I am a healer and health/hormone cure coach. These skills allow me to to help people change whatever is preventing them from being the healthiest, happiest and best versions of themselves. But it has taken a lot of work, with a lot of help, to get myself here.
I’ve struggled with my weight and body image since elementary school. As a teen, I tried weight watchers, fad diets, and skipping meals – none of which worked. Additionally, I was never athletic or coordinated – I hated gym and I didn’t play sports. I didn’t have great eating habits and I didn’t get a lot of exercise.
In my early 20s I realized that I am gay. I wrestled with this for more than a decade and I decided I had to remain single until I settled what it meant to me, spiritually, to be gay. For a long time I believed that I would be alone for the rest of my life.
When Rosie O’Donnell started talking about depression, I recognized much of what she was saying in me. I had been living with depression for years – all that time not loving my body and thinking that I had to be single forever had taken a toll on my psyche. Additionally, I realized that I’m affected by Seasonally Affected Depression; my depression was much worse in autumn, winter and early spring. I spent a lot of energy being “up” during the day – between this and with my high stress job, I would come home drained. All of these factors fed into my depression – I made some changes that helped, but I continued to struggle with this.
In 2008 I decided that I wanted to improve my physical health. I was overweight and frustrated with having problems climbing stairs. Even more, I realized that I really wanted to see my two young nieces grow up, to know them as adults, and to be a part of their children’s lives. But, between my health and a history of heart problems in my family, I worried that this might not happen.
I had been reading nutrition books – so I started experimenting with different foods to find what works for me. Also I worked with a trainer to find exercise that I enjoy. As I got healthier I became really happy, and I realized that before I started these changes I had also fallen back into depression. Up to this point, I didn’t really understand that all aspects of our lives (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health) are tied together.
The changes I was making helped me find the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), a training program for health coaches, whose philosophy about nutrition matched mine. Specifically, we are each individuals and food that works well for one person may not work for someone else. IIN also taught me about coaching in other areas of people’s lives, as well. It’s not just about food, it’s also about having healthy relationships, being happy in your career, being satisfied in all areas of your life.
At this same time, I took my first Reiki class, which started me out on my path as a healer. I started meditating, took classes to become an intuitive healer and to channel.
Along the way I’ve had help from health coaches, healers and teachers. Now I apply what these wonderful people have taught me to help others heal themselves and their lives.
Some of the areas I’ve had training in include: