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INTERVIEW WITH VICKI

Q: Why did you become a Health Counselor?
In late 2005 after 35 years of yo-yo dieting, I was anxious, bingeing on chocolate just to get through each day, grossly overweight, and if I’m honest – obese. I would wake up each morning and wonder, have I abused myself beyond repair? Is this the day my body gives up on me? Why was I doing this to myself?

I was literally scared to death, and had to admit to myself that I was committing suicide with food.

I asked for help, was diagnosed with eating and anxiety disorders and realized I was a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). I was adamant about not using drugs, trusting my body would know what was best for me. I found the tools that worked, the personal solution that was right for me.

As I got better I just knew I wasn’t the only one struggling with weight and body image, foods cravings, mood swings, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, and missing out on things because of total exhaustion.

I made a commitment to dedicate myself to helping other women love themselves enough to be able to live the healthy life of their dreams.

Q: So how did you become certified?
I studied nutrition in school and then on my own for years interested in why what worked for one person might hurt another. I was always researching the latest health findings. It was important to me to find training that also believed that health and wellbeing meant something different to each individual. And that each person should be treated as a whole.

I received my training at and am certified as a Health Counselor by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in partnership with Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, and certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

My training included Eastern and Western nutrition, over 100 dietary theories, contemporary health studies, health counseling and guest teachers that have pioneered new ideas in personal growth and nutrition including Andrew Weil MD, Deepak Chopra MD, Neal Barnard MD, Mehmet Oz MD, Barry Sears PhD and others.

Q: How are you different from a nutritionist or dietician?
Unlike nutritionists and dieticians that use the FDA pyramid, I use many dietary theories to help my clients. I also include all aspects of their lives as they are working through their personalized program. This allows for life long changes to be more easily maintained because the client is treated as a whole person and deals with the many factors affecting their health.

Q: Why did you create The 7 Key Steps Every Women Needs To Unlock Her Healthier, Happier Life™ program?
For women to get the best results and benefits it is important to provide them with all the tools they need to accomplish their goals. I realized that there were specific steps that when followed, provided amazing results. And so The 7 Key Steps Every Woman Needs to Unlock Her Healthier, Happier Life™ program was created.

Q: What are keys of the program?
1. Make Time Just For You
2. Feed Your Body
3. Feed Your Soul
4. Love Yourself
5. Love Moving
6. Keep Dreaming
7. Create Your Support Circle

Q: What results can I expect from this program?
You will discover how:
1. to make yourself a priority without feeling guilty about it
2. to “hear” what your body is telling you
3. to recognize how food affects your mood and how to use it to your advantage
4. to get helpings of the non-food things that also “feed” you
5. to take extremely good care of your WHOLE self

You’ll end up with your personal recipe of what works best for you…
even in busy, stressful times

Q: Who will most likely benefit from this program?
You will benefit if you are:
1. motivated and ready to take really good care of yourself
2. open to hearing new ideas and experimenting to see what works for you
3. willing to consider how you sabotage yourself and get in your own way
4. excited about getting started on living your healthy life

Q: Who is NOT likely to benefit from this program?

This program is not for you if you are:
1. not ready to devote time for yourself
2. not ready to deal with how you treat yourself
3. looking for lots of rules and being told what to do
4. not ready to try new ideas
5. looking for a quick fix

Q: Why is the one on one program six months?

I have found that for clients to make lasting changes, it takes time to build a strong foundation that will provide true support. It’s like sitting in a chair with only one leg – all four are needed and that requires more time to build.

This is truly a commitment to make yourself a priority and working to make changes. There will be challenges along the way, but I am here to support you. By being honest with yourself and me, we will figure out what is working for you and try new ideas when things aren’t. This is all part of the personalization of your program.

By following the program for a minimum of 6 months you will experience amazing changes in you and your life.

Q: OK this sounds good so far. What are my options?

There are several Six Month One-On-One Telephone Counseling Program options that I have created for you:

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Your Platinum Program (Fast Track Level) includes:

~ 3 45 minute calls monthly

~ 2 15 minute emergency calls to use when needed

~ Unlimited email access with 24 hour replies

~ A 1 year subscription of a health related magazine on the completion of your program

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Your Gold Program (Traditional Level) includes:

~ 2 45 minute calls monthly

~ 1 15 minute emergency call to use when needed

~ Unlimited email access with 48 hour replies

~ A 1 year subscription of a health related magazine on the completion of your program

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Your Silver Program (Maintenance Level) includes:

~ 1 45 minute call monthly

~ Unlimited email access with 72 hour replies

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Q: How can I guarantee to get the most out of my program and reach my goals?

