How important is a healthy diet to someone’s health and wellbeing?
It is key for you to understand that without improvements to your current diet there won't be any improvements to your health. You may think that you already eat a very healthy diet, but if you're not well, that on its own means that your diet is not the most appropriate one for your nutritional needs.
Healing foods are all exquisite! There is no reason for you to fear a change in your diet. I'm an experienced nutritional therapist and my passion for foods is a passion for delicious meals, not for only blend lettuce on a sad plate.
You can be sure that I will teach you the most sought after secrets in nutrition so that you regain optimum health while deeply enjoying all your meals!
All chronic illnesses from obesity to cancer can be reversed with the appropriate approach and the appropriate approach MUST be both holistic AND science-based, which is exactly what I offer.
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most about my job is to be a health & wellness inspirational motivator and solve complex clinical cases with the aid of only a few apparently illogical symptoms as initial clues. Thanks to my advanced training in functional medicine , nutritional therapy and yoga, I know how to find the missing pieces of clinical puzzles that other therapists and conventional medicine doctors find difficult or impossible to solve. To me, there is nothing that is really "impossible". In any given case I see more solutions than obstacles.
I also love to see how all my clients start off with me from a low-key place where they are feeling very ill, to another high-energy place where they end up feeling truly healthy in a rather short amount of time and without the need for any drugs whatsoever! Their personal satisfaction and deep joy is a great happiness to me!
What inspired you to start your own business?
What inspired me to become a health and fitness expert was definitely my own poor health and very poor fitness level when I reached my teenage years.
I was smoking, drinking, eating junk foods, not exercising... and of course, feeling awful and carrying around a lot of unwanted boy weight. Then, l one good
day I said to myself: "Enough! I'm the only one capable of putting an end to this suffering and I'm going to do it now, no matter what!". I started reading and studying about health, changed my diet, stopped complaining, set realistic goals, promised myself to do everything in my power to be really happy, started my health-recovery plan... and joined a health club. Since then, I have been on a fantastic journey of constant learning about diets, workouts, spiritual counselling, yoga, therapeutic manipulation of energy in the body, about the way the mind works, about the intricate connection between our emotions and our mind, and between the emotions and the body; about the human body and how it breaks or get repaired, about how to achieve perfect health and about how to reverse disease.
After my teenage years and many more stories, I lost my health a second time round later in my thirties when I gave birth to my son. I suffered with severe hypo-adrenia (severe burn-out) to a point where my life was threatened. Sadly, all conventional medicine had got to offer was anti-depressants -which I refused as I was simply not depressed and even if I had been, anti-depressants are not really the solution to the root of any problem. The blessing came when a functional medicine expert offered me to address the root of the cause of my exhaustion and of my insomnia by testing me for all the co-factors of neurotransmitter function and stress hormones: by treating the hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances with healing foods and nutrients; by giving me great advice on how to manage the severe stress of my life at that time ; and by helping me become aware of my emotional struggle I was caught up in, struggle that I wasn't even aware that I was experiencing (my marriage was not making me happy) as I was dealing with it by being in total denial. With a wonderful nutritional therapy and functional medicine treatment based on minerals and adaptogenic herbs that supported neurotransmitter function and adrenal health, as well as a great stress management program that included meditation and yoga, I managed to reverse the problem and to regain my life back!
Today, I can proudly say that I'm in the best shape of my life and that I am fitter than when I was 25.
After trying all the diets in the world... from veganism, to vegetarianism, to high protein, to high fat, and other... I now know exactly what are the secrets to promoting and building optimum health in people's bodies.
Definitely, drugs and no change in your lifestyle will never help any one achieve optimum and long-lasting results.
There is much better out there when it comes to understanding the causes of your diseases and health disorders, and that is called FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE which is what I propose to help you with.
Why should our clients choose you?
I'm not a nutritionist. I'm not a dietitian. I'm not just a nutritional therapist either. I'm much more than that! My training and experience has been further enriched and strengthened by four different skiills:
1) YOGA: I'm also a yoga expert and thus I have learned to understand the strong connections between the spirit, the mind, and the body. The most precious lesson of my life both as an individual and as a therapist is that we cannot heal from disease by only addressing the physical body. Only changing the diet and exercising (the body) will yield limited results. When the physical body is in a state of dis-ease, we must address what the yogis call the "koshas" or the layers of the human being or else we don't heal permanently or the healing itself is not effective. The koshas are: the body, the mind, the emotions, and the soul. As a yogini myself, I have learned to address all layers of the being with a spiritual approach to health that encompasses listening to my clients' clinical history and pinpointing in that story the areas that need to be observed, addressed, and energized with energy, meditation, forgiveness, acceptance, prayer, self-love, and a positive mind. Through my studies in yoga I have learned that rage and anger weaken the liver; worrying and anxiety weaken the lungs and the teeth; sadness weakens the stomach; stress weakens the heart and the brain;fear weaken the kidneys; love brings back peace and harmony to body & mind; and that laughing reduces stress just like smiles diffuse joy. I know how to discover within your clinical story the emotions that are weakening your health. And more importantly, I know what to do about it and how to counsel you so that you can begin to make positive changes to the problem.
2) SPIRITUALITY (not religion) - I have also learned through a long series of experiences over the years that our relationship to the Divine accelerates and precipitates in unexpected ways the healing of the physical body and of the mind. Today, I'm 100% convinced that a strong connection to Source when it comes to healing from diseases must be envisaged as an essential part of any health program. Most importantly yet, I have learnt something that no other therapist knows: your disease has been chosen carefully by your own soul in order to push you in this life to fulfill a higher mission that the one you think, while here on Earth. Working with me I would tell you what this mission is. You knowing this, will open the gates to healing in unexpected, profound, and definitely very beautiful ways.
3) FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE - please visit my page about functional medicine to know exactly what this new paradigm in medicine is all about. You will be very impressed!
Conventional medicine for chronic disease is not evolving and has not more tools other than chemical drugs. We cannot bring life-force and stamina back into a living body with the use of chemicals. The equation just does not work!
4) IDENTIFYING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL TYPE - I know how to identify your constitutional type by talking to you and by looking at you. I can identify your constitutional type by simply analyzing your physical traits like the tone of your voice, the speed of your speech, the way you walk, the shape of your bones, the type of frame you have, the quality of your skin, etc. No conventional medicine doctor, dietitian, or nutritionist know how to do this, but I do thanks to my knowledge in certain ancient medicines of the East. We are not all created equal and so a one-size-fit-all prescription is not going to work with every single one of you. A top-notch, health-enhancing, program to reverse disease or arrest its progression requires for the therapist to be able to prescribe a diet, stress-management tips, exercise program, and supplement protocol that are all in agreement with the constitutional type of each individual -i.e the metabolic features of the person, the foods that are more conducive to health in each individual, the type of exercise that benefits each one of them, the best lifestyle advice, etc.