Hello Friends and Family!
I'm coming out of the closet once again…nope, not to tell you I'm gay, although I still do come out of the closet sometimes (I'm getting better at this!), but to tell you I'm reigniting my health business!
Over these last couple of years, I have had quite the journey, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, and I am ready to open and come out with vulnerability, surrender, and compassion to guide and lead others.
This Deana, who is coming out, looks different, and that is why I tried to hide over the last year and go back into the closet. But, it’s exhausting to hide.
One of my biggest fears came to fruition as I lost all my hair, eyebrows, and now some eyelashes due to a condition called alopecia. I’ve experienced bouts of this for 20 years, but this time was unlike any other. Over the years, I could "fix" the issue with a quick visit to the dermatologist to get injections and boom, it would grow back! Wahlah, the problem was fixed...so I thought. God (Universe, Source, Devine Being) said, oh you're not hearing me...let me really get your attention. I am going to make another relationship fall apart, your business not work how you want, that diet not work, and have all your hair fall out...now can you hear me? Now, do I have your attention? YES, YES you do!!!
Slowly, I began to open more and more to each moment of my process. I stopped all treatments because something deep within me told me it was not a treatment or the perfect diet or supplement that will "fix" this. I shaved my head because the trauma of watching my hair falling out was too much. Then there was a slow process of learning how to go out into the world looking different. With each new step, I became stronger and it became easier. There were many times I wanted to give up, but something deep down told me to keep going.
I am still on this journey of life and I will forever be until I no longer live in this human body. I am grateful for my journey and all the challenges, heartache, and pains because now I know that each of these experiences were placed divinely into my life to bring me back to myself, which is what God was trying to show me the entire time. I was the answer I was seeking. Everything I wanted, needed, and searched for is and was right inside of me all along. This might not make sense to some of you, and that's perfectly ok. It didn't make sense to me either.
So, now I see the loss of my hair as my greatest gift. It wasn't here to show me all the things I was doing wrong in my life it was here FOR me to show me a little bit more of who I truly am. It has taught me a whole new meaning of health, wellness, and nutrition. There isn't a right way or wrong way, there is a way that is right for you and we get to decide what that is. I just finished my master’s in health and nutrition education, which allows me to be a Certified Nutritionist. I also have certifications in health/life coaching and personal training. After a 17-year career as a police officer, I left the profession two years ago to pursue my passions. The work I do helps people go beyond counting calories, macros, and micros. Those are valuable and can be important for some, however, I believe that our issues around food and our body are not about nutrition. Most of us know what to eat to be healthy but many can’t seem to do it or stick with it.
Are you at war with your relationship with food? Do you have thoughts or beliefs like this:
Should and Shouldn't - find yourself in a battle with every food choice
Blame and shame – there’s something wrong with me; I’m lazy, I’m too weak
Hunger and cravings – they seem to be uncontrollable, I should be able to control them
Sad and mad – angry or sad feelings that only food can settle
Rules and rebels – rigid rules that rob your freedom, so you eat to defy them
Imagine you can turn your stress around food into this:
Discover your personal power around food
Gain real control over your eating choice
Feel confident about your diet strategy
Achieve your ideal weight, without a fight
Transform your body through kindness
Find true, lasting freedom with food
I offer a program to help you live this reality and together, create a customized nutritional wellness plan for you. If you are interested or know someone who might be, don't hesitate to contact me to set up a free consult call.
I am on this journey with you and I look forward to connecting.
With so much love,