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Last fall I had some serious health issues stemming from not being able to eat without getting sick, which caused malnutrition, weakness and brain fog. Visits to my doctor and the emergency room didn’t offer any solutions. I couldn’t eat anything, I lost weight rapidly, I had lost my sense of taste and my desire to eat. I was desperate for answers.
A Kent friend recommended Emmie Perez, a wellness coach and the founder of Blissfully Healthy, who does weight loss coaching as well as food sensitivity testing. Emmie was a great support to me during that time, and it is because of her that I am regaining my health. In addition to a lot of hand holding and support, Emmie performed a food inflammation test (FIT) which indicated that I had major food sensitivities I was not aware of. As soon as the results came back, I changed my diet completely.
Almost immediately upon changing my diet, my health started to return. I am still on the road back to health, but Emmie has been there every step of the way. I learned along my journey that I am not the only person with these issues. That’s why I am introducing Emmie to you. Whether you’re struggling with food-related health issues or want support to lose weight and stop emotional eating and yo-yo dieting, Emmie has been there and is now helping other women to regain their health.
~ Dana Neuts, Publisher
Dana: Emmie, how did you get interested in wellness coaching?
Emmie: Due to abuse as a child, I developed struggles around food, body image and weight at the age of 8. I battled emotional eating and yo-yo dieting for almost two decades. I tried working with different counselors, 12-step abstinence programs and prepacked food to try to control my eating and lose weight, but those options always seemed to make things worse for me. I ended up feeling worse about myself – shameful, disgusted and even more out of control around food. In 2004, I found myself over my “panic weight.” I had actually dieted my way UP the scale!
I just knew there was more to life than always being obsessed about food, my weight, how gross I felt my body was, or the number on the scale. There was more to life than letting those things dictate my happiness. I finally understood that, “You can hate yourself thin.” Getting into the “coaching” methodology, and a “strengths-based, no-judgment” approach is what really allowed me to break free. This is when I started to understand my emotional eating issues and how to overcome them.
In 2005, I discovered a love for nutrition and coaching while in college. I got extensive training on how to coach, took certifications in motivational interviewing, and worked as a youth counselor with at-risk youth in youth shelters for almost three years. My passion for nutrition inspired me to pursue becoming certified as a weight loss coach. I took on that role at a major weight loss corporation where I was a Program and Center Director. Over the course of five years, I coached hundreds of clients on how to lose weight.
Dana: You were still struggling with your own health issues at that time, right? What sorts of issues were you experiencing?
Emmie: At that point, I had been struggling with chronic fatigue, migraines and ongoing IBS for years. Doctors couldn’t tell me what the root causes of these syndromes. This is when I decided to do what I personally could to take my health back!
I adopted a whole foods lifestyle and identified food sensitivities that made a HUGE difference. My migraines went away, my IBS was gone, and fatigue was much improved. I had energy, not to mention I finally dropped the weight fast – a total of 50 pounds released over the course of my journey. I stayed committed to changing and overcoming emotional eating by taking a one-step-at-a-time, with a “wellness first,” approach. I discovered tools that allowed me to let go of using food to cope with the stressors of life, so that I could stick with eating healthy. I started to not need the food, the DESIRE to emotionally eat faded away, and I started to accept myse