Coming January 2020

Get support from a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner to meet your healthy life goals

It’s not just a new year, it’s the start of a new decade. 2020 is a major wakeup call! Checking in — where are you at in your life? Are you where you dreamed you would be, or is life calling for change, to finally make your dreams happen? Good health is the foundation for a good life, and everything in it. As a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, here’s what I can help you do:

  • Transition to a whole food vegan diet
  • Learn how to prepare whole food vegan meals easily and inexpensively
  • Discover local whole food vegan marketplaces and restaurants & how to shop/order
  • Develop an enjoyable everyday exercise regimen for your fitness and interest levels
  • Replace toxic cleaners and care products with eco-friendly plant-based alternatives
  • Tune in to your body’s own innate healing wisdom and power
  • Align with your higher self and life purpose
  • Feel more connected to your partner, family, friends and coworkers
  • Clear your mind of negativity to think more expansively, to pursue passions and dreams
  • Free yourself from painful emotions and patterns keeping you stuck in the past
  • Stay calm, cool, collected and creative during times of world changes and chaos

Along with the free resources on this website, your One-on-One consultations will include:

  • A Personal Health Assessment in Alliance with your PCP
  • Wellness Goal Mapping, including Custom Diet & Exercise Regimen
  • Live and Email Support and Follow-Up

Your initial consultation will be a free 15-minute Patient/Practitioner conversation in which we will make sure we are a good fit for working together to achieve your goals. Consultations can be held in person in West Michigan, over the phone, or online via Skype. Contact me to schedule your free consultation now.

Why work with a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner?

Medical doctors in the US are at the top of their field when it comes to surgery, drugs, and handling acute infectious disease. But doctors do not receive much education in nutrition, even though the chronic diseases afflicting millions of Americans — obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease — are rooted in decades of eating the wrong foods and not getting enough of the right foods, combined with sedentary behaviors and other unhealthy habits. The average doctor appointment is only eight minutes — just enough time to make a diagnosis, write a prescription, and send you out the door, back to whatever you were doing before. That just isn’t enough for preventing and reversing chronic health conditions, which require significant lifestyle changes.

That’s where a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner comes in. With an in-depth knowledge of dietary and clinical nutrition, along with other healthy living practices, your HHP is your dedicated partner in self-care, and by teaching as well as leading by example, your HHP will help you to live a healthy, happy life you will love.

The major diseases that American suffer from today and are at risk for in the future are reversible and preventable with healthy life choices. While more and more people are becoming aware of the need to change, many of the current structures and systems are not designed to support healthy living. Health care debates have been raging for years, but the truth is, there is no top-down political answer to the national health crisis. The answer exists within each of us, and will manifest as change in the world when we make healthy changes in our own lives. So, let’s get started – contact me today to schedule your free initial consultation, or learn more about how your life can change with Holistic Life Support.

What does “holistic” mean?

The root word for holistic means “whole” — so holistic is about looking at the big picture and seeing how everything is connected. The phrase “mind, body, spirit” is often used to illustrate this connection and how improvements or problems in one area can affect the others. In this way, holistic health is not just about the body, but also addresses the unseen but related aspects of health. This accounts for why we know “laughter is the best medicine”, or why we feel calmer and more connected after a walk through the woods or a thirty-second hug with a loved one.

Similarly, holistic health also takes into account the whole body and whole foods. Whereas the medical industry treats isolated body parts, or isolates components of a plant to make a pharmaceutical drug, holistic health views the body as a whole and approaches it accordingly. This is why, for example, lower back pain might be addressed by a plant-based diet: by clearing the arteries and improving cardiovascular health, blood flow to the lower back can be restored and inflammation and pain can subside. There are no drugs that can heal lower back pain or the problems that cause it, and it remains a complaint among millions of Americans. But by looking at the body as a whole, and by eating a whole food vegan diet, we begin to see that healing is indeed possible and it is a reality within our reach.

Holistic also goes beyond the individual, looking at the big picture of the culture we live within, our organizational systems, and even the the planet itself, seeing how it’s connected to our own bodies. For example, as we become more connected to ourselves and each other, with more care and concern for our health and our life outcomes, we may also feel a rise in concern and care for our planet — and take issue when its health (and ours) are threatened, for example, when toxic chemicals from a slaughterhouse are dumped into a Great Lakes watershed (where children swim at the beach), or when toxic industrial and agricultural chemicals leach into groundwater and poison everyone who comes into contact with it. These are both problems Michigan is currently facing.

These issues occur in part due to a general social lack of awareness connecting the food we eat with where it originated from. Now we can choose to consciously direct our attention and funds to much more health-oriented causes, which will result in different outcomes not only in our own personal health but also in the way food producers and manufacturers operate. In the past, they were able to succeed because they operated in the darkness of our own ignorance, apathy, or addiction. Now they too must transform if they are going to survive.

I remember ten years ago when GMO was a real concern among activists, but not much regarded within the general public. No one within mainstream society knew or cared what it was, and people within my network thought I was crazy (to be fair, I probably was, and maybe still am — and all the best people are. 😉 But now, there is general awareness and rejection of GMO within the mainstream. Amazingly, I can go to a supermarket and find several foods with a Non-GMO Project Certified label, or an “Organic always means it’s Non-GMO”. When I see these, I’m always amazed by how far we have come, and it’s a fabulous reminder that we truly can have an effect on what we see in the world. Reality is not fixed, it’s changeable. So there is always hope!

“Holistic” means Personal and Planetary Transformation

What would you like to see happen? I have to be careful with my thoughts, because sometimes when I view all the problems we are facing, it seems fatalistic — but it also just means there’s a lot of scope for the imagination. What are some ways that your community is excelling, and what are ways it can improve? In addition to the GMO awareness, I am also amazed at the resurgence of farmers markets — the main farmers market in this city had a huge renovation and is now double the size it was ten years ago, and also includes live music and art events. Going to the market for fresh local food is now a social fixture in people’s lives — which is essential for transforming the cultural standard American diet into a healthy one.

I am also inspired by the amount of urban community gardens, which are getting children involved, and one in my city even operates a cafe, which is doing well enough to sponsor field trips for the kids’ further education and enrichment. Yes! Even if schools are not teaching kids how to garden and cook (shouldn’t this at least be an optional course, if not a requirement? We may never need algebra again, but we will certainly need to put food in our mouths every day), and even if schools are not serving healthy foods in their lunches (why not?!), kids can still learn, grow and thrive because the community has stepped up with these resources.

That is what we are being called to do on an individual as well as a cultural and organizational level. It’s why I myself have worked on small organic farms, at a raw vegan health retreat, in childcare and elder care, in nutritional supplement marketing, and am now moving forward with my career as a certified Holistic Health Practitioner (and writer). This is where my interests, passions, talents, and skills are. Where are yours? Perhaps that is something we have yet to uncover. The journey to health is a journey of self-discovery, as the old layers of societal programming are shed and the authentic self revealed.

So this is what my work is ultimately about — I’m going to help you become conscious of yourself, your choices, and your power — including your power to create new choices, and to manifest wonderful things in the world. I am truly amazed by all the things I am seeing put out there by all the creative minds — there is so much momentum for our transformation, it has never been easier to find and enjoy healthy foods and activities. I’m going to help you realize that you are not alone and connect you to these forces of transformation, and to help you stay strong if you are alone among your family and friends. You do not have to do this alone! I thought I was alone, and it was (and still is) a thrill it was to connect to a network of people who validated what I had felt and known inside for years. And I am happy extend that same opportunity to you. Contact me to start today.