Melanie Figeley

Should I worry about caffeine and my morning supplements?
As a Nutritional Therapist, I often get asked about minerals and B-vitamins with caffeine consumption. Is it true my morning caffeine is depleting my minerals and B-vitamins? Should I wait to take my supplements until I have finished my coffee? The short answer, Yes!

All the research I can find states that per 150 mg (one cup-ish) of caffeine roughly 5 mg of calcium is lost. This is mainly due to increased urination. We know that when calcium is lost through urine the parathyroid jumps all over returning blood calcium to homeostasis. Caffeine also inhibits the amount of calcium that is absorbed through the intestinal tract and decreasing the amount left to be retained by the bones. So, if you are an all-day coffee drinker, over time you may in fact see some negative effects. Studies have shown that women with high caffeine intake suffer more hip fractures than those who avoid caffeine or drink in moderation (1 to 2 cups per day). 

Magnesium is a crucial mineral that works with calcium and vitamin D to facilitate the muscle contraction-relaxation response and aid in energy production; it also plays a key role in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Therefore, depletion due to coffee intake can be worrisome.

Caffeine interferes with the body’s absorption of iron, which is necessary for red blood cell production. Drinking caffeine at the same time as an iron source can reduce absorption by up to 80%, according to the Nutrition Desk Reference. Any beverage containing caffeine should be separated from iron-containing foods or supplements by at least one hour.

Given that caffeine has a mild diuretic effect, we end up with increased urine output. Water soluble B vitamins can become depleted due to this extra fluid loss. Caffeine also interferes with the metabolism of certain B vitamins including Thiamin (B1). Oddly enough, research shows the opposite to be true with Cobalamin (B12). Caffeine stimulates the production of stomach acid which promotes the absorption of B12.

Vitamin D
Caffeine inhibits vitamin D receptors, which limit the amount that will be absorbed. Because vitamin D is important in the absorption and use of calcium in building bone, this could also decrease bone mineral density, resulting in an increased risk for osteoporosis.
Other Vitamins and Minerals
Caffeine may reduce the absorption of manganese, zinc, and copper. It also increases the excretion of the minerals potassium, sodium, and phosphate. There is also evidence that caffeine interferes with the action of vitamin A. 

While there are many positive effects and plenty of healthful compounds in coffee, tea, and dark chocolate, be smart about consumption. If you do find you are deficient in any of the nutrients or want to be proactive here is a supplement guide of Biotics Research products.

Mineral deficiencies can come up quick, but are easy enough to get under control. Muscle cramps like Charlie horses are a slam dunk you have a mineral deficiency. These are my top choices.

Bio-CMP™ A special electrolyte mineral blend of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, designed to support muscular function. Each Bio-CMP™ tablet contains: 200 mg of Calcium Gluconate, 100 mg of Magnesium Gluconate, 100 mg of Potassium Chloride.


Multi-Mins™ Provides a balance source of mineral chelates and whole food, phytochemically bound trace minerals, with Betaine HCI to facilitate absorption, combined with the antioxidant enzymes SOD and catalase. ***Also available in FE/CU free formula.

Ca/Mg-Zyme™ Supplies calcium citrate (300 mg) and magnesium aspartate (60 mg) in a ratio of five parts to one (per 6 tablets) together with the vegetable culture antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase.

Fe-Zyme™ A source of supplemental iron in a highly bioavailable form, combined with synergist known to assist with uptake and utilization. Note: Copper, zinc, and B12 are added to the formula because these are the cofactors known to be needed to utilize iron properly by the body. Because of its synergistic formula and the high bioavailability of Fe-Zyme™ there is a much lower incidence of the typical stomach upset experienced by most other iron supplements.

B-Vitamin deficiencies can be all over the place, head to toe. Nerve pain, fatigue, confusion, depression, numbness in hands and feet, digestive issues, anxiety, nausea, and so on, and on, and on. Depending on the severity of the deficiency, here are some choices to assist in bring up optimal B levels.

Bio-B Complex™
 A high potency vitamin B complex with Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and catalase. For short-term use (up to 30 days) with recovery from serious debilitation.

