Welcome to the NOURISH YOUR WHOLE SELF Holistic Health and Wellness Program!
This program is for YOU, the changemaker, the progressive leader, the one who needs to optimize your health and well-being so that you can show up as an agent of positive transformation for our world!
Be the amazing changemaker you were called to be without the burnout and fatigue!
This online coaching program is specifically designed to optimize your health and well-being—mind, body and spirit!
I know these are challenging times and I know we are all feeling overwhelmed some days with burnout looming . . . but here’s the deal, you can take small steps on a daily basis to better support your health and well-being so that you can show up for your mission, yourself, your team, your relationships, and our planet.
So how do you make this happen? With support and guidance and prioritizing your health and well-being, knowing that you can’t give from an empty cup.
The NOURISH YOUR WHOLE SELF program will address your health and well-being from the following angles:
Establish more clarity and confidence around your FOOD/NUTRITION choices and routines so that you can feel more energized, balanced, and nourished all day long.
Practice effective strategies to support better quality SLEEP/REST because sleep is essential to having more energy, less cravings, and more resilience in handling everyday challenges.
Create the healthy SCHEDULE/HABITS/ROUTINES that allows you to move through your day with greater ease, energy, and focus.
Prioritize more daily MOVEMENT into your routine so that you can be more present in your body, relieve stress, and feel stronger.
Cultivate ways to have moments of meaningful CONNECTION TO SELF in the form self-care practices, self-love mindset, expressions of creativity, and opportunities for pleasure and joy.
Focus on our MINDSET and creating more mindfulness, practice slowing down, and cultivating rest.
Continue to build meaningful CONNECTION TO OTHERS (your larger community, your personal and professional relationships, your organization/business) from a place of authenticity, giving from the overflow, and healthy boundaries.
Continue to develop and nurture your sense of PURPOSE/MISSION/LEADERSHIP because I know you came into this world at this time to make the largest positive impact!
“Michelle has a breadth of knowledge on holistic healing but what sets her apart is her care for her clients. She’s gotten me through a major health crisis and I wouldn’t be where I am today professionally or personally without her.” –AZ, activist and university professor
“Michelle is the most intuitive and attentive practitioner I’ve
ever worked with and has given me very usable and helpful advice. I’ve already
made great strides toward all of my health goals and look forward to continuing
to work with her in the future.” –AO, grant writer
“I started with Michelle a bit over 2 months ago. In 2015 I had gained 20 pounds in 6 months of emotional eating, and I was struggling with food cravings, insomnia and anxiety. Michelle helped me improve my sleep and then we found easy-to-prepare balanced meals that I enjoyed. Once I started eating these meals, my emotional eating and cravings disappeared! My anxiety also disappeared and I lost 14 pounds since January 1st. I’m loving food, never hungry, and I feel normal! Best investment I’ve made!” –T.C. artist, activist, community college instructor
“Michelle is outstanding. I am constantly learning new things about my nutrition every time I see her. It is rare to find someone who embodies everything from the technical understanding to the empathetic ear…and Michelle does just that. I look forward to our meetings and have enjoyed every step of this journey with her. Thank you Michelle for sharing your love of food and health with me!”–SN, community organizer, dance teacher, artist
October is a poignant month for me. You see, my mom passed away on October 15, 1995 from complications from metastatic breast cancer. I was 21 years old. She was only 48.
Way too young. Both of us. Me, too young to lose my mother. My mother, way too young to die.
And ironically October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, I like to call it BREAST HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH instead.
This is more than an abstract pink-ribbon month for me. It’s personal. For me, I’d rather focus on having a healthy and balanced body.
At the age of 21 I made a choice. I was not going to go down the road of my mother’s body. I was going to do what I could, on a daily basis, to take good care of myself. I realized I had two choices: I could choose FEAR or I could choose LOVE. I chose LOVE. Love for myself, my body, my breasts, my health, my future.
And so, decades before I would eventually become a holistic health coach and nutrition consultant, I started to pay attention to my health in a way most 21-year-olds don’t. For years I’ve been clearing out potential carcinogens like harmful beauty products and cleaning supplies, unnecessary plastics, toxic food, and even harmful stress and mindsets (and people). I wasn’t anywhere near perfect (and I’m still not) but I have been making a conscious effort to be mindful of what goes on my body, in body, near my body.
