Welcome To Wholeheartedly Healthy!
Making & Breaking the Rules
Hello! I’m Stephanie, and I’m going to teach you how to lose weight & get flawless skin through better eating habits.
Get Healthy And Vibrant for Good
Increase your energy
I have been processed foods free for 4 years now, and literally because it makes me happy.
I am a certified Nutritionist, Metabolic Balance Coach and I graduated from Metabolic Balance Institute in 2012.
I am passionate foodie and I love teaching my clients that healthy eating does not need to be boring, bland or tasteless.
I promise you it’s easier than you think. Only a few years ago all I could “cook” was a salad. Yes, I am seriously..AND if I can do it, so can you.
So dive in, and in no time you will be sans recipe!
For those of you who have been following me or read a few of my magazine contributions you may have read my initial story, but today I’d like to share a more detailed version. To all of you, I hope my story cements what an important role nutrition, lifestyle and mindset play, and that it inspires you that it is possible to change and it is never too late to restart and live your best life.
In earlier years, and all through my childhood, I used to really struggle with life. My memories of adolescence are of being the overweight, unhappy girl in early high school, that was mostly forging my parents signature to get out of sports and dance class. I have never been the active sporty kind of person and never enjoyed anything that was active and required discipline. Many times I took myself to the doctor to get a sick note, simply because I didn’t want to go to school and I was so unhappy that didn’t know what else to do.
As a teenager I developed an extremely disordered relationship with food and starved myself to loose a lot of weight. My lowest was 45 kg and I was still as miserable as ever. Then in my early twenties I’ve put all the weight back on again and I was around 65kg. When I first moved to Dubai I gained another 10kg due to my love for fastfood at the time, and lack of physical activity. At my heaviest I was 86kg and with a height of only 158cm (5’2) that is fairly heavy. Walking up the stairs became a real challenge and self love was something I’ve not heard of.
Changes had to be made
I woke up on a rainy day in February (I remember as if it was yesterday), getting dressed for work, and my trousers that I hadn’t worn in a few weeks, weren’t gonna go above my knees. It was that day that I realized things had to change. I had to change. My lifestyle and thought process had to change. I made the decision that day that I will no longer be controlled by food and living that miserable unhappy existence. I decided that I wanted change. I would no longer have my favourite Starbucks Frappucinos with extra chocolate sauce and cream on top. No more Big Mac’s from my favourite fastfood chain that would always end with Mc Sandae’s and extra chocolate toppings. I made the decision to choose real foods and start educating myself on healthy eating and different ways of exercising. I ended up reading lots of health/ nutrition related books and that really woke up my interest. That all happened 10 years ago.
It was a long road. I cried. I threw tantrums. I spent hours wishing for a different life. But then one day the light bulb went off – I was happier, more balanced and healing my relationship with food. I was doing this. Not a therapist, a psychologist, a life coach, a book, and definitely not medication. Eating healthy and exercising had become a huge blessing and it was time to set a real goal. A goal that was big enough to get my legs shaking and completely out my comfort zone. I decided to sign up for a Bikini Body Building Competition with a big international Fitness Federation based in London, UK. Controlled eating and lots of hours in the gym were my plan for the following 10 month. Competing and learning what I had to do to get my body in that toned lean look was one of the best experiences of my life so far. Committing to a structured training routine and following a very detailed nutrition plan was very challenging at times and something I did not know much about. It required educating myself further and learning what works for me and what not.
But what I learned about myself was way more powerful. That experience taught me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and commit 100%. Even though I don’t compete anymore and it was only a one time experience I am extremely grateful that I gave it a try and all that I had. It has lead me to my first Magazine Cover in 2013 with Women Health & Fitness.
Sharing my passion
In 2012 I graduated from Metabolic Balance Institute in Munich, Germany. During the course of my studies I was like a new woman, and all because I had found my purpose in life. In the years prior I lived by the quote “the purpose of life is a life of purpose” but it wasn’t until I had found mine that my entire life changed. Training as a Nutritionist was honestly the best thing that I have ever done. Food to me is now about nourishing, healing and sharing, and the reason behind my passion of educating and teaching others through my coaching programs, cooking classes, seminars and talks.
It’s about real food
Quitting fastfood, packaged foods and refined carbohydrates was the catalyst, but transitioning to a real food lifestyle was really what changed my life and way of thinking forever. With 90% of serotonin, our feel good chemical, and 70-80% of our immunity produced in our gut, food really is one of the most powerful medicines. If you are feeling depressed, constantly sick, or are experiencing fatigue, skin disorders, fertility issues, poor recovery or constant inflammation, I urge you to consider the food you are eating.
2015 and beyond
My journey is ongoing as I continue to manage my metabolism and hormones from years of neglect, and master a mindset that still slips into negativity and stress, but I can now honestly say that I am happier than ever and work daily to keep it this way. I’m sure it’s also a part of being in my third decade – clean nutrition, eight hours sleep, minimal alcohol and a good balance between my hobby of heavy weight training, high intensity interval training isn’t exactly how I lived my early twenties, but I love my life and constantly check in with my values to ensure my priorities are in line. When your most important value is health, it’s no longer a sacrifice to go to bed at 10pm, or say no to binge eating and drinking. I strive for balance, but I know when I’m crossing the line or mastering the art very well these days. Our bodies speak loud and clear, we just have to listen.
I love how I feel more than ever right now and want the same for you.
Here’s to an amazing year filled with health, wellness and happiness.