Hello there. I am Barbara and I am so glad that you stopped by. You are obviously thinking about your health and that is a good thing. I am 60 years young, a wife, mother of a young teen and a RN. I also am living with a rare cancer called adenocystic carcinoma for which as of this date, there is no cure. Despite this, I am happy and consider myself well. My mom's death at 63 from heart disease and my years working in the ICU taught me the importance of diet and exercise. I cut out fried food, exercised and gave up smoking. My weight was decent and I was proud of the fact that my numbers (blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure) were normal. I was so shocked when at age 51, I was diagnosed with cancer. I was devastated and scared out of my mind. As a nurse, I witnessed so much and could easily have let myself wallow in despair about what the future held for me, I decided to concentrate on the things in my life that I could control which would affect how I felt each day along my journey. It became my mission to learn everything I could about nutrition, and lifestyle. What I learned was that calories in and calories out governed my diet instead of real nutrition. I embraced cooking at home and changed the way we looked at food. It has made a huge difference in my life and it can be the same for you.
My illness was also a wake up call for my husband. We have a young child. He went for a physical and came home agitated with 4 prescriptions in his hands - something for cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension. We worked on ways to manage his diet for when he was away from home, introduced some regular walking, and got him the sleep he desperately needed. Two years later he is still 40 pounds lighter, without medication and has a new lease on life.
I am located in Madison Connecticut but I can also work with clients all around the world either by phone or through the magic of skype. No matter what your situation, whether it be a need to lose weight, manage stress, reduce your blood pressure, or incorporating changes mandated by your Doctor, I can help. Learn more about my training and my unique approach to health coaching.Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.