Following my own personal struggle with weight and food issues for many years, I discovered my personal path to wellness. I understand firsthand the challenges of maintaining a healthy, balanced life.
As a teenager I was a modern dancer and every day I put on a leotard and looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. I asked my mother if I could go to Weight Watchers with her, and just like that decades of dieting, emotional eating and riding a roller coaster of weight gain and loss had begun.
Later, as a college sophomore I reached a weight plateau at 45 pounds overweight. I was depressed, lonely and shared my pain with no one. I joined a weight loss clinic and after spending a $1000 I lost 30 pounds, but it was by restricting myself to eating 800 calories a day. Eventually in my 20’s I found an exercise routine that helped me manage my weight. Still, there wasn’t a day that went by when I didn’t use all my mental and emotional energy thinking about what I was going to eat, how I could lose ten pounds or wondering if my clothes would fit.
It was exhausting!
Balancing a healthy lifestyle with raising a family and full-time job
I was blessed to have two daughters while working full time in a leadership role in the non-profit world. I did my best to maintain a healthy kitchen for my family but being on the run all the time and my lack of awareness about processed foods and sugar made it difficult. The first nutrition book I read was Skinny Bitch, by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin, which taught me the negative impact of high fructose corn syrup.
Thus began the beginning of my “clean” kitchen and a thirst for more nutritional information!
My journey to a life in balance
I moved to Boston in 2013 and discovered Heather Costa at Revolution Juice. It was through daily trips to her store for a green juice, and lengthy conversations about eating a whole food, plant-based diet, that I began a new journey. A journey that would lead me to place of health, wellness and balance – one that I had been craving my whole life.
In 2015, I took a yoga class in London from Ladies of London’s Julie Montagu. She spoke of her journey as a health coach, raising four children, teaching yoga, and writing cookbooks. I was so inspired I decided to follow my heart and take a leap of faith, registering at the world-renowned Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to become certified as a Holistic Health Coach.
What I learned in that program provided me with a peace of mind about food and my body that I didn’t know was possible – and my mission to share that knowledge and gift with others became clear.
In January 2018, Liz Bane Life in Balance was born.