
I grew up on meat, and after four weeks of adjustment I felt the positive results of a meatless life. I added on another week and then another and began to increase my knowledge around nutrition, finding additional research and discoveries that doctors are making about nutrition and disease. Each year I ask myself, How can I eat healthier? I went from the first step, meatless, to vegetarian to vegan to plant-based, and this year I am oil-free.
The results that I received from my nutritional adjustment are so strong that I will always make time to cook and find whole food ingredients. A bonus is that I get to share with others the foods that have healed me.