About Deena

The shorter Story

I've been a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach for over 8 years now and have been on a quest to optimize my own health for about 15 years.   After a roller coaster of dieting in my teens and early/mid twenties followed by chronic fatigue, hormone imbalance, a diagnosis of Crohns, and other health issues in my later twenties, I saw firsthand the harmful effects of conventional living.  Through my journey, I discovered the healing power of natural living and changing my diet and lifestyle drastically.  This transformation has spread into every area of my life - emotional, physical, and spiritual. 

It is now my goal to help other women on this path.

The Longer Story

For as long as I can remember, I hadn't felt great in my body.  The message around me growing up was that was normal and most women I knew talked about how they wanted to change their bodies.  In the earlier years, it was all about how I looked. 

 

Being aware of my body and how I felt in my body began, like many, when I was a teenager and assumed having a bag of pretzels (they're fat-free, right?) and diet coke was an appropriate lunch.  Many of my girl friends had body image or eating issues just like I did and many of us grew up with mothers who were on and off diets.  In college I gained the typical freshman weight, lost some, gained it back, lost, and the cycle continued.  After college, I moved to New York City and worked long hours for a non-profit organization.  From there, on to an organization that fed me 3 meals per day plus snacks - for free.  My days consisted of moving from one craving to the next, crashing in the afternoon, and bingeing in the evenings in my studio apartment. 

I felt like crap. 

During my early twenties I had cystic acne, bloating, constipation, gas, extra hair in unwanted places and thinning hair on my head, low energy, and mood swings.  Just a busy, over-scheduled woman living in New York City trying to get through each day, right?  I figured it was normal for my weight to change constantly and to feel bad much of the time.

In my later twenties my energy declined even more.  My hair was falling out, I had pain that made it almost impossible to climb the steps of a subway station... even walking was a chore.  My skin looked terrible, I had bags under my eyes (and this was still pre-baby) and I got sick very often.

I went to several specialists, but no one offered a holistic solution to help me feel better.  It was up to me to take matters into my own hands and make changes.  From the start, it was clear that sourcing my food and products well made a big difference. 

Here's a list of the health issues I was able to heal with an integrative approach to my health:

  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Chronic digestive issues
  • Cystic acne
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Overweight
  • Thinning hair

I'm so thankful to feel empowered with so many tools to support my vitality. 

And now I have a son, a joy and responsibility that is beyond measure.  I want to create a wonderful environment for him so that he can flourish in every aspect of life, which includes his health and wellness. 

I need to know that when he gets a skin irritation, cough, takes a while to settle into sleep, or falls and gets a booboo, that I have the best solutions on hand for him and I never have to question the safety of the ingredients.

Becoming a mom means it is now even more essential that we have the best ingredients in our home.

Becoming a mom means it is now even more essential that we have the best ingredients in our home.

I continue to change my diet, herbs, essential oils, movement and other lifestyle practices as I change.  There is no perfect fix out there and I keep listening to my body, learning and tweaking.  As I go through major life changes, it provides an opportunity for me to tune in.  Healing requires active participation by the individual, but no one has to do it alone!  I learn more every day and could not have reached this point with out help from naturopaths, acupuncturists, doctors, doulas, midwives, herbalists, friends, my mom, my husband, my son, the list goes on.  

It would be my honor to work with you on your journey towards optimal health and balance.

My Training

I am a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which is the only nutrition school integrating dozens of dietary theories—combining the knowledge of traditional diets like Macrobiotics, Ayurveda and others with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone, raw foods and much more. I have completed the seminar, "Transforming Your Relationship with Food" through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I learn more and more every day, constantly reading, attending lectures, workshops, collaborating with other practitioners and researching so that I can offer you the best support possible.

Contact

Email deena.barselah@gmail.com with questions and to learn more!