Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C.

About Your Coach

Meet Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C.

Author, Educator, Integrative Nutrition Coach

Untitled design (1)I guess you could say my training started in childhood, with a family that had a great focus on good nutrition. I was a dancer for 13 years, and even a vegetarian for a few years in my teens.

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 the rest of my family are omnivores, because that’s what’s best for them right now. I have a wheat allergy. My son also has food sensitivities. My daughter 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.

I love teaching, public speaking, and writing. And this is where I combine all my passions.

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. You can read more about that story, and how I battled my way back to health, in my first book, “Defining the New Normal: A Guide to Becoming More Than Your Diagnosis”.

 
Balancing my critical health needs with special dietary needs while raising a son with food sensitivities too inspired me to write my second book, “Aidan the Wonder Kid Who Could Not be Stopped: A Food Allergy Story”. Check it out!!

And because I’m always seeking balance in this crazy thing we call life, I have a little passion project comprised of things that bring me peace: essential oils, art, and yoga. Check out Chakra Zen and chill out a little bit with me (Coming soon!)

I understand the journey through life can be 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.