Hello and Welcome! My name is Milan and I am a Nutritionist, Certified Health Coach & recovering yoyo dieter. I am so happy to have connected with you here, because my intention is that you find resources and learn something new here that can help you feel comfortable and confident in your body!
For more than half of my life I have struggled to be comfortable in my body. Always turning to the next diet plan and exercise program to "fix me". Time after time, I would not be getting the results I wanted, or seeing any changes for that matter.
It turned out that my hormones were a hot-mess & my metabolism was destroyed from years of yoyo dieting and on and off again fitness programs. So no matter what I ate or how much I exercised, my body was storing fat instead of burning it. UGH! Not to mention the slew of other symptoms I was experiencing like adult acne, mood swings, fatigue, headaches ...the list went on and on.
That struggle led me to become an expert on all things metabolism so I could heal my own body. Through that experience, my passion for health, wellness & nutrition exploded. So for that I am so grateful. I am proud to be a Nutritionist, specializing in weight-loss & ditching the vicious yoyo diet cycle. My intention is to use my struggle, experience & education to take the struggle out of your journey of finding peace with your body. Whether we work together 1:1 Private Coaching, through my signature Ditch The YoYo Diet Method Course or you utilize some of my exclusive free content; I promise to give you valuable information that you can actually use & that will help you approach weight-loss like never before!
The long story...
I started dieting when I was 14 years old. It all began when I noticed that my body was different than all the girls around me. I was much taller and had bigger everything (except boobs, because I missed out on that genetic quality). I was even teased with names like "Thunder Thighs" and "Shamu". It was during a time in my life that I was dealing with the divorce of my parents and new living situations, that I first turned to food as a comfort.
I remember a very emotional trip to the mall to try on clothes. It ended with me crying in a dressing room, leaving empty handed and pouting all the way home. It was the first time I looked at myself in a mirror and felt disgusting. Cue the beginning of a tumultuous relationship with food and exercise.
That was the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of high school. I began working out every single day (sometimes 2 times per day) and intentionally eating less and less food. I lost the weight, It worked, I felt good. I started my sophomore year of high school thinner than I ever was before. That was a good year for me, I got a boyfriend, I was friends with the popular kids, life was pretty good (funny to look back and think about where my priorities were at lol).
Fast forward to college when my boyfriend at the time told me that if I lost some weight he would not cheat on me while he was on spring break. (Like what? Are you kidding me??) I was NOT fat, but in my mind I was certain that I was. I was convinced that in order to be lovable and not get "cheated" on I had to be skinny, be on a "diet" and spend my days at the gym. In the years following that moment, I was obsessed with my body (and comparing my body to other peoples bodies), diets & weight loss in an unhealthy way.
It consumed my mind and it seemed like that is all I ever was doing was thinking about my body, my diet and how much I should be working out. I became fed up with that obsession, frustrated and convinced that something was wrong with me. I knew there had to be a better way to be at peace with my body. Naturally I became interested in learning about nutrition and healthy living and then found myself enrolling at The Health Coach Institute to become a Health Coach.
I learned some incredibly powerful things about health, habits and life. I began coaching some amazing women through their own transformations. They inspired me and challenged me. I loved it and wanted to take it even further so I enrolled at the Institute of Transformational Nutrition to expand my knowledge on how food fit into this mix. I was beyond excited for my new adventure and then my whole world came crashing down.
My younger brother passed away and life as I knew it changed profoundly. I turned to food (& wine) to comfort me more than I probably should have. I sought solace in isolating myself at home and basically closing myself out from the community and world around me. I gained weight, lost my self-esteem and couldn't seem to find the confidence I had in myself before. I couldn't even stand to look at a single picture of myself. I didn't know who I was anymore.
Here I was calling myself a Health Coach, who had successfully helped other women feel good in their bodies and transform their lives but I was STUCK and unable to do that for my own body and life. I turned back to my studies and graduated from the Institute of Transformation Nutrition planning to use all I learned to heal myself. I knew something more was going on with my body because even when I was doing everything right like working out and eating healthy, I continued to gain weight.
Working with my doctors, we discovered that I had hormone imbalances. Turns out that the hormones that are also responsible for metabolism were ALL OVER THE PLACE. It was one of the biggest AHA moments of my life. I took my training as a health coach and nutrition coach & became an expert on all things hormones and metabolism and began transforming my body (and my life).
While I am not perfect today I am a whole lot better than I was then. The tools & knowledge I used to heal myself literally changed my life. This can't be kept a secret for my own use, it needs to be shared with the women of the world because I know I am not the only one dealing with this. So I am here to show up, to share my story and to serve those who resonate with the struggle of a being at war with their body & the never ending yo yo diet cycle.
I am honored and humbled that you have stuck around to learn about me & I am looking forward to getting to know you!
Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach
Institute of Transformational Nutrition
Certified Health & Wellness Coach
The Health Coach Institute
Certified Life Coach
The Health Coach Institute
Studying For Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition
The National Association of Nutrition Professionals