Stacy holding Butters, a yellow buff Orpington hen

Yay, you’re here!

Grab some tea. Get comfy. Pull up a chair. I have so much to tell you…

You see, I’ve been keeping a secret.

And it’s kind of a big one.

(No, I didn’t buy more chickens.)

My life hasn’t always been rainbows and unicorns, and I suspect yours hasn’t either. We all have this in common, yet we seem to go to great lengths to keep our struggles hidden.

I mean, I get it. We do it to protect ourselves from the criticism, judgment, and shame that often comes with revealing our imperfections, but the problem with keeping secrets is that it wreaks havoc on our health.

I’ve only recently started sharing bits and pieces of the life events that led me to self-care, and while I’m not quite ready to share those details openly on a website or social media platform, I’ve been sharing my story when I believe someone else might benefit from hearing it.

And it’s been pretty amazing. I’ve noticed something wonderful happening each time I push myself into a state of vulnerability. Other people open up too. It’s like they were praying someone would give them permission to be human. Sharing invites sharing.

We’ve all been through some heavy shit, haven’t we? We’ve all had moments when we weren’t sure how we would ever make it through. An unexpected job loss. A promotion that never came. An extramarital affair. The loss of a friendship. The death of a loved one. A debilitating injury or illness.

I can say without a doubt that self-care was what made it possible for me to pick myself up and move toward the healing process. It’s ultimately how I found my inner strength, and it’s why I continue to rely on self-care as a core component of my preventive health strategy today. I use it to navigate my life, to make important decisions (like when to say no and when to say yes), and to do my part to stay healthy so I can share my unique gifts with the world.

Sure, I could have chosen any number of unhealthy numbing strategies to get through that rough period of my life. Many people do. But I realized it wasn’t an option for me because I didn’t want to be numb. I wanted to be alive.

I created this community for people just like you—people who need a strong support system to get through life’s heavier moments. People who need an uplifting place to connect with others who’ve been where they are now. People who want to experience more beauty in their lives.

For the past 17 years, I’ve worked in traditional health care settings, as a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes educator, and health coach. I’ve seen just how powerful, yet surprisingly underutilized, self-care is as a preventive health tool.

For too long we’ve been passive recipients of health care. We get sick. We go to our Eastern or Western medical provider. We expect them to fix us, using one or more of the latest and greatest (and usually super expensive) treatments, technologies or products. And then when the prescription or supplement runs out (or when we run out of money to pay for them), we continue down the same familiar path we were on to begin with. And the cycle continues.

We hold so more power than we realize.

And I can promise you this: you’re stronger than you think. And this community is here to help you heal, rebuild, reinvent, and own the beautiful life that you were meant to live.

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Stacy's Training & Credentials

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

and-logoRegistered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential: 1) Completed a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2) Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length, 3) Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and 4) Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

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Certified Diabetes Educator

Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) under the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) must be a) A clinical psychologist, registered nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician (M.D. or D.O.), or podiatrist holding a current, active, unrestricted license from the United States or its territories; OR b) A dietitian or dietitian nutritionist holding active registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, physician assistant holding active registration with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, clinical exercise professional holding active certification with American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP), previously known as ASCM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, clinical exercise professional holding active certification with the ACSM as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM RCEP), health educator holding active certification as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing; OR c) A health professional with a master’s degree or higher in social work from a United States college or university accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body. It also requires a minimum of 2 years of professional practice experience within a health-related field (as noted above) and a minimum of 1000 hours of diabetes self-management education (DSME) experience, along with a certification examination.

Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach (CHWC)

certified-wellcoach-logoCertified Health and Wellness Coaches must hold at least one of the following: 1) A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a health related field, 2) A license, or license equivalent, in a health related field, 3) A Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in an area of study unrelated to health and wellness and a certification in a health related field, or 4) No degree and a certification in a health related field, with a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience in the field. After completing either an 18-week online course, or a 4-day live course, students must pass a written exam, a practical skills assessment oral exam, complete a 2-day organization course, and submit practice client records.

ACE-Certified Health Coach

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The ACE-Certified Health Coach requirements include the following: 1) must be at least 18 years of age, 2) must hold a current adult CPR and AED certificate including live skills check, 3) must hold either a current NCCA-accredited certification in fitness, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources, or a related field; or hold an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources or a related field, or two years comparable work experience in any of these specified industries, and 4) pass a certification exam.

Level 1 & 2 Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management

The Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management are intensive programs that provide in-depth training related to the treatment of adult weight management, and include topics such as pathophysiology, dietary modifications, physical activity, pharmacotherapy, appetite regulation, intensive behavioral treatment, bariatric surgery implications and complications, relapse prevention, weight maintenance and counseling strategies.

CPR Certification

cpr-logoStacy has obtained the Heartsaver® CPR AED certification through CPR Seattle, an American Heart Association partner.