I grew up in the family business. My family ran a heating oil company that operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It was a fast-paced and demanding environment, which taught me the value of hard work, and the foundations of the energy industry. Growing up, food was viewed as a necessity: calories to nourish us through our day. Absent were discussions about where our food came from, how it was produced, or what it did for our bodies. And stress, a major wellness inhibitor, was tolerated and endured, but little was said about how best to manage or mitigate it.
After college, I pursued a career in investment banking, followed by a return to the energy industry, where I worked for over 25 years as a specialist in “refined products” (heating oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, and propane). Like most busy professionals working to balance family, work, and volunteer commitments, food and exercise often took a back seat. Although I knew the value of a home-cooked meal, I was not a cook. Convenience took precedent and I developed bad habits. Daily lattes fueled me through multiple meetings while sugary snacks were my afternoon energy source. My poor diet and sedentary lifestyle were depleting my natural energy, but I was blind to the effects.
Then, two events in my life served as a wake-up call for re-evaluating my overall health. When my second child began suffering from a compromised immune system, I began to experiment with food as a source of healing. Organic foods found their way into our pantry, and healthy, wholesome fruits and vegetables replaced sugary snacks. Not long after, my father passed away from preventable illnesses. The stress and reality of his death became a catalyst for making permanent, positive changes in my life. It helped me to see that food and stress management matter, and that my own health and that of my family depended upon adopting healthy habits for both body and mind.
In the spring of 2015, I decided to make a bold change. I wanted to build upon the positive steps I’d taken and experience what it felt like to truly run on a full tank. So I traded my corporate job for freelance energy consulting, began regular yoga practice, and enrolled with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
(IIN) to train as a health coach. By the end of 2015, I successfully earned my certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and completed Kriya Yoga teacher training at The Institute For Personal Development.
I launched Unrefinedhealth.com in February 2016 and now coach busy professionals, their families, and corporate clients on how to make permanent lifestyle changes for optimal energy and health.
In March 2016, I will graduate from the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition having completing a range of courses tailored to learning innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories; everything from Ayurveda, gluten-free, and Paleo, to raw, vegan, and macrobiotics, and everything in between.
Unlike the refined fuels required for our cars, the body and mind are best fueled on unrefined, unprocessed, whole foods. I know what it’s like to transform your eating habits and your life for the better. And now, I am dedicated to helping others do the same. Learning about healthy food is an investment with limitless returns. Make the shift, rekindle your fire, and refine your body and mind with the unrefined.
Yours in health,
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