I am here to help you transform your view on food and move from a low-fat, calorie restricted diet to a nutrient dense, whole food way of eating which will give you more energy, a better attitude, and release the control that food has over your life, all without gaining weight! I believe food is healing, and by eating the right foods, you have the power to heal your body.
I work one on one with clients to create individualized plans that help them transform their view on food and their way of eating. I teach my clients to listen to their bodies and understand how food affects thier bodies. I help clients make small changes that are sustainable to create healthy habits for a lifetime.
My Story and Why I Became a Health Coach
I believe food can change your life, just as it did mine! I am here to help you transform your relationship with food and improve your self-image. I have been exactly where you are.
I completly changed the way I eat and the way I look at food, and have improved my self image along the way. I have been on a nutrion transformational journey for the past four years and am here to guide you through your journey step by step.
I began dancing ballet when I was five and continued through college. I thoroughly enjoyed dancing and gained many positive qualities from my many years of dancing. However, with dance comes the consciousness of weight. Wanting to be succeed as a dancer, I felt the pressure to be thin, especially during my middle school and high school years.
Not being naturally thin and lanky, I began to diet very young. I was under the assumption that calories in = calories out and that fat made you fat. So I began a long and painful journey of counting calories and eating a low fat diet to control my weight. Restricting calories and controlling everything I ate lead me to fatigue, huger, and frustration.
Restricting calories and fat also led to crazy cravings for sugary, fatty foods, which led to over eating and binge eating. It was a never-ending cycle. I would restrict my calories for a month or two and then my body would feel the lack of calories and would crave sugary foods and fatty foods, which would lead to overeating at meals and binge eating treats. Afterwards I would feel so frustrated, that I had ruined my month or two of dieting and the few pounds I had lost.
So after a week of overeating, I would decide to get back on my diet and start the cycle over again. This continued for years. This process became emotionally exhausting, frustrating, and it was consuming my life. I was sick and tired of eating this way! Little did I know, that I wouldn’t have to eat like this forever.
I was introduced to a completely new way of eating where you don’t count calories, you eat until you are full, and you’re supposed to eat fat! Along with eating a lot of fat you also eat meat, veggies and fruit, and nuts and seeds. I was very skeptical about this way of eating! You mean you don’t have to count calories? You can eat until you are full? How in the heck does that work?
Well, there was no better way to find out than to try it for myself. So, I embarked on my first 30 day whole foods challenge. During the challenge I did a lot of research on this way of eating. Through my research I found out how different foods affect the body, hormones, and weight. I learned that there are good fats and bad fats and began eating good fats. I also learned how sugar affects the blood sugar, and that a lot of foods that I had been eating turn into sugar once consumed. I ate foods that were satiating and kept me full. I stopped counting calories and ate nutrient dense foods that gave me energy and fueled my fire. What was the result of my first nutrition challenge? Well, here they are:
- I had a lot more energy and felt stronger.
- I stabilized my blood sugar, and didn’t have afternoon crashes at work, but a steady energy throughout the day.
- I felt full and wasn’t hungry after meals.
- I stopped looking at food as the enemy and started looking at it as a way to make me healthy.
- I reduced sugar cravings.
- I ditched the highly processed, low nutrient foods and ate unprocessed, nutrient dense foods.
- I began healthy habits that I still continue to this day.
- I learned how different foods affet my body and began to listen to what my body really needs.
What doing the challenge did for me was show me the effects of what eating whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods does for my body. It was the catalyst for change in the way I view food and the way I eat. I made slow, lasting changes over time that have led me to eliminate processed foods, refined sugars and processed grains and gluten from my diet. Now I look at food as the nourishment and not the enemy.
I don’t think of the way I eat as a diet, but as a philosophy and a knowing. I am able to make informed decisions about what I put into my body. I would much rather choose delicious whole foods over highly processed foods because I know that I am going to feel amazing and energized after eating healthy foods. It has changed not only what I eat, but my life as a whole.
My journey to eating for health was not an easy one and many times I wish I had someone to help and support me along the way. Someone who had been where I was and had been through similar experiences. Don’t want to go it alone? Are you looking for support and guidance on your journey to healthy eating? I would love to guide you on your journey to healthy eating! Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.
Keysa Hale is a certified health coach and studied holistic nutrition at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and also earned her Masters of Education in Teaching from the University of Hawaii Manoa. She has a nutrition counseling practice where she works one-on-one with people who want to lose weight or people who struggle with low energy, in order to teach them healthier eating habits, how to meal plan, grocery shop, and even how to cook through her cooking classes. Through her practice, she develops individualized plans to meet the client where they are and move them forward to meet their goals that they set together. She also focuses on other areas of life such as career, relationships, and spirituality, and helps clients to find balance in all areas of their life since life balance greatly affects nutrition. She lives and works in Kailua, HI, and coaches people in person and over the phone. In her free time, you will find Keysa surfing, hiking, running, or at CrossFit, and understands the importance of staying active through doing what you enjoy.