Finding Strength through Self-Care

About 12 years ago, my life was turned upside down with a Cancer Diagnosis that became the catalyst for a huge transformation in how I viewed my own health.  At the time I was newly married and had a couple of teenage kids, working full time as a Personal Assistant in the Corporate arena.  I was a workaholic, and my health was not my priority – but the way I looked was, and my mind was always obsessing about food and body image.

The catalyst came when I was lying on a steel slab, having a full body bone scan, and I realised I had taken my health for granted – and it had suddenly been taken away from me.  Walking out of the Radiotherapy Centre for the last time after several gruelling weeks of treatment, I vowed that I would give something back to the incredible people that had helped me along the way to regain some semblance of health.  At this point I did not know what that could possibly be.

My Oncologist at the time said to me that the best way for me to beat this was to be fit and healthy…..and so I took his words literally and became a Personal Trainer, turned my life around and dedicated it to helping others to be the fittest and healthiest version of themselves.

The next 10 years became a journey of self-discovery working my way through Domestic Violence and restarting a new life where I found myself becoming involved more with the intricacies of the mind.  I hung up my trainer boots and became a Meditation Teacher, then a Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner and now a Mind Body Eating Coach.

With all my newfound knowledge of how the mind works, I realised that in my PT days, I had not even considered that there was a connection between mind and body, and I became aware of the importance of this connection and how understanding how your mind works, can create transformational and positive change.

At times I have been so busy with my work in helping others, that I have lapsed on my own self-care and have noticed how disconnected I become.  Not walking the talk is very obvious when I become tired and let go of my personal self-care rituals – which I have learned is the process of being dis-embodied.

This is when I pick myself up and turn to my tried and tested ritual of daily morning meditation, exercise, regular food pre-preparation and making more time to be with family and friends.

I’m always on the look out for acts of dis-embodiment with my clients and we work together to create ways to bring healthy daily habits and rituals back into their life.

My one piece of advice to anyone wanting to change their relationship with food and body is to get connected to self, create a daily self-care ritual and become connected back into life.  This is where transformation begins.

Suzanne is a Mind Body Eating Coach, Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner who combines all her professional skills to create transformational and lasting change for her clients.  Discovering and letting go of the root cause of emotional, binge or comfort eating has the profound effect of literally lightening the load on your body and taking the issue of weight off the table for good!  Suzanne provides 1:1 Personalised Coaching in Adelaide and Virtual Coaching Australia wide.  Contact Suzanne to arrange a complimentary 30min chat via

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