Health Coaching

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It’s finally here!!  The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for all Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol has arrived!  Life is about so much more than food . . . and this cookbook covers all the other things that happen when you change your food. The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook will show you how to restore your health with one flavorful, nutritious meal at a time AND inspire you with the stories of wellness transformation.

I hope you will love it!  I am so excited to share it with everyone!  CLICK ON THIS LINK to learn ALL THE DETAILS about the book and get your copy today.

Oh!  One special announcement!  Thirty lucky winners will be chosen at random from the first 300 ebook purchase to receive a GORGEOUS, FREE, TOTALLY HANDMADE, 100% UNIQUE APRON.  That's a 1 in 10 chance of winning a handmade apron!!  You are automatically entered in the drawing with your ebook purchase, no extra steps necessary.  Take a look at some of the beautiful designs & colors below:

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The print version is coming soon!!
The print version is coming soon!!

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Group Project 3

You can join 100's of other folks that have been through the SAD to AIP in SIX program.  They've transformed their lives & you can too!  CLICK THIS LINK to sign-up!

May 1st marked my two year AIP-versary!  After two years of following this lifestyle and especially recently with becoming a health coach, I've noticed that there is not a step-by-step process to take a person all the way from Standard American Diet to Autoimmune Protocol in a clear, supportive way.  This leaves a whole segment of the AI population out of the healing loop . . . the group that needs uncomplicated, easy to maintain stages of elimination combined with the encouragement they may be lacking in their personal or social circles.  I wake up at night thinking about the folks who know about AIP, but are stuck in SAD.  So, I decided to do something about it!

I’ve designed a program, "SAD to AIP in SIX," to be that step-by-step process.  If you are the person who was out there ready and willing, but lacking the right fit . . . here it is.  I hope you’ll find this method answers your need for guidance from "I'm ready" to "I'm there!"

If you would like to know what the program offers, if the program is the right fit for you, and what you'll learn over the six weeks, CLICK THIS LINK.  You'll find easy on-line set-up & start date information for the next group!

I can't wait to get started!

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Sarah, Mickey, & I
Sarah, Mickey, & I

This is a story about lemonade. Some time last fall, Sarah Ballantyne, Mickey Trescott, and I started talking about how we could help the autoimmune community more.  We all blog regularly and run our social media platforms to focus on giving guidance and hope for the AI journey.  In addition, Sarah has written an extensive, amazing resource and Mickey has produced a beautiful cookbook to this end.  There was something not quite tangible enough in those efforts though and we saw it all the time with our fans.  We knew people were in need of deeper support to transform their lives and overcome their conditions.  Our encouragement and resources mattered, but we wanted to do something more. After lots of discussion, we decided to launch a company using the unique training that Mickey and I have received in brand new fields and Sarah’s very specialized and highly regarded research background to help others adopt The Paleo Approach.  The Paleo Approach is thoroughly laid out in Sarah’s book and was used by each of us to bring our own health back from the brink, but we recognized that a truly valuable addition to the community we care so much about needed to include services tailored to assist them in their own transformative processes. Sarah led the charge and we were soon deep into the development of The Paleo Mom Consulting.  We began laying out our vision for programs that could support people with a range of health challenges.  Early on, Sarah expressed how much width and depth she wanted our clients to receive through the company’s services and that soon lead us to two other gifted, experienced professionals.   Anne Angelone, LAc and Amy Kubal, R.D. round out our team. 

Amy, our R.D.
Amy, our R.D.

Actually, I should tell you a little more about the particular team Sarah wanted for the company.   In one of our earliest conversations, Sarah said, “I want people that know personally what a battle with illness is like, how isolating it feels, and can truly relate to our clients.  I know what it is like to have so much more to offer than my body will sometimes allow.  Those are the people I want to hire.”  That’s what she did . . . there is no one on The Paleo Mom Consulting staff, assistants all the way to functional medicine practitioner, that has not faced illness herself.  From autoimmune skin conditions to Anklyosing Spondylitis to eating disorders . . . we have all been there and we think it is specifically those journeys that will provide our clients with the exceptional, rich experience they deserve on their journeys. In short, the women of TPM Consulting have decided to take ALL our lemons (and between us we have lots of lemons) and make some lemonade.  We hope that you’ll let us offer you a way forward in your own refreshing (you know . . . like lemonade) new direction! Head over to our new site and watch Sarah introducing her new team and the services we provide in an exclusive video.  You can find us at www.ThePaleoMomConsulting.com.

Anne working with a client
Anne working with a client

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At the beginning of February I ran a series of posts about my "guinea pig" clients.  These three people were my first long-term clients and helped me learn alot about health coaching as I've worked through my course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition since last July.  I've had the pleasure of working on a short term, more informal basis with lots of folks though.  Some of them literally consulted with me on one phone call and were off and running with that special piece of information or encouragement they needed.  Others checked in every few weeks or months and slowly with my guidance reached amazing health goals.  Still others asked me to design very specific, brief programs to help them basically "reset" their health.  I wanted to share their experiences, in their own words, so that I could further spread the word about how powerful and a helpful a health coach could be in your life.