YOU are the key to your success! By being on time and ready to participate in each session, and working on the recommendations between calls, you are well on your way to reaching your goals and making sustainable changes!

Q: OK, I know which program I want. How do I get started?

Great! Did you know that one of the most prominent characteristics of successful people is that they take action? They take educated risks, are decisive, take action, and they move forward towards success faster as a direct result of this. It’s a well-known fact these people make decisions based on their gut instinct. So, that being said, since this feels right for you, here’s what you do: just email me at www@LiveYourHealthyLife.com letting me know that you are ready to get started. I will send you a few questions to answer and we’ll set up a 1/2 hour call to get acquainted. I can’t wait to talk to you on the phone to help you get started on living your more balanced, healthier, satisfying life!

Q: If I’m not sure I’m ready to get started, how can I sample your work to see if it’s the right solutions for me?
A way to sample the 7 Keys Every Woman Needs to Unlock Her Healthier, Happier Life™ program is by subscribing to the weekly email newsletter. The Live Your Healthy Life email newsletter provides you with helpful information, tips, recipes, resources and book/website recommendations. It is a must for anyone who wants to experience ways to bring balance into their life. Subscribe here.

Q: OK, I’m ready to do this, but I have a couple of additional questions. Can I contact you?
I’ll be happy to walk you through the different options to see which one will be the very best for you. Just email me at www@LiveYourHealthyLife.com or call toll free 877 975-4366 and we’ll set up a time to get your questions answered. I can’t wait to see you succeed and I am so honored to help you.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I was amazed how easily Vicki helped me tune into my inner self, and it felt so natural to speak with her about deeply intimate things.  Her ability to listen intently to my words, and also intuit what was not being said beneath my words is a rare talent.  The questions she asked led me down a path of understanding where I experienced a HUGE flash of insight into my own self sabotaging behavior!  I was astounded that Vicki was able to guide me so quickly to this new awareness about myself.  She then provided me with action steps I could easily integrate into my lifestyle to get new results, along with the encouragement I needed to know it was possible.

My life has changed for the better because of your gentle guidance.  Thank you, Vicki!

T Younker
Fort Collins, CO
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Vicki helps you to feel totally comfortable sharing with her your innermost thoughts and feelings. She allowed me to recognize my intuition and taught me how to pay attention to it. One of my many ‘ah-ha’ moments was that it doesn’t have to be ‘all or nothing’. When she said that I determine how much is 100%,  it truly resonated with me. It reminded me that I am the creator of my own destiny, and the goals I set are simply that — goals to work towards. Where they take me and how its accomplished are completely my choice. And my 100% may be more or less than someone else’s 100%.

Thank you, Vicki, for your intuitive insight into my life, and for the guidance on how to take small steps. As you said, “doing one step each day add up to 365 steps by the end of the year”.  I need to hear that, thank you.

