In Balance
A Survival Guide
Health Literacy Coach

                      Wrong food, bad sleeping habits, negative emotions, and physical or mental strain all make life a little bit more unnatural, until eventually you find yourself in the most unnatural of all conditions, a full-blown disease.  -- Deepak Chopra, M.D.



     Come along with me, a retired Reading Specialist from the New York City Department of Education, as I share with you the challenges and successes of my journey into wellness...


    First, I would like to thank Barbara Bray for giving me this opportunity to put some of the most important items I learned about how to keep blood sugars in balance on My eCoach.  I invite you all to read them, question them, and apply them.  And most especially, I welcome your questions, feedback, and suggestions for future use here and in my upcoming book.  Thank you so much.  I look forward to hearing from you. 


     It was in my 23rd year of teaching that I really found myself under a tremendous amount of stress.  I decided it was necessary to visit my Internist for a checkup.  He took some tests and called me with the results.  He told me I had Type 2 Diabetes.  My tests showed that my blood sugar level was very high and he prescribed medication for me to take two times a day.  I was very concerned about side affects so I became determined to control this condition more naturally. 


     I immediately sought the services of a nutritionist and I also joined a gym.  I began to eat more healthier foods and I worked out every day after school and on the weekends.  As a result of these efforts, positive results started to appear.  Two months after my initial diagnosis, I lost 10 pounds.  My doctor told me to reduce the medication in half.  After another two months, and losing another 10 pounds, the medication was cut out entirely.  


     By the time the school year ended, I was in a much healthier state.  I was on my way to get out of the range of a Type 2 Diabetic.  I am certain that I never would have been able to do this without the help of the nutritionist and the exercise classes at the gym and loads of nutritional information from some other outstanding professionals in the health field. 


     There was an even stronger reason that helped me get through this scary period in my life.  I retired from teaching in the public school system.  I really believe that by making that decision alone, it took away a major amount of stress I had been feeling.  I also decided to set a new ball in motion.  Being a lifelong learner, I wanted to study more about nutrition. So I enrolled in a nutrition school, began studying the very next month after my retirement, and began a new career in the field of health and wellness within ten months, three months before graduation.  


    The school I attended was mostly an online program and it also included Live Conferences in Manhattan.  It is called the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I was in training to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach from July 2011 to July 2012.  Even after completing two Master’s degree programs, I found the Integrative Nutrition’s program to be the most interesting, useful, and promising towards a healthier and happier future.  I graduated from IIN with a dual certification through the Institute and from the S.U.N.Y. Purchase. I went on to join their Immersion program from August 2012 to February 2013.  That’s when I learned even more about how to incorporate this new career of Health Coaching into my life.   


     In April 2012 I was asked to become the in-house nutrition counselor at the same gym that helped me to get well.  I compiled loads of information on meal planning, healthy foods, and cooking websites.  I put together a series of six workshops geared towards adults and these nutritional highlights are available right here for you. 


     Part of my workshop curriculum includes going through these materials I have gathered, discussing what this information means, and sharing how to apply this knowledge at home.  I really believe that in order to achieve better health and make this health program successful, my participants have to make up their minds to carry out a consistent lifestyle change that includes...


     1.  Focusing on the way you are eating, what you are eating, and how much you are eating.

     2.  Incorporating more movement into your life each and every day for at least 30 minutes a day from aerobics to strength training. 

     3.  Adding a few de-stressing techniques each week, such as, Stretching, Tai Chi,  and Yoga or a combination of these type of classes. 


     These three lifestyle changes may seem complicated at first, but once you see and feel the positive results to your body, your mind, and your spirit, they will begin to form more easily and naturally into your new daily lifestyle.


      I strongly suggest that you visit the website given to me by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to find some really tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes. I named my website after a children’s theatre company I used to run.  My website is called "The Happy Medium Ensemble – A Dish of Health" and you will find it at this address:


     My future plans are to continue to “take the show on the road” and present nutrition and diabetic workshops to community centers within the Northeast Bronx and Midtown Manhattan. You can contact me through my nutrition website address so I could visit your organization for a slide presentation and/or public speaking engagement.  Thank you for your interest in my work.


     I wish you all good health and a happy life -- First step:  Eat lots of greens!