Margi Hannegan, CHHC, AADP
Margi has her certification in Holistic Health & Nutrition and is a Board Certified Health Practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is advancing her education and certification as a Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner. Margi has studied over 200 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and knowledge, she will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals to produce real and lasting results.
She is founder & owner of Define Your Health Coaching. She facilitates group sessions on taking steps to wellness. As a coach and wellness expert, Margi also works with individuals to break through their barriers and embrace a lifestyle change from the inside-out. Her unique approach combines nutrition, physical activity, relationships, career, and personal philosophy. Margi works with clients who are ready to take control of their health and waistline for good.
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The Best Health Care is Self-Care
As I have watched family members lose their health and become part of the health care system of conventional medicine and big Pharma, it has become inevitable that I must connect with my passions of nutrition and wellness. Growing up and inspired by my mother, who was ahead of her time when it came to food and nutrition, has become an extension of who I am today. As I journeyed on my own as a young adult, it became more difficult to continue the lifestyle of healthy eating and living the way I grew up. Careers, relationships and lifestyle choices began to affect my health. All these factors intensified as the years went by. Too young for a hip replacement as my doctor suggested at a young age of 45, may become necessary, I certainly had no time for exercise which caused weight to begin creeping on. All the problems of stresses became symptomatic in my life. Anxiety attacks were becoming more and more frequent. I was also a candidate for heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer to name a few.
My medical physician wanted me to go on medications for every potential or possible current or future disease that was inevitable if I continued on the downward spiral path I was on. Instead I choose dietary solutions, yet that was not enough. It wasn't until my doctor referred me to a nurse practitioner to counsel with me that I learned the options that I needed to make. I had heard people use the phrase "stressed out" in the 80's but never experienced or knew what they meant other than it sounded like a good & busy place to be. Well "stressed out" had taken over my life and finding balance became impossible. Yet my adrenals could no longer handle a full time career, managing a home and children, being fully engaged in all aspects of their lives, and everything else in-between. "What did I want on my grave stone" was asked by the nurse practitioner. He wrote me out a prescription to do something fun in my life and continue on a weekly basis. I did not recall anything fun to do. Shopping was no longer fun because I had no energy left. I had thought I was in balance as I was balancing out my life with work, family, home and activities.
I had forgotten about self-care. I had forgotten about self-compassion and began to even lose my own self identity. It took a couple years for me to begin my journey to find my self-compassion and heal myself. All symptoms have vanished completely, my energy levels are amazing, I sleep as I did as a teenager, and I can see how helpful and meaningful finding balance in our lives affect our overall health and wellness.
I am immensely excited about my work as a health and nutrition coach and have found that my passion has become a rewarding path for me, both personally and professionally. Food really does matter and it can be used to transform our health. It matters how we eat and where we eat as much as it matters what we eat!
I will always be grateful that I had that opportunity to have someone turn my life around and get me back on track again! When was the last time you talked with someone about your health and received the personal attention you deserve? Could one conversation change your path to a healthy lifestyle or save your life?
Live Better! ~ Live Well! ~ Live Awesome!
Health, Love & Happiness,