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Health and Wellness Coach
A little about me first!
Hi, I’m Joan Young. As a mom, grandma, middle school teacher, counselor, and now National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Adapt Certified Functional Health Coach, I am no stranger to the perils of being a caretaker in a stressful, harried, information overloaded world. I know what it’s like to barely find time to get to the bathroom, to eat lunch standing in the door of a classroom while supervising children, and trying desperately to balance my own needs with the needs of others. I learned how to create a more sustainable, joy-filled life and I'm here to help you do the same!
If you’re too tired and don’t even have time to read more about me, I’d like to switch gears and start with a few questions for you and how I can help!
- Are you feeling burned out, like you might just throw your hands up and quit your job one day, but your dedicated self says no?
- I coach educators and helping professionals reflect on their values and their priorities, and discover how to regenerate themselves so they don’t have to quit!
- Are you at the point where your health is suffering or someone close to you has had a health scare? Maybe it’s migraines, fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, exercise injury, autoimmune disorder, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes that have led you here?
- I work with you to evaluate where to begin! We create a plan that addresses the concerns most important to you and uncovers your motivation. I can also coordinate with your health professional to help you put their recommendations into action. You deserve to thrive!
- Are you confused by the gazillion diets out there but know that the way you’re currently eating is not giving you the energy you need or the body you desire?
- I work with you to find the nutritional approach that works best for you. I can help you experiment and find what brings you energy and wellness
- Do you know that you need more exercise but don’t seem to have time, money, or know what you should do?
- I help you find the movement that fits best into your lifestyle. Sometimes simply redefining exercise as joyful movement is a great start!
- Are you constantly focusing on “what’s wrong with you?” and missing the moments when you are happy and all seems right with the world? (They’re there, I promise!)
- I help you discover your VIA signature character strengths and find more opportunities to put them into practice.
- Are you great at caring for others, but for yourself, uh, not so much?
- I help you set long term and short term goals with experiments to try each week. You can learn to love YOU as much as you love others.
- Do you cringe at the words: self-care? (don’t worry.. I believe we should love and nourish ourselves back to health, but calling it “self-care” just raises the little hairs on my neck!)
- I help you find small, manageable ways to stop the self- sabotage and start the care. Self-care doesn’t have to mean pedicures or bubble baths, though sometimes that sounds good too!
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I’m here to help!
Here’s how I work:
I believe that being an educator, mom, or helping professional doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your own health and well-being. Together, we can design the life you want by making small, manageable changes to nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. We will take a strengths-based approach: enhancing what is already awesome about you and finding solutions that fit your values.
Whatever your goals, big or small, we can tailor the work to suit you. I am an avid student of habit change and use a solution focused approach. Together we will create a vision of what you’d like for your future health and well-being and then we’ll set goals to make it happen. Bottom line: I believe that you have all the wisdom you need to get healthy! I can help you find it!
I offer individual coaching and small group coaching, both online and in person. I am flexible and passionate about helping women re-gain their best health and feel like their middle of vacation joyous selves.
If you’re ready to reach me, just hit the tab above and “Get in Touch!”
If you’d like to get to know me better, read on!
In my past life, I have spent the morning drinking way too much coffee, only to crash mid-afternoon with nothing left in the tank. I’ve “run” out of the faculty room to avoid the maple glazed donuts, (my favorite temptation that leaves me ill with a migraine for days), chocolate chunk cookies, fill in the blank crap that would turn me into a lab rat in a maze, returning for sugar throughout the day.
I understand how exercise, making healthier food choices, reducing stress, and getting enough sleep can feel like formidable obstacles instead of options in life. For me, it wasn’t until my own health crashed and burned that I really HAD to make some serious changes.
For years, I thought I was doing okay with diet and exercise; I had given up gluten in 2013 and stopped having sinus headaches, and exercised 4-5 days a week, running, doing Zumba, cardio kickboxing and some weight training. My thyroid hormone was supposedly in a normal range though I easily gained weight and was often cold. I just shrugged that off, as it had been that way since my teenage years.
The crash and burn
It wasn’t until my health fell apart in 2015 that I began to investigate how to get well, and fully get my life back. I started experiencing severe abdominal bloating, to the point of feeling several months pregnant after eating just about anything, and went on a search for answers. Doctors, from my well meaning Internal Medicine doctor to Gastroenterology experts at Stanford simply used the term IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and sent me on my way, recommending that I try an antidepressant to stop the “pain.” I wasn’t really in pain, and they definitely weren’t listening; I was just super uncomfortable when anything at all was in my digestive system. I had four inexplicable bouts of diverticulitis in less than two years and underwent two, probably unnecessary, surgeries: a laparoscopy to remove “supposed” scar tissue from a prior hysterectomy, which turned out wasn’t there, and an appendectomy, because the tender area in my abdomen was about where the appendix lies. Neither surgery led to any relief, and I was left frustrated and searching.
Taking my life back
To make a long story short, I had to take my health into my own hands. I was happy to have lost 25 – 30 lbs., but honestly, I looked and felt like crap. I knew I had to become a researcher and find another path to health. I tried elimination diets, such as the AIP (autoimmune protocol), low FODMAP, and the SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) with some inconsistent relief. I turned to a naturopathic practitioner who treated me like a colleague, not a stressed out patient making up her symptoms.
It took awhile, but by getting my thyroid levels back in range, sticking to a Paleo diet, addressing SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), I was finally able to get rid of my terrible headaches and non-stop bloating.
Making the changes
I began going to bed earlier, incorporating milder exercise like walking and light strength training, and stress reduction practices, such as journaling, mindfulness and breathing exercises, on a daily basis. I also began to examine my “teacher lifestyle” where I was in the habit of taking care of everyone else before myself. Something needed to change. I was headed for burnout, and contemplating leaving a career that I loved. With a newfound dedication to these lifestyle changes, I slowly but surely, found energy and well-being again. I knew it would be an ongoing journey, especially with the sometimes stressful life of a teacher/counselor.
My learning journey
In Spring of 2018, I decided to embark on a journey as a Health Coach, to put my learning to work for others. I enrolled in the Kresser Institute Adapt Health Coach Training Program and became certified in June, 2019. This year-long program provided a wealth of information and training that will help serve others like you for years to come. I’ve learned how to use a strengths-based, solution-focused approach to facilitate meaningful change in my own life and in the lives of others.
And now the journey continues
Working with clients has been inspirational. I have helped many women work on self-compassion, body confidence, and stress reduction by examining and evaluating their lifestyles, finding a nutrition and movement solution that works for them.
Don’t be like me and wait to fall apart before you take action! You deserve to be the best version of yourself, experiencing the joys of a healthy, flourishing life. Come join me on this lifelong learning journey!