A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their clients' needs.

Relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality are just as important to your health as the food you eat. Health Coaches understand this and take a holistic approach to supporting the whole person. Find out how health coaching stacks up against other health and wellness jobs.
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Kalamazoo, MI
517.230.0647

reclaiminghealthcoaching@gmail.com

ABOUT ME

IMG_6069_copy_copyWelcome to Reclaiming Health!

I’m glad you’re here. You are right where you are supposed to be. Take a breath. Now another. There is a reason you stumbled upon this site and I’m excited to get to know you! But first, you might want to know who I am and what makes Reclaiming Health different.

Hello! My name is Emily, and I am a work in progress. And, it’s taken me a long time to realize that’s a good thing! My primary areas of focus are stress reduction, mindfulness, meditation, intuitive eating, self-care, and plant-based/vegan diets. No one lifestyle works for everyone. Therefore my individual coaching is tailored to meet each persons unique needs. I also teach meditation classes and stress reduction workshops for businesses and groups. In addition to running my business, my husband and I welcomed our first child, Luna Mabel, in June 2018! Being a mom has been such an incredible life changing experience. When I’m not working with clients or snuggling our bundle of joy, I enjoy traveling, cooking, running, camping, and being involved in our wonderful community. 

 

I have extensive training and a unique approach to health coaching, but like many of you I have a health story filled with trial and error, confusion, stress, and overwhelming moments. I’ve experimented with everything from food journaling to CrossFit to a vegan diet. Some things worked and even stuck. Others did not. In those moments of “why isn’t this working for me?!”, I lost my voice and connection to my body and was stressed out all the time. I stopped listening to what I specifically needed to be happy and healthy. I thought "health" was something you found, once and for all, and that was it. Done. You arrived at health - now enjoy life! Well, as you probably know, that's not really how this health thing works. 

It’s a journey - Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, what worked for me in my twenties doesn’t work for me now. And likely, what works for me now isn’t going to work twenty years down the road! Things happen. Life happens. We learn, grow, adapt. It’s when we don’t allow for this to happen that we lose our way, and often times it’s our health that suffers the most. What is stressful for one person, may be nothing to someone else. Stress is all about how we approach it and knowing what we need in those moments to thrive.

It’s rarely just about the food - If you only focus on diet, you miss the bigger picture of what is really going on in your life. If you spend 10 hours of your day at a job you hate, or come home to an unhealthy relationship, chances are you aren’t going to feel much like cooking a healthy meal, going for a run, or indulging in a creative project. Stress is eating you alive and it becomes harder and harder to honor what you need. More and more research shows us that there is a very real connection between emotions and food. And because of our standard American lifestyle and diet, we eat when we're stressed, seek out sugar and caffeine for more energy, and choose sleep - usually restless - over physical activity or time with a significant other. Digging deeper into what's really going on helps us to better understand our food and other lifestyle choices. 

Finding your voice - It’s hard to speak up for what you need, especially when it comes to making changes to your health. You might disappoint someone, ruin a holiday meal, or be forced to explain yourself to someone and risk being judged. The stress and pressure can become too much. I've been in each of these situations and they aren't fun. However, my voice grew stronger and stronger each time and my goal is to help you reclaim your voice too. With my support, it's 100% attainable for you to make positive lasting changes and take back your health.
   

My Training

I am a licensed clinical social worker, receiving my bachelors degree in social work from Western Michigan University in 2006 and graduate degree in social work from Michigan State University in 2010. I have an extensive background in working with women and families.integrative-nutrition-health-coach-inhc I've received training in motivational interviewing, secondary trauma-informed care, burn-out and compassion fatigue. I've also completed workshops focused on inclusion and diversity to ensure an open, inclusive, and non-judgmental environment and practice.

I received my health coaching certification from  Integrative Nutrition (IIN), where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between. 

Where you might find me

Southwest Michigan Eating Disorder Association, Member
Vegan Kalamazoo, Member
Open Roads Bike Program, Past Board Chair, Committee Member
Life-changing Tips and Strategies to Stop Binge Eating featured on The Diabetes Council

What's with the snail?

The snail represents slowing down and taking your time, being fully present in your life. I believe in starting small to create sustainable long lasting changes. Snails are also born with and grown into their one and only home - their shell - and take it with them everywhere they go. We too, for better or worse, take our beginning and past with us where ever we go. It's up to us what we choose to do with it.


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