I was asked two great questions in an interview recently. The first one was, who has had the most impact on my health and wellness journey? And the second was, Who do I NOW turn to for health and wellness information? And because I LOVE sharing this kind of stuff with you (and ‘cos I always get so excited when I stumble upon someone who’s AWESOME!) today I want to spill the beans on all of ‘em — right here, right now!
Let’s start with question one… Who has had the most impact on my health and wellness journey?
When I first started out, Jess (aka The Wellness Warrior) was a massive resource of health and wellness information for me, as was the Institute For Integrative Nutrition (IIN). My wellness journey began back in 2010 when I ended up in hospital incredibly unwell and unhappy. I knew I had to sort my health and life out, but I realised I had no idea how. There was/is so much conflicting information out there, that I knew I wanted to go study holistic nutrition so that I could have the knowledge and understanding I desired, and so I could make the best and most informed choices for myself. Deep down, I knew knowledge was the key.
This is why I LOVED IIN so much. It gave me the tools and knowledge I needed at that exact time in my life. I particularly loved the philosophy of bio-individuality — meaning, everyone is different and no one diet is going to work for everyone. It inspired me to explore all the different ways of eating and to really find out what works best for me and my body. It’s an amazing course for anyone — whether you’re a mama wanting to further her knowledge for herself and her family, or someone who wants to become a holistic health coach, or if you’re already in the health and wellness space (i.e. a personal trainer or life coach) and want to add another tool to your wellness tool kit. Basically: I loved it, it changed my life, and it put me on the path I am on today. PLUS they offer a free sample class too so you can try it out and get a feel for it before you enrol in the course.
Next, it was the work of Dr Stephen Cabral that truly impacted me and my family. Nick discovered him in 2017 when he was very unwell and dealing with depression. It would be an understatement to say that Stephen bought him back to life. We have worked with him one on one now for years as our personal health coach and have never felt better. We are also proud ambassadors of his Integrated Health Practioner (IHP) certification.
In order for you to make the most informed health choices, you first need knowledge.
Another goodie is Donna Gates and her book The Body Ecology Diet. It radically influenced me, especially when I had candida and SIBO. Donna’s food combining principals saved my guts (literally!). A must-read for everyone.
Alright, on to question two: Who do I NOW turn to for health and wellness information?
For up to date and relevant information, right now I turn to these three epic peeps. They are all very well researched and know their stuff when it comes to health.
The best part about all these peeps is that they are truly walking their talk. They are living examples of what they preach, and all of them glow from the inside out. I always think if you are going to take health and wellness advice from someone, they really should be the picture of health. After all, you wouldn’t take financial advice off someone who is in millions of dollars in debt, would you? And you certainly wouldn’t take relationship advice from someone who has never been in a relationship, right?! So be mindful where you are getting your knowledge from, and make sure you (and they!) are well researched.
Most of all though, always ALWAYS tune into yourself and do what feels right for YOU. (Remember: no one — no matter how great — is your guru.)
There are so many great resources above, so have fun diving in.
Now I would LOVE to hear from you, beautiful — Who is your number one expert that you turn to for health and wellness advice? Share with us in the comments below, and let’s make a long list of amazing people. And remember, thousands of peeps come here every week for inspiration, so please share your best recommendations below. The person you share may be the PERFECT fit for another beautiful soul in our MA Tribe who’s desperate for insight on their health journey… so share away!
Thank you so much for being here. I love supporting you to be the best version of yourself.
P.S. Do you know someone who needs some health inspo or is interested in studying at IIN? Forward this post onto them. And if/when you’re ready to dive in you can call IIN at +1 (877) 780-5455 or email [email protected] and make sure you ask for the ‘Melissa Ambrosini Scholarship’ so you get $1500 off your tuition.
P.P.S. Gorgeous, I just wanted to let you know that some of the above goodies I have mentioned are affiliate links — which means that if you choose to purchase, I get a small commission. Transparency is essential for all of us here at MA, so please know that I only ever recommend things that I LOVE and have made a massive difference in my own life.
*This post has been updated since it was originally written in 2016.