Bio-B 100™  A low-dose, multiple B vitamin complex supplying the phosphorylated forms of vitamins B1, B2, and B6, along with the antioxidant enzymes Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and catalase.

B6/B1 Plus Zinc Supplies active forms of these important B vitamins, along with a highly bioavailable form of the essential mineral zinc. B6 and B1 are especially important for proper function of nervous system function, and over 300 different enzymes are dependent on zinc to function properly.

When it comes to fat soluble vitamins, Biotics Research products lead the pack. Our oil-in-water emulsion process is what makes Biotics a step above the rest.

Bio-Ae-Mulsion® Bio-Ae-Mulsion Forte® Liquid, micro-emulsified vitamin A. An oil-in-water emulsion, Vitamin A oil has been dispersed into microscopic particles to aid absorption and assimilation.

Bio-D-Mulsion® and Bio-D-Mulsion Forte® both supply vitamin D3 as a microemulsion for enhanced absorption and utilization.

Bio-ADEK-Mulsion™ supplies vitamins A, D3, E, and K (as K1 and K2) in a true oil and water emulsion, resulting in enhanced bioavailability and utilization via the lymphatic system without the use of “tweens” and surfactants that may damage cell membranes and result in gut permeability.

Lastly, please don't do anything drastic like stopping your morning coffee routine! That would be going too far! Even for me! This is just a little insight to a question that comes up quite a bit. I just wanted to clear things up for the everyone.

Melanie Figeley, NTP
Biotics Research NW
Customer Success Manager
Blood Chemistry Fundamentals
Crystal Hoarder


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Blood Sugar and Adrenal Basics

Parker Sing

Hey Guys!

Today we talked about blood sugar and adrenal basics. Dysfunction in these two areas are so incredibly common in the U.S. that having a solid understanding on supplementation can be a real benefit for yourself and the ones you love. Here is a quick guide on how to support both issues!

Blood sugar:

To dial in proper support you need to ask two questions. Are you light headed or irritable if meals are missed? If so that’s hypoglycemia and they will have to take (2) bio-glycozyme between each meal. Do you get fatigued after meals? If yes then this is hyperglycemia and they will take (2) glucobalance with each meal. If they have both symptoms they will have to take both products until symptoms abate


When it comes to adrenals there are two problems that can come up, either the gas tank is too low or the timing belt (circadian rhythm) is off. For a low gas tank give a glandular such as Cytozyme-AD or ADB5 plus at (2) upon rising and (2) at noon. For timing belt issue give an herbal adaptogen like ADHS or Bio-Ashwaganda (2) upon rising and (2) at noon. If you are unable to determine if it is a gas or timing belt issue start them with a glandular then after one to two bottles give them an herbal adaptogen.

Get out there and change the world!

Best regards,

Parker Sing, NTP

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Back to School Products

Parker Sing

Hey everyone!

Today we were talking about a few back to school products for yourself and the little ones. We talked about energy management as well as some strategies for preventing illness in the first few months of school.

IAG: Bio-film disrupter, if yourself or child is strating to come down with an infection have them nput a couple scoops in water. Do this a couple times a day for a few days to either prevent or shorten the time that symptoms are acute.

Amino- Acid Quick Sorb: broad spectrum amino liquid for helping with energy levels.

B12-2000: Same benefit as Amino acid quik Sorb however these are small lozenges that taste like cherry candy.

Bio-D mulsion forte: Vitamin D is fantastic for energy as well as  immune system, give them around (1) drop each day for overall body support.

Happy to be back from my vacation and ready to help in any way that I can, enjoy the week and ill see you on wed with a new video!

Best regards,
Parker Sing, NTP


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Autoimmune Skin Disease Psoriasis

Parker Sing

Hey everyone!

