Standing in weedsHi! I’m Deena, your Holistic Wellness Coach.

Ready to shake things up?

Real food, looking at traditional ways of doing things and a holistic approach to health are what I'm all about.

Whether it's working 1:1 with clients, running group programs, leading corporate wellness events or doing a community workshop, my goal is always to bring the empowerment of real food to my audience.   It's what helps to balance your hormones, gives you awesome digestion, strengthens your immunity, helps you bounce back from illness faster, tastes better, supports optimal weight, prepares you for pregnancy, nourishes your children best and helps your skin glow.


I believe feeling empowered about your food and nutrition is essential.


Imagine that you walk into a store and you know exactly what to buy to make you feel and look your best.  Imagine you know how to open your well-stocked fridge and can put together a fantastically delicious and nutritious dinner without a cookbook, any anxiety or overwhelm.  Imagine you know how to keep yourself healthy and when you start coming down with something, you know exactly what to do to kick it fast.  Imagine you wake up feeling refreshed after a full night's sleep, you have great skin, you have energy throughout the day, your digestion is smooth, and you can handle stress because your reserves are on your side.


This is not a far-fetched, out there vision that only health nuts achieve.  I promise.


What is Health and Wellness Coaching?

Unlike a diet or working with a nutritionist, health coaching:

  • Guides you to identify your goals
  • Helps you create an achieve small steps towards your goals
  • Empowers you with the WHY and HOW instead of just the WHAT
  • Is a personalized, bio-individual approach to your health and wellness
  • Provides tips, tools and resources to support your success
  • Approaches health and wellness from a holistic model, looking at all areas of your life to optimize your health
  • Recognizes there is no one-size-fits-all approach
  • Is truly revolutionary and life-changing!


Given half the chance, your body has the ability to heal.  We just need to get to the root of what's going on.


With coaching, the right tools, learning about your body and what nourishes you and your family the best, you'll get there.  I've seen this time and time again.  Check out what others have to say about working with me.


And, don't worry- I'm not going to ask you to give up all of your favorite foods.  There's a time and place for pastry and a good tequila.  You'll find I'm about making it realistic and encourage most to embrace the 80/20 principle.  Few people need to be more strict than this to feel and look fantastic.


Here's what I can promise you:

If you implement my realistic and delicious recommendations, you'll be much better off when we're done working together than at the start.


To learn more about how I can support you, your family and your organization, please check out my coaching and programs in more detail.



My Personal Journey

For as long as I can remember, my weight and my health were not in good shape.


The weight stuff (and of course the health stuff goes hand in hand) started when I was a teenager and assumed having a bag of pretzels (they're fat-free, right?) and diet coke was an appropriate lunch.  Most of my girl friends had body image or eating issues just like I did and many of us grew up with mothers who dieted for most of their lives.  In college I gained the typical freshman weight, lost some of it, gained it back, lost a bit and the cycle continued.  Post college, I moved to NYC and worked long hours for a non-profit organization.  From there, on to an organization that fed me 3 meals/day plus snacks and it was all free.  You can imagine how that went!   My days consisted of moving from one craving to the next, crashing in the afternoon, and bingeing at night, all to start over again the next day.  My moods, energy, skin and digestive system were on the fritz.  I thought this was all normal!  Just a busy woman living in the city trying to get through each day.  Throughout these years, there were a few times when my weight seemed just right.  I was "on track," my dieting was working and everyone told me I looked great.  I thought to myself, "This is it!  I've done it!  I know how to be thin."


Then, somehow, a few months later, I was back at it... unbalanced with thicker cheeks, a bigger belly and feeling bad about myself. Now, for the first time in my life, I am happy with my weight and I don't fear my weight will ever be out of control again.  My healing and balance comes from several places.  A health coach opened my eyes to see that everything is connected and cravings are actually a sign that my body needs something.  I found ways to move my body that I look forward to, enjoy and give me the results I want.  I've put a lot of emphasis on the food that I eat and managing my stress levels to achieve better digestion.  I choose to accept my body and work with what I have.  When it "acts up" I think about whats going on in all aspects of my life and how I can bring it back to balance.


A few things I've managed to heal/significantly improve upon with diet and lifestyle changes:


  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Chronic digestive issues
  • Cystic acne
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Overweight
  • Thinning hair


I continue to change my diet as my body changes, the seasons change, my mood changes and much more.  There is no perfect diet 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.  It's been a process and will be for the rest of my life!  No magic fix out there.  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.  It would be my honor to work with you on your journey towards optimal health and balance.


Sitting on bridgeMy 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.