Welcome, I’m so pleased you’re here.
I’ll take this as a sign you are curious about me and what I offer.
I’m Patricia, your Food Nurturist, holistic health and wellness coach. I am open hearted and opened minded and in the true sense of nurturing, I’ll care and protect you as you travel along on your new health journey.
How did I get here?
Back in 2012 I hit a wall! I wasn’t sleeping or eating well and spent most of my waking hours working in my small personal chef business. To the outside world, my clients included, I looked okay but I was falling apart.
I was working in my own business and NOT coping
I started a personal meal delivery service back in 2010. I loved it and as the business grew, I kept working harder and harder. I loved the service I had created – so much so that I did every job myself, cooking and delivering meals, 24/7. I had created a “no boundaries” environment for myself that was time consuming and, let’s face it, unsustainable. I was headed for disaster.
One night, actually it was 2:30 am (what was I thinking?), I was packing up all the meals for the next day and the next minute, I was on the kitchen floor, in a heap. I couldn’t move, all I could do was weep. I just sat there and cried.
The next day, as I was making my deliveries, I found myself suddenly telling my clients the business was closing down. I’d reached my breaking point, and something had to change. Of course, I felt awful about letting them down, but I couldn’t see a way forward. So, I packed up my dream and opted to go back to work in the real world of the 9 to 5 grind.
Life just had to become simpler or I was going to lose my mind.
So, what was up with me?
Great question and my issues my ring true for you also.
I was moody, depressed, couldn’t sleep, nibbling NOT eating, and my joints, oh my god, my joints where so stiff. Needless to say, these were just a few things on my seemly never-ending list of issues. I was only surviving and not thriving. I WAS NOT WHERE I WANTED TO BE with my health.
Turned out I was burned out….
Hitting the wall was my wake-up call. My adrenal glands were in over drive, which explains why I couldn’t sleep. The stress had also created chronic inflammation, I had depleted my vitamin D stores to almost zero, my iron levels as well as all my B vitamins were also at rock bottom and my digestion was a joke.
Little wonder I was moody, gaining weight, had aching joints, lost my sparkle and was a rather depressed. I was a mess.
So, what did I do?
Well, I had to start by picking myself up. I wanted to feel that sparkle again. That fresh and bouncy start to everyday that I’d lost with the progression of time and I wanted to walk, feel free, and in control. But I also knew that I had to be honest with myself and to get where I wanted to go, had to start by asking myself the tough questions and learn to understand my own my personality (mindset) and how it had led me to the end of my mental and physical rope.
Given my skills and credentials as a professional chef, I found the food research easy the rest was harder – like finding ways to reduce stress. I used a combination of healthy food choices and made several lifestyle changes to create a “better” me. I would like to say it was an overnight change, but that would be a lie. It took time, understanding, and a lot of trial and error. But, bit by bit I started to feel better and more like my old self. And guess what? I found my sparkle.
My research began to pay off and it was obvious that I was now in better shape than I was back in 2012. I was back to life on my terms! In fact, I became a “daily walk” junkie which lead to participating in several charity walks. This increase in physical activity not only helped to improve my sleep quality, but it also transformed many of my other issues and when I watched my diet and kept inflammatory foods low, my joints felt great. Step by step, little by little, I knocked my list of issues down. I was winning the fight and regaining full control.
By 2014, I realised I was on to something. I found myself thinking that all this could have been so much easier, and less confronting had I been able to share this challenge of change with someone who had my level of experience and understanding for food, nutrition and lifestyle. It was right then and there that I chose to leave my job and make a commitment for the betterment of others and enrolled to become a Certified Health Coach (with Institute for Integrative Nutrition – IIN).
I took steps to create a program that would enable me to start coaching lovely souls such as yourself making what I had to learn the hard way, so much easier. It’s about the support and guidance as you travel on your own journey.
My single aim is to give you A New Way- To a New Life – To a New You!
Thank you so much for your thorough questionnaire and the wonderful chat that came with it. I appreciated your genuine interest in my health and wellbeing as well as your thoughtful generosity in sharing ideas and recipes that will help me regain my health. Your work and style are so necessary for anyone, and particularly for people who are hectic and think they don’t have the time to get healthy. Baby steps and build from here. I’m looking forward to working with you further.Suzanne
I really like the way you approach my health and helping me change my habits. For example, you recommended a baby step that got me to focus on drinking more water. That actually worked. Also, walking me through how to eat healthier, and to recognise what is actually in the food that I eat! You are a star! I highly recommend that anyone who has struggled with changing their health habits immediately contact you!Jim
Working with Pat has been a delight! I was concerned that I would be told to: ‘do this, do that, don’t eat that.’ But Pat worked around my lifestyle and work schedule. Her style is gently encouraging, without being confronting. In only six weeks, I have learned so much about food and how making simple substitutions can dramatically improve one’s health.Hacy
Good Morning everyone! Happy Monday. Monday is the day when people typically look to “start” things – a new diet, exercise regime or even cutting something out of their life such as sugar. If you have been thinking about eating a bit more healthier, understanding more about what the food you put in your mouth does for you (yes, you definitely are what you eat, but often foods have amazing properties that will help with common ailments) or just generally interested in beginning a new, healthier lifestyle that focuses on food as a “medicine” so you can stop aches & pains, reduce hay fever or you want to detox your body by starting to eat clean, Patricia Ely Frederick from Warmly Nourished is the lady you should speak to. Look her up on her website: http://warmlynourished.com/ I’ve been working with Patricia Ely Frederick for the past 6 months on improving my diet and lifestyle to boost my immunity – thanks Hacy Tobias for putting the hard word on me when I was sick in January to do this. Pat’s approach is holistic, and looks at all areas of your life. Her style is very friendly, compassionate and caring. I highly recommend Pat and her awesome company Warmly Nourished.Allison