About 10 years ago, my life looked totally different. I was 30-plus pounds overweight and living with my wonderful husband and kids in Southern California (where skintight jeans and six pack abs were the norm).
We’d just moved from Chicago, and I was feeling a little lonely and out of place (especially watching my fit Barbie and Ken-like neighbors jog down the street). But dessert and a glass of good wine always helped me cope.
I knew food and emotional eating were my crutches, but it took a particularly shocking wake-up call to show me just how bad it had become.
I was going through family photos and noticed a picture of my daughter holding hands with a woman I didn’t recognize. I looked more closely, and my heart dropped. It was me.
Me!? But this woman looked so heavy. Sad. Stressed out. Sure, I felt that way some days, but I didn’t realize I looked that way too. Who was this person? What kind of example was she setting for my kids? I knew something had to change — fast. So I did the only thing I could think of: I went on a diet.
I’d never been on a diet of any kind before (I’m a foodie and proud of it!), so I headed straight to Weight Watchers. The good news? I dropped 15 pounds. The bad news? I picked up an obsession with counting points. It got so out of hand that it was nearly impossible for me to eat anywhere else but home. I’d even refuse to eat at friends’ houses or go to dinner parties because I needed to know every possible point that might be in the dishes.
I realized I had developed an unhealthy relationship with food on the other end of the scale. Instead of overindulging, I was restricting, denying, and calculating non-stop.
Thankfully, that’s when my path to the healthy me really began.
I knew I had to find a solution that worked on my own terms. No frozen dinners, liquid lunches, or avoiding the occasional treat anymore. So I started hunting for ways to lose weight, while still enjoying eating.
Little by little, I started to release my all-or-nothing grip on my relationship to food. I learned the practice of intuitive and slow eating, listening to my body, and detoxing my life of the habits and self-talk that didn’t serve me.
It took time, but I discovered I could actually enjoy being healthy. I was losing pounds and feeling awesome, without feeling like I couldn’t look dark chocolate in the eye again! And you know what happened? The weight started to slide off.
Instead of worrying about eating too much of this, or not enough of that, I relished my food, and never let myself feel deprived. It was so empowering, I just had to spread the word. So I started a blog called Eat, Drink and Be Aware to share my healthy, delicious recipes (and a few sweet treats) with the world.
The more I wrote and spoke about this approach to wellness, the more serious I became about teaching others. I signed up for an intuitive eating training program, which eventually led to my personal trainer certification, yoga teacher training, and wellness coach training.
I wanted to help women take back control of their health, not just to look fantastic and be energized, but also feel whole and happy with themselves the way I’d learned to. I wanted to prove to them the power of positivity, and wake them up to their awesome potential.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. After years of training and coaching clients I hit a speed bump:
I was doing everything right; eating right, exercising… but it was getting harder and harder for me to keep weight off. It didn’t take me long to figure out: my hormones were totally out of whack.
Around the same time, I decided to take my work up another notch by attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to get my degree in holistic nutrition. That, paired with the detox work of Sara Gottfried, MD, taught me the role toxicity and emotional well-being plays in hormonal health.
From there, I became my own guinea pig, learning how to balance my hormones naturally through food and easy fitness approaches. I studied digestion, hormonal balance, and the importance of detoxing, and started piecing together my signature B.L.I.S.S. Method (Balance, Love, Intuitive Eating, Self-Care, Satisfied).
Since then, hormonal balancing and detoxes have become my specialty, and blog turned into Bliss Holistic Health. To date, I’ve helped hundreds of clients lose weight, get their hormones back on track, detox their bodies, and feel ready to embrace life again. I absolutely love what I do. The transformation clients see when they finally learn to cleanse their bodies, treat themselves with love, and balance themselves their own way still rocks my world.
As for me, I’ve kept off those extra 30 pounds for the past decade. And I feel stronger, more fulfilled, and excited for the future than ever before.
Now, I want to help you change your life the way I changed mine — and it’s the B.L.I.S.S. Method that I truly believe will allow you to make lasting shifts in your habits that will lead to the happiest, healthiest you.
Want more? You might also like:
Note: PLEASE consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.