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What’s a Wellness Coach Anyway???

In holistic health, Learning Annex, nutrition, wellness on March 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm


Periodically, I’ll get this question, so I thought I’d answer it once and for all!

What does a wellness coach do?

Well, I recently heard something from a colleague that I loved!  She received a letter from a client who said  “you’re like four people in one:  nutritionist, life coach, spiritual advisor and field commander.”

Wellness Coaches provide the HOW; we emphasize the importance of reaching balance in your life, and we know that everything feeds you, whether or not it’s on your plate.  With your permission, we’ll also examine your non-plate foods, such as career or relationships.  We educate, and we get to the root of your problem–not just mask it. For example, you might read Michael Pollan’s book, Food Rules, but have no idea how to implement those changes in your life.  That’s where we come in!


Here’s what we don’t do:


We won’t send you away with a list of so-called good and bad foods.. Everyone reacts differently to a food, so what could be a good food for you for could be poison to ME.

We don’t leave our program open-ended with no end in sight. Starting with day #1, we’ll write down and discuss your goals and challenges.  Midway through your program, I review them to see if you’re on track–or if we need to reset in order to reach them within your timeframe.


Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a certified, NYC-based nutrition/wellness coach.  She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied over 100 dietary theories, lifestyle management techniques and cutting-edge coaching methods–with instructors such as Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Katz, Dr. Mark Hyman, Geneen Roth and others. She received her board certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

She also received her BA in Communications and attended New York University.

Prior to becoming a wellness coach, she held executive positions in public relations, is a former magazine editor and even did a brief stint as a licensed NY-State Real Estate Sales Agent.

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways To Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she will be teaching at the NYC Learning Annex in May, June and July.  For more information on her Learning Annex classes:


Sugar and Energy: The “Crash”

In health, lifestyle, wellness on March 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm


Sugar creates fluctuations in blood sugar levels, resulting in that well-known “sugar crash,” resulting in that listless, sleepy, depressed and, even sometimes irritable and anxious, feeling.

Here’s why:  First, you need to know that your body only needs ONE TEASPOON of sugar in the blood.  When you eat sugar, you’re creating a “high sugar emergency.”  Your body will immediately send for insulin to transport the sugar into your cells where it’s converted to fuel.  It does such a good job it removes ALL the sugar; you’ll not only crash—but your body will interpret the “low blood sugar” emergency and send the signal for you to eat even more sugar.



Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a nutrition and wellness coach who helps people instantly increase their energy so they avoid that mid-morning or afternoon slump, get more done in less time and balance their lives.  Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways To Fire Up Your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, her website is:

Irene writes a regular newsletter, “Wellness Power.”  To sign up, e-mail her at:





In exercise, holistic health, lifestyle, nutrition, wellness on March 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Ever wonder why:

  • You have to run out of the office every day at 10:00 and then again at 3:00 for a pastry and coffee?
  • You feel so tired and overwhelmed that it takes FOREVER to finish even the simplest task
  • You sometimes come back from lunch feeling irritable, sleepy or even cranky?
  • Speaking of  lunch–and you know this is really unhealthy–but you often skip breakfast, lunch or even dinner–because you’re always so busy. What can  you do?

Now those, and more questions, can be answered by experts when you post on “Wellness Power,” a new Yahoo group introduced today, March 12, 2012. With this Yahoo group, you’ll also be able to comment and start conversation threads.

I’ll be the primary moderator–but not the ONLY one–because sometimes a question can be best answered by another health professional, whether it’s a chiropractor, naturopath, acupuncturist, woman’s health specialist, etc.

You probably already know me–a graduate of New York City’s Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied over 100 dietary theories, lifestyle management techniques and cutting-edge coaching methods–with instructors such as Deepak Chopra; Dr. Andrew Weil; Dr. David Katz; Geneen Roth; Dr. Mark Hyman and many others.

You may have already been receiving my newsletter, but I’ve been racking my brains to add more value for you.  In the past, it only seemed to have just one voice–mine!–and I was sure that there was always some question from someone that wasn’t addressed in the newsletter. Plus, who just wants to be lectured to????!

Here’s how you join: Subscription is free.  Go to, scroll down the page to “groups” and find wellnesspower listed under the health and wellness heading. You can also use the search box–just be sure to type it as one word–wellnesspower–and that it’s all in lower-case letters.

Easier still, here’s the link to the group so you can go right in:

Sometimes we think we’re the only ones experiencing something, but now you’ll be able to connect with others and share your challenges and knowledge.

I look forward to seeing you there!


What Does That Sugar Craving REALLY Mean

In cravings, fruit, sugar, vegetables, wellness on March 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Not too long ago, I had a pretty strong sugar craving.

That was odd for me, because salt is really my craving of choice; I think if I could, I’d have a dish of salt for lunch or dinner.

A sugar craving is usually your body’s response to stress and its way of asking for more energy. So, always being the wellness coach, I had to deconstruct this craving to see what it was all about. I asked myself what I had been doing lately.

The answer: I was involved in a long, time-consuming, stressful project that created many sleepless nights. Now that I knew what was causing the craving, I could now manage it. I spent a little more time on myself with self-care, stress-reduction techniques and the use of more gentle sugars that don’t cause such extreme spikes in blood sugar, such as honey, Grade B maple syrup, brown rice syrup. I also ate more fruits and vegetables to crowd out the cravings. 

Here’s the point:  Don’t look at cravings as only a bad thing. They can actually be a good thing, because they’re giving you some important information and, as they say, knowledge is power.


Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a certified nutrition and wellness coach.  Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways To Fire Up your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she is also an Ezine Expert Author and creator of a popular pet wellness blog:

She can be reached through her website:

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