In todays video I discussed everyone’s favorite autoimmune skin disease Psoriasis! Support is generally the same for all autoimmune’s so here is my handy general guide for support:

NAC (2) 3x each day

GSH-Plus (2) 3x each day

Bio-D mulsion forte (3) drops each day

Ultra-Virx (2) 3x each day

After one month order a test called the CD4/CD8 ratio test. If the ratio is 2:1 in favor of CD4 you have the correct protocol, if not reduce the Ultra-Virx to (1) 3x each day. Re-test after one month and if the ratio is still off remove the Ultra-Virx and instead give Bio-Cyanidins at (2) 3x each day. You will not have to re-test.

Other products I mentioned:

Beta-Plus: may be needed to help speed up the liver

Hydro-zyme: for helping break down food, puts less strain on your body

Intenzyme forte: who couldn’t use a little intenzyme? Helps with underlying inflammation.

Most of the info for the video came from here:

Best regards,
Parker Sing, NTP

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Parker Sing


Hey Everyone,

Today we talked a bit about anxiety and what products can help, here is a brief summary!

Li-Zyme Forte- Plant based lithium product for immediate anxiety support
Neuro-5- HTP Plus- For chronic anxiety
De-stress- Much like the Li-Zyme forte, works better in some individual

 Statistics on anxiety:

Not the exact prison study, but a pretty god one showing the benefit of natural lithium:



 Best regards,
Parker Sing, NTP



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My First Blog Post

Parker Sing


 Hey everyone!

This will be my first blog post! The main purpose of these things will be to either slightly expand on the topics in my videos or give the sources that I pulled my information from. This way you can dig a little bit deeper if my small video wasn’t enough to satiate your curiosity!



Gastroparesis overview:

Gastroparesis N.O.R.D submission:

This condition helps highlight the importance of preventative care for digestion, so we can help our clients avoid developing these kinds of conditions in the future. Keep saving the world one person at a time!

 - Parker Sing, NTP

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Practitioner Spotlight | Katy Haldiman, MS, RN, NTC

Rosemary Fotheringham

It's time for another inspirational practitioner spotlight! We're delighted to be featuring the delightful Katy Haldiman, MS, RN, NTC, and we're grateful for her sharing some of her wisdom with us. 


How did you get to where you are today?
As a young adult, I had a keen interest in health and science. I was inspired to work in a caring profession and that led me to pursue education to become a nurse. After I graduated and began working as a registered nurse, I became quickly disillusioned with the broken health care system. Of the course of several years, I gained experience in a variety of different specialties and I obtained a master’s degree in nursing and health care administration, but I remained unsatisfied with working in conventional health care. I had always had a love for herbal medicine and holistic health, but I wasn’t quite sure how to integrate these interests with my nursing career.

In 2012, I was diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases (Crohn’s disease, myasthenia gravis, and seronegative inflammatory arthritis) and that led me to discover food as medicine. I was quite ill and I was desperate for hope that the conventional health care system wasn’t able to give me. I knew that there had to be a better way beyond medications with numerous side effects and the poor prognosis that doctors gave me. I started researching nutrition and lifestyle factors in managing autoimmune conditions and I haven’t looked back since that moment. Eventually, I was able to put my autoimmune diseases into remission by following an anti-inflammatory/traditional diet, healing my gut, and making major lifestyle changes. It was that experience that prompted me to obtain additional education as a nutritional therapist and a movement educator and make it my mission to help others make healing changes in their own lives through the power of real food and natural movement.

How do you find clients?

My practice is primarily long-distance/online. My clients find me through word-of-mouth from current or past clients, my blog, or social media.

What has been most effective to get clients to commit to working with you long-term?

When clients first start working with me, I am often the only practitioner that has ever really listened to them and heard their concerns. This active listening and reflection is critical to building trust and establishing a strong therapeutic relationship. I work with my clients to set realistic goals and help them to understand that healing is a process, not typically something that happens overnight. That being said, clients continue to work with me because they do get results and they can feel the positive changes taking place in their bodies.

What’s some good business advice you have received?

