My life concept is to feel great, to love hard, to enjoy the life and to inspire others to do the same.
Natalia Belaiche is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with a practical and accessible approach. Her holistic whole food approach to health, wellness and beauty helps clients to eat cleaner, to learn what foods work best for them, to lose weight, reduce food cravings, increase their energy levels and to find a unique healthy balance that exclusively works for them.
As a mum of two kids, Natalia is particularly interested in supporting parents in their efforts to feed children appropriately and teaching them how to eat clean. Natalia utilises an all-inclusive, holistic approach to her workshops and programmes; stress can affect diet, which can affect sleeping patterns, which can affect overall health and energy levels, and so the cycle continues.
When she is not working, you could find Natalia cooking, reading nutrition books, or running on mountains or beaches.
Here, Natalia shares her own experiences that explain how she learned her own path to a healthy lifestyle, and what she has absorbed along the way that can help others in realising and accomplishing their own goals:
My journey towards a healthy, balanced life began twenty four years ago, when I first realised that I would become a Mum. As for any other expectant parent, it was a turning point in my life; a radical change of thinking and a transformation of life planning.
In 1997, I was young and considered myself to be living a normal life without fully understanding the consequences of bad habits and unhealthy nutrition. Like many working people in my age, my diet was mostly limited by what was easy or readily available – mostly bread and cheese – and I was sleeping very little with almost no physical activity or personal goals.
I even remember times when my breakfast, lunch and dinner was simply a cheese sandwich!
I would spend my days working and my evenings concentrating on my University studies; it is fair to say I didn’t feel I had a lot of spare time and would resort to stealing my ‘sleeping hours’ in order to see friends and go out. Sleeping only 4-5 hours each night became a normality.
I wasn’t overweight but definitely felt that I had couple of kilos extra for my age and – as many people do – I became naturally quite body conscious. Regular bouts of acne only served to further damage my confidence and self-esteem.
I inexpertly tried to follow the occasional restrictive diet, but these inevitably ended in failure and I didn’t realise at the time that these harsh, restrictive or fad diets usually lead to further weight gain and create a vicious cycle of splurging. I realise now that these diets were causing more harm than good.
Looking back, I seemed to be chronically tired in those days, although I didn’t really give this any serious consideration until I ended up spending several stints in hospital dealing with serious digestive disorders and a nervous burn out.
I was only 18 years old…
However, the real wake-up call came some time later after I had married my husband and I became pregnant. This entirely changed my perspective, and self-preservation became a priority. I knew that I was responsible for the health and wellbeing of another human life and that, as a future Mum, I could no longer make excuses about my own.
This truly was a turning point for me. I quickly found that the more I studied about nutrition, wellbeing and health, the more I became fascinated by the differences we can make in our lives.
Simply shifting my focus from considering food to considering nutrients made a world of difference. We are what we think, what we do and what we eat.
By the time my baby was born, I had learned so much about the nutritional facts and values of different ingredients and the healthiest ways of cooking them.
I breastfed my child for seven months and would live by my own cookbook of favourite home recipes I had developed.
Not only was my interest in nutrients helping us both with long-term health benefits, but I quickly noticed that I could also feel and see immediate benefits!
My weight was down to 10kg below my pre-pregnancy weight; my skin cleared up, my energy levels increased and I felt so much more happy and confident within myself.
However, life went-on and life brought its experiences, some of which were difficult and stressful to deal with. I have always had a sensitive health but my digestion was by far the most delicate aspect of my physiology.
Unfortunately, I also had to deal with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) a few years ago. This sickness often tends to occur in people with sensitive digestion and lack of stress regulation. I would not wish that to anyone: regular pain, sleepless nights, losing weight, depression…
There seemed to be as many doctors as there were treatments, but unfortunately, all without results…
I ultimately came to the conclusion that the most effective way to manage my IBS would simply be through diet, and through stress management.
But I wasn’t sure how to do this. The Internet is full of controversial or contradictory approaches and theories, with health professionals offering all kinds of different diets and pills.
One day I found the New York Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Their approach was to analyse all different diet theories but to emphasize the importance of our bio-individuality and Primary foods (essentially, this is everything that does not fit on your plate; relationships, spirituality, career and physical activity).
After enrolling, I found that it was my second life changing transformation! My teachers were the masters in nutrition, health, self-development, and spirituality. Andrew Weil, David Wolf, Joel Fuhrman, Andrea Beaman, Berry Sears, John Douillard, Harville Hendrix to name just a few.
I understood the importance of listening to oneself and understanding our cravings, digestive symptoms and the specifics of each personal biotype. How withholding inner stress could slowly destroy you and the healing properties of breathing, spirituality and proper physical activity. I learned so much more about the different healing properties and nutritious components of natural foods. Aside from a few stress-related reactions, I learned that I have an intolerance to wheat and lactose, and an obvious sugar addiction!
After few months of studying I managed to re-discover myself and got rewarded by being fully cured from my IBS.
I returned to my kitchen with a new approach; all meals should be made from whole foods, lactose-free and sugar-free, but still tasty and joyful!
I started giving some nutrition workshops to kids and adults, but felt that it was not enough to support people’s intention to reach their full potential, to use food as a pathway to a healthier, more vibrant life.
I wanted to offer a helping-hand, a support in actually going through these fundamental changes. I wanted to be somebody who could navigate with people towards a life of lasting, healthy habits and deeper understanding of themselves.
So my Health-Coaching journey began. And the results were so rewarding! I was amazed to see how small adjustments could actually lead to life transforming results. My clients were actually losing weight without following strict diets, enjoying more vibrant and energized life, reaching their health goals and living on their full potential.
So, here I am – now a happy mum of 2 amazing kids, qualified Health Coach and willing and able ready to help you to reach a better version of yourself!
Get ready to feel better, love harder and enjoy life to its fullest…
That surely will inspire others to do the same!
Schedule an initial free consultation with me today.