There's more I'm sharing & writing about my experience in life as a Holistic Nutritionist in attempt to be real in an industry ripe with diets & supplements, green smoothies, luscious skinny bodies & perfect, glowing skin. SO MANY RULES. It's also a constantly evolving industry. We can't keep up. We won't.
Can't we see that that's not even real life? Eating salads and sprouts all day? No. Perfection is so passé.
I made a vow to be myself. With my self, with my clients, with the public. Nutrition is not about perfection.
In the past, I was doing what I thought professional consultants needed to do. I would listen, I would nod. Then, I would give advice. Normal, right?
But my clients weren't making the changes they really needed nor were they making proper headway and I was frustrated thinking that I was the problem.
I thought it was my coaching skills.
....or my responsibility to "fix" them.
... my age.
....that my intuition needed to be kept quiet about what I felt was going on in between the lines.
When I thought about "who I was" during a consultation, it didn't feel right. I wasn't being me.
When things started changing for me, and then for my clients, I realized - how can I hold back any longer?
You know in cartons when they have the angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other? We all have experienced that.
But I help my clients see it goes even deeper than that - to know exactly who they are, what they like to wear and do, and what they say. I have a tie-dyed Woodstock-queen/peace&lovin' hippie on one shoulder, and a leather-bound Hendrix-obsessed hell-raiser on the other. It's quite the combo. It means my mind is constantly in a battle. We can all relate, but our characters may be a bit different.
These two are in a battle of values, too!
Are we a rebel, or are we a lover?
Are we ying or yang? Who will we be today?
Whoooo are you? Who who? Who who?
Do you know what your devil and angels who sit on either shoulder look like? Could you dress them, put names to them and decide which one you are wearing that day and why? It can be completely useful if you want it to be... if you work at it.
It took mental training for myself... to learn how to use this to my advantage, instead of letting the arguing happen.
It's more fun this way - and we learn more about ourselves this way rather than trying hard to 'change' a part of us.
Let's face it - we're human - not super humans.
(And even Holistic Nutritionists' like to cut loose sometimes and have a piece a cake, or a chocolate - or even - gasp - a stiff drink.)
Most nutritional coaches want you to fight the hell raiser. Overcome him or her. I want you to work with him/her.
In my world - "flexibility" is friggin' KING.
Flexibility is where we find our happiness while honoring our body, it's where we can let loose and have fun and be human. While Holistic Nutrition in some circles has got a nasty label of 'all green smoothies all the time' and 'can I eat ANYTHING?' - I'm here to tell you that is not what I do.
We can't go so far to the other side. Life is all about balance.
I want to help you find your groove and flexibility. I was able to find my groove when I freed up space in my mind for creativity.
When my clients are able to find their groove it ....
and is ...
.................................. rock n' roll.
We are whole - you are whole - you are one whole person. The reason we need 'holistic' is because it SEES ALL SIDES.
The reason we need help with making changes in our body and nutrition is because we often have 2 opposites bickering.
The angel says "go for the kale salad" and the devil sits there on the other side; winking and saying "go for the poutine, pumpkin, you know you want it."
How do you find balance between the 'want' to eat fun and the 'need' to eat healthy?
The fight represents finding your freedom. The key is right in the middle!
Have you ever tried to change something in your life but found that "life was against you" or "got in the way" of the change? The angel character wants the change.... the devil character wants the same.
Yin and yang don't work against each other - they need each other for balance.
I'd love to help you find your balance.
If you're looking for someone to be real with you when it comes to nutrition, I'm your girl.
If you're looking for someone to listen to you when it comes to nutrition, I'm your girl.
If you're looking for balance when it comes to up-grading your nutrition, I'm your girl.
If you're looking for sympathy, I'm not your girl. I will hold space for you as a consultant does, but I am holding you responsible for your own personal development through dietary modifications.