"With my new way of eating my quality of life improved tremendously!"

MY STORY

I have always been a “full size” person – at least that is what my doctor told me when I was in the throes of puberty. That pretty much stuck with me for life, and it was from there, for the next 25 years, that I struggled with my weight. Pregnancy was a green light to eat whatever I wanted and I gained about 50 pounds with both of my children. Gaining the weight was easy, but taking it off, was not. I felt frustrated, unattractive and “stuck” in an overweight and unhealthy body.

In addition to my extra weight, I also suffered with poor digestion (diarrhea, bloating, cramping), headaches, eczema and acne.  Put all of these together and I was not only feeling bad on a regular basis, but also pretty low in the self esteem arena.

As a child I remember going out to dinner was scary, not fun. Every time we would eat out I would quickly find myself in the bathroom because of an upset stomach. I developed a phobia to restaurants because I knew I needed to be by a bathroom at all times.

My eczema developed when I was 21. I had it all over my hands and it was embarrassing and painful. They itched continually and I was miserable.

My headaches averaged once a week. They weren’t migraines, thank goodness, but I did need pain medication and they did interrupt my life.

In addition to my health concerns, my children also have health issues. My daughter has Type I Diabetes (an autoimmune disease that destroys insulin producing cells), and my son has Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disease to gluten that destroys the intestine). Because their immune systems are compromised, a healthy diet is extremely important for them too. Diabetes can lead to heart disease and not following a gluten free diet can lead to intestinal cancer.

MY PLAN

I decided I needed to start researching food so I could heal my ailments and make the three of us as healthy as possible. I had been to many doctors over the years and none of them helped me. All they did was give me a prescription and send me on my way saying “you have IBS”.  I knew deep down my health problems were all food related. But how were they related?

When I was in school for health coaching, my entire life turned around. I learned what foods made me feel great and that I was gluten and dairy intolerant. Exercise became important (again), not only for the heart healthy benefits, but also for the mind healthy benefits. I cooked healthy, simple meals with no gluten or dairy. I had no more digestive issues, my skin cleared up, my headaches disappeared, I dropped 20 pounds and I was a brand new person!

MY CREDENTIALS

I graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA in Biology. I received my training to practice as a Certified Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, which is the only nutrition school integrating over 200 different dietary theories. I have learned from some of the very best doctors and nutritionists in the world including, Andrew Weil, M.D., Deepak Chopra, Barry Sears, M.D., Mark Hyman, M.D., and Walter Willet, M.D. of Harvard’s School of Public Health. My certification is through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

It is very difficult to have a healthy body without a healthy mind. Health Coaching is about incorporating the two in order to have the quality of life you deserve. Whole, nutritious foods can heal a body just as the wrong foods can harm a body.

SPREADING THE WORD

My mission is to share with others what I have learned about wellness.  I’ve done the hard work for you. You can save yourself pain, frustration, time and money by allowing me to help you find the body you love and by achieving the level of wellness you deserve.

PERSONAL

In my spare time I love riding my bike, walking my dog, attending group exercise classes, spending time with my children and laughing with my husband.  I reside in Annapolis, MD on the amazing Chesapeake Bay.

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Contact  410-533-0573  /  Margaret@MyBalancedBloodSugar.com  /  Annapolis, MD 21403