I was born in Cyprus 30-something years ago. My relationship with health started early
on, as I spent a large part of my childhood in a ballet studio. I was always careful about what I ate, and especially how it affected my weight. As a student in Paris, I became nothing short of obsessed with health and wellness magazines. Yet again this wasn’t coming from a healthy place, I was more concerned with losing weight.
In my mid 20s student life was finally over, I got my first job and life started to settle down. I was eating well, exercising every day and was back to my 18-year old weight. That's when I realized that something was off. I was constantly bloated and tired, my periods were a mess, my skin was breaking out. Doctors, although they meant well, would not give me answers – only pills – to any of my issues. My questions about what was causing my problems and what I could do about them were met with silence, bewildered looks and a sense of helplessness (and frustration on my part). For a more detailed account of my personal health journey, click here.
It is at that point that I discovered Functional Medicine (read more about it here). I found all the mind-blowing stories about how simple changes in one’s lifestyle have the power to heal absolutely inspiring. Having worked on my own lifestyle, I can attest to that power and have made it my vocation to share it with others.
The following Functional Medicine principles are core to what I do:
We are not a victim of our bodies – diseases don’t just appear out of nowhere; and if we listen to and support our body we can give it the power it needs to heal
We are not slaves to our genes – just because our parents had X, does not mean we will too
What we do, every day, counts. The foods we eat, how much sleep we are getting, how we deal with stress and with the people around us, the thoughts we are having and whether or not we move our bodies can have a tremendous impact on our health
There’s a huge difference between not being sick (i.e. not suffering from an acute disease such as cancer) and being truly well: having energy, being present and able to enjoy life to the fullest
I put my trust in the healing powers of "the ordinary things you do every day": real food, good sleep, physical movement, managing stress and relationships. I also truly believe there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to health and no magic recipe. Do I do yoga? Yes. Do I meditate? Yes. Do I eat gluten? No. But that doesn't mean you should/shouldn't too.
If you have made it to the end of this page, then something I have written must have resonated with you.
I offer an introductory session for free to help you decide whether coaching (with me) is right for you or not. Give me a ring or email me here.