Hey there, friends!
I’m Shawn, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP™), Health + Diet Mindset Coach, and lover of chocolate, long mountain trails, plantain chips, heavy barbells, and coffee in bed. I’m an INFJ (if you’re into that) and an Enneagram 9 – the peacemaker (if you’re into that).
I grew up, as many of us do from the Midwest, following the Standard American Diet of grains, cereals, sodas, cakes, cookies, chips, crackers, and plenty of sugar. As soon as I knew what it meant to be on a diet, probably about 7th grade, I went on one. I then made sure to include every fat-free, processed, packaged food into my extremely calorie-restricted meal plan in an effort to make my already small frame even smaller.
My broken relationship with food and what “healthy” meant continued throughout my teen years, into college, and even as a young professional adult. I distinctly remember keeping a little mini-notebook in my desk at work to record all of my food intake each day, making SURE to not go over that 1200-calorie-per-day goal — until it got to the weekend and the massive binge ensued.
And then, the health issues began. (Think it was a coincidence? I think not!)
I spent the next 10 years going through some pretty crazy changes in my health and body, being diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases (ulcerative colitis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), severe adrenal fatigue, amenorrhea, chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) due to toxic mold exposure, a salmonella infection, and appendicitis, just to name a few. You can read more about my health journey here and here.
I am forever grateful to those health issues because they prompted me to learn about the power of food as medicine which I turned into my career and full-time online business as an NTP and mindset coach. It also introduced me to the keto diet which had such a profound impact on my own health that I then began teaching my safe, effective approach to women who were also looking to heal their bodies without adding the stress of dieting in my online group class, the Fat Burning Female Project and through my top-rated nutrition podcast, the Keto For Women Show.
In those 10 years, I was also single, broke (I had to move back in with my parents multiple times, yikes!), and had inexplicably and quickly gained 40 pounds that left me with a body I didn’t recognize.
Somewhere towards the end of those 10 dreadful years, I hit rock bottom. I was too sick to do what I loved to do, too embarrassed to see my friends or spend much time out in public, and too miserable to try to make the best of it.
That rock bottom moment led to a life-changing decision. Instead of waiting for my body to heal so I could start living my life again, I decided to take matters into my own hands and use the power of my thoughts, beliefs, and actions to change my health, body, and life.
I didn’t find the perfect weight loss diet, I didn’t start taking a magical supplement, I didn’t win the lottery…
I CHANGED MY MINDSET.
And, here I am today, only 2 years out from my rock bottom,
living in my dream condo…
in my dream location (Boulder, CO woot, woot!)…
with my dream partner…
and our dream cat…
running my dream business…
and living my dream life…
in a happy, healthy, balanced body.
It is not luck, it’s not a coincidence, it is the power of the mind in action!
I used my thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and actions to get exactly what I wanted.
And now, I teach others to do the same, specifically when it comes to attracting the health and body they want, with my two mindset programs, Empower Intensive monthly mindset coaching calls and The Unstuck Project online course.
Also, be sure to check out this episode of my podcast where I talk ALL about getting the health and body you want by changing your MIND. It’s SO good!