We know that the choices we make every day have a big impact on the state of our health, both today and in the future. That means that the activity we do (or don’t), our efforts to manage stress productively (or not), the beliefs we carry (adaptive or not), the sleep we get (or don’t), and the food (or food-like substances) we eat are choices between moving towards health or increasing our risk of becoming a chronic disease statistic.
This awareness can feel like a big responsibility, and it can also be incredibly empowering. For better – and for worse – our health is in our hands. Of course, we’re all dealt genetic strengths and weaknesses, but what we eat, whether we exercise, how much we sleep, our mindset, and how much stress we have largely determine which genes turn on and which stay off. Food is an especially important environmental factor, because we eat 5-7 tons of it in a lifetime, and all of it talks to our body. Our food tells our cells to produce or reduce inflammation, to burn or store energy . . . in short, to help or harm our health.
Most of us agree that good health is important, and yet few of us find that that in itself is a practical motivation. Unless we’ve faced a serious diagnosis or prognosis, the idea of better health is usually not enough to get us out of bed in the morning to work out, nor does it give us the motivation we need to walk past the candy bowl at work without stopping.
Part of our work together will involve identifying why the change you seek matters to you. What does it mean to you? What will it allow you to do? How will it help you to align more closely with the life you want to have?
The answers to these questions form the basis of your why: why you will undertake – and what will sustain – the challenge of doing something different?
The Approach: Simplify
Have you ever felt overwhelmed or confused by dietary advice? The basics of healthy eating are surprisingly simple, and don’t involve meal plans, highly specific diets, or calorie counting. Imagine no longer feeling stressed about food and food choices. In our work together, you’ll learn to let your body be your ally in your efforts to nourish yourself.
We can always choose to leave the door open to the possibility of transcending our perceived limitations. We embrace growth when we have faith in our best selves.
Veronica has over a decade of experience as a nutrition practitioner and coach. But as a multilingual graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, she was once headed for a career in law.
Her plans changed when her daughter experienced chronic health challenges as an infant. Veronica consulted a nutritionist and with a few dietary tweaks, her daughter’s issues were completely resolved.
A light bulb turned on. And that light’s been burning ever since.
Veronica became passionate about helping people feel better through nutrition. She completed her Masters in Human Nutrition, started teaching nutrition at the college level, and joined a clinical practice specializing in functional medicine.
She also designed an integrative corporate wellness program to help businesses keep their employees healthy holistically. But ultimately, she prefers working one-on-one, and in 2012 she joined Precision Nutrition as a coach and stayed for five years, guiding and supporting her clients through a year-long body transformation program.
Because of her deep belief in the power of a personal coaching relationship to create a safe space for change, Veronica has returned to her own practice, focused on a more individualized approach to client needs and challenges.
Veronica’s training and experience came in handy when she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Working with a functional physician, she learned the root cause, and has managed the disease by maintaining a gluten-free diet ever since. No medication required.
Her own experiences mean she can empathize with the many challenges her clients face as they work through personal change. After all, she knows what it’s like to feel lousy, without knowing the reason. She knows it can be awkward to tell people about your dietary restrictions. And she knows what it’s like to make a drastic change in your life – one that can throw other people for a loop.
But Veronica also knows how empowering it is to overcome limiting beliefs and achieve transformational change. She believes deeply that each one of us has the ability to transcend our perceived limitations on the road to becoming our best self.
It’s a belief she shares with her clients every day.