As a Board Certified Health Coach, I received my training to practice health coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, accredited by SUNY at Purchase and certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is the only nutrition school in the world that teaches all the dietary theories from Eastern to Western, ancient to modern, and traditional to innovative. The guest speakers are the nation’s leading health and wellness authorities and include authors, alternative practitioners and scientists. They hail from different disciplines, backgrounds, and viewpoints to offer the students a diverse education that distinguishes The Institute for Integrative Nutrition from all other programs.IIN studies address the fundamental concepts, issues and ethics of eating in a modern world, and bridge the gap between nutrition and personal growth by teaching a concept that IIN calls “primary food”. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, fulfilling careers and a spiritual practice all feed our souls and satisfy our hunger for living. I’ve been inspired by experts at the forefront of health and wellness education. IIN distinguished speakers are leading doctors, PhDs, researchers and authorities in nutrition today. My education has given me a broad palette of information to draw from when working with clients. Some of the experts include:
- Walter Willet, MD, Chairman of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
- Andrew Weil, MD, founder and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) at University of Arizona
- Barry Sears, MD, biochemist and nutrition specialist who founded the Zone Diet
- Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in La Jolla, Ca
- Neal Barnard, MD, Founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
- Mark Hyman, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Alternative Therapies in Health
In addition to my IIN training, I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University in Boston and I am a certified trainer for the BodyWorks program, under the Department of Health & Human Services. Over the past 15 years I have developed a line of products and programs centered around cooking and kitchen projects. I currently work with individuals, corporations – wellness programs and community organizations that offer after-school programs for children. In addition, I offer group and private cooking classes.
Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. As we work together, we look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole. A health coach (or health counselor) is a wellness guide and supportive mentor. Together, we’ll work to achieve your goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, food cravings, sleep and energy.Through working with me, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the foods and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health. Integrative Nutrition’s mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness in America, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world. I am passionate about inspiring and supporting people to live the best life they can!
The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has her or his own food and lifestyle needs. So, when the experts say, “dairy is good for you” or “fat is unhealthy,” it doesn’t apply to everyone. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I’ll support you in making positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle, personal preferences, and background. Instead of prescribing one fix for all people, I use a personalized, holistic approachthat is based on your needs.
We are not only fed by food but by other factors in our lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual practice are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary.
The Integrative Nutrition food pyramid focuses on nourishing food and lifestyle choices. Our wellness pyramid emphasizes the importance of high quality vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats and water. To complete the picture, the pyramid is surrounded with lifestyle factors that create optimal heath: relationship, career, physical activity and spirituality.