HELLO, BEAUTIFUL!

I’m Shannon.

I am a Holistic Transformational Coach.

I fuse my education in Nutritional Therapy with my wisdom in Spirituality and Self Love.

I am here to help women discover their inner light and begin to love themselves on a deep, powerful level.

If you already know me, love me, and want more of me:

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If you want to know a bit more about My Story, read on…

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MY STORY

My journey towards health and wellness is similar to many others’. The beginning of my life was filled with chubbiness. I popped out weighing a whopping 10 pounds, and this impressive feat only continued with age.

As a kid, I was tall and I was chubby. This double whammy of a combination set me up with a nice hefty dose of heightened self awareness and insecurity.

Like most chubbies, I was addicted to sugar-filled, processed junk food. My afternoon snacks consisted of a giant microwaveable soft pretzel, or three, and I liked to end most evenings with a nice handful of sugar. Literally. My mom tells an infamous story of coming down into the kitchen and catching me in the pantry wrist deep in the bag of white table sugar, encouraging my older sister to lick her hand and stick it into the bag of sugar just like I was.

“Mom will never know!” – Younger Shannon

Fast-forward to my sophomore of high school, and I was sick and tired of being the “chubby one”. I made up my mind one New Years that it was time for me to shed a few pounds. I started exercising on my own, began stocking up on health and fitness magazines, and wrote out an entire “diet plan” for myself. I wanted to be like the women on the cover of the magazines, I decided. I wanted to be “fit” and “skinny” and “desirable”. So I began adamantly following all the advice I read, and thus began my journey down the under-eating, over-exercising rabbit hole. My next few years were filled with food fears and unhappiness with my body. Thankfully I was eventually forced to face these restrictive, self-deprecating habits, and with time and effort, things got better.

But I was still left confused. I wanted so badly to have a healthy relationship with food but I didn’t know the slightest bit how – all the magazines/books I was surrounded by encouraged restriction, putting emphasis on “low calorie this” and “low fat that”. But following that advice made things worse for me. I didn’t feel stronger at the gym; I felt weaker. I didn’t feel better about my body; I felt worse. I didn’t feel happier; I felt more depressed. I didn’t feel energetic & vibrant; I felt bloated & gassy.

So how did I finally manage to escape this rabbit hole?

Well, it wasn’t just one thing, it was a combination of many things. It was truly a journey. The two greatest milestones that kick started this journey for me were CrossFit and a gut-healing protocol created for me by a holistic Nutritionist.

CrossFit was my desperately needed catalyst. When I began Crossfit, towards the end of my senior year of high school, I was suddenly exposed to a whole new world of what was considered healthy. I found myself surrounded by incredibly strong women – everyday women – mothers, teachers, nannies, nurses – who performed amazing physical tasks at the gym, with pride. These women had muscles they were proud of. They radiated energy and motivation, and set an extremely positive example for me. Within a matter of weeks, I found my focus shifting away from eating less to get tinier and towards eating more to get stronger. I began focusing on what my body could do, instead of what it looked like, and began gravitating towards articles focusing on sports nutrition and recovery. This mental shift was HUGE for me.

My next a-ha moment came a few years later. While my mindset around food had become healthier, what I was putting into my body clearly wasn’t. I wasn’t getting the strength gains in the gym I had hoped for, and was experiencing daily digestive distress (quite the inconvenience). This led me to working with a holistic Nutritionist who guided me through a gut-healing protocol over my six week long break. I removed the gut irritating foods from my diet and was simultaneously introduced to a plethora of nourishing foods such as bone broth and raw fermented foods. Within a week, my chronic gas had subsided, and within several weeks I was experiencing all the things I had deep down desired – abundant energy throughout the day, glowing skin, better quality sleep, quicker recovery from workouts, and most importantly, mental clarity.

This experience completely flip flipped my view of food on it’s head.

This was my very first taste (pun intended) of foods’ ability to heal the body.

As the years went on, my desire to learn about food and overall health only grew stronger as I began to self-educate myself on all sorts of nutrition-related topics from gut health to traditional, ancestral diets. I tossed out the fitness magazines and went Amazon Prime crazy – ordering every health-related book that sparked my interest. Gradually, I began cultivating a different relationship with food.

Instead of seeing food as the enemy, as something to restrict and control, I gave food the power to heal, to be the life-giving force it was intended to be.

I also began using food as a powerful tool to combat different challenges in my life – from sports injuries to psoriasis flares to skin rashes to gut infections – I discovered that it could all be tackled by strategically changing up the food I was putting into my body.

Let’s fast-forward to now: My passion with the connection between food and health has lead me to pursue an education in Nutritional Therapy. My focus now is living a beautiful, abundant, healthy life, centered towards helping others to do the same. I want to be a guide for others as to how to tap into and discover true health.

I am on a mission, a mission to uplift.

To uplift not only myself, but everything & everyone

Thus, Nutrition Uplifted came to fruition.

NUTRITION UPLIFTED, IN A NUTSHELL

As you have probably gathered, our central theme is UPLIFTING. At Nutrition Uplifted, the focus is not only on UPLIFTING your nutrition, but also UPLIFTING yourself, and UPLIFTING your life.

Using Nutritional Therapy, food will be a large focus, of course. Food is an integral part of being human. Food is broken down in our bodies into the tiny components that make our bodies. Simply put – what we eat becomes us.

You truly need to be feeding your body right, and fueling it with real, wholesome, nutrient dense foods so that you can tap into your inner greatness.

But in addition to help with the nutrition piece, great attention will be given to you, as an individual, and to the other aspects of your health.

Here “Nutrition” does not just pertain to food. Our lives are also filled with so many other important forms of nutrition – mental, emotional, and lifestyle nutrition. Things like how we move, sleep, think, feel, explore, and interact with others all feed our lives in a certain way.

At Nutrition Uplifted, we will work together to uplift you – in all ways – so that you can feel the greatness that comes from feeding your body, mind, heart, and spirit with the right kind of nutrition.

After working with me you will begin to live that UPLIFTED LIFE. Sounds kinda nice, doesn’t it?

Join me in my mission to UPLIFT.

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If you’re ready to take part on your own Uplifted journey, check out a few ways you can work with me one-on-one. Feel free to contact me.

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All the best,
Shannon

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