Hello and welcome! I'm Sarah Teeple: holistic health counselor, yoga and meditation coach, and student of Ayurvedic medicine.
My specialty is using whole food nutrition, herbs, yoga, and ancient Ayurvedic wisdom to help clients achieve optimal health, and fall in love with themselves and their lives. Our approach is intuitive, delicious and easy. You don't need to spend lots of time and money shopping and cooking "fancy" meals.
The recipe is actually quite simple - You just need the openness to learn and discover your unique physical, mental, and emotional composition, and what exactly to do to best support it.
What makes me uniquely qualified to help you? Here is my story:
As a tried and true child of the 1980's, I was raised on processed foods, tons of TV, and was given antibiotics for every ailment. Don't get me wrong: I had an amazingly wonderful childhood! My parents were, and still are the best, most supportive people in the world. Thank you, Mom and Dad! It was just the cultural climate of the 1980's! Do you remember?
I was a chubby kid. Not obese, but certainly pudgy enough to get made fun of and feel the pain and shame that come along with that. I became aware of my weight and body image starting at a very young age. I saw a dietician in 3rd grade, tried SlimFast shakes in 4th grade, and Richard Simmons "Deal-A-Meal" in 5th grade. By the time I was 13 I had gone vegetarian/vegan (for ethical reasons). I spent my teens eating lots of soy products, bread, cheese, pre-packaged granola and snack bars, crackers and pretzels, and a decent amount of fruits and veggies (mostly the starchy ones like corn and potatoes).
I now know that this way of eating, along with gut damage from years of antibiotics, began my high-carb, blood-sugar rollercoaster. Add onto that the body image woes of your average teen in the 90's, amid stick-thin model icons blasted across all forms of popular media, and you get the perfect storm! This set the scene for years of yo-yo weight-loss and gain, along with much confusion about what the heck my body needed! Vegan, Atkins, steady diet of cigs, booze, coffee, and rock and roll? I tried it all!
This frustrating and consuming up-and-down cycle continued through my teens and 20's, often wreaking havoc on my physical and emotional health. I was trying so hard to do what I thought I was "supposed" to do! But I still felt confused and out of control - not to mention bloated and tired all the time, and just like something was "missing".
The worst part was I felt like it was all my fault. I felt so disconnected from my body and out of touch with myself!
At times I thought I had it under control and would have a few "good" food/body days in a row. Other times I felt completely isolated and self-judging, and would turn to emotional eating and binge eating to fill the void or numb out. This left my body overwhelmed yet under-nourished, my mind anxious and spinning, and my self-esteem in the dumps. Luckily I had the support of a wonderful family and beautiful friends to buffer this internal struggle. But it still consumed me much of the time.
Now I feel completely different: at peace, strong, confident, and happy. Across several years, through a journey of love and trust, nutrition education, yoga, mindfulness, and intuitive eating, I found a place of peace and balance with my body. I got off the white flour and white sugar roller coaster, and found a nurturing diet and lifestyle that support me instead of depleting me.