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Beginnings

Over the past few years, through personal experiences with food and wellness, I have developed a passion for the power of story – my story, your story, our story; the power of food – whole food, clean food; and the power of celebrating the symptom – whatever the symptom. In all three cases, recognizing the power to heal can create a new beginning!

 

The power of story . . .

power of story 2In 2013, a dear friend was diagnosed with a ‘rare, incurable’ disease. The gastroenterologist prescribed a life-time course of steroids and ‘fists-full’ of Pepto Bismol tablets before and after each meal. My friend said ‘No thank you’ . . . and walked into the unknown of alternative remedies, including targeted nutrition, acupuncture, yoga, meditation and spiritual exploration.

When you hear the words, ‘rare’ and ‘incurable’ spoken about a close friend, it stops you in your tracks! When you hear that same person pray, ‘If God can use this illness to help others, bring it on!’ . . . when you hear these words and know the heart behind them, it brings you to your knees, literally.

Thus began the past few years of observing one person’s story, a story of exploration, introspection, trial and error with food, and healing beyond what she was told was possible and beyond what she dared to imagine. Now, my friend is the healthiest person I know, completely cured from the ‘incurable’! Go figure.

That’s why I’m here. I have a healing story to share, and I want to hear your story. I want to help you continue writing a story of health, wellness and WHOLE-ness, becoming all that you were created to be!

 

The power of food . . .

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Food is medicine. Food healed my friend. Food is comforting, and yes, in today’s culture, food is confusing. There is tons of buzz, and it is buzzing louder and louder. I’d like to help you navigate the confusion with time-proven Mind-Body Nutrition principles. We’ll explore food options while also exploring the other aspects of our lives that nourish us – and threaten to deplete us without proper care.

I have become increasingly aware of our dependence as a society on Western medicine and the quick fix or panacea of pharmaceuticals. When we go to the doctor with a health concern, we expect to be given a pill to ‘fix’ what ails us. We separate mind, body and spirit, denying the intricate, unique way in which we were designed and ignoring the deeper needs reflected in a holistic approach. Surgery and medications are the first line of defense for illness rather than lifestyle and, more specifically, dietary changes. The result is maintenance of symptoms rather than healing of the root causes the symptoms are there to reveal. Which brings me to . . .

 

 The power of symptom . . .

Our symptoms hold wisdom. They’re trying to get our attention. They want us! They want us to pay attention. They want us to heal, to lean into lives where being mindful is our default setting, eating is a spiritual practice, and serving others is an organic result of our own healing.

What if the various symptoms we experience throughout our lives – from sniffles to migraines to fatigue to inflammation to excess weight gain (or loss) – what if each symptom held a sacred message and what if a higher wisdom than our own was at work to teach us something about ourselves, speaking to us with a lesson we couldn’t learn any other way? What if?

It just might be that we would come to Celebrate the Symptom!!

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It took courage for my friend to walk away from the conventional offerings of Western medicine, and it will take courage, too, for you to step out of your comfort zone into a new realm of healing. Can you imagine? It’s my hope to en-COURAGE you! Whatever your concern – weight, poor self-image, over-eating, portion control, low energy, and more – I am equipped to help you.

I’m Deborah Garrard, Certified Psychology of Eating Coach. Using the tools of Mind-Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology, I will walk alongside you to explore the possibilities of renewed health, energy and wellness . . . WHOLE-ness of mind-body-spirit.

With certification in Whole Foods Plant Based Nutrition, I offer proven nutritional guidelines for promoting health and preventing disease.

Together, we’ll explore what’s eating you . . . and what you’re eating, too. I’ll help you develop mindful lifestyle choices, providing you with new energy to be well and serve well.

Bee-line? There’s not one. Still, there is sweetness in life to savor and to share! Buzz me and let’s begin . . .

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