Hormone & Adrenal Balance
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Mindset & Life Coaching
I'm Stephanie, an amateur bean-to-bar chocolate maker, traveler, wearer of all things cozy, spontaneous dancer, and lover of long walks (cheesy and true). Thank you for visiting The Wellness Common. My goal is three-fold: to provide a community that will help you succeed, to provide information based on science and research, and to work in partnership with you to create a healthy mind, body, and spirit so you can live fully.
What Brought Me to Do This Work?
Well, 1) I like surrounding myself with good people (yes, I'm talking about you) and 2) life was good... until it wasn't.
In my late-twenties, I was burning the candle at both ends, building a personal training business, obtaining multiple certifications, and exercising my body into submission. My twenty-something self believed this was the way to prove my worth and be the model personal trainer. What I didn’t see was that the relentless daily workouts, the 3:45 am wake-up time, and an emotionally toxic environment was breaking down my being. On top of that, my inner critic was in the driver’s seat, filling my head with a constant loop of negative self-talk. “I have too much cellulite. I’m ugly. I’m stupid. I’m undeserving."
Oh stress, you dirty dog, you. It didn't take long for my light to burn out. Within a few months, I experienced an inability to heal from nagging injuries, followed by chronic fatigue, difficulty finding the right words, brain fog, dizzy spells (the number of walls I walked into is mind-blowing), constant upset stomach, gas, bloat (think third trimester pregnancy minus the pregnancy), significant weight loss, and no menstrual cycle. Miserable, embarrassed, and hopeless were understatements.
Then the fear hit. Someone in their late twenties should not be having these symptoms. I mean, the whole reason I chose this path was to help others and myself reduce risk factors of chronic disease. And yet, here I was living a lifestyle I thought was healthy, and watching my body and mind give up on me. So, I sought medical help, which ruled out a brain tumor and Multiple Sclerosis. Additional tests performed were “normal,” and the tests that weren’t normal were “flukes." I was told it was “all in my head,” and I was sent on my way, with a little “pat-pat” on the head and a list of prescriptions to calm the crazy girl. I felt unheard. Dismissed. Defeated.
Screw that. If my actions, mindset, and environment built this, then it can dismantle it. There was nothing to lose. In order to heal my mind and body, I focused my frustration into action, walked out of my toxic environment (which scared me to death), and began to rewrite the negative self-talk. I also spent years reading numerous books and research articles, as well as going back to school and picking up a few nifty credentials along the way.
Now, I don’t want you to think that, all of a sudden, I figured it all out and have a perfect life. I don’t. I’m not here to promise you a perfect life either, because perfection is a myth and I'm all about honesty. What I can say is this, it takes work, every single day, to have a healthy mind, body, and spirit that allows you to do the things you want to do in order to live fully. Investing in yourself is worth it. Respecting your body is worth it. Our bodies give us the freedom to create every smile, bust out every sweet dance move, and cherish every hug. That, my friend, isn't crazy talk, it's the cat's meow.
Sound good? Great. Now let’s get you there.
With Love, Stephanie
Education & Competencies:
RDN - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
LMNT - Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist (Nebraska)
MA - Exercise Science
Restorative Wellness Practitioner
C.H.E.K. Practitioner - Corrective High-performance Exercise Kinesiology
C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Laser Life Coach
Precision Nutrition Coach
NSCA-CPT - Certified Personal Trainer
Metabolic Typing Advisor
Mindful Eating, TRX, IKFF Kettlebell, IM=X Pilates Mat and Reformer,
& Restorative Yoga
Functional Lab Tests
Parasites, Bacteria, & Candida
Digestive Enzymes & Inflammation
Food Sensitivities - MRT Leap