WHY A COACH?
Certified Health Coaches are knowledgeable advisors who provide ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness. As your Health Coach, I will listen carefully and help you to navigate the world of contradictory nutrition advice to determine what changes are necessary for you. As a coach I will cover many roles from educator to accountability partner. I will be there cheering up for you when you feel low, and I will be there celebrating your milestones and successes. In many ways, my role as a health coach is similar to what a spotting partner would do at the gym: always there for you helping you push until the last rep.
WHAT DO I DO
I combine the power of food with the power of other natural solutions such essential oils and colored lights in order to channel and support change within the individual's narrative; from “What do I want to eat?” to “How do I want to feel?.” Food, essential oils, and light are all information. Every bit of information that we process has an effect on our mood, feelings, and perception. That's why changing our habits around food consumption is very important. Our skin is not only a protective layer; it is "an antenna and a converting agent for any kind of vibration that surround us" (cit. Sense and Nonsense of Sickness and Pain, Peter Mandel ). That's only one example of a mistreated organ, and this is why I will help you channel supporting information that will enhance your own self-healing and self-growth abilities. It is clear in holistic medicine that healing it is not about curing the symptoms or part of our body at its micro level. It's about wholeness and balance. At the end of the day your level of health is the result of your nutritional and lifestyle regime, along with the state of your whole system's homeostasis. A Health Coach helps you maintaining that balance. I inspire change at every level and work with you to evolve into the next person that you want to be. Together, we will identify your own personal priorities and desired lifestyle challenges and we will work to break them down and build them back up again according to your will and your bio-individuality.
Food With a Capital F
STEP ONE, the 12-step program that I offer, builds around the power of Food with a capital F. The latest biophysical research, and as also proved by world renown German physicist Dr. Albert Popp, confirms that man not only consists of matter, but also has an "energy body". Based on that and my personal experience, I define Food as anything that we eat in every moments of our lives, not only through our mouth. I believe that we eat food through our eyes, our ears, our skin, our environment, and even from the people that surround us. I also believe in the concept of Bodymind, the term coined to indicate that the body, mind, and spirit are all tied in together in the same continuum.
The Myth of a Silver Bullet Diet
Modern diets reflect people's desire to minimize effort in finding balance within each individual's nutrition routine. While some more restrictive diets might be useful to maintain of aid into certain medical conditions, in general the so called "yo-yo diets" don’t work in the long run; reality is that they put too much stress on restrictions and rules that make them short lived and unsustainable. Take the Paleo diet for example. Some of us have enough native processing power to digest meat, while other don't, making this diet a bad idea for some individuals. Some people dive fully into veganism, while their systems get denied many of the nutrients necessary for sustenance, getting them sick over time. Truth is, there is no secret pill and no diet fits-all formula. There is no perfect diet, there is no perfect medicine, there is no perfect combination of calories and key ingredient. Lifestyle and quality of food is the newfound golden rules for happier, healthier, longer lives. The real answer to this seemingly complex modern challenge is to embark on a journey with your own body and mind to discover what works best for your system. While we have are all equipped with a powerful instinct that guides us every day through life, having a Health Coach on your side will speed up the process of learning and self-improvement.
A misleading Nutrition Science
When it comes to food and nutrition science there is a lot of confusion and misconception on a variety of topics out there in the media outlets. After all, publishers end up producing content that creates the most sensation among readers, including what every magazine and blog out there sells as the ultimate perfect miracle routine or food ingredient. The latest trendy ingredient or diet is just not going to cut it. Why? Because it's a trend, and like all trends it will be replaced with a better one sooner or later. In our brief modern history, humans have quickly gone from hunters and gatherers to slave of a culture that will suggest what good for you to eat. Supermarkets and the mass-produced food industry seems to have become the ugly modern version of what used to be our grandma's nutritional advices. While we can't trust a for-profit organization that competes with million others in a very competitive market, we also generally forgot our own instinctual voice, that one that tell us "what our system really needs right now and how we want to feel ' and not 'what kind of exotic food we want to eat at the moment.' To debunk a myth, and totally supporting what Joshua Rosenthal already made it a staple topics of his own program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, nutrition science seems to be the most imprecise science out there. Based on the same concept, Joshua teaches that one person's food is another person's poison. My program helps you look closer home, within inside you, to find the perfect balance between your lifestyle and what your system needs. After that, you won't have to doubt what your needs are one more minute in your life.
Culture And Bio-Individuality
I was raised Italy until the age of 23, but since I've been living in the USA my food intake has changed a lot. Although I take pride of my cultural background, I currently don't eat much of the Italian cuisine. Why? This might surprise you, but Italian cuisine can be very rich and heavy, becoming taxing to the body. While in Italy ingredients are more fresh and of higher quality, the result of centuries of perfected production methods, in USA some key elements change the chemistry of the food: water, air, soil, lifestyle will all change how you eat and how your system digests and processes the ingested food. In my program, we will consider who you are, where you come from, who you are biologically, and what biological phase you are experiencing in life, integrating my teachings to your personal goals. While changing the habits and the diet that I inherit as part of my culture feels against nature at times, it made a substantial difference in my life. I learned to substitute ingredients with healthier ones, to change the ratio intake fo certain foods, and to introduce new ones that feel more available on this side of the world. Looking back at my photos from 10 years ago, I realize how much the changes in my diet and lifestyle routine has changed what I look like and how I feel, making my life journey such a happier and more satisfying one. Bio-individuality is important and it's the key to the program I lead. From day 1 I design your individual program also based on your genetic background, your emotional being composition, your astrological sign, your blood type, your career style, your daily routines, and your level of fitness. These elements all tie together into provide you with a new holistic path and a more instinctual solution to your own individual challenges.
Spirituality is essential when we eat Food. I'm not talking about the the kind of spirituality that takes you to church or to buddha temples to pray. As we all have boht a physical and a spiritual sides, so do the fruits, the vegetables, and the animals that we eat every day.
If you happen to be located in NYC, I also offer a state-of-the-art holistic healing technology called Esogetics Colorpuncture©. Developed by German naturopath Peter Mandel, involves the application of colored light frequencies to points on the skin. It also uses sound therapy, induction tools, crystal devices and essential oils to further enhance the effects of light treatments. What I love about this modality is that it leverages the last 50 years of Mandel's research on over 800,000 indiviual assessments and over 30 years of scientific discoveries of the bodywork approach to medicine.
This very gentle and non-intrusive energy work is integrated in my program to help supporting a variety of symptoms and conditions including:
Fatigue and fogginess
Allergies and environmental sensitivities
Stress, Depression and Anxiety
Immune weakness, poor lymph flow & detoxification
STEP ONE PROGRAM™
HOW DOES MY PROGRAM WORK ?
STEP ONE PROGRAM is structured around 12-session and distributed over 3 or 6 months depending on the individual availability and pace.
I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.
My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.
Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health.
While working together a lot of positive things are going to happen. Together we are going to:
set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
understand and reduce your cravings
increase your energy levels
feel great in your body
learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them
improve your personal relationships
discover the confidence to create the life you want
The program is bio-individualized, which means that it will be built around who you are, where you come from, based on your health history, and your genetic heritage.
My standard program includes:
a complete holistic health history and individual food habits analysis
one or two 50-minute sessions per month (depending if you choose the 3 or 6 month program)
e-mail support between sessions
recipes that are healthy and simple to prepare
coaching and support to help you make the dietary and lifestyle changes you want
simple but informative handouts that will increase your nutrition knowledge
my personal commitment to your health and success