Hello, I’m Annette!
- Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner, September 2019
- Diabetes Paraprofessional, June 2019
- Your Lab Work, Certified in Advanced Biomarker Testing, June 2019
- Functional Nutrition Lab, Full Body Systems, December 2017
- Certified Gluten Free Practitioner, January 2017
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, March 2015
- GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Certified Practitioner, November 2012
- Nutritional Therapy Association, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, June 2011
- April 2017 at Dr. Ritamaire Loscalzo’s Spring Into Vitality event.
- 2017, 2018, 2019 at Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo’s SHINE event.
- August 2019 Presented to Nutritional Therapy Association, “The Difference Between Type One and Type Two Diabetes”
- May 2015, “My Journey Back to Health, Living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities”
I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.
My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.
Together we will work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health.
We will work together virtually. We can communicate using zoom, google voice, and emails. Working together virtually allows for more flexibility in scheduling for both of us. Thus allowing you to fit health coaching into your busy schedule.
It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat that affects our health, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. I will support you in achieving all of your goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life.
Many nutrition experts give their clients a list of foods to avoid and foods to eat, which explains why so many people are turned off by nutrition. My approach is different – by eating and drinking foods that are good for you, you will naturally have less room and desire for unhealthy foods. Simply put, you will “crowd out” the unhealthy food in your diet. This takes a little practice to make happen, but I will support you all the way.
Cravings play a critical role in understanding what your body needs and shouldn’t be ignored. When you learn how to deconstruct your cravings and understand what they’re really telling you, you will be able to reclaim a sense of balance and harmony.
The concept of bio-individuality is the idea that each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I’ll support you to make positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, and ancestral background.
What started me on my path to become a health coach?
In 1988 I developed MCS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (aka Environmental Sensitivities). I was told it was in my head by mainstream doctors. I knew I was physically damaged. I also knew I would I have to find another way to heal. I have written a book about my recovery, My Journey Back to Health, Living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. I have recovered more of my health than I thought was possible. I changed my diet, used quality supplements and made some major lifestyle changes. I believe we can all reclaim our health.
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and a variety of dietary theories.
I am also a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) and a Certified GAPS Practitioner (CGP). I completed the Blood Sugar and Insulin Resistance Mastery Course with Metabolic Healing. I am now a Certified Gluten Free Practitioner. This is Dr. Tom O’Bryan course. Dr. O’Bryan is one of the leaders in the field of gluten and its effects on autoimmune conditions. I graduated from the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology. My lead instructor and mentor is Dr.Ritamarie Loscalzo. What I learned from Dr. Loscalzo, gave me the knowledge I needed to save my daughter life. I have spoken at a number of Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo’s events.
During the summer of 2015 my daughter had a health crisis. We rushed her to the hospital for what became a three-week stay. She had a long list of ailments. These included acute renal failure, multiple infections and she was admitted with a blood sugar level of 625. We were shocked. She wasn’t diabetic. She was diagnosed with DKA, diabetic ketoacidosis. Once she woke up and started eating again, I took over providing her meals so that her body was getting food that actually contained nutrients. I knew that she would return to college in the fall and we had the summer to get her strong again. She left the hospital on insulin and with the guidance of her endocrinologist is lowering her insulin. On her own she has joined a gym and works out most days. She did return to school in the fall and graduated in May. Once again, I saw firsthand, what proper food and quality supplements can to do help someone heal. Since my daughter’s illness my focus has shifted to diabetes, especially the caregivers of diabetics.
Caregivers of diabetics lose sleep on a regular basis. Some are up during the night to do regular blood glucose testing. We are also up during the night when the alarms on the insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors go off alerting us to a high or low. Caregivers need support to keep up with the ever changing life with diabetes. I am here to help you with your self care so that you can continue to be there for the diabetic(s) that depend upon you. I joined the American Association of Diabetes Educators in 2019. I am a Diabetes Paraprofessional.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with clients like you to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.
As a coach, I put the power back in YOUR hands.
I studied with top health and wellness experts including:
• Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
• Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC and Functional Medicine Practitioner, Functional Endocrinology
• Tracy Harrison, School of Applied Functional Medicine
• David Katz, MD, MPH, Authority on Preventive Medicine and Weight Management, Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center
• Deepak Chopra, MD World Leader in Mind-Body Medicine, Director of Education at The Chopra Center, Bestselling Author
• Michael McEvoy, FDN, CNC, CMTA, Founder and Instructor Metabolic Healing
• Susan Blum, MD, MPH, Functional Medicine Doctor, Founder of Blum Center for Health
• Mark Hyman, MD, Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center,
• David Wolfe, recognized Expert and Bestselling Author on Superfoods and Raw Nutrition
• Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Author and Educator
• Andrew Weil, MD Bestselling Author and Expert on Integrative Medicine and Mind-Body Interactions
I was recently told, “I have no idea what all those letters after your name mean.” I will explain them here.
A Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) is certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc. and is trained to evaluate a client’s nutritional needs, support normal function and identify nutritional deficiencies. A Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner makes recommendations of dietary change, lifestyle considerations and nutritional supplementation based on information from the client and other assessments.
A Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is not trained to provide medical diagnosis or treatment of any medical or pathological condition, illness, injury or disease. No recommendation or comment made by a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner should be construed as being medical advice or diagnosis.
A Certified GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Practitioner advises clients who want to follow the GAPS diet and develops a personal nutritional protocol for the client. GAPS is the program developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to heal her son’s autism. (Think leaky gut.)
An Integrative Nutrition Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their clients’ needs.
I am also a Certified Gluten Practitioner (CGP). The Certified Gluten Practitioner Program is taught by Internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader, Dr. Thomas O’Bryan. The training is an in-depth understanding of the causes of Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease and Autoimmune issues relating to gluten. Certified Gluten Practitioners educate clients about gluten sensitivities and ways to get rid of gluten and improve their health.
I hope this helps. Have a healthy day!
What sets me apart from other diabetes coaches?
1. I am the mom of a Type 1 Diabetic. So I live with Type One. I see how it affects my daughter on a regular basis.
2. Most diabetes coaches focus on Type 2. There is a huge difference between Type 1 & Type 2. Treatment is different. Type 1 is an auto immune condition. Type 2 is mostly a lifestyle choice disease.
3. I know that Type 1s did nothing to bring this upon themselves.
4. Most diabetes coaches focus on the people with diabetes. And that is how it should be.
5. I focus on the parents/caregivers of T1Ds. We need support too.
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Medical Disclaimer: None of my certifications allow me to provide a medical diagnosis or medical treatment. As a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) I am permitted to make nutritional recommendations. The recommendations I might make should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis. I cannot prescribe or change your medications. You must consult with your physician(s) concerning your medications.I am not a doctor. The information on this website should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any conditions, physical or otherwise. Information provided on this website has not been reviewed or approved by any federal, state, or local agency or healthcare group. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent any particular individual or professional group.