North America’s Health Empowerment Coach and Creator of the Vibrant Living Transformation programs, nutrition expert Lisa Petty is an internationally renowned radio show host and speaker, award-nominated journalist, and highly sought-after media personality. Lisa shares her unique perspective in private and group coaching, workshops, lectures, throughout her extensive writing and on the airwaves every week.
A little note from me to you:
On the surface, my life may be very much like yours. I have two beautiful, amazing, exhausting, intelligent, clueless, loving, generous, and selfish children, who at times need my guidance, but very often prove to be my most valuable teachers. From them, I have learned patience, tolerance, creativity, and negotiating skills, and I’ve savored the joy of unconditional love.
For most of my children’s lives, we’ve lived in a single-parent household, which means I’ve been on double-duty and “doing it all” was my only option. Of course, whether you’re a single parent or not, women nowadays have to become master jugglers, changing hats on a dime – everybody wanting a piece of you until, at the end of the day, there doesn’t seem to be much left. Are you with me so far? I thought so.
I’ve had some minor health challenges to overcome, including irritable bowels, migraine headaches, a history of horrific eczema and I’m now navigating a peaceful passage through peri-menopause. I’ve been stuck in jobs I couldn’t stand for wont of a pay-cheque, and I know now that that many of my physical symptoms directly related to the circumstances of my life. (Quite literally: I had a job in finance that gave me headaches.) Do you know what I mean?
In my thirties, I started to fear that my life was in a rut, and that I would leave this life-time having left many of gifts unused – which gave me a constant knot in my stomach. Finally, after years of excuses and ignoring opportunities that would have allowed me to take a chance on things I wanted to try, I was put in a situation in which I had no choice—or perhaps I was finally free to make a choice. Drowning in debt, I decided late one night that I had to sell my house in order to retain my sanity. The next day, I lost my job. A week later, my marriage ended. I finally had nothing to lose. (Again, literally. Wow, there’s a theme here.)
Have you ever been there? You feel like you’re in a dark place, the wind swirling and whistling around you; you’re alone and scared. You don’t feel like you have anywhere to go. You wonder how you’ll survive. And yet…
While at the time it wasn’t easy, I now look at that week of losses as one of the best weeks of my life. Let me explain:
I took time to nurture my body back to health, and as my body began to heal, I also noticed increased mental clarity. I began to connect the dots between how we feel physically, and how we view the world. I realized that when we ignore our bodies and the clues it gives us – so that we are in pain or exhausted or carrying too much weight or simply unhappy – we can’t possibly get around to living with purpose and passion. Or as I call it now, living vibrantly. We don’t take care of ourselves, and become overwhelmed, over-weight, frustrated and perhaps even numb. Maybe you feel this way right now.
Fast forward a few years… and here I am.
I put my English degree and my formal training in natural nutrition and to good use, and wrote a book called Living Beauty: Feel Great, Look Fabulous & Live Well (Fitzhenry&Whiteside 2006). The book comes from the perspective that our beauty concerns aren’t superficial after all, and may be our body’s way of telling us about a potentially serious health condition that deserves attention. In other words, don’t slap a cream on that rash: figure out what’s causing it so you can correct the problem. That makes sense, right? The philosophy that our bodies talk to us all the time through symptoms feeds most of my coaching programs, by the way, and paved the way for me to get interviewed on TV and radio throughout North America, as well as glossy health magazines like Body + Soul, Men’s Health, Women’s World Weekly and many others. You may also have seen my by-line on magazine, internet and newspaper articles, too, because I do plenty of writing.
And I still do plenty of learning. On my weekly radio show Lisa Live, I’ve been able to share the airwaves with some really cool people, like Dr. John Gray, Marci Shimoff, Dr. Hyla Cass, Mariel Hemingway, Caroline Sutherland, Dr. Bruce Lipton and Jennifer Longmore, among many others experts in the health of the body, mind and spirit. I book these guests because I want to learn from them – and that makes me think that you do, too.
My own personal style of integrative coaching combines my expertise in natural nutrition and proactive health care with intuition and the spiritual connection of Reiki. That may sound really out there to you, but trust me, I’m all about being practical and grounded! I can help you uncover the mental stumbling blocks to your own success in creating your healthy, vibrant, and fulfilled life.
If you are truly ready to learn what your body is trying to tell you so you can get slim, energized – and feel gorgeous, sexy and vibrant (yes, even if you’re menopausal!) – send me an email here and I will forward you an application for a FREE 30 minute Vibrant Living Kick-Start call so I can help you figure out your next steps.
I wish you vibrant health and a beautiful day!
PS I’ll be writing more books, some of them fiction, possibly a screenplay. I see Diane Lane playing the lead.
PSS If you’d still like to get to know me a little better, please tune in to my radio show every Saturday at 10 AM ET, locally in Southern Ontario, Canada on NewsTalk 610 CKTB and streaming live online at LisaLive.ca. Podcasts of my shows podcasted at www.LisaLive.ca as well.
And be sure you download my free e-book Feed Your Soul: A Guide to Nourishing Body + Spirit for some great healthy-living tips. It’s right at the top of this page!
Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open. ~ B.K.S. Iyengar