Meet Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C.
Author, Educator, Integrative Nutrition Coach, Essential Oils Educator
Then life happened. College, career, kid, a major illness. And while I always liked healthy eating, I wasn’t always so good at making sure it happened. And it showed.
Fast forward to today, where I am enjoying what feels to me like balance.
I believe in eating intuitively – giving your body what it is really asking for, and not some prescribed fad du jour.
So, I’m back to being a vegetarian… but my boys in the picture here are
omnivores, because that’s what’s best for them right now. I have a wheat allergy. My son can’t have dairy or wheat. My daughter is adopted and since she was a preemie and needs special care and special feeding, I’m often balancing four slightly different plates at each meal. In other words, if you also have to feed your family a crazy varied diet and are struggling, I am here for you!!
Professionally, my degrees are in education and my certification is in health coaching. I’ve always had a heart for kids who need a special boost, and the teachers and parents who love them. I hold a Bachelor’s in Special Education, a Masters in Literacy, and am a fully trained Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Finally, as an essential oils educator , I offer my clients a little piece of a nature’s gifts to keep the body in balance and maintain a natural and chemical-free home.
My life story is… well, a crazy one. I taught in the public schools for seven years, and I loved it. Well, I loved the kids and I loved my colleagues. I did not love the ever-increasing pressures and disrespect being heaped on teachers, or the things we were being asked to put the kids through in the name of “standards” and “data”.
And then I got sick. Really critically sick. In 2008 I was diagnosed with a rare, incurable, and degenerative lung disease called Pulmonary Hypertension.
I went through every emotion you might expect (and maybe more) after diagnosis. The denial, the anger, and the really deep sadness that is hard to put into words, but leaves you pacing the house in the middle of the night and crying constantly. It was horrible.
After a while, I realized that not only could I not go on living like that, but since I clearly wasn’t dead yet, I had some big choices to make. I could live like I was on death’s door, and that was pretty awful. Or I could choose to take back control. Part of taking back control was giving my struggle up to God – realizing you can’t do this totally on your own is key, no matter what form of spirituality you ascribe to. I overhauled my diet. I worked with alternative practitioners in conjunction with my specialist. I got involved with helping other patients like me. I got back in the driver’s seat.
Can you guess what happened to my health? Well, I was able to turn things around from the bleak outlook I was given to re-defining the disease as it would look in my life, on my terms. I’m not cured, not by a long shot. I still have to take an incredible amount medication. I still have very tough bouts. I still have to take it easy on myself. I still have to work hard every day to be okay – sometimes just to put one foot in front of the other.
I understand the journey is hard. But I believe you can be well, even when you are sick. I believe we can do better for our children. I believe we can take care of ourselves and be kinder to ourselves and reach our personal best.
I can’t wait to work with you.