HEY GIRL, HEY!

I’m Maddie. I’m a wife, mama, Believer, and health coach. I’m also a multi-passionate human being and photographer on the side. More importantly, I’m wildly passionate about empowering women to take ownership of their well being and take back the right to health and happiness. I became a health coach because I went from hopeless & confused to hopeful & confident in mind, body, and spirit.

I spent SO long feeling incapable of enjoying motherhood, managing anxiety, and more. I refused to believe that because I was a mom or a woman, it meant I had to get used to this new “normal”. Just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s normal! I knew I wanted to support women who didn’t know where to start and getting certified as a health coach is just the start of doing just that.

MY STORY

You can better understand someone when you know where they’ve been.

So let’s kick it back five years ago…

I was a new mom, wallowing in cloth diapers and the unpleasant aftermath of birth+postpartum trauma.
My body was covered in eczema, I suffered from constant digestive issues, my diet seemed to get more and more limited by the day, and, honestly, nothing felt right.  I chalked it up to what I was constantly told- it was all just because “I’m a mom”.

Then, the panic attacks started. And let me tell you- motherhood is tough in and of itself. Add crippling mental health to the mix and it’s exponentially tougher. 

For a long time, my body and mind were totally out of balance. I couldn’t enjoy my family, I had a hard time bonding with my son, I was miserable and just desperate to feel better- to feel like myself.

Specialist after specialist, doctor after doctor, and things still didn’t add up. Blood work was “normal”, scans were typically “unremarkable”. I left appointments with no more than the idea that I had PCOS and allergies if anything. Maybe being miserable was just the new norm? Maybe this was all in my head? After all, the latter was suggested by outside parties more than once…

In 2016-2017 I was diagnosed with the triple threat of general anxiety, panic disorder, and PTSD. The next year and a half was sheer survival mode. While counseling helped process parts of my previous trauma, I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere physically, mentally, and oftentimes, emotionally.  While I found ways to manage the itchy skin problems and stomach troubles, the anxiety was TERRIBLE. It felt like I was struggling to breathe- like I was drowning in water and every time I tried coming up for air, something tried pushing me back down.

As I continued in my search for healing, it became more and more apparent that I needed to step up, take more responsibility for my health, and be my own advocate. The conventional healthcare system wasn’t getting me far at this point. So  I dove into research, learning all that I could about the body and mind, and slowly the pieces started coming together.

Deep within me, in the part of my soul where hopelessness had not reached, something told me to dig deeper. Thankfully, I listened.

I refused to accept the idea that medication was the only answer and that things like “my diet didn’t have anything to do with what I was dealing with”. Shoot- I was livin’ off of what I call the Mom-Diet (handfuls of stale Cheerios, reheated coffee, and  scraps my toddler didn’t finish).

I refused to believe this was all the Lord had for me- to just miserably survive. 

I refused to believe others that told me this was all just “normal” or a part of motherhood. 

Well, mother or not, it might be common to feel crappy, but it’s not normal to feel like it all the time.

Instead of looking to everyone else for answers, I turned inward. I learned about the mind-body connection, the importance of gut health, and what it meant to honor my body as a woman. I began to look at my diet through a new lens and tap into my God-given intuition. I learned ways to naturally manage stress and overwhelm.

I rooted myself into my WHY- meaning I dug deep into my motivating factors. I wanted to be present for my son. I wanted my body to thrive. I wanted to feel joy in my life.  Then, I started out on a journey to reclaim my life, my health, and my happiness. 

Something amazing happened…I started to heal from the inside out.

Fast forward to today…

With so much gratitude, I can share that I’ve used diet and lifestyle to effectively manage once-debilitating anxiety, get off medication, clear up skin problems, nip tummy troubles in the bud, and reclaim my joy.

Anxiety doesn’t control me; I control anxiety. I switched from medication to meal planning. I’m able to be present with my family, others, and myself.

The journey wasn’t a walk in the park. Oftentimes, I wished I had a personal guide to help me along the way because it got a bit lonely at times. This is exactly why I became a certified health coach! I knew other women had to be going through similar situations- feeling equally alone, incapable, and uncertain.

As human beings, we are constantly growing and changing. I recognize that we are each a work in progress and that needs change over time. After a miscarriage earlier this year, I shifted areas in my own health and wellness and began 

I want to help women take back their lives and find what works for them to do just that. I want to empower them to be rooted in who they are and reclaim their right to personal wellness. 

So welcome, friend. Welcome to Root+Reclaim. There’s room at my table for you. Pull up a seat!

P.S.  Most photos of me usually involve a funny face or an up-the-nose shot because I’m laughing at myself (And yes…there was actual liquid in that mug).

MY TRAINING & EDUCATION

I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied a wide variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. I work with clients to co-create personalized actions based on personal goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.

At IIN, I’ve learned from some of the world’s top health and wellness experts, including:

Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing

My training has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. As a client, you will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.

I also hold a Bachelor’s degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentration in education &  behavioral sciences). In the near future, I’ll be pursuing continued education in the field of alternative wellness care and I can’t wait.