Alex C.-Mid 20's

My top three goals working with Angie were to stop the stomach bloating!  For the past 4 years I experienced stomach bloating that was out of this world.  At times it was so uncomfortable that I would have to unbotton my pants and could barely function—talk about awkward when it happened at work.  If you want a mental image, it would bloat so much that I looked at least 7 months pregnant.  I also wanted to lose a couple pounds and chill out!  My anxiety and stress was through the roof.  Angie was able to help me work toward these goals by introducing me to the FODMAP list, which I used as a guide for a seven-day experiment.  During those seven days, I was able to see what foods caused the bloating.  Eventually I switched over to Paleo and never looked back.  On top of all the food related issues I was dealing with, I was also enduring a lot of stress and anxiety between work and personal life…who doesn’t these days!  She was able to provide me with many different options outside of changing my eating habits that would help with the psychological side of the issues.  Since I’m a prescription drug hater she was able to suggest natural methods that would combat those feelings.  The biggest tangible change I have noticed since working with Angie was, Oh man!  A lot has changed since working with Angie.  I’ve lost about five pounds while exercising and eating Paleo.  I truly think my motivation has increased by feeding my body with good fuel and exercise.  Ultimately, this has lifted my spirits and I feel like I have more energy.  Also, I haven’t had a single day where my stomach bloated to the point where it was so uncomfortable that I had to unbutton my pants!  This is MAJOR progress for me because it has been going on in my life for nearly four years now.  The most significant overall change I have noticed was my overall mood and happiness has definitely changed!  I’m the type of person who likes to simply “feel good” inside and out.  I would describe Angie the “Health Coach Whisperer" . . . yes, I got that name from the “Dog Whisperer."  But, seriously. I would recommend Angie to everybody in the world!

Jenny J.-Early 30's

My son was diagnosed with Tourette's, research pointed me toward diet changes to help with it.  My goal was to find someone to help with ideas and advice in moving in the right direction.  I also have been on a journey of my own to eat healthier and lose weight.  My son's diagnosis just confirmed we needed to make a big change in our diets.  Angie was a huge help!  She gave me tons of great advice and gave me great resources to help me along the way in finding our way through going gluten-free and Paleo.

Veronica A.-Early 70's

Two years ago my husband’s cardiologist told him quite bluntly to go on the Paleo diet.  We both converted almost on the spot.  The reason we were able to handle the transition, learn the process and convert so rapidly (many people need to take it all a step at a time) is because Angie “had our back."  She reviewed the doctor’s edicts along with our needs, expectations and concerns and walked us through it all step by step.  The results have been more than amazing with lowered cholesterol, normalization of blood sugar, weight loss and on and on.  We are aware that Paleo is not the be all and end all of health care steps, but it has proved a wonderful tool . . . not to mention a delicious way to eat.  We have seen how Angie’s assistance has helped others in our family and some of our friends even some who initially said “No way."

Adrienne E.-Early 30's

When I began working with Angie, my main goal was weight loss.  I have been struggling with my weight since the birth of my first child 12 years ago.  I had tried almost everything under the sun.  Angie was able to help me work toward my weight loss goals by introducing me to the Paleo diet (lifestyle).  We worked on planning meals and how to shop "Paleo-style" . . . LOL.  The most tangible change that I have noticed since working with Angie has been preparing more home cooked meals and snacks for me and my family.  As a mother of three and always on the go, planning healthy meals and executing the plan have been challenges for me, but Angie is always supportive and provides new ideas that will help me with these challenges.  The most significant overall change I have noticed is some weight loss and improved joint pain.  I no longer feel achy after running or exercise.  Before I never related these feelings to what I was eating.  Now if I make a non-Paleo food choice, I can definitely feel it in my knees.  I appreciate Angie's patience and understanding.  She is always available to answer questions in a way that is simple and easy to understand.  I would recommend Angie to everyone.  Not only is she extremely knowledgeable in many areas of health and nutrition, she has a passion for helping others be and feel their best.

Jeni B.-Early 30's

My goals were to detox in a healthy way.  The Lemonade Diet isn't what I was looking for and Angie helped me do this by guiding me through a diet aimed at cleansing.  I noticed how clear I felt and pretty amped up.  This was after the first couple of detox days (those were tough).  I was eliminating waste very quickly and not holding water weight.  I felt strong and vibrant.  Angie was encouraging and very knowledgeable in her field.  I would recommend her to anyone who wants to eat clean for any number of reasons long term or for a short term boost like I did.  I will continue to focus on clean eating and use the information Angie provided me with.

