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I'm a wife and mother to 5 children, living with my husband, Doug, of 22 years in Northern California.
I earned my BA in Applied Math and Statistics from CSU Sacramento and landed a job working in Air Quality, but after my first child was born, I decided to stay home to raise my children. Being a mom has always been my first and foremost job, but I always knew I wanted to do more to help people.
In 2012, I was a stressed out mom to 5 kids ranging in age from 14 yrs to 18 months old, living on a diet of mostly refined carbs, sugar and coffee and occasional fast food. I rarely cooked from scratch, relying mostly on convenience food from Costco.
I was overweight, depressed, couldn't sleep, had cystic acne, was completely fatigued, and had such brain fog that I knew something had to change. I went to my doctor hoping to find some answers, and he quickly prescribed a pill for anxiety and another for sleep. After handing me the prescriptions, he mentioned that the sleep pill could make me do strange things in the night and the anxiety med could make me “dull". I didn't want anything to do with that! Not once did he suggest a lifestyle change and that perhaps my lack of nutrition and lifestyle needed serious help.
I didn't fill the prescriptions, too afraid of the side effects. Instead, I decided to do something I'd never done before… I started a 30 Day Clean Eating Detox & Cleanse through Arbonne International. Within 2 weeks, I released 6 pounds and my brain fog, fatigue and cravings were gone. I noticed that I was seeing in full color with such clarity for the first time in forever, and I had natural energy and vitality, not needing caffeine to wake me in the morning or keep me awake in the afternoon. I hadn’t told anyone outside of my family what I was doing in case it didn’t work… but my friends began to notice my changes, and commented on how good my eyes and skin looked. I knew I was onto something BIG!
I continued this new healthy lifestyle, started jogging and continued playing tennis, and within 4 months, dropped 20 pounds and have never felt better in my life!
I became a consultant through Arbonne so I could educate and mentor people through their own 30 Day detox and everyone who followed the program found great success through their new clean eating and lifestyle habits. Through my journey, I became a health food junkie, reading articles and browsing the internet for healthy lifestyle blogs and websites. I learned so much in those first couple years that I decided to continue my education in a new direction... health coaching…
In March 2015, I enrolled in Dr. Josh Axe's 8 week course at the Institute of Nutritional Leadership. It was fabulous and really helped me decide that this was the direction I wanted to go helping clients and building an online coaching and wellness business, as well as offering wellness workshops. The course left me wanting more…
So, in July 2015, I enrolled in a year long program with the world's largest nutrition and wellness school... the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and completed the program at the end of June 2016 as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
I'm excited to work with clients, helping them get healthy+happy from the inside out.
In addition to being a busy mom and health coach, I'm also a singer/soprano and founding member of an amazing vocal group for the past 16 years that focuses primarily on á cappella arrangements, ranging from vocal jazz to classical to contemporary and pop. I'm also an Area Manager and Independent Consultant through Arbonne International, all while staying home to take care of my greatest treasures.
Let's Chat! Monica