About Shannon

I know what it’s like to feel uncomfortable in your own skin.

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  I lost weight 100’s of times. And then I gained it back. EVERY time.

  It would take one week, 3 days, or maybe even 6 months to gain it back, but I did. With a little extra thrown in each time.

  In my 20’s I was over 50 pounds overweight and I had a whole collection of health problems that were getting worse    because of my yo-yo dieting.

  When I looked in the mirror, I could feel my cheeks flush.

  When I looked at the label on my clothing and saw the size, I felt my mouth get dry and a lump in my throat.

  It was harder to go up stairs. I would be exhausted and panting at the top.

  I knew a lot about nutrition. I knew about whole foods. I knew about carbohydrates and protein.

  What I didn’t know (yet) was how to make the never-ending struggle with food and my weight STOP.

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I now enjoy:

  • shopping for clothes
  • going swimming
  • cooking food that satisfies me
  • eating out with out guilt
  • having better, more reciprocal and intimate relationships
  • thinking about what is really important to me- my family, my career, my joy, without distraction
  • saving money
  • going to potlucks without stress
  • knowing more about my feelings
  • being able to take care of myself in ways that nourish me
  • better digestion
  • balanced energy throughout the day
  • maintaining a stable weight
  • getting stronger and more flexible
  • knowing what I want to eat, when to eat, and when to stop
  • craving vegetables! (really…I still can’t believe it)

And I could go on…

After such incredible breakthroughs, I had no choice but to dedicate my energy to helping other women come to a place of peace with food, their bodies, and their lives! AND I continue to refine my teaching and coaching to make the process more and more fun, efficient, and inspiring.

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Don’t get me wrong, it DOES take dedication, persistence, and a commitment to investing in yourself. So I ask you this:

Do you know, yet, that you are worth it?

That your life and health is worth investing in?

Shannon’s Story

It started before I can remember.  My parents still tell the story about how I cried hysterically when a waitress took my french fries away before I was finished eating them.

In middle school my attachment to food, and especially sugar, grew from preoccupation to almost an obsession.  At night, after my parents were asleep, I would sit in front of the TV and eat, eat, eat.  This, of course, started to impact my weight and I began to do everything I could to lose those extra pounds.

I felt ashamed, embarrassed, out of control.
For over a decade I starved and binged, starved and binged and was almost always worrying about the size and shape of my body.   In college I lived on sugar and caffeine.  I would eat half a pan of brownies and then panic to find a way to hide how much I had eaten.  I would crawl into bed feeling painfully full.

Eventually, all this abuse added up and I began to get seriously sick.

I read books,  talked to people with similar struggles, and I went to a Health Coach where I could be completely honest about what had been going on.

With persistence and support I continued to heal, and continue to this day. It has been a great journey and with each step I get closer and closer to feeling completely comfortable and satisfied in my own skin. And the gifts that have come from healing: better relationships, tastier food, better energy, balanced moods, (I could go on and on!) have been bigger than I even imagined.

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Shannon’s Training

I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.

During my training, I studied over 100 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; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

Additionally, I hold B.A. in Psychology from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.