Are you a busy mommy who wants to get healthy but you’re so overwhelmed and don’t know where to start?
Do you want to lose weight but you’re sick and tired of counting points and calories?
Do you get up early in the morning to get breakfast ready, take the kids to school, go to work, spend endless hours on the computer typing reports, and attending at least 3 meetings per week?
When you’re done with the work day, you pick up the children only to start your second job of chauffeuring them to their different activities. By 6:30 PM, are you so tired and hungry that you have little energy to cook for the family?
Passing by Burger King drive-thru just is the most convenient thing you can do for you and your family. Now the hamburger and fries you ate made you feel like crap not to mention guilty because you know so darn well that eating at Burger King isn’t healthy for you and your family.
I’m a busy woman just like you. I remember feeling stressed about what foods to eat or what foods to feed my family. I was a junk food girl. I ate skittles, m&m’s, and chips from the vending machine for lunch. For breakfast, it was pop tarts and coffee. On a good day, lunch was a tuna sandwich from Subway, fish filet or a hamburger kid’s meal from McDonald’s. Endlessly snacking on chips and candy throughout the day for energy. Every day at 2:00 PM, I had to have my twix! Hello, caffeine and sugar!
See, here was the problem:
I needed a plan. I felt alone. I was overwhelmed with all the diets, fads and certain dogmas of eating this or that. I went from eating only organic to eating only raw because I didn’t know which “guru” to follow. They all looked happy and healthy! What I was missing was a plan of action personalized for my body.
I was confused. Do you have a boatload of questions about what is REALLY healthy for you as a woman? As a busy mom? And what to feed your kids when you have no time?
I wanted somebody to lay out the plan for me, which is why I became a health coach.
That’s why I’m teaching you the basics. I’m teaching you health 101. I’m saving you the many years of agony and confusion. Let me tell ya, being confused about which trend to follow isn’t fun, and it’s a waste of time. I know you don’t want to waste your time.
It’s time to recharge, renew and trade in any momma confusion for a fresh start.
It’s every woman’s birthright to feel healthy, look healthy and have real energy.
It’s every woman’s legacy to feel and look beautiful.
It’s every woman’s right to stop weighing herself every morning before going to work or the gym.
It’s your destiny to break free from diets, end cravings and stop counting carbs and protein.
It’s your birthright to live an abundant and amazing life.
This is my story:
I’m married to an amazing man, Dimitri. I know it’s cliche to say that, but he’s the most selfless person I’ve ever met. You know the saying ” takes his shirt off his back”. He’s my biggest supporter and best friend. He’s the father of my two amazing children, who are my inspiration to be the best momma and health coach.
I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. I survived the many Lebanese wars. I grew up eating fresh and home cooked Lebanese food, but I didn’t eat vegetables. The only two vegetables I ate were carrots and cucumbers, on occasions. I did eat home cooked foods because junk food and drive -thrus didn’t exist. I mean there was only one burger place in Lebanon, so fast food wasn’t part of my daily life when I was in Lebanon.
I came to the U.S after graduating high school, and I started eating fast food: McDonald’s, Taco Bell, etc… I was fascinated with drive-thrus and quick fix meals. I had never seen anything like this growing up. I became addicted to Starbucks, candy and anything processed. I loved my daily tall Caramel Frappuccino with extra caramel. What do you mean “Do you want whip cream?” Is that even a question?
Denise helped me find my own way to improve my health and overall wellness by providing simple, healthy and nutritious meals. Her recipes are packed with all the nutrients that your body needs. At the same time they are very easy to prepare even if you are not a great chef like myself. One major reason why I love working with her is the fact that you don’t need a dictionary or google to translate those recipes. Denise also helped me establish a healthy lifestyle for my kids. My pantry never looked healthier which in my opinion what makes her unique and different from everyone else working in the same field.
Mireille CoderStay at home mom
Then I started to experience the downfall of eating junk but I didn’t make the connection.
At 19, I had bad acne. I tried Accutane, antibiotics, birth control pills, and chemical peeling. They’d clear my face for few months only. Acne was part of my life that I just learned to live with it because I couldn’t get rid of it. Constipation was part of my life too, and I learned to live with that too. I’d go 5-6 days without going #2. And on the 7th day, the agony began in the bathroom. I thought it was normal to go for days without pooping.
In 2005, I started working in the schools as a speech-language pathologist. Where I work, there aren’t many food options which didn’t affect me. I didn’t pack, cook or plan. I had Subway and McDonald’s. On occasions, my friends and I would meet at the local Mexican restaurant, and I’d have chicken taquitos with rice and beans.
Shortly after starting work, I got pregnant with my first child, Geo, and because I had to be healthier for the baby, I figured I’d eat subway everyday. So I had a tuna sandwich with cheese and mayo on a daily basis for lunch, BUT hold the veggies, please. I remember eating broccoli, and my husband was so proud of that broccoli moment.
A few years later, I had my second child, Avery. A few months after Avery was born, I began having horrible migraines. I always had sinus infections, but they never turned into migraines. The headaches were so bad that I had to leave work several times. When I was home, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t take care of my babies. All I wanted to do was sleep and sleep some more. I went to my primary doctor who referred me to the ENT. I went through testing, and there was nothing wrong.
This is when it all changed.
I couldn’t live like this. I was miserable. I started researching only to find out about the effect of food on our health and well-being. What the heck? Really? I was shocked when I read that. Are you telling me that I have to eat vegetables like the green stuff to feel better?
I started the health journey that has brought me to today. I did it by myself. I tried many health trends: the raw vegan, the smoothies, the juice cleanse, the watermelon detox, the raw til 4, the vegan, the vegetarian, to name the few, until I discovered what worked best for me. Then I helped my husband, kids, immediate family members, and the ripple effect began. Even my coworkers started drinking smoothies and eating salads.
In August of 2014, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to become a certified health coach and help others especially busy moms just like you and me
Today, I help women who are suffering with “busy woman syndrome” and teach them how to:
Do self-care with limited time
Eat foods that give them massive energy
Find the time to meal prep and cook healthy delicious meals for themselves and their family
Understand that cravings are messages their body is sending them now to make the change, and not some evil demon out to get them
Understand that it’s better to prioritize their health now to avoid hours of sick days, long waits at doctor’s offices and many doctor bills
Change their mindset that healthy eating is expensive and show them how to save money and eat healthy.
Tools that reduce toxins in the body that lead to multiple health issues.
Thank you for inspiring me to pay attention to what goes into my body, read ingredients, try new recipes and make sure I’m feeding my baby the very best. If you don’t know something, you research it. If help is needed, you offer it. If a change of perspective or attitude is required, you’ll call it. Keep spreading your message of health and wellness to families. I thank you for your free content and am excited for you to be expanding your services so more families and mama’s can access individual support from you. I would strongly encourage you to contact BzHealthyMama if you’d like more information and let her know what you are looking for, you’ll find you won’t want to live without her!
Jennifer EdwardsSpeech Language Pathologist
I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon.
I speak four languages: Lebanese ( a dialect of Arabic), French, English and Spanish.
I’m a speech therapist and have worked in the same district for 12 years.
I hated veggies with a passion and learned to tolerate them now