How did a 20+ year marketing agency exec end up a health coach and wellness entrepreneur? Honestly the only explanation I have is that it was all part of some grand cosmic plan, because I certainly didn’t see it coming.
I’m super healthy, I don’t count calories or deprive myself of anything, I have loads of energy, and I feel amazing all the time… but it wasn’t always this way.
I spent 20 years in the ad agency world working my way up the insanity toward partner and eventually agency owner. Somewhere in there I managed to fall in love, get married to a man with three kids, and add another child to the mix. Life was full of a lot of stress but a lot of love too. I always thrived in a high-stress environment and I took pride in my ability to maintain my composure under pressure.
…until I ended up in the hospital with mystery pains in my stomach. It took doctors 4 days to figure out that I had a tear in my intestines. This tear was due to a medical condition I didn’t know I had and made 100x worse by my high-stress lifestyle and the dietary sensitivities I chose to ignore. I had the body of a 65 year old, and I had only just turned 40. I was 50 lbs heavier than I am now and I had resigned myself to accept my “Mom Body” and postpartum bloat. It was all part of the prize for having my son and living my life, right?
I couldn’t see how I could change anything because I was too busy and too tired to think at the end of the day never mind go to a gym. Plus, my body hurt all the time. My joints were sore, my hips and ankles felt seized and as soon as I felt a jiggle anywhere my self-esteem took a nose dive. Go to a gym? Ha! No thanks.
I knew something had to change. I didn’t want a life of surgery and medications. So I consulted a bunch of different doctors and specialists, but the approach that made the most sense was a holistic, food based healing approach. As it happened, this was also the approach that seemed like it was going to require the most time and effort on my part.
I built a plan, I sought out people who had made lifestyle changes and actually stuck to them, and I dove into fixing my health like my life depended on it (because it did)
The Result: I was able to follow through in a way I never have before.
Within 2 weeks, 10 lbs melted away. I bounced energetically out of bed every morning, and I had more mental clarity than I had in years. In 6 weeks I had completely rebuilt my digestive tract and not only healed the tear that had hospitalized me, but I was able to reverse the damage done by years of stress and nutritional neglect. I was once again in control of my body. My joints didn’t hurt so I began to participate more in my life. I played with kids more, went to yoga classes, took longer walks with my dog, I even got my sexy back 😉 . It wasn’t just me benefiting from my lifestyle change, all of my most important people benefited too. Most importantly, I began to really listen to my body, to honour and truly love my body. No more negative self-talk. No more missing out on fun times. No more feelings of helplessness. No more pain. It was absolute freedom.
I started getting a lot of compliments from friends and family. They said I looked amazing, like I had completely transformed. What was I doing? They all wanted to know. One woman said, ‘I start eating and can’t stop.’ Another girlfriend said, ‘I have to have something sweet after a meal or it just doesn’t feel complete.’ many people told me they too had been identified as having food sensitivities but they just couldn’t figure out long-term work-arounds for the restrictions. Everyone wanted to know what I did and how I have been able to stick to it.
That’s when I developed a system I call The Total Health Transformation, to teach people how to make diet and lifestyle changes without feeling like they are giving anything up. At first it was for a group of friends, and then it started to expand like that old shampoo commercial. Not because I have persuasive friends, but because the results are speaking for themselves.
Consider for a moment:
What if “Healthy” was as intuitive as breathing?
What if healthy was a way of ‘being’ rather than a list of things you resent doing?
What if following a diet isn’t about denying yourself the foods you love but rather about embracing the foods that love you?
What if making lifestyle changes isn’t about leaving your comfort zone but rather about expanding it and allowing it to grow?
What if “Healthy” wasn’t about giving up joy to achieve less, but instead about finding peace to receive more?