I received my training to practice Integrative Holistic Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which is located in New York City and is the only nutrition school that integrates all the different dietary theories — combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw foods into its program.
My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
I am a Certified Detox Specialist through The Health Sciences Academy out of London, United Kingdom, successfully completing their Detox Specialist program, which included performing symptom assessments, evaluating detoxification capacity and putting forward tailored nutritional assessments to enhance detoxification.
Other aspects of my training included recognizing sources of exogenous and endogenous toxins, identifying symptoms of exposure and devising nutritional strategies to help alleviate them; building personalized short-term nutritional plans based on current state of health and detoxification goals and accessing, planning and monitoring nutrient intake; identifying risks of exposure to toxin types, including mutagens, genotoxins, neurotoxins, mycotoxins, carcinogens, heavy metals and petrochemicals; understanding internal elimination and biochemical detoxification pathways, which particular nutrients enhance them and which agents hinder them; and analyzing diet, sleep and hydration journals, organizing shopping lists, offering cooking and/or recipe ideas, tracking progress and monitoring food reintroduction.
I am a Certified Nutritional Therapist through The Health Sciences Academy out of London, United Kingdom, successfully completing their Nutritional Therapist program, which included performing nutritional assessments, detecting probable nutrient deficiencies and formulating personalized dietary strategies to help correct them.
Other aspects of my training included recognizing the impact of nutrition on health gene expression and understanding the relationship between free radicals and DNA damage; analyzing antioxidant capacity and putting forward nutritional recommendations to increase antioxidant protection; understanding the influence of plant-based foods, polyphenols, phytochemicals, probiotics and fiber on health promotion and disease prevention; identifying which factors either increase the bioavailability of required nutrients or hinder their absorption and utilization and building personalized food plans to help improve health symptoms and put forward nutritional recommendations for common health conditions.
I furthered my nutritional educational training by successfully completing Holistic Nutrition Lab’s Full Body Systems Functional Nutrition Course, which consisted of in-depth courses focused on specific systems of the body; namely, the Digestive Intensive, the Immune Intensive, the Endocrine Intensive, the Neuro Intensive, the Urinary Intensive and the Reproductive Intensive.
I completed my culinary training at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, which is the world’s premier organic raw vegan chef training school, and earned the certification of Associate Living Foods Chef. Topics covered during the Associate Living Foods Chef training program included the FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™, Sharpen Up Your Knife Skills™, the Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ and the Essentials of Raw Culinary Arts™.
I am a graduate of Anthony Robbins’ Mastery University, Anthony Robbins’ Leadership Academy, Landmark Education’s Landmark Forum Course, Landmark Education’s Advanced Course and the PSI Basic Course. I have also been a member of the Robbins Research International Senior Leadership team where I worked with people from all around the world during various events, assisting them in accomplishing their personal health and lifestyle goals.
I am a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a member of the International Association of Health Coaches and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.