What do you think readers?  Is a health coach the right answer for you?  Have you ever worked with one?  If so, what was your experience like?

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Screen shot 2014-02-05 at 8.36.30 PMMeet Sean, my third client!  Sean messaged me on my Facebook page in September after he noticed that my fav local farm was right down the road from him.  That's right, Sean was my first local client!  After years of struggling with multiple food and chemical allergies, Sean was noticing things spiraling out of control again and asked if I would be willing to work with him in adopting AIP.  He had dabbled in Paleo and felt that AIP was probably the next best step for him, but felt overwhelmed with the process of making it his new lifestyle.  I was really excited to get to work face-to-face with a client, so we started Sean's journey on October 1.

Sean is in his early 40's and at the time we began working together he was suffering with extreme, but undiagnosed, GI-related symptoms, multiple allergies, gall bladder disease (with removal prior to our work) and chronic pain (Sean was in a serious accident over five years ago).  He wanted to address the GI issues, lose weight and learn how to make AIP sustainable.  In the beginning of our program, Sean & I talked frankly about the big commitment of AIP and how we could realistically help him make the transition.  We decided a "low and slow" approach was much more reasonable for him than "cold turkey."  Over the course of about six weeks he eliminated one food group at a time, until he was fully AIP compliant.  Then we worked through a full 30 days, which included the Thanksgiving holiday and his son's first birthday party, of strict AIP.  During that time we developed menu plans, worked through how to shop for and prep his meals, and learned how to add flexibility in for his non-Paleo family members.

Dramatic improvements started to show up, but the GI issues remained difficult to resolve.  I knew from personal experience and my work with other clients, that Sean most likely was dealing with Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth.  I encouraged him to see his GI doc and explained what testing and treatment would be ideal.  We got confirmation shortly after and in addition to anti-biotic treatment added a low-FODMAP component to Sean's AIP plan in order to help address the SIBO.  Although his SIBO symptoms are now greatly reduced, we are still working to kick the overgrowth completely, as well as working to identify other possible contributing factors to his GI issues.  This process has given me the chance to work with Sean on setting expectations that are realistic, for example that it is not always (and actually rarely) the case that someone can do a 30-day AIP elimination, followed by a quick reintro period and have life go back to "normal."  Sean has done a great job focusing on his incredible progress and much better quality of life, while learning to give his body time on the path to wellness.

Sean has also lost 30 pounds in four months!  OMG!  We've attempted some reintroductions and even made it through a really tough period with a very bad head cold and ear infections.  His moods, sleep, and pain are all improved and at this point we are looking at options to take his healing to the next level, including testing and looking for ways to improve digestive system health even more.  Sean is also starting to learn how he can make this healthy lifestyle a part of his young son's life right from the start.

Here are Sean's thought on the program:

Angie was great at assisting me in reaching my goals by creating realistic expectations (without scaring me away . . . this is hard stuff! LOL!) and outlining a “typical” course of recovery with a Paleo diet/lifestyle.  It is hard to pick “the biggest” change I have noticed, but the biggest change that others have noticed is my weight loss, about 30 pounds in four months (I had to get all new pants because my old ones were falling off)!  The unexpected changes have been improvements to my mood and sleep.  I live with chronic pain due to a bad accident and thought that my fatigue, irritability, and sleep difficulties were attributable to my pain; however, I am now way less irritable, fall asleep quicker, get better sleep, and need less sleep aids to try to fall asleep.  It even took my wife by surprise, as she would comment, “Why are you being so nice?”  I discovered that Angie was local to me AND that she was becoming a health coach to help people like me (who also happen to be people like her).  Angie has the lived experience of many health challenges (the same or related to mine...like SIBO, ugh!); but, I think even if she didn’t she would still have her awesome combination of empathy, know-how, humor, passion, and enthusiasm that anyone seeking to make health improvements would benefit from.  Angie made AIP accessible and manageable.  She provided tips to ease the pain of all the planning and time required, as well as reliable resources to turn to in a variety of mediums, like websites, books, cookbooks, and podcasts. She also provided encouragement while keeping it real versus an annoying cheerleader just giving unrealistic pep talks all the time.  I recently realized that I have never been healthy . . . ever.  I turn 42 in about a week, and for the first time in my life, I have the thought that health is possible, in large part because of Angie's optimism, example, and attitude.

It has been awesome to work with Sean.  He is a fun guy and the opportunity to bring so much humor into the health coaching relationship has been a welcome learning opportunity for me.  Being on the journey with someone like Sean helped me realize how important humor and individual tailoring are to healing.  His perseverance has been great to see, lots of people could benefit from having the kind of resolve that he has had during our program.  I am grateful to still be on the path with him as we dig even deeper for the roots of his health issues and find new ways to take the healing even further.  BTW, 30 pounds!  Isn't it incredible!?!?