What is Holistic Health Counseling?
I believe that the healthiest people are those who have taken the time to think about their purpose in life and have followed that up by actively pursuing it. You could be after a career, a relationship, or an athletic, artistic, or spiritual pursuit. A person in this frame of mind has a steady flow of energy that can keep them going despite poor diet, lack of physical activity, or illness. What I do is help people overcome the obstacles, whether physical or mental, that keep them from taking advantage of their freedom and opportunities in life. Some people are held back from living the lives that they want by poor diet and nutrition. Others may have healthy diets but are struggling with their relationships, careers, exercise, or spiritual purpose. My program addresses all these aspects of your life in order to support and guide you into having the life that you want.
Although I have studied all the major dietary theories and have an extensive knowledge of the principles of proper nutrition, I will not just give you a list of food to eat. Often, people know that their diet is making them sick, but they continue to eat the same way as a response to some form of stress in their life. My program addresses the source of cravings and poor eating habits and offers you the support you need to integrate into your life the food that will nourish you. My program is not just about knowledge, but also action. At the end of the program you will already be living the life and eating the food that makes you healthy and happy. Being healthy is not about giving up what you enjoy—it’s about finding out what can nourish you for the rest of your life. After completing my program you will be
independent of “health care” and a master of self care. You’ll no longer suffer from food cravings or chronic health problems, and you’ll have taken steps towards accomplishing what you want to do in the lifetime that you have. This is why I call my counseling practice Live Free Nutrition.
I am a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor, trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. I am also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I am the Founder and Executive Director of Live Free Nutrition, a health consulting company offering individual, group, and corporate counseling sessions, and lectures, in order to assist others in bringing balance to their lives. In essence, I aim to create a happy and healthy lifestyle for everyone.
I specialize in working with families who want to raise their children according to a healthy lifestyle, and for this purpose offer cooking classes, nutritional counseling, self care remedies, workshops, and strategies for cooking and eating together and living fulfilling, active lives. I have helped my clients lose weight, control their cravings, improve their skin, start exercising, recover from menstrual problems, asthma, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, and reduce stress in their lives.
Additionally I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. At St. John’s I studied the great books of western civilization in philosophy, mathematics, science, music, literature, and theology.
I was raised on a macrobiotic diet but did not recognize the relationship between diet and health until going to college and eating a ton of sugar and refined foods. I became very sick and the experience served as a significant wake-up call. Consequently, on my own I began to study intensively nutrition and health and to help others with their health concerns. This path eventually led me to study at Integrative Nutrition. My mission is to enlighten my clients, friends, family, and others in proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles to improve the overall quality of life.
My wife, daughters, papillon, and I live in Frederick County, MD in order to serve the greater Washington, DC area.
Why a crane?
My wife and I chose the crane as my logo as a way to refer both to my training in traditional Eastern medicine, and my emphasis on inner freedom. The crane’s ability to fly is a metaphor for this freedom, while in Eastern traditions the crane is a symbol of peace, happiness and longevity—all of which are companions to good health.