As a holistic wellness coach and founder of Erin Clifford Wellness Coaching, I am deeply passionate about working with families and professionals in developing healthy lifestyles to create a more fulfilling, happier existence. I have trained with some of the world’s foremost experts in diet theories, nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle management, and I would like to share my knowledge and expertise with you so that you, too, can lead a healthier and happier life.
My journey in wellness began when I was a teenager growing up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Although I did not necessarily maintain the healthiest diet — yes, mac and cheese and pizza were my staples — my parents were extreme proponents of physical fitness and from a young age encouraged me to participate in many extracurricular activities that kept me active and fit. I also worked out regularly with my Dad and immediately fell in love with both the physical and mental wellbeing that regular exercise provided me. It became a life-long commitment. During my college years at Northwestern University, I was introduced to my first Whole Foods just blocks from my apartment, and it a turning point in realizing that another key component is eating healthy. Everything you put into your body is critical. I began to integrate healthier foods and eating habits into my daily life. I realized that not only did eating more nutritious food help me maintain my ideal physique, but it provided me with energy and a glow that made me hunger to learn more. Nutrition and healthy living became a passion and a way of life. Throughout the years, I have continued to educate myself in cutting-edge information on health and have evolved my lifestyle toward optimal health and wellness. Now I want to share it with you.
I first became inspired to pursue a practice as a wellness coach during my tenure as a Chicago Public School teacher. I created lesson plans every night to share with my students, but what I did not anticipate were the lessons I would learn from my students about their challenges in health and wellness and how it impacted their daily lives, including their ability to learn. Many of these bright, young minds were fighting obesity and were well on their way to developing severe health conditions, such as Type II diabetes. Some of my students would come to school having eaten Pop Tarts or Cheetos for breakfast. Others came to school without having eaten anything at all. This reality served as a “call to action,” and I promised myself that one day I would utilize my skills and my commitment to help impact people’s lives through educating and counseling families about healthy living and the prevention of disease. I also earned a law degree, and as part of the legal community, I see how important a healthy lifestyle is for over stressed professionals. Every day I encounter friends and colleagues who neglect their heath and develop preventable diseases, many at an early age. Wellness education is critical in today’s society where fast-food can no longer be king, yet people do not take the time to learn what they need – even some simple steps – that can help them for a lifetime.
All of this inspired me to attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and complete its rigorous Health Coach Training Program. I studied more than 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative life coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. But this learning never ends as I continue my studies under the tutelage of renowned health professionals. My vast educational background has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, wellness coaching and preventative health. Drawing on my skills and knowledge, I am passionate about personally working with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that are not only appropriate for their age, gender, work life and pocketbook, but produce real and lasting results. In these busy times, I will be the eyes and ears on the latest of what is going on in the health world today and how it impacts each individual client. I firmly believe that superior health is the cornerstone to ensuring a long, vibrant life. My life’s journey thus far demonstrates that this is what I was meant to do.
In addition to running my wellness counseling, I created a community for women called Rockstar Doggy Momma where women can get the support and encouragement needed to succeed, feel less alone, and follow a simple, efficient plan that keeps you on track. The best part is that you get to do it with your best friend: your beloved dog! This works for me and I am so excited to help others (and their doggies!) be happier and healthier!
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