What a wild year!
At the beginning of 2020 I officially left my full time RN management job to take my coaching practice full time AND. . . open a healing café! What a time to open a café, am I right?!
But, I finally took the leap to trust what I'm here to do, which is spread the word of alternative and proactive care vs. western/reactive medicine and care. Through coaching and our café (I co-own this with an amazing biz partner) I know I can make a difference and help people gain the knowledge they need to better lives as naturally as possible!
While we had to close the café during quartentine, we're back up and booming with business. If you're in the southern Wisco area, be sure to check us out at CommonHouse! We offer the traditional espresso bar creations with our amazing organic coffee along with many alternative drinks such as fire cider, hemp tea, real fruit smoothies and our signature healing blends!
Where is Pure & Simple now?
As if the pandemic and opening another new biz wasn't enough, I jumped in to furthering my education and have added the title of Restorative Wellness Practitioner to my name & toolbox! I now can pair all of my education with stool and food sensitivity testing to help people further get to the root cause of their issues. I mainly focus on gut healing first and foremost with the core belief that all dis-ease typically starts in the gut!
My mission with all of this is to be able to help educate people, so that they too know all these 'tricks' as their own common knowledge. Testing and working with a practitioner like myself can be an investment, but I'm hoping to be able to keep costs as minimal as possible and build my scholarship program so that those who can't afford it aren't turned away from the help. I fully recognize not everyone has the privilege to take on something like this, and in fact, those are often the ones who end up suffering from chronic disease the most! I'm continuing on my mission to spread the word and help as many people as possible here at Pure & Simple! Who knows what the future holds, but for now, I'm here in this online space willing and ready to help whoever is willing to listen and make changes!
SO many people come to me with a single goal, to lose weight. Not lose fat, gain muscle, feel better, live longer...just one, 'simple', one tops all else goal of 'lose weight'.
Why I no longer work with these people?
Many reasons actually, but one mainly being that in order to lose weight, you need to fuel your body properly FIRST. Unfortunately, many of the people w/this mindset of a dire need to lose weight, are not mentally or emotionally prepared to do the work they need to in order to actually lose that weight in a safe & sustainable way. As a health professional, I refuse to simply give people what they want when I know it won't benefit them in the long run.
So, here's the scoop! Before you can lose weight, you have several factors to look at. Some of those being, sleep quality, food quality, overall activity levels (this does not mean the 1 hour of workouts 4-6x/wk you do), stress management and finally, food quantity. Notice, quantity is last on my list. If we don't focus on all of the above, we have no right to be looking at portion sizes and food quantities, because the others significantly impact your body's ability to hold, use, burn the fuel you're consuming.
For times sake, lets say all of the above boxes are checked, you're crushing sleep, you ensure you're active outside of your 9-5 desk job, you're eating 80% whole foods...now we can look at how much you're consuming! Roughly, a female can easily eat 1800 cals (and more!) and should be to ensure proper hormone function and balance. A male even more than that! You read that right, these template and calculators spitting out 1500 and less cals for you are. not. it. friends!
How I work with clients...
First, I'd work with you to slowly increase your overall intake and get you to a point that will serve your body well! Once there, we need to let your body know it's safe, going to be fed, a famine is not coming and you're not going to starve! This takes weeks, even months depending on how long you have been restricting food from your body prior. This is where an experienced professional will be able to tune in to your body & listen to the cues it's providing and hear what it's saying.
When appropriate, the 'cut' aka diet can finally begin. But, don't get too excited to cut down that daily calorie #, a cut should safely only be done from 4-8 wks max! ((All depending on the person, there are no cookie cutter plans or templates that simply work for everyone, we are all beautifully made so intrinsically different and thus need to be treated as such!)) Then back to that maintenance # you go. This allows your body to again ensure it's safe and going to be fed. So, you see, losing weight the right way, is guaranteed to take time. You've heard it before, I'll say it again...you didn't put on that 30 lbs in a month, it's not coming off in a month.
If you're serious about changing your weight, hopefully for the sole purpose of improving your health, you should consider doing it in a healthy and sustainable way. I'd be skeptical of any coach willing to cut cals immediately and same goes for any diet that promotes the same. Invest in yourself and take the time to help your body vs. harming it even more.