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My work = My passion. 

 

Work and passion are interchangeable for me. I have been blessed to find work that doesn’t feel like a “job;” it satisfies me on such a deep level that I feel like I haven’t worked a day in years. 

At the tender age of 24, I woke up realizing that I had a great mission to fulfill, a mission much larger than myself.

It was humbling, uplifting and soul-satisfying. I knew I was here to make a difference. We all are. I was brave enough, which I thank myself for every day, to follow this intuition and pursue my dreams. Which has led me here, to you.

The journey prior to those 24 years was not an easy one. I was constantly conflicted with the age-old question of “what should I do with my life?” and refused to settle for a job simply for a paycheck, health insurance, a sweet social life, or any of that nonsense. No matter how badly my family wanted me to.

 

When I woke up that one day, I had an epiphany. My journey to the thriving health I was experiencing was an interesting story, to say the least.

I had healed myself…physically, mentally, and spiritually.

(We’ll get to this part in a second – it’s juicy). I felt like a completely different person, more alive and free than ever before. I realized in that moment that I could help other women feel this very same way. And that’s when my intense desire to work as a nutritionist and health coach was born. One year later, I was a certified Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic Health Coach, in the beginning stages of starting a business. Crazy things can happen when you follow your intuition and passions. I still have to pinch myself on account of the work I get to do on a daily basis…helping amazing women, like you, look and feel their best through whole food nutrition and lifestyle empowerment coaching. It feels so good.

 

Down to the details.

 

Growing up, I knew I was “different.” My childhood to early 20’s were great years, but I definitely had my struggles.

I constantly dealt with a serious desire to fit in. I was always trying to figure myself out. 

 

In college, it was a matter of what career path to pursue. I spent an entire summer going through our programs manual trying to determine which path was the “right” one for me. I went from a math major, to a pre-pharmacy major (hysterical, I know, given what I do now), to finance, to finally settling on economics and communications. Constantly questioning myself was taxing. Ultimately, I never question this path, because it’s what led me to where I am today.

 

The Gamechanger.

 

I decided to study abroad in college and headed to Australia. I spent five months there, and those five months were the catalyst for my now career. I learned all about the foundations of healthy living. I was cooking all of my meals, I walked everywhere, and I was surrounded by other like-minded, health conscious people. It was a time in life I will never forget.

 

Things started to get interesting.

 

Within the journey to healthy eating came an obsession with eating healthy.

At 20 years old, I developed an eating disorder without even realizing it. I ate extremely well, but was overconsumed with what and when I was eating. The medical profession has now termed this disorder orthorexia. I went from 130 pounds, slightly above my ‘healthy weight,’ to a scary 108 pounds for my 5’7” frame. I came home to friends and family expressing serious concern. I didn’t understand until years later that they had every right to feel the way they did. I was anal and neurotic to the point where the fun person I was became overshadowed by my concern for the food I was eating that day. I would make meals separate from what my family was cooking, bring my own food to BBQs, count out my almonds, measure everything I ate with cups…you can imagine the mental exhaustion this had on me as well. 

 

Heal the mind, heal the body.

 

After college, I took a job in NYC in finance and marketing thinking I was making exactly the right move based on what I studied – and not to mention – who doesn’t want to move to NYC at the age of 22? I enjoyed my time there, probably more so than I should’ve, but I felt empty inside. I wasn’t making a difference. Something was missing from my life. I filled the emptiness with…

  • Continued obsessions around food {hello, splenda and soy products}

  • Work {because everybody else did}

  • Drugs and alcohol {yup. because everybody else did}

 

A year and a half into this lifestyle, I knew. 

 

I knew things weren’t right. I wasn’t living for myself anymore and I felt completely trapped. Physically I was a mess, and life was an emotional rollercoaster. So now what? 180 degrees later…

 

Within three months, I moved to San Diego jobless and somewhat directionless, full well knowing I was meant to be there. I wholly believe that proactively healing my mind allowed me to heal my body.

I energetically created a life I wanted to live, full of adventure, play, romance and a heck of a lot of healthy fun.

 

It all changed because I made the decision that I was ready to change.

{If you stick with me, I’ll help you get there, too!}

 

I ate healthy foods to feel good, not to look skinny.

I learned the meaning of true health foods, opting for healthy fats over fake sugars. 

I gained a necessary and healthy 20 pounds. 

I exercised to feel good. I ran five half marathons. 

I became spiritual through hiking and practicing yoga.

I persisted until I had a career awakening – that oh-so-satisfying feeling of knowing you’re helping people and doing good in the world all while creating happiness and gratification in your own life. This happened within six months of my move to San Diego.

I studied my ass off for two years to obtain two nutrition certifications. I was going places, and everything felt so right.

 

Here and now.

 

Five years later, I’ve built a successful health coaching practice and am not only fulfilling my dreams and desires, but helping other women achieve their goals in the process. I’m a humble student – and will be for life – on this never-ending journey to change the world of nutrition.

I plan on creating many experiences down the road where women come together in search of the keys to health and happiness {Costa Rica retreat, anyone?}. 

Stayed tuned. 

 

Why I AM different. 

 

What makes me different than the other nutritionists or weight loss experts out there? I keep it real. I’m understanding of your unique journey. I don’t preach diet plans. I teach you about whole foods and how food can literally change your life. I show you that you have to live a little. A glass of red wine, a piece (or three!) of dark chocolate, a night out with the girls. It’s all a part of life, and if we lived to 100% perfection all the time, my prediction is that we would be pretty miserable

Life can and should be amazing, and our relationship to food can be healthy and strong. I can show you the way.

 

Is what I’m sharing with you hitting home? If you’re confused about nutrition or fed up with listening to the so-called “experts” on weight loss, let’s hang out. You can sign up for a 30-minute complimentary health breakthrough session with me by finding a date and time that works with your schedule here.

 

I can’t wait to chat with you.

 

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What my clients are saying…

 

“Never did I think Amanda would give me the gift she did.”

“Amanda was the catalyst that helped me transition to my new, healthier lifestyle and guided me through the difficult changes.”

“With Amanda’s support I have been able to make my life so much better physically, mentally and emotionally.”

“In my first session with Amanda, she immediately wanted to know what my health goals were. She listened to my concerns and tackled them head on.”