Healthy Engagement, LLC is about being as healthy as you can be at any age. It is not about dieting but about balance in your life, addressing issues that keep you from being the best you can be. Our mission is to help you learn to create change that improves your physical and emotional health through exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction. We will help you identify indicators that impact your life such as stress, pain, and other barriers to you living Your best life and provide support in helping you go through the process of making change.
We offer our expertise and experiences to help you learn to heal your body, manage pain, cope with emotional stress, and create healthy relationships. Our coaching process keeps you in control of making positive changes that help you to be the best you can be at any age.
Most of my adult life I struggled with self-doubt about my weight and looks because I heard comments that I was fat even when I was only five pounds over an “ideal” weight . After having children, weight control became more difficult. I felt I was never skinny enough or pretty enough. I was always trying a new diet, new fads, or whatever I could do to manage my weight and help me feel good about my appearance. I tried popcorn diets, hotdog diets, grapefruit diets, only eating salad diets, and the list goes on. I spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to find the right diet that would help me lose the weight and sustain the loss. This was how my 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, and early 50′s went. You would think I would have figured it out.
In 2010 I had two things that happened that took me away from being so concerned with dieting and maintaining an “ideal” weight. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and within a month or two was told I had a brain aneurysm. Related to the fibromyalgia diagnosis, I had always hurt all over my body and thought it was normal. When I was given the diagnosis it was a sad realization because I had always heard there was not true reason for people to have fibromyalgia and it was all in their head. Now, about the head, or at least the brain, it was by accident (or a blessing) my aneurysm was diagnosed and within a month repaired before a rupture occurred. The night of the surgery I had a blood clot release that was immediately treated and two months later I experienced a small stroke in the frontal lobe effecting my speech for a period of time. I found my memory had been slightly effected by the surgery and the stroke.
Over the course of the next two years I struggled with the fibromyalgia pain and fear of another stroke, going to counseling and to pain doctors, neurologists, and physical therapy trying to avoid another stroke and to effectively deal with the pain of the fibromyalgia. Then I found the Institute of Integrative Nutrition that changed how I looked at my health, and my weight. I learned how healthy foods and modifying my way of eating could heal my body. I learned that we are all individuals and each of us have wonderful bodies that are telling us how to take care of them, if we only stop to listen (“bio-individuality”). I realized I was healing my memory and brain function through education and learning new things. I also learned how to improve and alleviate my fibromyalgia pain symptoms through nutrition and for me it was about giving up gluten-based foods and minimizing sugar intake.
By eliminating gluten and sugar, I also improved arthritis pain in my hands and joints. My weight even improved because I changed how I eat and stopped dieting .
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