“If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.” [Editor's note: The original article is by Derek Sivers and can be read here: No more yes. It's either HELL YEAH! or no.] I’m not quite sure where I first heard of this, but it has helped me to make better business decisions, embrace better time management, and align my practice with the things that I’m truly passionate about. When deciding whether to take on a new opportunity that presents itself, I evaluate my gut feelings about the opportunity using this filter. If it’s not something that I’m initially excited about and looking forward to, I consider that it may not be a good fit for my business and me.

What’s the hardest thing about being a practitioner?

Many people in our society have been conditioned to desire the quick fix to health concerns. Whether it is a medication, a supplement, or some other modality, they are hoping to correct their imbalances with a minimal amount of time and effort. It can be difficult to navigate clinical practice with this prevalent cultural mindset.

Also, being self-employed in private practice can be isolating, especially with a long-distance practice.

How do you overcome those challenges?

I tend to attract clients that are willing to invest significant time and effort into healing their bodies. They have already been “through the wringer”, so to speak, and they are prepared to undergo major lifestyle changes to regain their health. Also, I educate my clients to prepare them for what it takes to heal the body through functional health care.

To overcome professional isolation, I participate in a mastermind group with fellow nutritional therapists. I also find connection with other holistic health practitioners through social media to be helpful.

What is a book that changed your life when you read it?

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This is so much more than a book about de-cluttering your home. It allowed me to break unhealthy patterns surrounding consumerism (a rampant issue in our society) and I eventually discovered minimalism as a lifestyle. This book has also given me the courage to pursue those things (and only those things) that spark joy in my heart.

Where would you travel if you had an all-expenses paid trip?

There is still so much of the world that I would love to explore and it’s difficult to choose only one location! However, I am especially fascinated with marine life and exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is definitely on my bucket list.

Tell me about a memorable meal you’ve enjoyed.

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because of the focus on family and food. Three years ago, I prepared the Thanksgiving turkey (local and pastured, of course!) and the meal for my family for the first time after I had been quite ill with autoimmune disease. The entire meal was completely compliant with my dietary restrictions. I was so happy and proud to be able to share with love for real food with my family. It was a special memory on the path of my own healing journey!

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Shipping Change for Mail Customers

Wyatt Backholm

Dear Customers, 

Due to the service being provided to us via the United States Postal Service we are having to make a slight change to our shipping policy. This is not for all customers, as it will only affect those in Hawaii, Alaska, or those who ship to a PO Box.

For the foreseeable future, any package being shipped via USPS will be shipped out within 24 business hours rather than same day if the order is placed by 2PM Pacific Standard Time. This is a step we must take due to the services provided to us by the postal service.  We are sorry for any inconvenience it may cause. 

Thank you for your time and your business. 

All the best, 

The Biotics NW Team 

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Practitioner Spotlight | Jessica Pantermuehl, NTP, CHHC

Rosemary Fotheringham

We're excited to share an interview with our Digital Marketing Strategist and designer, Jessica Pantermuehl. Jessica is also doing a business webinar series sponsored by Biotics Research Northwest called Creating An Online Presence. You can register for the next two webinars in the series here and watch the first webinar's replay here.

Jessica Pantermuehl, NTP, CHHC is a nutritional therapy practitioner and holistic health coach based out of Los Angeles. She serves as the head of nutrition counseling for an integrative medical practice and also works with clients in her private practice. 

After four years in practice, intimately familiar with the challenges that a practitioner faces in running their own business, Jessica established the Holistic Entrepreneur Association, which provides business tools and resources to nutrition-oriented health professionals. With members now in 13 countries, the HEA offers free weekly resources such as interviews with successful practitioners and articles on marketing and practice management and shareable social media content. Through the Association, Jessica additionally provides digital marketing strategy and consulting. She consults for organizations such as the Nutritional Therapy Association and Biotics Research Northwest, as well as with individual practitioners. 

Outside of working as a practitioner and running the association, she loves graphic design, cooking and hiking in sunny southern California.

How did you get to where you are today?

A lot of perseverance! It was tough in the beginning to be honest – I felt overwhelmed a lot of the time with the business side of things. When we graduate from our respective schools and programs and begin working with clients, we’re really entering the world of entrepreneurship (whether or not we know it), and that was not something I was equipped for. But I kept at it and kept reading and learning and taking courses to develop and strengthen my skillset as a businessperson.

