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My Journey To Becoming A Health Coach

Inspiring myself and others to live healthy, happy lives!

Although I enrolled at Institute For Integrative Nutrition (see widgets on my sidebar and header) just a couple of months or so ago, my own health journey began about 28 years ago when my 4th child was born. He was breech and I had toxemia. After his breech delivery, I still had the effects of toxemia a year later. Thus began my search for better health. I tend to be allergic to modern medicine, so my only alternative was to look into alternative healing (pun intended!).

Having a spiritual connection is part of being healthy. Spirituality has been shown to reduce depression, improve blood pressure, and boost the immune system. Also, people with a religious practice suffer less from depression and mental illnesses. That being said, when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Anlylosing Spondylitis, I went to God for help and direction. As I was fervently praying about what to do about these diseases and how to manage them in a non-traditional way, the distinct answer came, that HE would guide me along and give me what I needed when I needed it...that answer gave me mixed feelings. First I was relieved to know God was even interested in my health and second I was unnerved because I like everything straight forward and upfront. This answer/process was NOT going to be that simple.

It's been a long and hard 28 years since my journey began. Lots of successes and several set backs, but I felt I was always being  moved in an upward direction. My most current step has taken me back to school (at age 53) studying to become a Health Coach. I love what I'm learning and doing. One of the first concepts I learned at IIN was that I am my first and most important client.  I can use what I'm learning to heal myself and that way I'll be a better health coach for others, because I'm honestly 'walking my talk'.

So far the things I've been learning as a Health Coach have had these benefits on my own health:
  • I've started loosing weight (cool for someone who is post-menopausal and in a wheelchair). The weight is just falling off at a slow and steady pace. The best part is, I'm not feeling deprived and my cravings are no longer in control. Learning how to 'crowd out' and 'deconstruct cravings' has been awesome.
  • brain fog is about 98% gone
  • I have more energy
  • inflamation has dropped significantly
  • white tongue is now pink
  • my gums are pink and healthier than they've been in years
  • sleeping good and waking up ready to go (big deal for someone with a chronic illness)
  • digestion has improved
  • happier
  • more optimistic about the future
  • finding fun ways to exercise
  • deeper love and appreciation for my Heavenly Father
  • I've been able to put some broken relationships in better perspective
One of the most impressive concepts taught at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition is that health is more than just the food we put into our bodies. It's also our relationships, spirituality, physical exercise, and career. All these affect our health. In other words, eating all the broccoli in the world will not help mend a dysfunctional marriage. I'm being trained how to coach myself, family members, friends and anyone interested how to heal all these aspects in their lives.

As you can tell, I'm excited about this new journey the Lord has given me and I'm grateful for HIS interest in even the small details of my life.

In a couple of months, I'll be opening a new website dedicated to my Health Coaching practice, until then, I'll be sharing my journey here! Hope you'll subscribe (located on my sidebar) so you can join me on this dynamic new adventure!

NOTE: I became interested in attending IIN when I came across a blog that was written by an IIN graduate. She knew so much, and her posts made sense to me. If you're interested in learning more about IIN, just click on one of the widgets on my sidebar. They're even offering their Integrative Nutrition - Feed Your Hunger For Health And Happiness book for free.


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27 comments:

  1. What an incredible journey!!! Congrats to you taking control and excelling!

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  2. I am signing up now. I am so impressed with what you have accomplished. And I am fascinated by the natural , alternative health informaiton.

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    1. Thanks for signing up, Army of Mom's. I'll be posting holistic recipes, health posts and more. Next week I'll share my new creation - Cocoa Berry Detox Smoothie. It's so yummy! Whole health awareness is a great alternative to traditional medicine.

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  3. How wonderful! I look forward to following your journey.

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    1. Taylor, My journey has far exceeded my expectations. I look forward to seeing you and sharing what I've learned!

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  4. Very interested, my friend. So happy for you on this amazing journey!!! I've been going to a muscle resistant therapist for almost a year and she's done so much for me, especially the spiritual part!!!

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    1. Deb, My son has been going to a muscle resistant therapist too, sounds interesting. Happy 36th anniversary! You're 1 year ahead of us. If you would like more information, let me know, I'd love to share.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  6. That's great how you took hold of yourself and saw results. That is what motivates me to follow!

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  7. First, I miss you Becky Jane! I'm so glad to see you're doing this, and it's so exciting:) I subscribed, and will be waiting for the big, new reveal:)

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    1. Courtney, You are so thoughtful, I've really missed everyone on voiceBoks. Hoping to get more active soon. Thanks for subscribing!

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  8. Wonderful news Becky Jane!! We sure do need more people practicing Holistic Medicine. Like you, I have healed a lot of problems through healthy eating and herbs. Can't wait to see what you will be posting about next.

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  9. I am so waiting to learn from your posts. I can hardly wait to hear more.

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  10. I also have never done well with pharmaceuticals, so I am very interesting in what you are learning. I hope you keep us updated about this.

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    1. I'll be posting a new article every week, maybe more! You might want to check out IIN.

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  11. Would you mind sharing the name of the blog that initially got you interested in better health? I'd love to read that one also.

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    1. Grandma Honey, Here's a link to her site:
      http://thedetoxdiva.com/
      Detox Diva is amazing. Her specialty is infertility, she was told she probably would never have children and now she's expectant with triplets...all from changing her nutrition and other natural things.

      She has such excellent information. I spent hours searching her site and learned a lot of helpful things. Enjoy!

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  12. This is going to give you a lot of great blogging material, and a really interesting and informative blog. So important these days;)

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  13. This is wonderful Becky! This is more than just a class it's so inspiring and gives you such hope that you have the power to really change your own life. I like "health is more than just the food we put into our bodies," because it's so true. Someone once told me that you are in charge of how your life will be every day. When you wake up, you can decide if you're going to have a happy day or a bad one. This is a beautiful post!

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    1. Thanks Lexie, I agree, we are in charge of our own life and too often we give that gift to someone else letting their actions/feelings determine our own. Besides my own health improving, my husband and kids are seeing my results and jumping on board too! This is going to be a terrific adventure!

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  14. You are an inspiration! I am just starting my journey on being healthier. Since my son started solids, I have become more conscious of what food I serve the family and the things we buy at the grocery store. While we are still far from being vegans, we aren't eating as much processed foods as we did before, and everyday we have fruits and veggies and green smoothies! I totally agree with you, I have never felt so much better when we started eating healthy.

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    1. Roxanne, You are right, as mom's we tend to be better at nutrition when we start feeding our children. As far as being vegan, I've found a little grass-fed meat is good for the body. Each person is different, but meat can be a healthy addition to any diet if kept in small portions and not very often.

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  15. It is great that you are a health coach...we all need to try to eat right, etc

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  16. i need a health coach seriously..
    i put some weight now these days..

    Toshiba PVT-375BT

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