Business Name: The Antianxiety Food Solution, a holistic nutrition consulting and education service
Type of Business: Coaching & Consulting/Health & Beauty
Business Location: Rancho Cordova, California, United States
Reason for starting
In my late 30s, while working in my high-stress computer job I suffered terribly from anxiety, unexplained fears, waking with a sense of doom and even had three panic attacks. I had the racing and pounding heart, had clammy skin, was hyperventilating and I really thought I was going to die! It was awful and very very scary! I used gluten elimination, and the amazing healing powers of foods and nutrients to completely heal and am no longer anxious or worried or stressed, and have not had a panic attack since then. I was so inspired by the power of food and nutrients that went back to school to study nutrition and eventually left my corporate job and started my own nutrition consulting business.
How do you define success?
For me success is starting my own business and working as a Food-Mood expert and certified nutritionist. I love love love what I do! My mission is to help other women who experience anxiety, panic attacks, depression and emotional eating – so they can feel on top of the world again! I am also a speaker and author of The Antianxiety Food Solution – How the Foods You Eat Can Help you Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings (June 2011, New Harbinger). Writing this book was a huge undertaking and marketing it is an ongoing mammoth effort (which I actually enjoy). But it helps me get my message out in an even bigger way and helps solidify my expert status in this area. Also, from a business perspective, success is being able to continue to grow my business so I can support myself and my family.
My biggest success is transforming the lives of the women who I work with. When I have women tell me “I can’t remember when I last felt this great” or “I had given up on ever being able to truly feel at peace and out of that place of overwhelm – finally I’m not anxious anymore” or “for 40 years I have thought of food in only two ways: Food that makes you fat…and food that doesn’t make you fat. I have finally begun to see the profound effect that food has on my emotions and over all happiness. This shouldn’t shock me…but it does. And for the first time I am realizing that is what’s most important! I am finally starting to think about how food makes me feel rather than how food makes me look.” All of this is my BIG why!
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
My top challenge is wanting to do it all and wanting to do it all now – and not being able to say no. I have to be aware of this and table opportunities and projects for the future. I am much better at saying no than I used to be!
Who is your most important role model?
My mom has always been an inspiration to me but when it comes to role models in the field of nutrition, I continue to be inspired by two amazing women who are blazing trails. Julie Matthews, author of Nourishing Hope for Autism is sharing that diet does have a major impact on turning around autism. JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet, is educating people about the effects of food intolerances on weight and inflammation. Both of them are passionate about what they do.