Let me take a moment to tell you a little about my mom because I don’t want her to be defined by how she died. My mom was a strong woman and taught my sister and me to be strong women, too. She put herself through college at UC Santa Barbara and taught high school her entire adult life (first home economics and then history when they began to phase out home ec classes). She loved to shop and had a great eye for color. She was a fantastic gift giver and would shower us with presents at Christmas, often with gifts she had been collecting for us all year. She was actually very “crafty” and made all sorts of decorations (many of which we still have). She loved going to Hawaii, visiting historical sites, and planning amazing trips for our family. She could be incredibly “thrifty” but also was incredibly generous. We didn’t always agree (what mother and daughter do?) but I never doubted that she loved us deeply. Or that she continues to watch over us.
This is a picture of my family at my sister’s graduation from high school, just four months before we’d lose our mother. (My sister asked me to crop it! LOL!)
Each year I choose a different way to honor and celebrate my mother and this year it is the form of hosting a pop up event focusing on breast health and safer, cleaner beauty. Please join me. Here are all the details:
Thursday, November 1: 7:00 p.m. in Oakland, CA (exact location TBA)
At this small, intimate event we will address:
How our personal care products are affecting our health and may contribute to cancer risk, autoimmune issues, hormonal imbalance, allergies, and many other health concerns.
How to make cleaner, safer choices in terms of our beauty products, foods, and self-care practices.
How to read labels on your beauty products and what to look for. (Bring one or two of your favorites and we can take a look together!)
We’ll also have to sample a line of non-toxic makeup and skincare from Beautycounter! It’ll be fun to play with some of our favorite products and hear what this B Corporation is doing to move the market to safety!
***This is a FREE event but please RSVP HERE so that we can plan the space accordingly!**
Can’t make the event but want to make difference . . . please consider making a donation to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). BCPP works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. They are a founding member and national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition working to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.
Welcome to a cleaner, fresher you! Next cleanse starts soon: Summer date TBD!
Do you need a clean start? Feeling run down, frazzled and like anything you eat doesn’t work for you? Curious about doing a cleanse but want support from professionals? Prefer the support and convenience of an online group?
This 3 week program is designed to help you gain energy, lose foods that aren’t serving you, and give your body a break from fatigue, fuzziness and feeling flustered. Our food-based cleanse will help you clean out the cobwebs and focus on all the great foods that give you energy, focus and vitality! And we promise no starving, no fancy powders or supplements!
Give your body a break. We will meet you where you are!
Embark on a fresh, new journey while gaining knowledge about what triggers your body, the best foods for you personally, and how to feel confident in your food choices
Gain nutrient density and lose some excess weight
Reduce inflammation throughout your body, including your digestive system and joints
Enjoy eating real food while cleansing your body. No starving on this plan! And no expensive supplements or powders.
Get group support from two nutrition professionals: Michelle Dwyer and Amy Griffith, both health coaches and nutrition consultants, are excited to support you through this dynamic and convenient online clean eating circle!
Listen to our webinar here to find out more about how cleansing can help you detox your body, reduce inflammation, and transform your health!
Tip #1: Drink plenty of water. The recommendation is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 150 pounds, you need at least 75 ounces of water a day. Drinking a little water with lemon or unfiltered apple cider vinegar can also help your digestion, so you can start your day with it or drink it before a meal. If you are drinking alcohol, be sure to drink two glasses of water in between each alcoholic drink. Lastly, remember that herbal teas also count towards your hydration. A cup of peppermint tea is a great way to end the evening and is soothing to your tummy!
Tip #2: Keep moving.During the busy holiday season our regular schedules can get thrown off, including our workouts. Remember you don’t need to go to the gym to be moving. Movement can be as easy as:
Take a short walk during your lunch break
When running errands or shopping, try walking instead or park a bit further away to get a little walking in.
Cleaning your house counts as movement too!
Have a 20-minute dance party at your house every evening.
If you keep moving during this holiday, you will feel stronger, better and lighter!
Tip #3: Have a plan.This will look very different for everyone, but having a plan for the next few weeks will help you stay happy and healthy. Maybe for you the plan means taking some “me time” each week to get a massage, go to yoga class, or take a walk. For others it may involve setting a plan for keeping sugar at a minimum or eating mindfully at holiday functions. Maybe you aren’t even sure where to start? That’s where I can help!
If you feel like you would like a little extra support during the next few weeks, I have a special offer just for you:
For just $75 you can get the Holiday Health Help you need to keep with your wellness goals this holiday season. This offer also makes a great gift for someone you love! I can meet in person or via phone/Skype for extra ease and convenience!
Offer good only through December 19, so BOOK ONLINE today!