T Fieber
Saskatchewan, Canada

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Each week I’d say “this is the week that will be different”. I know what I need to do. Take the time to plan my meals. Take the time to get the exercise I need. Take the time to rest and maybe just sit and read or just sit and to nothing! But the end of the week comes and I haven’t done any of it. Until I talked with Vicki. Vicki asked me if I cancel appointments with clients. Of course not! They’re important! Then she asked me if I was important. Of course I am! Then the big question…..! Was I willing to make appointments with myself to do the things I needed to do and commit to keeping them.  Yikes. Now I really had to be in alignment with my statement – I am important enough to make an appointment to take care of myself and keep it.  So I got out my calendar and together we found a few blocks of time for me. And you know what, it worked! A few weeks later, very busy weeks mind you, and I was questioning if I was still doing this. Well I just looked at my calendar and I did find the time to get in some exercise, some fresh air and a trip to the museum! Ok. So this is working! Thank you Vicki for making me realize that I’m important enough to go on my calendar!
K Houlihan
Bristol, CT
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Dear Vicki, Soon I will be having my last session and I realize I have mixed emotions.  I can see and am thrilled with the many things I have learned and the progress I have made. Your informative and wise counsel has reshaped my thinking on such a variety of subjects. From the very first session together, your ability to hone in on the true issues always amazed me and I have had many Ah-ha moments along the way.   You teach in a way that is educational, intuitive, instructive and caring.  The knowledge and practical suggestions you impart about what we feed our bodies and why, how we can transform our thought processes, along with how we can nurture our individual spirit, are not only very enlightening but are to our GREAT benefit. It certainly has been for me.  I have been able to easily implement into my life the suggestions I have been given because you have helped me to understand them.  You have made no “real” demands, however, have given wise counsel so that I, myself, am educated and gain insights that transform my choices almost automatically.  Like you always say, it is taking small steps and building on those, one step at a time.  You have taught me more clearly about the “whole” of wellness and it truly does comprise of mind, body and spirit and if one of those areas is lacking, there is no real harmony.  Thank you for teaching and showing me how I can make myself better in all areas – thus experience the “whole” of wellness. I want you to know too, how very much I appreciated your open and receptive spirit – I never had the feeling of being rushed and I always knew everything was geared to who I am. Your follow-up process helped me to solidify my new learnings and I was able to concentrate only on the session itself, without worry of taking notes etc. Reinforcement, clarity and the printed information were a key take away and something which I will continue to use and review. You have encouraged me to try new nutritional foods and methods – this has taught and served me well. I can’t believe how quickly the time has past. From our first session I knew if I were a true participate,
it would be life altering for the better and it has been.I began a journey 6 months ago that has changed what I now know… about food and how extremely important it is to make healthy choices for that gift we have been given, our bodies. Also, how I view myself and who I am and what part “feeding” all areas affects the whole of who I am. I am a better person because of it and I cannot begin to thank you enough. I understand this is all a continued process and yet, I know I have a solid foundation from which to build upon. I am sad to have our sessions end, but who knows, I have so much to learn I just may call you again…smile. These sessions have been thought provoking, educational and meaningful in ways that are hard to explain…they have been completely “me time”, where it has been safe to express true feelings and where your counsel has lead me to conclusions that were understandable, livable and right for me.  Thank you Vicki for your wisdom, knowledge and friendship through this process.  You have been a blessing and I am more than grateful.  I wish you much success and know you will only benefit those whose lives you touch. Sincerely and with much gratitude,
C Christian
, Westerville Ohio
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Vicki, My wife, C, just read me her letter to you and I would like to take this opportunity to add my thoughts. Though my wife is a positive and loving person, I found that on the days C had her sessions with you, she was even more at peace and would feel energized with what she had learned and couldn’t wait to share it with me.   She felt enthusiastic about making positive changes in her life and I am happy to say, I too was the recipient to benefit from the knowledge gained.  Through our discussions, even my thinking has taken another direction a more, whole body, healthy approach, if you will; however, I must admit I am a bit slower with the up take. I have always been in C’s corner and wanted her to do what was necessary in order to make herself happy.  I was a little unsure how these sessions may benefit long term, however, I now know I was wrong to think negatively in any way.  Though at times in the past my wife felt “out of control”, she seems to have learned that the process of change isn’t a race and that it is just that – a process.  What a wonderful thing to come to terms with. From a husband’s perspective, I think from all the praise I heard from C about you and your sessions together, accompanied by the positive impact it has had on her and our lives together, I have to say I am extremely pleased. We do eat better. We are not only learning more about nutrition, we also care more about our nutrition and what we put into our bodies. We are nurturing ourselves with quiet times, trying to exercise more and take more walks and this has lead to stronger spirits as well.  We now are listening to our bodies more and even going to bed earlier instead of forcing ourselves to stay up because of a TV program or thinking we have to check to see if we received an email etc.  We may not be perfect, but we are heading in the right direction.  It is our thinking process that is continuing to grow and change and your contribution to this process has been invaluable. Nurturing our bodies and our mind has, and will continue to be, a continuous growth journey we will take together. So, I thank you for being a wonderful mentor and counselor to C, as well as assisting in my growth as well. Thank you.
B Christian, Westerville Ohio
(Client’s Spouse)
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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TAKE A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO YOUR HEALTH?

The dictionary defines holistic as putting parts together to form something whole. When talking about holistic health it means taking into consideration all the parts that make up a person’s life, their “whole” self.

Everything, whether it is positive or negative, impacts your health. How you feel about yourself, the job you have, the foods you eat, the support you receive as well as other things all combine to create your state of health.

Let’s look at an example to illustrate how taking a holistic approach to health works.

Have you ever felt like this? You couldn’t get out of bed in the morning because you were exhausted? Even the coffee didn’t help. You skipped breakfast because you decided you needed to lose some weight? Kept wondering “What is wrong with me?”

Many different things have all come together to make you feel the way you do.

A holistic health approach would look at all the different areas of your life to find what’s out of balance. Then a plan would be developed to deal with your issues. The plan may include changes in your diet, physical activities, relaxation techniques and surrounding yourself with supportive people.

So when you are not feeling as well as you would like, don’t look for just one reason. Instead take a holistic approach to create your healthier, happier life.

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