Hi! If this is your first time getting to know me, my name is Heidi and I am a proud mama to my 2 year old son, Austin, and wifey to my husband, Chris. I have been on a pursuit of bettering myself for my whole life and in the process of doing so, my passion has been to help others find the same light in themselves and to always continue growing and improving. Through years of study on fitness and nutrition, plus personal experiences of my own, I decided that it was time to start offering my wisdom to others because I feel like I have a lot to share. Please continue reading if you would like to learn more about my background and what to expect if you would like to work with me! Namaste and be well XO
My background in health and fitness:
I received my Bachelors in Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion through Simmons College and for years struggled to make a career out of it. Why? Well because shortly after graduating I became a vegan and did a lot of self-study about the meat and dairy industry and read studies and learned facts that were never discussed in school. When I was doing my rotations in a hospital as a nutritionist, I was appalled by the menus that the patients were ordering from- cheeseburgers and fries to a patient who just had open heart surgery? Sugary juices to borderline diabetics? Dairy pumped with hormones to people suffering with endometriosis? None of it made sense to me. If food is our medicine, then why wasn’t proper nutrition being taught to these sick people in hospitals who needed it most?
I decided that my beliefs weren’t fully aligned with what I had learned in school (for example, that dairy is the best source of calcium, yet the dairy industry is the one funding these studies and the textbooks in our school systems. Seems a little biased if you ask me…) I knew that I still wanted to help people be better versions of themselves, so I decided to work as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor and got many years of joy- and still continue to do so- out of working in a health club environment.
About 6 or 7 years after graduating, my friend introduced me to the Integrative School of Nutrition, a school focused on holistic health and nutrition with like-minded people like myself who were not brainwashed by the governments ideals of healthy eating (like the food pyramid, which has luckily gone extinct). INN was a great experience and I learned a lot, but I still wasn’t sure how to incorporate nutrition counseling into my career. To be honest, I had been a vegan for many years by this point and was worried that people wouldn’t want to work with me because they would think I would force an animal-free lifestyle on them (which I wouldn’t!).
Fast forward to another 6ish years later, I decided to take the leap and enroll in Kerala Ayurveda Academy to become an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor. THIS was exactly what I had been looking for since graduating from college and wanting to know more more more about how to help people and not take a one size fits all approach. Ayurveda seeks to get to the root cause of people symptoms to help bring the body into balance and utilizes an extensive interviewing process to find out about a person’s natural state of being so that through comparison to current lifestyle issues, the practitioner can help bring the client back to balance in their normal state. Instead of masking symptoms, Ayurveda really looks to find the cause. For example- if a new client comes to me and is significantly overweight, instead of jumping right into a diet protocol, I will use the interview process to find out WHY they are overweight. Was there a history of abuse? Are they unhappy with their job or in their marriage? Do they hate where they live? It’s all about helping the client look outside of the box to find that “click” as to WHAT is causing their imbalances.
My approach and philosophy:
After over 15 years of continued education in nutrition and fitness, my goal is to infuse everything I have learned- through Western studies and Eastern medicine- to help bring my clients balance in their life through science backed protocols as well as holistic healing methods that a modern day American doctor may not "prescribe" but have been proven to work for 1000s of years (think herbs, meditation, etc). I do not look at anyone as if they “have a problem” or “problems”. Instead I see any issues one may have as an imbalance, which means there’s a way to help anyone with anything. Yes, some ailments may not be 100% curable, that doesn’t mean that together we can't help find ways to bring the body back into a more harmonious state. Also, sometimes I may need to refer out to another professional- like a chiropractor, OB/GYN, acupuncturist, etc.- if I feel that someone needs a little extra love in forms that I am not able to provide myself.
Am I someone who would benefit from working with you?
To put it simply, if you are a living, breathing human being, then the answer is YES! Whether you are suffering from seasonal allergies, anxiety, have some weight to lose, need help balancing your hormones after having a baby, etc- this type of work can benefit anyone and everyone. I have noticed that on social media a lot of holistic health type work is usually targeted towards women, but I want to emphasize that men need this stuff too! So if your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, son, etc needs a little help getting on a healthier path in life- send em my way! Of course I work with women too, and can even help with school aged-children. So basically- I can be your one stop shop for your whole family, but just not taking any pets on (yet) :)
What can I expect from working with you?
Our first appointment will be about an hour long and will consist of a VERY detailed discussion on your health history, current health concerns, lifestyle, family health history, relationships, sleeping patterns, daily routines, etc. Prior to this appointment I will send you a body constitution questionnaire so that I can get a good understanding of who you are at your core being. This will help paint a very clear picture for me so that we can get to the root cause of your underlying symptoms and tackle them together. Before our initial appointment I will also send you 3 documents to look over and sign- a disclosure statement, practitioner's promise of confidentiality, and a missed appointment policy. After all of these documents are signed by you and I both, I will make copies for myself and you.
Next we will have our initial appointment which will be about an hour or so long. You will have three options for this appointment- to meet in South Boston, or schedule a call on Zoom or the telephone. During this appointment we will cover in depth your health history and lifestyle, go over your body constitution sheet, and discuss any current health issues you are experiencing.
Within 48 hours after our initial consult I will write out a descriptive plan for you on everything from diet suggestions, exercise suggestions, herb suggestions, meditation/breath work suggestions, and lifestyle suggestions. I will type it all up in a document so you can refer back to it anytime, but we can schedule a 15 minute complimentary call to go over everything so I can answer any questions you may have.
After our initial appointment I highly recommend a follow-up appointment 4 weeks later. I prefer a month for our first follow-up versus anytime sooner because it usually takes a good 30 days to make and notice changes so want to give you time to settle into a new routine before checking in and re-assessing. I WILL, however, be accessible via email during the one months time and will check in with you before our next appointment. After one month we will schedule a 45 minute call to discuss progress and any questions you may have, and I will update the lifestyle plan that I originally gave you as needed.
*NOTE: I will most likely recommend one more follow-up 4 weeks later after your first follow-up appointment. After 3 months time (from our first appointment to two follow-ups later), if you are starting to feel significantly more balanced in your body and mind, I will suggest making our follow-up appointments seasonal rather than monthly (unless you would like to see me more regularly of course!). Everyone is going to come for different reasons, so some may need to see me less than others before finding balance, but my goal is to make it so that you can eventually "fly on your own" and only need to check in with me annually or bi-annually.
Interested in working with me or still have questions? Please feel free to shoot me a message here and we can schedule a complimentary 15 minute appointment. Looking forward to speaking with you!