I'm Vanessa, a certified health and weight loss accountability coach passionate about helping those suffering like I was. I had been obese for most of my adult life. I had tried every diet known to women (and we find them all!), and nothing was sustainable or very effective. Turns out traditional calorie advice doesn't work for everyone! Want to know why?!
Following the traditional advice to eat less and move more did not work for my body; I could eat lettuce and gain weight! I felt resigned to being overweight with little hope of change...here's a recap of my story and how I healed my body and my mind.
My life changed when I went searching for medical help for my mother, who was 68 years old, type 2 diabetic, obese, on insulin, on metformin and a cocktail of other pharmaceutical drugs, on oxygen, in a wheelchair and in and out of the hospital with Type 2 Diabetes complications.
In a desperate attempt to not lose both parents in one year, I went searching for medical expertise to help my mom, who felt she was destined to be dead by spring. I flew home to Canada and spent a month with my mom, cleaned out her pantry/fridge/freezer, cooked a three-month supply of food to leave with her, and returned to Australia hoping for a miracle. If I was going to ask my mom to go way outside her comfort zone to do something against mainstream diabetes advice, I thought I should support her and do the same, and I began to live a healthy ketogenic lifestyle as well. Within 45 days, my mom was off her insulin injections and oxygen and out of the wheelchair. She could move and walk better than she had for the past ten years, she was losing weight, and her doctors were over the moon with her turnaround.
Before I started this ketogenic way of eating, I had plantar fasciitis in both feet, arthritis in my right hand, skin tags, constantly tired, heavy legs, swelling and often ill with colds and chest congestion. I was obese, and I was always hungry. I didn't know what it was like to be complete and always thinking about food. Today, I am pain-free, rarely catch a cold, and I've lost about 45kilos/100 pounds; I'm not an Instagram model, but I'm honest and winning. I have reduced from a size 22 to an Aussie 12 on top and 14-16 (10/12 USA) on the bottom. I share this because until late 2023, I was unaware I had Lipoedema (AUS)/ Lipedema (USA), and this reduction in weight and, body shape-shifting and pain reduction is essential for others suffering to know that you can improve many of the Lipoedema symptoms with a tailored clean, sustainable way of eating.
So, how did I become a certified health; & mindset coach with a passion for a ketogenic way of eating?
I worked in a high-stress corporate career for over sixteen years; when I began my journey of releasing weight, I attracted a lot of attention, and clients and suppliers started to ask me to help them. They often said you should do this for a living! At first, this seemed like a wild idea to me because who was I to tell someone how to lose weight? And I knew that I didn't want to sell a diet or put anyone on a diet. Diets suck, and they don't work! During my journey, I worked on WHY I went to food and my triggers from early life to adulthood. My size was not a total reflection of how much I put in my body; it held onto food like it needed it for later! Dieting didn't work, and I never wanted to make a woman feel like she failed or there was something wrong with her. Just telling someone how to eat is setting them up for another diet cycle failure, and I don't want to take part in that industry. One reason I was succeeding and my mom was achieving was because it was about health & not the scale, which was not the measure of success. I could see a need to help people who, like me, had lost hope of improving their health and were overwhelmed with what to do next. So, in time, after maintaining my weight release and designing a new me from the inside out, I quit my corporate career and returned to school to study for a deeper understanding of how to support others in their journey of change.
I knew if I did anything to help others, it needed to be holistic and address the root circumstances of why we use food as our 'drug' of choice, when this pattern begins and why, and then be able to teach you the tools to cope differently with your triggers, To help you reframe your thoughts about your body and food habits to work for you, not against you. I use a ketogenic version of eating with no need to count calories or macros. We move away from the scale being your sole measure of success, and we heal from the inside out, addressing the heart & mind with tools and coaching. Plus, we work with our pesky hormones and inflammation to help you live the healthiest version of yourself at any size. You deserve to feel the benefits of improved health, to feel worthy at any size. I teach you not to wait to be happy & healthy only at a specific size or weight; that way of thinking and acting is a diet mentality and is not a positive, sustainable life change.
I've taken all my personal experience & ongoing education from my certification for health and life coaching, plus my ongoing mentorship with top industry mindset coaches such as Peter Crone and Shirzad Chamine to design programmes that give you the best chance of success holistically resetting our body, mind and heart in a manner that is different from every other diet out there. This is important because as good as a keto or low-carb lifestyle is, it will only succeed you if you address what is in your head and heart. We need to be different in our minds and beliefs to reach our goals; otherwise, we will falter and revert to old beliefs and habits.
I have passionately designed my programmes to focus 20% on the food and 80% on what goes on in our heads and hearts. My method allows you never to feel deprived, to release beliefs that no longer serve you, and to begin being your best version of yourself even before you think you have achieved it! This is not your 'standard' keto coaching programme; I'm not your standard keto coach; I've been you! I don't sell or teach just keto; you can google, get confused and try to cut through the noise and succeed alone, OR you can desire to move towards healing yourself with a different mindset and priorities. What we do together is release what is holding you back, and that is more than just the weight!
If you've read this far, I want you to feel hopeful that you can make a change for your health, supported and coached by someone who has lived this life, has empathy for you and will help you through change.
If you are suffering from obesity, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver, Lipoedema, Lipedema, or PCOS, know that there is hope and support.
I also have a free resource available for you. My Free Mini Masterclass is the 5 Critical Steps to Achieve Permanent Weight Loss. It is not keto-focused; these five steps will help you no matter how you eat.
Claim Your New Body & Mind Signature 12-week One-One Coaching Programme is for you if you have experienced emotional, physical and even financial suffering due to your weight. This is a transformational method where we work to free you from past beliefs and habits that hold you back; we work together to set goals and your vision for the future. It frees you from the diet roller coaster; it is life-changing. I don't sell keto. This is deeper than just the how-to keto. This is designing a happier, healthier version of you, the person you deserve to be. You are a new you, inside and out, with this opportunity to be all about you.
12 x One-to-One Coaching via Zoom
12 + Weekly Group Sessions via Zoom (the group is optional)
My Keto Buddies Accountability app. with daily motivation, communication support and educational materials included
Optional Dietitian Written Meal plans, shopping lists and recipes
Bonus Private Facebook Group
Accountability & Support as designed for you.
Executive Programmes may incorporate other support professionals to suit your extended goals, such as a chef or support to meal service, fitness & movement experts, career satisfaction coaching, and meditation/relaxation experts. This is all guided and designed by your needs and budget.
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