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Who is Lisa?

lisa4My name is Lisa, and I am a 30-something wellness and nutrition professional working in online education, corporate wellness coaching, and lifestyle consulting. I teach for several colleges and universities online in the area of wellness, nutrition, and cultural awareness in health. My primary area of interest in working with individuals is enhancing their quality of life and health through making better food and lifestyle choices.

My educational background is in exercise science, public health management, and community health promotion. I’m a yoga instructor, I have attended multiple trainings in Mind-Body Medicine and Food as Medicine, and I have a certificate in nutrition.

At the end of August 2012, I packed up my belongings and moved across the country from NY to LA. I lived in Santa Monica for a year, and used that time as my “California Sabbatical.” When I made this leap, I wasn’t sure what I’d do or where I’d end up next. Honestly, I spent a lot of that year wandering around at the beach feeling lost. I had a lot of fun too! I met my husband and also married him in 2013… and we got pregnant. We’re very excited! I’ve been researching and coaching on the topic of pregnancy nutrition and lifestyle for quite some time, and now I have the opportunity to share what I learn from an experiential perspective too.

I feel very lucky that I chose to work in a profession that has a foundation in teaching people useful information that will help them to become happier, healthier, and live longer and better!

My journey toward wellness began quite early in my life, but I didn’t make a lot of headway until I went outside the Western paradigm and into a more functional approach to health. This opened a whole new world to me, allowed me to see what my own special nutritional needs are, and helped me to assist others even more effectively in their own journeys.

I believe in finding the root of a health problem, and treating causes instead of using a band-aid approach to health. Food truly is medicine, and real food can heal and enhance health in immeasurable ways.

I’ve worked with people of all ages on improving their health, nutrition, fitness, wellness, and stress levels. My favorite memories of this work involve people being empowered to be responsible for and take control of their own quality of life through their lifestyle choices.

In my own life, and for my friends and clients, I emphasize the importance of eating Real Food from Quality Sources. I like to keep the details simple and enjoyable, and to see food as nourishment, medicine, a medium for expression and sharing, and a source of great enjoyment.

In the beginning of my career, I worked as a civilian employee of the Air Force (at Hanscom Air Force Base) in the Fitness Program. I learned that fitness is amazing and revolutionary in quality of life, and also that it would be important for me to learn more about food if I really wanted to help people reach their health and weight goals.lisa2

I moved back home to Upstate NY in 2003, to assist my brother-in-law in caring for my newborn nephew. His mother, my sister, had unexpectedly passed away from complications during childbirth. Ultimately, I was lucky to be a mother and auntie at the same time, and my nephew, now age 10, and I have a very special relationship and friendship.

In my free time, you’ll find me with the people I care about, making messes in the kitchen, chatting with friends over coffee, and reading as much as possible about how to use food to improve health and quality of life. I do not practice any specific diet, such as Paleo, veganism, or the Raw Food Diet. Rather, I have taken all the pearls of wisdom I’ve found that resonate with my needs, and melded them together into my own way of eating. It is, and I expect it will continue forever to be, evolving as I grow and change and learn more.

My dissertation provided me with an enlightening experience in which I focused on women who were very healthy, and I studied their stories to find out how and why they made wellness a priority and sustained it.  I learned so many things from conducting this study, a primary finding being that we live our lives in stories, and we evolve and improve our lives by hearing about and interacting with the stories of others.

Regardless of the valuable things scientific studies say, the qualitative aspect of wellness will always be ranked number one in my book.

I hope you’ll stick around to read and to share your experiences too. If you want to receive my newsletter each week (or less), please Sign Up Here!

Thanks for stopping by.

-Lisa

lisa@thrive-style.com

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    Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for your article. I really enjoy reading it. Knowing the way to a healthy, happy life and actually implement is great.

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  • http://spinachandspice.wordpress.com/ sarah

    So glad I came upon your blog today! You write beautifully, and I’m looking foward to reading more. :)
    Sarah

  • http://www.fabfit50s.com Kathleen

    Hi Lisa, I didn’t know how else to send you this, but thought you’d find the link, and the doctor’s site, valuable. http://www.drsharma.ca/intergenerational-transmission-of-obesity-and-diabetes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AryaSharma+%28Arya+M.+Sharma%2C+MD%29

    Dr. Sharma writes most often about obesity. Excellent blog.

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  • Tolnaiaubrey

    Awesome! Hey I am adding your blog to my site. Is there any way you could add mine too…its http://www.recoveringmylifeforce.wordpress.com

    Thank you!

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  • Cosmic Cowgirl

    A long story, but so worth it. Please read all the way to the end. Each week I post a motivational quote in the restroom in my building. Last week you posted, “If you really want something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t really want it, you’ll find and excuse.” Aha! I thought… there’s my quote of the week. Fast forward to yesterday…. C is a quiet, gracious woman who is always available to help, very unassuming, never draws attention to herself. It’s her birthday. The day is pleasant, a few sweet surprises, but C is a bit sad.  She and her Darling Husband have just had a planning session for the upcoming Spring Break.  They now realize that due to the busy schedules of three families, she will not be able to have her annual R&R with her BFF, because that is the only time her DH can see his BFF – that he has not seen in ten years! Oh well, she sighs – I get my time every year, he never does, I can sacrifice it for him. Then she sees THE QUOTE. Hmmm, now motivated, C  picks up the phone and dials DH. “Can we find a way?” She asks.  Of course, you know the answer. DH is now dropping the boys at the grandparents for two days, C is meeting up with her BFF, and “Lisa” is their hero.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.   Keep pushing us to be our best, we’re reading.

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    You just made my day.

    Actually, my week. It even tops the cholesterol successes :-)

    Thank you for sharing. It means more to me than you could know.

    In the end, this kind of thing is all I am aiming for.

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  • Heath613

    Hi Lisa!

    Thank you for sharing all your knowledge! Just out of curiosity what is your Ph.D. in? I ask this as I’m exploring several new areas as I’ve decided to step away from my job, eliminate unnecessary stress and move toward a healthier life style! I’m exploring many paths right now and I’m learning so much about food & health! 

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by! My Ph.D. Is in Public Health ­ Community Health Promotion and Education. I went this route (rather than something more specific like nutrition), because I wanted to be able to work in all areas of health instead of just one. If you want to email me about it, please do!

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  • Elizabeth

    Lisa,
    Are you in SM now? Where you were or are staying is where my sister lives (and I’m in the Valley). I wonder how you liked your time here.

    I popped on to your site as I was reading more chlorella that I recently added to what I do to chelate out
    more mercury (which is the source of my issues). I have a poor woman’s FAR sauna (the portable type) and I was wondering how much/when it’s a good time to take in the chlorella before the sauna. If you have any suggestions, thanks a bunch.

    If you’re still here – hello from the Valley – if not, I hope you had fun. Our weather at the
    moment is fabulous (before the Vegas temps in a month or so).
    -E.

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  • Heather

    Hi Lisa, this was two years ago- Whoah! However I would LOVE to get some more information from you about it. I don’t see your email though?

    I bet you don’t remember me from PY but I think I was 2 grades below ya!

    Heather