“I was still in my 20s and battling the aftermath of a heart-wrenching divorce which had sent me spiraling into depression. Somehow, I was also juggling life as an actress, artist, gemologist, massage therapist, shiatsu practitioner, and realtor. Both my doctor and my therapist wanted to put me on anti-depressants to help me get through the pain of my divorce but, as a recovering prescription drug addict, I refused to take pills of any kind. Instead, sugar became my savior.
“I literally couldn’t go a day without chocolate. I remember one day driving to Whole Foods in tears and snapping up 6 pints of creamy frozen yoghurt. And I’d scoff packets of chocolate chips, Twizzlers, Swedish Fish, candy, sorbet—anything and everything I could get my hands on in a bid to mend my broken heart.
“I wasn’t putting on weight, so I thought my binges were perfectly normal and acceptable, considering everything I was going through. That was, until I moved back to New York and it hit me—literally. I couldn’t move. I was exhausted for months on end. I felt like I was 80 years old and I got sick constantly.
“I knew that there had to be a better way. The first step was admitting I had a problem. The second was to seek help—in all the RIGHT places. I saw an acupuncturist, massage therapists, integrative doctors and a health coach. I became an IntenSati fitness teacher (high-cardio fitness to spoken-out-loud affirmations). I studied spiritual consciousness at the Oneness University in India and earned the right to call myself a Holistic Health Coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. And I went on to become an Integrative Holistic Health + Wellness Coach.
“Today, I haven’t had a cold in 6+ years. My allergies have been at bay for over a DECADE. My energy is back, full force. I’m happy—really happy. I remarried and am so in love with my husband with whom I have a beautiful baby girl. And I get to do what I love for a living—every single day. I get to make my own schedule and do more of the things I love, like travel the world (think: St. Lucia, The Bahamas, New Orleans, Puerto Rico, Greece, South Carolina, Florida, Hawaii, and Africa).
“I love my family. I love my friends. I love my life. But most importantly, I love myself—truly-madly-deeply. I accept myself. I now realize that perfection isn’t the goal. And it’s NEVER been the goal.”
Abby Phon, Integrative Holistic Health & Wellness Coach