I spoke with a licensed health and nutrition coach to discuss the importance of wellness and a balanced lifestyle. See her answers here!
Amber Robertson is a certified Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach based in Nashville, TN. She recognizes the importance of healthy choices when it comes to both emotional and physical wellness! She leads free informational sessions on the third Wednesday of each month, with July’s focus being on Anti-Inflammatory Foods! She also loves the outdoors and encourages incorporation of outdoor exploration in any wellness routine. Read below for her personal testimony! http://blissholistic.com/
Q: Why is wellness important to you and how has it impacted your life?
A: Wellness is important because I want to feel my best and I want that for everyone else in my life, too! When we feel well physically, then we’re more likely to be in a better mood, have more energy, and feel more motivated.
There was a time in my early adulthood when I didn’t take care of my health because I was so distracted with my job, which was unfulfilling. I was puffy, bloated, and overweight. I had zero energy, and no motivation to get my body moving with exercise. My skin was splotchy, my hair was dull, and my digestion was a mess. Sugary cereal was my breakfast, lunches were fast food, while diet soda and vending machine chocolates were my afternoon pick-me-up. I bought whatever looked good at the grocery store… frozen pizza, chips, and countless other foods devoid of nutrition. It’s no surprise that my mood reflected the choices I was making. I was grumpy, bored, and complained a lot because I felt unwell! Eventually I made a career change which allowed me more time for self-care. I learned to cook with fresh, whole foods and stopped buying frozen, processed meals. I took walks in nature, exercised frequently, and slowly began having more energy. A year later I had lost 40 pounds, cleared up my skin, normalized my digestion, and completely changed my life in the process. Gone were the feelings of boredom, anxiety, and grumpiness. I felt like a newer, happier version of myself!
These days my own well-being is my number one priority. Without it I wouldn’t have the energy to serve my clients in helping them feel their best.
Q: What do you do/service you offer in Nashville?
A: As a Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner I offer the following services:
- Wellness coaching for people with health conditions such as Fatigue, Colitis, IBS, Hypothyroidism, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune issues.
- Healthy cooking lessons for people who want to change their diet. Themed lessons include gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, anti-inflammatory, paleo, superfoods, and more.
- Corporate and community wellness workshops for local businesses and organizations.
Q: Why should people consider outdoor recreation for fitness?
A: Being outside allows me to engage so many of my senses, which provides an array of benefits. I’m breathing fresh air and supporting good lung function. Outdoor terrain may provide more challenges than flat indoor terrain, allowing me to move my body in unexpected, yet beneficial ways. I really like the social aspect of outdoor recreation. There’s a group walk that I lead weekly which has allowed me to get to know members of my community who are also wellness-minded. Then there’s the mental/emotional benefit. When I exercise outdoors it diffuses any stress I might be feeling and puts me in a great mood. Outdoor exercise is also great way to learn about the area where we live. I feel connected with nature and local wildlife, when I get out and exercise in local parks and greenways.