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THE WHOLISTIC BELLY APPROACH

Hi there! I'm Rachael Charbonneau -- the creator of Wholistic Belly. I believe in taking a wholistic approach to health. To me, holistic puts an emphasis on the whole body while wholistic takes into consideration the whole person, which includes your mind, body, spirit, and lifestyle — encompassing a person’s life as a whole.

We often times think of health as a goal to achieve — separate from ourselves. I believe your health isn’t separate from the rest of your life. Your health affects everything you do, and everything you do affects your health. Does stress from your job or your relationship cause you to overeat or grab sugary, processed foods? Does lack of sleep prevent you from focusing or exercising? Do you have a harder time making decisions when you're not feeling up-to-par? As we work together, we will look at all aspects of your lifestyle, how they affect your health, and incorporate the concepts of health and wholeness into every part of your life.

I work with people who suffer from food allergies and intolerances and the symptoms that accompany them including, but not limited to, digestive distress, hormone imbalances, skin irritations, adrenal fatigue, and more. I help them navigate the food system, both in their kitchen and out in the world, to make the best choices for their mind and body without missing out on what’s important to them: living a happy life. Through 3 and 6 month programs, we take a look not just what you are feeding yourself from your plate, but what your feeding your mind through your relationships, career, spirituality, and physical activity.

I take a practical and individual approach with clients. I help my clients get in touch with their bodies’ needs and to develop a self-awareness to make the best decisions for themselves in any given circumstance. I understand that life happens and your needs will change, so I approach each session knowing your needs may be different than they’d been just two weeks prior. Together, we will create goals within reasonable time frames and with reachable objectives so you know exactly what you’re working towards and how to get there.

Ready to make some changes? I offer a complimentary 20 minute Discovery Call where we take a look at your current lifestyle and discuss your health concerns and goals. I require you to go through my application process prior to setting up that appointment. I have a network of health professionals so if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for after our initial health consultation, I’ll make sure to point you in the right direction.

Rachael Charbonneau

PROFESSIONAL BIO

Rachael is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Yoga, and Fitness Teacher based out of the South Bay in Los Angeles California. Seeing clients both virtually and locally, she helps others kick their digestive distress to the curb by helping to identify what may be causing their gut to not be functioning optimally. 

Her interest in food as medicine stems from her own deeply rooted digestive distress starting from the womb which was the root cause of acne off and on through her teen and adult years, hormone imbalances, and adrenal fatigue. She has experimented with several elimination diets, gut healing protocols, foods, herbs, life style changes, meditation, and natural remedies to figure out what works best for her. Her gut healing remains a continuous journey in search of optimal health and she now coaches others through the same.

Rachael is an active individual, with a background in dance, movement, weight and cross training, and yoga. She obtained her 200hr RYT through Yoga Mittra under Shelley Williams, Suzy Nece, and Genevieve Pujalet. She teaches group yoga and fitness classes local to Manhattan Beach in the South Bay of Los Angeles. 

Before becoming a certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, she was a Graphic Designer in the Health and Health Care Technology industries. When she’s not designing, being a health nut, doing handstands, or attending a yoga class, you can find her dancing to live music, traveling the world, browsing farmers markets, cooking, or petting every dog in sight.

A few years ago, her Uncle Bobby fell ill and passed away from cancer. Though he decided to go the traditional chemo route, he helped boost his immune system through nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle adjustments.  Doing so nearly doubled Bobby’s life expectancy from his original prognosis, giving him vital time with his family. It was around this time that Rachael’s personal nutrition interests transformed from a hobby into a life and career goal.

She was heavily influenced by her Uncle’s research, and hopes to continue his mission and share it with others. She hopes to influence people to question what they may know about wellness and take their health into their own hands by making it a lifestyle, rather than just a burdensome goal.

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