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Wellness is more than being free from illness: it is a process of change and growth towards a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. You don't have to navigate this growth alone. Take the guess work out of it and let me provide you a personalized map to get you to your healthiest self.
Everything we feel and do relates to our well-being. Those actions (or in actions) directly affect our overall health. Balance is key - and balance can look different for everyone. An objective review of your current health practices can optimize the time spent "chasing" the healthier version of yourself.
Change is hard. And it can be nerve wracking. Partnering with a professional to help you define and achieve your long term health goals can reduce some of that stress and anxiety.
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I have to confess that "health struggles" and "weight issues" for me were, no ARE, different than those that are commonly thought of and discussed in mainstream media. I am a recovering anorexic/orthorexic with a touch of bulimia.
Yep, awkward and uncomfortable, right? Like what could I actually do to help someone on their health journey? Well, more than just a shared experience in dissatisfaction with my health/body/choices, I have a Master of Science in Psychology, am a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Precision Nutrition Coach. I am also a Certified and Registered Pharmacy Technician with over 18 (yikes!) years of experience in the medical field and have held positions in both the Inpatient and Ambulatory healthcare settings - both as a clinician and as an information services specialist.
My passion for healthcare was sparked fairly early on - after watching my dad have a massive heart attack (that he survived) when I was 10 - which led to a number of changes at home. Nutrition, exercise, hydration, medications, check-ups and the list goes on, became the "norm". I was intrigued, but still a kid. It shaped my thought processes in more ways than I could understand until much later on (and after MANY hours of therapy later).
Fast forward to just after my 16th birthday, where I got a job at a big chain Pharmacy and soaked in ALL of the information like a sponge. Month after month, for just over 8 years, I saw the same customers - patients - getting the same medications, most often with increasing dosages or supplementary therapies, to treat new co-morbidities they developed due to continued lack of attention to their HEALTH in general - maintaining their illness versus striving for wellness. It surely was NOT their fault - our healthcare system makes it fairly easy to get into the "rut" of being a diagnosed person (read that again).
During this time, I was being treated for anorexia - I was my diagnosis, right? More therapy, more experiences, a shift in jobs from outpatient to inpatient, a marriage and divorce (19 months...nailed it at 21) I was still in treatment for my disease - merely maintaining lack of additional weight loss. Yay (right?)...
Sparing you even more boring details, I landed in college (years later than my peers, but who's counting?) and started working with a care team that was focusing on something different - they were focusing on my wellness and shifted the attention from what was "wrong" to what was "working" - mind blown. And I wanted to do that.
I could run, I could bike, I could swim - I could do A LOT! And I loved it....so I started doing it...and in order to do those things well, I needed to eat. #anorexiaconquered .... and other lies I told myself at that time. Anorexia was replaced with orthorexia (dammit!) and still dealing with the guilt of sometimes eating more than I should - oh hello bouts of bulimia.... :face_palm:
Then my world was ROCKED - I was hit by a car, while training for a triathalon. Boom. Life, as I knew it, would never be the same again. Now, movement was restricted due to injury, but prescribed for healing and nutrition was imperative for repair and healing of the laundry list of injuries sustained. If it wasn't life and death before, it damn sure was now.
So, concussed, recovering from a list of diagnoses longer than my leg, I finished my degree in Psychology and realized that I had a number of my own issues to deal with (historical and due to the recent events) and abandoned my licensure to become a counselor. It was what was best for future patients, and for myself, at the time.
More mundane details of why my experience is relevant to YOUR health journey leads me to being encouraged to become a trainer - get certified, use my experiences through trauma and physical therapy for recovery to help others, identify potentially disordered eating clients and help them help themselves - put my life lessons to use. I was resistant at first, but I'm here and I'm proud of what I have been able to grow through - and would be honored to help you along your health journey.
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