Worried about Diabetes?
"5 Tips to Help Prevent DIABETES without giving up cheese, wine, or chocolate"!
Nutrition and lifestyle changes are the most effective steps to help you lose weight and prevent DIABETES.
Stella Loichot, Certified Health Coach
Long before I became an ACE Certified Health Coach, Specializing in Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Weight Loss, I found myself in the very place many of my new 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.
Hoping for a fresh start, I left everybody and everything behind and moved to Germany. But it only got worse.
From starving myself to binge eating, shame and distress grew bigger.
The problem was right here, inside of me. 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 tried something new. I stopped depriving myself, abusing my body, and I focused instead on creating a balance that would promote health and happiness at the same time. By adding more of the things I loved into my days and nights, 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 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!
I have to admit, there was a learning curve. A few years ago, I realized 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 with a busy and stressful career! 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 of the reasons 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 someone’s 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, it is not hard to make healthy choices, once you know what your options are and what really matters. This is where I can help you. I will share my process with you and you can take it wherever you want!
- National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach - NBC-HWC
- Diabetes Prevention Coach - American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- Weight Management Specialist - American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- Certified Health Coach - American Council on Exercise (ACE) - Licence #722085
- Behavioral Change Coach - American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- Sports Nutrition and Performance - Washington State University
- Associate Certified Coach (Life Coach) - International Coach Federation (ICF)
- Certified Coach for Holistic Life, Career, and Executive Coaching - Goal Imagery® Institute, International School of Coaching Mastery™
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None of my services or recommendations are intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness or disease. The information I provide is not intended to take the place of advice from your medical professional, licensed dietitian or nutritionist. You are solely responsible for your health care and activity choices. I cannot guarantee the outcome of my services or recommendations, and my comments about the outcome are expressions of my personal opinion only. I can guarantee you this, however: I will do my best to coach you, and I’ll do everything I can to help!