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Life Coaching

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As the primary caregiver for my boyfriend, Michael (above), who lost his battle with ALS December 2018, I learned plenty of life hacks to survive emotionally and physically.  During this time, I also battled bladder cancer and cared for my son with Down-Syndrome and Autism.  Oh, and there was that pesky car accident that left me with a neck injury and constant headache, but who had time for that?  What a year 2018 was!  


I decided to get my Life Coach Certification to help others get through similar challenges.  If I can do it, you can too! 

Health Coaching

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Part of my journey involved embracing a Paleo/Primal lifestyle.  Stress can wreak havoc on your body and manifest in ways you can't imagine.  In addition to the recurrence of my cancer after seven years, I developed a rash on my neck and face that wouldn't go away.  I was prescribed Prednisone, but as soon as the prescription was gone, my rash was back.  Changing my diet immediately solved the problem.  


My decision to go Primal/Paleo was life changing for me and I'm confident it will be for you too.  As a Primal Health Coach, I can give you the tools to  combat your health and weight loss challenges and feel great!  

Therapeutic Art Life Coaching

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Finding an outlet and doing something creative is very therapeutic.  I've always had a creative side, but finding a new purpose after Mike died had me delving into art.  Not only was I looking for a new purpose in life, but I was finding a new purpose for unwanted and discarded items like furniture and canvases.  There is beauty in everything, even death.  OK, maybe not taxes.  I am now a Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach.  


Art has a calming affect on Camden too and he paints nearly every day.  We now have a little art studio in our dining room. Finding a career for a young adult with Down-Syndrome and Autism isn't easy.  Using Camden's creative skills, his art could be a means of income for him later in life.  Stay tuned for our first art show coming soon!  Meanwhile,  check out our Repurposed Art Photo Gallery below.    


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How We Help

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Removing Obstacles

We all have places in our life where we are blocked. Working together through personalized health coaching and/or life coaching, we will identify those blocks and find ways for you to overcome them. 

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Be Your Best Self

Life is full of opportunities, and it is my job as a health coach and life coach to help you figure out which opportunities to take advantage of in order to live the life you want. 

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Live Your Dreams

When you choose to live a dream, you need a plan to make it come true. Once you have a plan, a coach will help you stick to it and get around any obstacles.

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Paleo, Primal and Keto

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Paleo, Primal and Keto are often referred to interchangeably, but there are differences.  Below is a brief description of each.  


The Paleo (Paleolithic) diet is based on the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.  It is made up of whole foods including meat, fish, fowl, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and healthy fats.  It does not include grains, legumes, processed foods, refined sugar, dairy, alcohol or harmful chemically-processed fats such as canola oil, soy bean oil , sunflower oil, safflower oil, and corn oil.  


The Primal Diet is very similar to the Paleo Diet, except it recommends raw, high-fat dairy as a source of healthy fats.  


The Keto (Ketogenic) Diet is much like Paleo and Primal, except that it limits carbohydrates to 50 grams or less per day, causing the body to eventually go into a state of Ketosis.  This helps the body burn fat as the main source of fuel rather than carbohydrates.  Once in a Ketogenic state, the liver will produce ketones, which supply energy for the brain.  The Keto Diet is typically made up of 60-70 percent healthy fat, 20-25 percent protein and 10-15 percent carbohydrates.  Because fruit is higher in carbohydrates than vegetables, it is not recommended on the Keto Diet.  


Regardless of which diet you chose, you will be eliminating many unhealthy foods from your diet and consuming more nutrient-dense foods, such as those above which are some of the foods I keep in my pantry.

Real Results

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This is Kevin, my co-worker and friend, who I've been coaching over the last several years in various aspects of life and health.  Kevin has made many changes, which have not always come easy, but this strategic approach works for him and has helped create lasting change.  


Here's what Kevin has to say,  

"I can’t begin to quantify the positive changes I have made in my life over the last three years thanks to Susan’s health and life coaching input.  I’m more confident, lead a healthier sustainable lifestyle and now have the tools to ensure that my best years are ahead of me.  I feel like I’m getting younger and not older. "

Defy Convention

Nutrition books

I'm a foodie, for sure, but I'm also a nutrition junkie.  We have a problem with the Standard American Diet (SAD)!  It's literally killing us and conventional medicine just wants to give us a pill and send us on our way.  There is plenty of evidence that diet and lifestyle play a major role in our health and longevity.  We can override the genes we were born with.  Maybe not the color of your eyes or your hair (not naturally anyway) but you do have the ability to get more out of life than what your genes are programmed to give you.  


There is scientific evidence of the benefits of a Ketogenic diet for shrinking cancer cells,  improving the symptoms of Autism, Asperger's, ADHD  and improving diabetes and autoimmune diseases.  Conventional medicine won't usually support this research, but the Standard American Diet and conventional medicine aren't working.  It's time to look at the alternatives.  

Charity Art Show and Purpose Launch Party!

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The paint is drying on the artwork!  Camden and I have been creating and we are excited for our first art show!  The Purpose LLC Launch Party and Charity Art Show takes place December 7, 2019 from 3-5 p.m. at Season's Restaurant in Bangor, ME. 

Life is a Balance

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What you put into your body is important, but it's not just what we eat that affects our health.  We also need to manage stress, get plenty of sleep, exercise , eliminate environmental toxins, get some sun and take care of ourselves.  It's sometimes easier said than done, but if you have too much stress or too little sleep, it will affect your weight-loss goals and your overall health.    

The Primal Master!

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The day I enrolled in the Primal Health Coach Institute, I had the pleasure of meeting its founder, Mark Sisson.  Mark is the author of the MarksDailyApple.com blog, founder of Primal Kitchen, a former distance runner and so much more.  He was so nice!  It's probably because he hails from Maine!  

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Purpose: The Art of Living

Bangor, Maine

(207) 949-3917

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