About Deon

For as far back as I can remember, I have had an interest in nutrition, fitness, and health. And over the years, as my interest grew, I became a student of health and wellness, reading and studying any related material that I could find and attending different workshops and conferences. I later became the informal life, health and wellness coach for my friends and family.  And while I became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned a MBA, there was still a burning desire to help support others with their health and wellness.

After dealing with some serious family illnesses several years ago, I felt that I had a personal responsibility to raise awareness and educate women about the relationship between nutrition and health. I am passionate about working others in an effort to reduce the obesity epidemic, especially in children that is plaguing our world.  It was that passion that led me to pursue an education in nutrition and health at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I earned a designation as a certified Holistic Health Coach.  As a Health Coach, my approach to health and wellness is based on a holistic view of the whole person. Every facet of one's life affects their health and wellness.  Each person is viewed as being unique in terms of food and lifestyle needs and not a one size fits all. My mission is to Educate, Empower and Encourage women to become non-negotiable about their health.

As I continued to grow and evolve in my own health journey, I had to deal with the struggles, discomfort and misery of perimenopause symptoms. I struggled with brain fog, sugar cravings, always feeling fatigued, having just enough energy to get out of bed and get through my day, especially in the afternoons, which affected my work. The quality of my sleep was poor layered with uncomfortable hot flashes and night sweats.  Additionally, I developed fibrocystic breast tissues, which were often painful. Through research, I discovered that my symptoms were related to hormonal imbalance and my doctor later confirmed that I was in fact going through perimenopause. His only recommendations were to make sure I am eating well and getting enough rest - I am a wellness coach so I knew what eating well meant, but how do I get adequate rest, when I am having trouble sleeping and how do I get rid of hot flashes, cravings and breast cysts? He had no other recommendations so I was left to figure it out on my own, and I did.

With further research, what I discovered, was a life changing for me, and as soon as I made some modifications, the results were strikingly noticeable. After being successful in overcoming most of my own perimenopause symptoms, I incorporated what I learned into my wellness practice and started sharing with my clients how they too can alleviate or reduce their perimenopause and menopause symptoms, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. 

Fun Facts About Me

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MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY

My favorite holiday is Christmas because I get to relax, take time off to spend with friends and family.  Also, I find all the festivities and preparation quite exciting. I will be remissed if I did not mention getting to have some of my favorite childhood foods that I personally don’t make at home.  

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READING HEALTH AND INSPIRATION LITERATURE

I get charged when I read health, inspirational, and self-development literature and seriously could read them all day and all night like a good novel and never get tired or bored. My favorite book is "The Power of Intentions" by Dr. Wayne Dyer.  

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SMOOTHIE JUNKIE

I make a green smoothie every morning before starting my day along with 20 ounces of room temperature water with fresh lemon or lemon essential oils and apple cider vinegar