We all need food to function, right? But where it comes from, how it’s prepared, and our everyday lifestyle choices can make all the difference in how we feel…from the inside – out.
My name is Stephanie and I work with busy folks (the passionate, hardworking, “never know when to stop” busy-bees) who are looking to regain balance, learn how to eat healthy, and improve their quality of life.
For some, that means losing weight, and for others it means resolving stress-related digestive issues, deconstructing cravings, working with food allergies, body-image obstacles, or simply eating to increase energy.
Bottom line: we all deserve to be healthy, but believing it and actually practicing it are two different things.
Here’s my story.
My journey to become a holistic health and nutrition practitioner really began at one of the lowest points in my life. As an overly ambitious, career-driven, woman myself, I was working strenuous 15+ hour days and clearly saw the side-effects that this prolonged stress had on my body, let alone my relationships. Exhausted by 3pm with zero energy, I would literally throw a blanket over my head, put up a sign on my computer monitor that said “do not interrupt,” and took 15 minute naps at my desk. I gained weight, felt frumpy, and began to notice knotted pain in my stomach after eating. The worst part however, wasn’t any of the above. It was simply walking around day-after-day, feeling horrible and pretending like I didn’t. I was trapped.
So you would think that the next ‘pit-stop’ in my life would be a happy one, right? – The point in which I turn everything around? Not so much.
After a few years of performing the ‘juggling-act,’ I began to work-out harder than ever before. Inspired by a TRX Group Fitness class I had taken for years, I explored physical training beyond the treadmill and weight machines. Hearing that ‘diet’ is 80% of any fitness goal, I also started playing with food – reducing calories, and buying low-fat everything.
I was a nut. I did NOTHING to alleviate or address the crazy work-day. In fact, I just added to it and soon discovered I was doing it all wrong. My joints hurt, I had even less time than I did before, and was tired beyond belief.
Something had to change. So I started to read more – not the fitness magazines, but the real stuff. Books like…”In Defense of Food,” “Know Your Fats,” “Sugar Shock,” “Sugar Busters,” and numerous articles from Precision Nutrition. It was at this point in my life, that I realized that FOOD IS POWERFUL. Slowly changing the way I ate, investing in quality food, and experimenting in the kitchen, I began to notice changes – real, phenomenal, blow-your mind changes. I was losing weight and getting stronger, I had more energy, and the best part…I was falling in love with making healthy food DELICIOUS!
These changes in my eating habits, eventually trickled down into other areas of my life. I created goals, excelled in my career, enjoyed time with my family and friends again, and even became certified to teach TRX Group Fitness classes on the weekends. I wanted to inspire other people and show them that they can be busy and fit (mentally and physically) at the same time.
With a clear plan to transition my hobby into a more substantial career, I decided to go back to school. Believing that FOOD IS POWERFUL and knowing first hand that total health extends beyond greens on my plate, I took the holistic route and now hold a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am currently working on a Sports and Performance Nutrition certification through the internationally-recognized company, Precision Nutrition.
As mentioned above, I also am a certified TRX Training Instructor and have been teaching functional movement and intense bootcamp-style classes since 2008. My recent adventure is interning under Maxine Siu, co-owner and executive chef of Plow Restaurant, San Francisco, CA.
As your health and nutrition coach, friend, and inspiration, I leave you these 2 pieces of advice:
- Make healthy food so delicious, that healthy becomes secondary, because we do have TASTEBUDS!
- You must find JOY in what you do in order to sustain it (this includes your workout regiment). It’s all about the JOURNEY!
EAT LIFE WHOLE.