Long before I became a Certified Health Coach, specializing in healthy weight loss and diabetes prevention coaching, I found myself in the very place many of my incoming clients find themselves today. I was overweight, I had tried many diets and failed at them all. I was discouraged and embarrassed to be controlled by food. As a member of a skinny French family, living in a country that doesn’t have much acceptance for curves, I didn’t like being me.
Starving myself all day, binge eating at night
Shame and distress grew bigger and stronger. I did not like myself. I did not like my life. I did not like my body. And because I jumped from diet to diet, I didn’t even like my food anymore! Until I stopped depriving myself and stopped abusing my body. Instead, I started creating a balance that would promote health and happiness at the same time. By adding more of the things I loved into my plate and into my days, I could keep eating the things I loved, within reason and without guilt.
It didn't happen overnight! The weight loss was slow because I have a VERY sweet tooth, a low tolerance for restrictions, and a pretty active social life (which means lots of occasions for wine, desserts, and chocolate truffles). It took me several years to come up with a structure that was solid and effective, but also flexible enough to adjust to life events and to getting older. I came up with a system that got me to my happy weight. Since I have reached it, all I’ve gained back is self-confidence, energy, and inner peace.
The lost pounds haven't returned.
When my husband and I resettled in Seattle, I fell in love with the natural wonder of the Pacific Northwest and the new people I called neighbors and friends. Thanks to my walkable neighborhood, to the steep hills of Seattle, and to the irresistible Cascade Mountains, my daily life became much more active than before, which quickly lead to a stronger body and better stamina. Soon I was able to discover the intense joy of triathlon and open water swimming. I am not an athlete, but I love the community feeling and adrenaline that come with races!
Let me tell you: there was a learning curve! I had to admit that nutrition and physical activity are just part of what it takes to live a healthy life. Especially after you hit your 40’s and have to juggle a family and a busy career. After being diagnosed with a rare genetic hypoglycemic syndrome, I had to readjust my approach and focus really hard on blood sugar control. Food was part of the plan, as was physical activity. But that wasn't enough! This is one reason why so many wellness programs fail in the long run. Because they are designed around workouts and nutrition, but skip other factors that play a huge role in our health and metabolism.
Health is not just about eating less and moving more
I have now lived in the US with my husband and three daughters since 2000. I took what I loved best about health and nutrition from my homeland and from the extensive training I went through, and applied it to the fast-paced American lifestyle.
Sure, grocery stores and restaurant culture are much different in the United States, as is the prevalence of processed and fast food. Sure, the pace of life is much faster and sleep is undervalued. But with guidance and the right approach, you can make healthy choices, as long as you know what what really matters. This is where I can help you. I will share my tools and stratgies with you and you can use them for the rest of your healthy life!
National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach - NBC-HWC
Diabetes Prevention Coach - American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Weight Management Specialist - ACE
Certified Health Coach - ACE - Licence #722085
Behavioral Change Coach - ACE
Sports Nutrition and Performance - Washington State University
Life Coach - ACC - International Coach Federation (ICF)
Stella was my nutrition coach for the first half of 2020, and I was pleased with the results. She is thoughtful, creative, and particularly well educated in nutrition.
Despite my abnormal travel schedule, she provided tactics and strategies that fit my lifestyle and were realistic to implement.
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Stella demonstrates a remarkable capacity for empathy. She is very intuitive to the needs of people and always has a positive outlook on things.
She was really key in helping me reach several personal milestones.
Working with Stella has given me tools that help me tackle obstacles in a new productive way, rooted in confidence. Our conversations leave me feeling emboldened and grounded… ready for all the world has to throw my way. She is a great coach for anyone who needs help in realizing how magnificent they really are!
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