Why I became a healthy living expert and coach

I’ll be honest, for most of my life, I didn’t have my own definition of success. I spent most of my 30 years letting other people decide what I was supposed to do and what would make me a winner in their eyes. It wasn’t overt by any means. Like, I never actually asked someone what should I do for my life, but, make no mistake, I looked to others’ successes to point me in the “right” direction.

Because of that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise then that I let society’s definition of health guide my health journey for a long time. You know the definition I’m talking about – the one that says there is only way to be happy, healthy, and thin. The one that says you have to drink shakes, eat bars, do a bunch of cardio, and count calories all the time to be fit. Yea, that one.

So, for years, that’s what I did. I carried out the “one-size fits all” model of health. I choose working out over sleep. I ate Luna and Cliff bars for breakfast. And I tried hard to monitor the calories I put into my body. But despite all the effort – physical and mental – I never was where I want to be. And it pissed me off. After all, I followed the American Heart Association guidelines. I exercised all the time. And for goodness sake, I got my masters from a medical school. That had to count for something, I thought. 

But it didn’t matter because health isn’t about guidelines or numbers or degrees. Health is about doing what’s right for your body and mind. I learned this at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I got my health coaching certification. I didn’t plan on being a health coach when I signed up for the school though. I just wanted to learn a little bit more about why I couldn’t drop the weight. But what I found out shocked me. I couldn’t believe how much misinformation was out there. I couldn’t believe how misguided I was. And I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get healthy once you stopped listening to everyone else's rules.   

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It took me 30 years, two degrees, and a health coaching certification to learn that. Think about how crazy that is. So, if you’re confused as to why you aren’t reaching your health goals, hear me when I say “I get it”. I know how much confusion there is around food (because I was so confused). I get how hard it is to balance work and eating healthy (let alone working out). And I totally know how hard it is being the weirdo asking all the questions at the restaurant table (and even bringing your own foods to family gatherings).

All of that is why I became a healthy living expert and coach. Honestly, I was sick of watching people do “all the right things” and wonder why they weren’t getting results. Because I know we are all capable of living a healthy life. I really believe that.  And I want to help people get there because I know what changing your diet and habits can do for your life. I know it because I did it, and I’m no better than anyone who is trying. 

I love what I do because I get to show people how to access their best life. I found myself through food, and I love that I get to help others do that too. And yes, I get frustrated about how long it took to get here sometimes, but I wouldn’t trade it. My path had to be taken the way it was taken. The same goes for you. But, and this a big "but", just because you’re one path doesn’t mean you can’t choose another. I know that because I chose another.

So, friend, it’s your journey. It’s your health. It’s your life. How do you want to live it?

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