I also tried lots of different ways of working with clients to find what I liked best. Currently, I run my private practice seeing one-on-one clients out of an integrative medical center here in Los Angeles. I also serve as the nutrition therapy practitioner for the facility (I’m independently contracted there), and work alongside two MDs who consistently send their patients my way. But prior to my current setup, I’ve operated my practice as a telepractice/virtual practice (over the phone and Skype), conducted group programs, delivered guided online courses and programs, been paid to speak via sponsorships, and conducted challenges through Crossfit gyms. Those struggles I had in my first few years were what ultimately led me to create the Holistic Entrepreneur Association for my fellow practitioners, so in retrospect, I’m very grateful for all of those learning experiences.

How do you find clients?

Public speaking has always been my most profitable source of lead generation, and is what I used to grow my practice. I have scaled back quite a bit now that I’m seeing almost more clients and patients from the medical practice than I can comfortably handle, but I’ll still speak at conferences and events occasionally. Word of mouth and referrals are my primary source of clients at this point.

What’s some good business advice you have received?

Don’t charge less than you are worth and don’t be afraid of having money conversations. I think this is something that a lot of us practitioners can struggle with unfortunately, and it’s certainly something I’ve had to work through personally. The work we do in this space is very mission-driven, so it can be easy to be a little diffident about the money factor. But ultimately, in order for us to be able to help as many people as we can, it’s a piece of the puzzle we need to embrace.

What do you do to keep yourself productive?

I am a big productivity junkie, so I’ve tried a lot of different methods and techniques to optimize productivity. A few things that I’ve found most effective for myself:

  • Goal defining and setting: big picture, then weekly, then daily. Really defining the bigger goals of what it is I’m trying to accomplish over the long game gives me a sense of direction, focus, and calm. Using those big-picture goals, I write out a plan for what needs to get done at the beginning of each week, and from there I write a daily plan each morning. Using the weekly plan to inform the daily plan helps keep me focused on the bigger picture of what needs to get done so that I don’t lose myself in the weeds. 
  • Pomodoro technique works pretty well for me. Technically, it’s supposed to be 25 mins working, 5 min break. But I find that an hour or so of uninterrupted work, then a 10 min break before digging into another stretch suits me best. The key is having that dedicated stretch of work, then coming away for a bit, then tackling it again so that you’re not getting tired and distracted and unproductive.
  • Limiting email checks is HUGE. When I’m being good about this and keeping to only 2-3 checks a day, my productivity is noticeably improved.

What’s the hardest thing about being a practitioner?

As I mentioned, for me, it was figuring out how to run a business in those first couple of years. I didn’t have the funds to hire people to help me with things like creating a website or bookkeeping, so I learned to do it all myself.

How do you overcome those challenges?

Fortunately (?) I’m a pretty stubborn person in the sense that I was willing to put my head down and do whatever I needed to do to figure out what I needed to figure out. So I stuck with it and eventually found my rhythm as a practitioner and a business owner. My hope is that the resources I provide through the Association will help my fellow practitioners get into their rhythm without quite as many bumps in the beginning.

What are three business tools or resources you couldn’t live without? 

  1. Trello. It’s an online project management tool that allows me to visually document and organize my client sequences and projects. I absolutely LOVE it!
  2. Evernote. This is another project management tool of sorts, which I use to capture ideas and research data. You basically create virtual “notebooks”, which you can later search through very easily to find, for example, all the notes you’ve collected that contain the word, “microbiome.”
  3. Canva. This is an online graphic design tool that I use to create pretty much all of my marketing materials (flyers, business cards, handouts, social media posts). It is so easy to use and, amazingly, it’s free!

What’s a book that changed your life when you read it?

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber. It’s a fantastic book on entrepreneurship that every practitioner should read.

Where would you travel if you had an all-expenses paid trip? 

Ooh, tough one. I’d probably want to eat my way through the various countries of Europe!

Tell me about a time when you have laughed the hardest! 

