Dawn Moro, CHC, AADP
I received my training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City. IIN is a unique school integrating individualized nutrition and an overall well-balanced life. Through the program, I studied over a hundred dietary theories and received training in a holistic approach to living a healthy lifestyle. I am a certified holistic health counselor and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Assisting people in realizing their potential and bringing them back to a state of well-being is one of the greatest joys in my life. I am able to do this from a unique perspective, as I have been through weight loss ups and downs and have dealt with several health issues as well. I have a unique ability to feel where people are at and help them move forward towards their true goals. My gift as an empath assists me in getting to the root causes of my clients negative patterns. Bringing awareness and light to these issues is what allows you to heal fully and completely.
I am married with 2 beautiful children and am now out of the paying work-force! I spent a number of years working full-time during the day, part-time at night and trying to fit in clients whenever I could. I thought I was handling it well, but my body was breaking down under the stress. It wasn’t until I slowed down and started just being quiet and with myself that I noticed the stress in my body. It was almost like background noise that you get so used to, you no longer hear it until it stops. This stress combined with my former caffeine addiction caused a cascade effect with my adrenal system, which I am slowly healing. I spent a lot of years trying to please everyone and do anything to keep them happy that I neglected to take care of myself, leaving me overweight, tired and unmotivated. The healing process has begun and coming to terms with being an overweight health coach has been a difficult journey, but I am good at what I do and the fact that I have the same struggles and disappointments and issues as my clients gives me a compassion that I didn’t have before. In learning to love me as I am now and to release the judgments I had about myself, I learned to see others without judging.
My highest weight was nearly 200 lbs after the birth of my daughter. At this weight, I discovered I was hypothyroid and had a torn meniscus in my right knee. After realizing that the “magic pill” for my thyroid wasn’t going to melt the pounds off and not wanting surgery on my knee that was “required,” I joined a gym and began educating myself on what to eat. I was able to repair my knee without surgery thanks to a wonderful personal trainer that was knowledgeable about this type of injury. The food part was a lot more difficult. Every article I read seemed to counter the one I had read previously. I tried to sort it all out and had a really hard time working out a system that I could stick with. I counted calories, carbs, protein, fat, fiber…… It was wonderful while I was doing it, but who wants to go through life with a calorie counter and notebook? There had to be a better way. I have suffered some setbacks with weight, but I have come to a point in my life where I am comfortable with where I am at and I know where I am going. I am doing it with gentleness and love, not self-hatred and beating myself up for every “bad” food I eat.
I am still healing from adrenal fatigue and dealing with the weight issues from the damage I had done to my body with artificial stimulants, but I am happy to say, I am off of my synthetic thyroid medicine and I feel better than I did at my lowest weight. While I am still dealing with several health issues, through food and supplements I am able to minimize the symptoms. I am not looking for a label for what is wrong, just a solution to feel great. The program that my clients go through is the same way I treat myself. One step at a time and finding what works for me – body, mind and spirit.
For more information about my education, please go to www.integrativenutrition.com.