Make Healthy A Habit, One Choice At A Time
Rebecca Albert, LMT & CHHC
Owner of Body Be Well Solutions
My story is quite simple… I'm blessed that a life changing event in my health "pushed" me to make major changes over a decade ago. I don't regret a moment; and those major changes were made by a series of small changes I chose to make in following what fuels and energizes my mind, body and spirit daily. "Make Healthy a Habit, One Choice at a Time, and Your Body Will Be Well."
My life was changing... my health and well being was moving in a direction that was not toward anything good. I'm a former smoker, caffeine junkie, binge eater of sugar free, fat free, low calorie packaged food of all sorts. I was overweight, had terrible mood swings, slept very little, had low energy and major brain fog. Eventually it all caught up with me and...CRASH.
Enough was enough, slowly I began making a couple small changes; One Choice at a Time. So my journey of making Healthier Choices into Healthy Habits began...
I quit smoking. I significantly reduced my caffeine consumption. I recognized there were other ways to relax and unwind without alcohol. I started to become more physically active. I began to understand and appreciate the value of a good night's sleep. I joined a gym and discovered a few classes I enjoyed and got some results.
Soon I began to feel better; these small changes were moving me in the right direction... but I still had more chronic pain than I should at that my age and continued to generally feel sluggish. I was still over weight; even though I was exercising regularly.
Then it hit me, "Are my food and beverage choices responsible for me feeling so awful, tired, unmotivated, depressed and simply old?"
The answer was YES, everything we put into our bodies causes some sort of a "chemical reaction". Our body systems are aligned very similar to a chemistry lab.
My next step on my journey to health had the greatest impact of them all. I took the approach of clean low glycemic eating and began taking high quality supplements/vitamins. This is when things really began to change... and they did so quickly. I lost inches everywhere, especially around my waist. My percentage of body fat dropped into a very healthy range for my age. I lost the "extra pounds" I was carrying around. More importantly... my daily aches, pains and stiffness diminished significantly, my muscle tone improved and so did my strength and flexibility.
What was so different about this Healthy Choice? By eating clean low glycemic foods, my body was no longer in a constant state of unhealthy inflammation. As an added bonus the high quality supplements/vitamins I began taking with consistency enabled my body to "heal" some of the damage I had caused with so many years of prior poor choices.
As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I specialized in helping my clients manage chronic pain for majority of my career. After experiencing these changes in my own health, I decided to share this approach of Healthier Choices with my clients. I chose to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
During my training at IIN I studied over 100 different dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Andrea Beaman, holistic health and thyroid expert; Dr. Susan Blum a true pioneer in autoimmune diseases, chronic illnesses, and functional medicine; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition and health coaching. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with my clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
No one approach works for Everyone. Balance in All aspects of Life is the Key to Sustainable Change. We offer Body Be Well Solutions to help our clients make Healthy a Habit, One Choice at a Time.
- Graduated New York Institute of Massage, January 2004
- Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, February 2004
- National Certification, March 2004
- Member of National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, March 2004
- NYS Licensed, October 2004
- TLS/Transitions Lifestyle Systems Coach, September 2012
- nutraMetrix Custom Health Solutions Consultant, April 2012
- Institute of Integrated Nutrition, Certified Holistic Health Coach, September 2014