I grew up in Texas, and when I first moved out to Los Angeles, a friend of a friend invited me onto this reality TV show. It was about a bum who we were helping to get off the streets and get cleaned up, which I was happy to help with. Only it turned out the bum was actually a comedian and the show was about pranking us. The hilarious part about it was that, even during the wrap party, I STILL had no idea I was getting pranked and was still trying to help the “bum” out. It wasn’t until after the show aired on national TV and a bunch of old friends started calling me that I realized what I had fallen for. Haha! Talk about gullible, right?? No wonder everyone was giving me weird looks at that wrap party!

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Practitioner Spotlight | Emmie Perez, NTP

Rosemary Fotheringham

Emmie Perez has quite a story to tell. She overcame her own emotional eating issues and now specializes in helping women overcome emotional eating to help them lose weight for good. She is bubbly, passionate, and smart. She also is a business owner and mom to three kids aging from 4 to 17! She firmly believes that addressing the root of emotional eating is the key to helping patients have success. We're delighted that Emmie agreed to be featured as a Practitioner Spotlight. 

Emmie is also going to be presenting a practitioner webinar about emotional eating and how to help your patients overcome it so they are able to be successful long-term and continue working with you. The webinar is sponsored by Biotics Research Northwest and will be August 16 at 12 PM PST. Make sure you are subscribed to our weekly newsletter, the Biotics Insider Update, so you are among the first to know when registration is open! You can sign up HERE.


Tell me a bit about your practice. 

I help women who have lost and regained the same 20, 50, 100 or more pounds countless times to finally release the weight for good. I provide a diet free approach that gets results because I focus on the cause: overcoming the diet mentality and emotional eating. My coaching is centered around a one-step-at-a-time approach, compassionate, healing care and customized nutritional guidance. 

What is your business model?

I coach women privately in person, by phone or via Skype. I also offer group coaching. Coaching at Blissfully Healthy Women’s Wellness Center is a holistic community of women who are adopting a new lifestyle and releasing weight together. In addition to coaching, I am also a motivational speaker.

How did you get to where you are today?

Due to abuse as a child, I developed struggles around food, body image and my weight at the very young age of 8. I battled emotional eating and yo-yo dieting for almost 2 decades. In 2004, I found myself over my "panic weight." I had dieted my way UP the scale! I just knew that there was more to life than always worrying about food, my weight, or the scale, and letting those things dictate my happiness. This is when I started to understand my emotional eating issues and how to overcome them.

In 2005, I discovered a love for nutrition and coaching while in college. I obtained extensive training on how to coach, I took certifications in Motivational Interviewing, and worked as a youth counselor with at risk youth in youth shelters for almost 3 years. My passion for nutrition inspired me to persue becoming certificated as a weight loss coach. I took on that role at a major weight loss corporation where I became a Program and Center Director. Over the course of 5 years, I coached hundreds of clients on how to lose weight.

At this point I had been struggling with chronic fatigue, migraines and ongoing GI distress for years. Doctors couldn’t tell me what was wrong. This is when I decided to take my health back! I adopted a whole foods lifestyle and that made a HUGE difference! My migraines went away, my GI distress was gone, and fatigue was so much better. I had energy! Not to mention I finally dropped the weight, really fast! I stayed committed to changing and overcoming emotional eating by taking a one-step-at-a-time approach "wellness first" approach. I discovered tools that allowed me to let go of using food to cope with the stressors of life, so that I could actually stick with eating healthy. I started to not need the food! I started to accept myself.

My transformation inspired me! I believed in the “wellness first” approach that I used to create my own transformation so much that in 2013 I opened up my own coaching practice and named it what the transformation result is: Blissfully Healthy!

I am happy to say I am on the other side of emotional eating and truly living life! I am now free from the obsession around food and weight. I am happy with my weight, my body, my size and my relationship with food. I am comfortable in my own skin! My days are filled with truly living in the moment, enjoying life and all the little things. I have dedicated the rest of my career to helping women who are still struggling with a weight problem and emotional eating have this same transformation. Freedom!

