Mid-life and beyond has been the beginning of another new chapter in my life.
It’s a time of growing aspirations. There’s so much I want to accomplish. Like you, I wonder how I’ll ever find the time to fit everything in despite the fact that I have more free time. I’m finding that I’m connecting more with my inner self. My body is “evolving” and my hormones are sometimes out of whack. And my attitude toward what really matters has changed.
It’s here in my little corner of the universe that I want to share with you my love of great health, my always expanding expertise (I’m a lifelong learner) and my desire to help other women to transform their lives (as I do mine) into their grand vision of health, happiness and harmony.
It was during a period of self-discovery that I realized I’m an explorer of sorts. I’m curious about the world, people and places. I have a big imagination. I love to collect information. I love to help people solve their problems, and I’m an avid fitness fan.
The latter turned out to be a really good thing because I intuitively knew that if I exercised and ate a certain way that I would feel better and that eased my stress.
I was also fascinated by the mind-gut connection, which led to my studying mindset and the subconscious. Around this time, I became obsessed with eating certain foods, which led to people referring to me as some kind of “health nut” and eventually to my pursuing studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
It was right before I chose to enroll in my nutrition studies that my dad gave me a beautiful cookbook. It was the tipping point in my decision process. It was such an unexpected gift (no special occasion, rhyme or reason), and I believe he was urging me to explore further my great interest in food and health. I think he knew that through this interest I would find my way to make a difference in the world.
During my training at the Institute, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University and many other leading researchers, authors and nutrition authorities. It was an inspiring and exciting time for me.
There was a lot of joy in my life but also pain. My dad, only weeks after presenting me with the cookbook, suffered from the effects of a skull fracture, the result of a fall. Suddenly, I became a caretaker to an elderly parent. Sadly, he has since passed away. Then my mother, who faced two bouts of cancer and also problems of immobility and heart disease, needed my care.
It took some time before I understood that a third person needed caring for and that person was me. And there was something I was longing to do.
And so, as a result of my constant learning, training and experience, I developed my own holistic health coaching company, Feed Yourself Fully, to help women in midlife and beyond enjoy their lives to the fullest, subdue stress, fight fatigue, feel empowered and at ease and step into all that they are and can be, while living a healthier lifestyle.
It’s my belief that great health is not a state we get to. Rather, like yoga, it’s a practice. It makes the journey so much more satisfying.
Isn’t it time to transform from merely feeling okay to feeling on top of the world? Nothing beats feeling great. Don’t you agree?
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