My name is Traci D. Canterbury. I am a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I received my training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.
Ever since I was a child, I have always been a people person with a strong desire to help and assist in whatever way I could. So, I thought why not make a career out of something I love and is my passion. For over 12 years, I have been a hotel General Manager, working 60-70 hours a week, making someone else happy with limited time to pursue my dreams and goals. So this past March, I decided to work on myself...my own happiness, so I can assist others in following their life's passions and goals.
I wasn't always into health and fitness. Growing up, I was a cheerleader and took gymnastics but, I had parents who continuously stated that I wasn't "skinny enough", "good enough" or "pretty enough" and eventually that's what I believed. For years, I had low self-esteem, no confidence, didn't care how I looked and always felt horrible because I had been told I wasn't "good enough" for so long that I didn't even try. Then one day, my eyes were opened and something changed forever...that's how my health-seeking journey began:
In 2010 I took a trip to Guatemala for vacation. Before I left, I weighed my luggage and it had been several years since I had been on a scale so I thought…”Why not?” and oh boy, was that a mistake (or was it?). The scale quickly jumped up over 200lbs and I jumped off. Had I really gained that much weight and didn’t pay attention? I was so upset with the number I saw but I thought oh well, I’m going on vacation and I will think about it later. Had a great vacation, took lots of photos (another big mistake…maybe not lol) and when I came home I slid my SD card into my computer to show some of my co-workers pics of my wonderful trip and then I saw it…Yes, I had really gained that much weight. I vowed at that moment to get fit, lose the weight and start on my health journey. I didn't want to end up like my parents...Type 2 diabetes, Heart Disease, and just about everything else you can imagine. I watched every YouTube video I could and bought so many books that I think I helped send the owners of Amazon’s kids through college.
I did really well for a couple of years and then…you know how when things are going good you get comfortable right???? Right??? Well, that’s what happened to me. I started eating out again, stopped working out, began snacking on all the wrong foods and viola….weight started creeping back on. AGAIN!!!! So, back to the drawing board, but only this time I had turned a couple years older, my hormones were all wonky, my metabolism slower because after you hit your late 30s to early 40s, that’s what happens to most of us. I felt tired all the time, depressed, wasn’t sleeping well, aggravated, brain fog…I might also add that work a high stress job and I’m a workaholic. I’m a hotel manager in a high crime area, which doesn’t help at all. So, I went back to reading and studying. I tried Atkins, Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian…even went Vegan for 2 years to just name a few…nothing changed. My moods were all over the place, hormones the same way etc…so I went to a Naturopathic Doctor. She was so supportive in every way possible. She gave me supplements to decrease my estrogen, because I found out I’m estrogen dominant and have been all my life. She also gave me supplements to decrease my cortisol levels, for anxiety, to help me sleep and a couple other common supplements, such as vitamin D and vitamin B. Now mind you, at this time I already ate extremely clean, but again nothing was helping. It was like my body was resistant to every method she tried. I must say that the Naturopathic Doctor that I see has been a godsend, however, I wanted learn how to fix me on my own and eventually be able to share the abundance of information that I have learned during the years of studying and trial and error.
So, I enrolled in school at Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a Health Coach, where I have learned about 100+ different dietary theories, primary foods --> how to focus on and find fulfillment in every aspect of a person's life such as career, relationships, spirituality, exercise..etc. and how to implements these aspects into your daily life. I started applying all the different concepts to my own life and one day it hit me like a slap in the face..Bio-Individuality! What that means is that everyone is not the same. For example, one person's food is another person's poison. All this time, I was trying to do the things that I "should" do and what everyone else does and this was all wrong for me. That is why that no matter which diet I was on or which lifestyle change I was trying to make, nothing was working. I had to customize my diet and lifestyle for myself. I took pieces of information that I have learned over the years and customized my own diet, fitness and lifestyle goals. You know what happened then?? I started to get better...I finally became balanced. I started dropping weight, my hormones started regulating on their own, I started sleeping well and the best part is my mind became peaceful and settled....I'm no longer that frazzled, stressed out crazy person. Not to say that I'm 100% great all the time, however, 98% of the time I feel fabulous!
I can honestly say that I haven’t felt this good since I was in my early 20s. My life has changed in such a wonderful gratifying way during this past year and I'm looking forward to many more!