Taking the Plunge

When I was a little girl on a family vacation, there was a big swimming pool with what I remember as a very high diving board at one end.  One afternoon I decided that I would not be out done by my older brother and sister, but that I would overcome my fears and take the plunge from the high dive.  I picked the wrong afternoon, as the pool was super crowded with hoards of super confident children throwing themselves off this diving board without a care in the world.  I remember climbing the 20 or so steps  to the top of the ladder with my heart racing and my hands getting clammy.  I was excited to do it, to overcome my fear of the unknown, anticipating the sense of accomplishment I would feel as hit the cool water on this hot hot day, but I was also very nervous.  It took me two hours!!!!!!  As I stood baking in the heat, plucking up the courage to take the plunge, with family and eventually the whole crowd cheering me on, I stepped off the board, into space and in an instant was immersed in the cool water that I had been anticipating.

Getting ready to launch this new venture has been a similar experience!  But I’m ready to step off the diving board and get swimming!  And so without further ado:

It is with great delight that I announce the launch of Flourish Health Coaching!

I am bringing with me all the skills and experience from Jane’s Juice and Jane Jones Personal Training and combining them with all the new techniques and strategies that I have learned over the past year while I have been busy getting certified as a Functional Medicine Health Coach.

I have been extremely fortunate to train with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy whose faculty includes world renowned experts in the fields of positive psychology, mind-body medicine, functional nutrition and functional medicine. This puts me in a truly unique position as a health coach to be able to support my clients with great techniques and education in all these areas as well as having access to a wealth of material and information from the Institute of Functional Medicine (with whom the Academy is affiliated) to help you on your wellness journey.

One of my greatest learnings over the past year of training has been to witness the power of listening combined with the skill of asking the right questions. Using these two skills, it is amazing to guide a client to discover where they are on their health and wellness journey, where they want to get to, what obstacles are in their way and what they can do to remove or navigate over these obstacles to get to where they want to go. It’s a unique journey for each individual and whilst there are some fundamentals that hold true for the majority, everyone has to find their own path at their own pace.

My goal as your coach is to help and guide you through the process. With a treasure chest of information and tools at my disposal, I can support you as you identify what you want to work on to help you flourish. Perhaps your doctor has told you to eat a “healthier diet” but you’re not quite sure what that means and how to turn that into reality, maybe she’s told you to give up smoking, or exercise more, but you don’t know how to make time in an already busy schedule to make that happen. Perhaps there’s a history of heart disease or diabetes in your family and you’re concerned about how that will affect you but you’re not sure what you should do about it? Or maybe it’s that you’re not sleeping well and that is having a big impact on your everyday life. Then there’s the ever popular fatigue and extra weight which seems to a symptom that sadly many have come to expect as normal, but which I would hope to show you really doesn’t have to be!

Health and Wellness has become a very overused phrase in the past few years, and for clarity I would offer you my own definition here, at least what I strive for in my own personal life.

For me it’s knowing that what I’m eating is really nourishing me and providing all the nutrients I need. Sleeping well and feeling refreshed when I wake up. Being at and maintaining a healthy weight and regularly exercising. Not feeling frustrated or anxious on a regular basis about the same old things. Knowing what I want for my future and being assured that things I’m doing today are helping me move along that path, even a tiny bit. Feeling happy! Basically having as many things in place as I can to in order for me to flourish! It’s a lot and I would say it’s work in progress, but that’s what I’m aiming for, how about you?

If you feel you would like to find out more about the Functional Coaching Academy, the Institute of Functional Medicine or about how Flourish Health Coaching can help you make a shift in a particular area of your health or wellness, then I offer a complimentary coffee/ juice to come to my studio and chat about any concerns you have which I might be able to help you with. To celebrate the launch of Flourish, I’m also offering a 6 pack of one hour sessions at 50% discount, so the timing couldn’t be better to come and see if this is the boost you’ve been looking for.

(A have a health studio in Maplewood, NJ but location isn’t an issue, as we can conduct our sessions via Skype or Zoom).



Book Recommendation

Functional Medicine Coaching

Sandra Scheinbaum and Elyse Wagner are two of the key leaders in Functional Medicine coaching and founders of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, a well-regarded learning platform for health coaches around the world, and this book covers all the important aspects about being a health coach, and why proper training is essential, as well as providing a clear understanding of the value and impact of Functional Medicine.

You may even find it useful if you’ve worked with a health coach or plan to work with one in the future (to get a better understanding of the process and how you can benefit).




Santa Fe Pasta Salad

This is a terrific little book full of easy to cook recipes with well known ingredients and straight forward directions

You can find this recipe on p48

2.5 quarts water

8 ounces pasta spirals or penne

2 tablespoons avocado oil

Juice of 2 limes

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced

1 or 2 jalapeno chili peppers seeded and minced

1.5 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tomatoes, diced

1 can (15oz) black beans, drained

1 can (15 oz) corn kernels, drained (or fresh cut off the cob)

4 scallions trimmed and chopped

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.  Add the pasta, stir and return to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the pasta is al dente, 10 to 12 minutes stirring occasionally.  Drain the pasta in a colander and cool under cold running water.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the oil, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, pepper and salt.  Stir in the past, tomatoes, beans, corn, scallions and bell pepper.  Refrigerate the salad for 10 minutes to 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to mingle.  Fluff the salad before serving.

In the News

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to support the benefits of working with a health coach.  We all know that it can be helpful to have someone to hold you accountable to your actions, and to have a cheerleader in your corner as you work towards achieving goals.  However, health coaches can go further than that by helping you to make transformative change in many areas.

The Wall Street Journal published an article in September last year about how health coaches can help in changing habits.  It’s worth a read so I’ve included a link here

There’s a health coach for that………