Lisa Cummings, CHHC, AADP
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach
To me, living well by design goes beyond the scale and outside appearances.
A little over 17 years ago, I had a very different life.
I was addicted to sugar, a binge eater, an over-exerciser, and bulimic. I always thought I needed to lose 5-10 pounds.
On the outside, I was dating a great guy, had a thriving career in advertising, spent weekends hiking in Marin County, San Francisco, and was doing Bikram yoga almost every morning.
I lived in the beautiful hills of Sausalito and had a snazzy sports car.
I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, a few years prior, and spent over 15 years as an Art Director in San Francisco, and then New York, designing for brands like Sony, Pottery Barn and American Express. I was doing million-dollar photo shoots in LA and South America.
Life was good.
On the inside my relationship with food and my own health was failing.
My health took a hit from my demanding career and lifestyle.
I was in need of a major health makeover, working 80-hour weeks, drinking way too much coffee with artificial sweeteners, and bingeing on sweets to ease the stress. That’s what people did, right?
While my image on the outside seemed stable and glamorous, my inner picture of health was much less than perfect.
In 2003, I finally hit a wall from working too hard and not paying attention to my body.
I was forced to take heed of my health challenges after I was rushed to the hospital during a routine physical exam when my heart rate was only 30 BPM.
After passing all the necessary tests, to find nothing abnormal, I realized that doctors, specialists and experts alike were not able to help me heal.
I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I began my journey to heal from a puzzling eating disorder and slowly but surely, I started putting the pieces back together.
My healing started when I got honest, willing and ready to receive help.
I put down the coffee, the artificial sweeteners, the diet food, refined sugar, white flour, and my trigger foods, once and for all.
With the help of trusted friends and experts, I finally started to heal physically and emotionally.
(And by the way, just by letting go, asking for help and taking the suggestions of experts, without even trying, I lost those 5-10 pounds)
I decided to say goodbye to the corporate world of advertising and embark on a new career as a nutrition coach.
This was life-changing.
It forced me to dig even deeper to discover that I had the power within me to heal myself and others even more.
I trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition accredited by SUNY Purchase College and Cornell University and am a current member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).
I studied with Natalia Rose, author and Certified Nutritionist, and completed her Advanced Detox Training Course in 2009 to learn about the internal scientific workings of the body even further.
As a result of my professional training, my own health transformation, and the birth of our daughter in 2010, it is with deep passion and love that I developed my “Bridge Back to Life” program.
You, too, can break-free from the diet mind-set and extreme behaviors and start living your life now.
I love living in Westport, CT with my husband and our daughter, our fish and our soon-to-be dog! I can’t live without my microgreens, green juice, Rebounder, daily meditation practice and Pure Barre classes.
When you have an energetic, glowing body from within and are a productive, useful person in the world, doing what you love, you’ll see that life ultimately cannot be fully enjoyed when your health, or negative thinking is holding you back.
If you’re finally ready to heal your version of food addiction and emotional eating, and thrive at your ideal weight, please click here to take the first step, and let’s see if I can help.
If I can do it, so can you!