How do you find clients?

Many of the clients that work with me hear me speak at an event or are referred by clients. I am honored to have many clients be referred by happy transformed clients. 

What has been most effective to get clients to commit to working with you?

My coaching programs are specifically designed as a comprehensive solution for women who struggle with emotional eating, yo-yo dieting, body shame and a weight problem. I provide clients with a high level of support on a long term basis to see their transformation all the way through. Since I specialize in working with emotional eaters, it’s especially important that they have a high level of support so that they can be successful.

What’s some good business advice you have received?

I have found that being a business owner is one of the biggest self-growth experiences! The best advice I have learned is love what you do with a burning passion and do it from a place of serving others and contributing to their lives. It’s that burning passion for what you do that will help you push through even when things get difficult.

What do you do to keep yourself productive?

I am a big fan of setting yearly goals, then breaking that down to 90 day goals, weekly and daily goals. Staying in a positive mindset has been crucial to staying focused and inspired even when things look bleak.

What is your morning routine?

My morning routine begins by waking up between 5 am to 6 am. I enjoy a healthy breakfast while taking some time to sit with me. I connect to what I want my intentions to be for the day and journal any fears and inspiration. After I have some quiet time, I feel so much more focused and intentional about my day. This starts my day off with being positive and present. After my quiet time, my kiddos wake up about 6:30 am. I prepare their breakfast and lunches as well as all my food, water and supplements for the day. Then we all get dressed and ready and out the door for our day. I normally start coaching at the center around 8am or 9am.

How do you find balance between work and everything else? 

This is an ongoing intention! It’s not the easiest thing to keep in balance with 3 kids ranging from 4 to 17 years old, being a wife and a business owner. There are definitely days that I have my plan for the day and everything is rearranged due to the needs of my family. Being flexible and knowing where my values are helps me make decisions on what is most important in life in moments like that. Using my morning time to start the day in a peaceful way has been a big part of creating life harmony.

What has been one of your favorite things about being a practitioner?

My favorite thing is seeing my clients transform week after week right in front of me. It’s amazing to see a brand new women sitting in front of me when my clients transition to begin the maintenance portion of coaching. I love hearing them tell me they feel like a totally new woman!

What’s the hardest thing about being a practitioner?

The hardest thing can be knowing exactly what my client needs to feel better and get the results they desperately want, and at the same time respecting the pace at which THEY need to go to fully heal. Because I believe so strongly in them and my process, I feel eager and certain even when they hit a bump in the road and feel discouraged. I’ve learned it’s more beneficial to guide them along THEIR wellness journey (even when it’s a winding road) so they get LASTING results, rather than push them and get just a flash in the pan.

How do you overcome those challenges?

I have a sheet that I read to help me stay grounded about not working harder than my clients. I care so much that sometimes I need this remember that it is not my job to make them change only to be the guide and hope they decide to take this opportunity to change.

What are three business tools or resources you couldn’t live without?

My computer, my phone, my schedule.

What’s a book that changed your life when you read it?

Strength Finders 2.0 by Tom Rath. This is a great resource as a business owner and to use with clients to help them understand their strengths. It was a huge confirmation for me that I was living my purpose. It helped confirm that I am blessed with being a great coach and it helped me know that I was working in the right field. Without that confirmation, I don’t know if I would have opened up my own business. It really provided me so much clarity and affirmation.

Where would you travel if you had an all-expenses paid trip?

Hawaii for sure! I love the sun, warmth and blue waters.

Tell me about a memorable meal you’ve enjoyed.

I love to keep it simple. My Bliss Salad: Salad with homemade garlic avocado salad dressing, topped with homemade spiced chicken sausages and ½ a grapefruit on the side, and of course enjoying a tall glass of water from out of a wine glass. Memorable because it was so simple and tasted so good!

What’s the time you’ve laughed the hardest?

My kids do funny cute things all the time. They say the darndest things. The most recent is being goofy, rapping and jamming to 90’s music like “Gangsters Paradise” in the car with my 17 year old daughter. Fun times! 

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