MEET YOUR HEALTH COACH
WHY I BECAME A HEALTH COACH:
I am walking, living proof of the power of health coaching. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Primary Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and I almost died from a staph infection that my stress-ravaged immune system was too weak to overcome. For me, working with a health coach not only changed my life, it saved my life.
Unfortunately, my story is not unique: so many people live their lives like I did under a constant state of stress without realizing the damage we are doing to our bodies until it is too late. I was quite familiar with the phrase "stress kills" but I did not think it applied to me--I thought I was invincible! I was an obsessive over-achiever, a habitual under-sleeper, a junk food addict, and an unabashed workaholic. I sacrificed my health repeatedly to achieve external measures of success (high school Valedictorian, Fulbright Scholar, top-tier law school, partner at a law firm before age 40). Eventually this abuse caused my immune system and adrenal glands to shut down.
Two years ago I became septic in the hospital and almost died from a staph infection that I had acquired during a routine sinus surgery. The army of specialists I was seeing gave me a word-jumble of diagnoses: Primary Immune Deficiency Syndrome, hypogammaglobulonemia, adrenal insufficiency, Natural Killer Cell Deficiency, and fibromyalgia. My doctors prescribed eight different prescription medications and twice-monthly IVIg (antibody) infusions. After seven months of this treatment, I continued to have frequent infections and hospitalizations; it became clear I could no longer work; and I was forced to quit my job. My doctors said my immune system was permanently damaged—that my condition was chronic—and I should apply for disability. In a letter to my insurance company, my doctor wrote that she feared I would not survive the next infection.
Fortunately, inspiration struck me just as I hit this lowest point, and I decided it was time to take my life into my own hands; it was time to heal myself. I refused to apply for disability and I refused to see myself as broken. With the help of my health coach, I was able to reboot my immune system. I made significant nutritional changes, letting food be my medicine. I also began a rigorous self-care regimen and mindfulness practice that I continue today. Because I was seeing such amazing results from the nutritional changes, self-care, and mindfulness, I decided to wean off of all the prescription medications and infusions, a process which, amazingly, only took three months. I have been pharma-free since November 15, 2015! It was then that I knew I had to share the knowledge I had gained through my experience with as many people as possible, so I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach.
While I did obtain my health coaching certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in November 2016 and my Creatively Fit Coaching certificate in January 2017, my training to become a health coach started many years earlier. As a pre-med student at the University of Denver, I obtained my degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 1996 (I also obtained a degree in German and Political Science). Upon my graduation from undergrad, I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, and I enrolled in the medical school at the University of Heidelberg in Germany where I studied immunology and comparative health policy. After my year as a Fulbright Scholar, I decided my life’s path was not leading me to medical school, but rather I was pulled in the direction of health policy. As a student at Vanderbilt University Law School, I concentrated on public interest law and worked at a nonprofit organization in the field of health policy. My first job out of law school was at a disability rights center in Richmond, California, where I represented primarily homeless veterans and other marginalized members of society. When I moved to Colorado so that my husband could attend law school, my career path took a turn toward the for-profit law firm sector where I worked as a commercial trial attorney for seven years. When I experienced a health crisis in 2014, my career path took another turn—for the next year, my full-time job was getting healthy. When I had to fill out forms that asked for my occupation, I wrote, “getting healthy.” Once I had accomplished that goal, I enrolled in IIN so that I could share everything I had learned on my own healing journey and in school with as many people as possible.
ABOUT MY TRAINING:
My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention of illness. Drawing on my expertise, I work with clients like you to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness. Each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationship, as well as career, finances, and spirituality. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.
At the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories; everything from Ayurveda, gluten-free, and Paleo, to raw, vegan, and macrobiotics, and everything in between. I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including: Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; Deepak Chopra, MD, World Leader in Mind-Body Medicine; David Katz, MD, MPH, Authority on Preventive Medicine and Weight Management, Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center; Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health and Bestselling Author; Andrew Weil, MD, Bestselling Author and Expert on Integrative Medicine and Mind-Body Interactions; Susan Blum, MD, MPH, Functional Medicine Doctor, Founder of Blum Center for Health; Mark Hyman, MD, Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center, Bestselling Author; Geneen Roth, Pioneer of Emotional Eating and Empowerment, Bestselling Author; David Wolfe, recognized Expert and Bestselling Author on Superfoods and Raw Nutrition; and Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University.
It’s time to take your life into your own hands!
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