How I became a Women’s Health Coach
I started my journey as a women’s health coach decades ago. At an early age, I recognized the power of food — that food is truly medicine. As a teenager, I spent many a Saturday at the library, nose pressed in a book reading about how Vitamin C prevented scurvy and how blackstrap molasses was one of the best food sources of iron for anemia.
“I’m going to be a dietitian,” I told my mother on the way home from one of those library trips. I never wavered in my determination.
After earning a degree in clinical nutrition at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, I was one of 16 selected for a coveted two-year internship in clinical dietetics. My dream came true when I received a letter saying that I had passed the board exam and could call myself a registered dietitian.
I am constantly seeking to deepen my understanding of the science behind health. The more I learned, the more I wanted to become a one-stop source for guidance not only about nutrition, but fitness and health as well. This led me to become certified as a personal trainer, a health coach, and an accredited hormone-cure coach.
My passion for helping women in mid-life lose weight and live healthfully has led me many places — from the United Arab Emirates to British Columbia — and taken many forms. As a women’s health coach, I’ve served as nutrition director in hospitals for more than 15 years; created highly successful weight-loss programs for individuals as well as institutions; given hundreds of presentations on health and weight management; and worked one-on-on with countless women struggling with mid-life weight gain.
When I ask myself why I spend so much time reading the latest research on health and wellness; why I spend evenings reviewing the small print on food labels to provide best picks of what to buy; and why I spend thousands of dollars upgrading my skills, it all comes down to three words: Because I care.
I see the struggle women have around food and health and know it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve learned through trial, error, and then success that successful weight management is about more than just the foods you eat. To claim good health, start by looking at the end of your fork and use your feet to keep moving! Paint your picture of health and move toward what you want not what you don’t want.
I want you to be picky about who you work with since my desire is that this is the last weight-loss program you’ll ever need.