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Here’s a little bit about me:

On paper, I’m a certified health & wellness coach, nutrition consultant, newspaper columnist, former PR gal with a couple university degrees.

In my heart, I’m a spiritual seeker, bread crumb follower, journey dancer, safe space creator, soul listener, deep thinker, health crusader, and lifelong learner. As an ISFJ, I’m compassionate, down to earth and my virgo sun sign indicates I go about life with quiet precision.

Looking back over my life I’ve been graced with some unique experiences that me make me. In no particular order, I have: run a marathon, had my heart shattered, managed a communications team, backpacked through Southeast Asia, found the courage to leave the corporate world, met my husband online, won a beauty pageant, bought a house on the ocean, and found my calling.

I want to live in a world where there are no food or lifestyle-related diseases because we eat what our bodies truly need and we are well-nourished from the inside out.

Meet Michelle MacLeanMy health journey

From my early 20s to early 40s, I never really felt good. I had a host of digestive issues, food sensitivities, frequent yeast infections, regular headaches, got the flu and colds every few months, had low energy, and over time my weight crept up.

I immersed myself in reading every diet and nutrition book I could get my hands on. I sought out naturopaths, oriental and biological medicine, had Omega AcuBase testing, tried supplements and cleanses. I cut out dairy and gluten and minimized processed foods. I tried many diets including Blood Type, vegetarian, vegan and paleo.

I started to track my blood glucose levels which were on the high side of normal. I also started noticing my sugar cravings and my thoughts about sweets. I looked to sugary foods for comfort and reward. My dad has Type 2 Diabetes, his mother had “old age” diabetes, so I’m genetically predisposed to insulin resistance.

After a nutrition retreat, my husband Mike and I took the next step in our health and minimize refined processed sugars. However, a year later we still we’re still stumped as to why we couldn’t lose the extra weight and for me I still felt crappy.

Through a series of blood tests and other labs, Mike found out he was insulin resistant and had metabolic syndrome. Getting his blood glucose levels balanced became a big priority.

As we dug into the research we realized that insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes are issues of carbohydrate intolerance. I became alarmed and confused by the fact that if carbohydrate intolerance is at the root of these conditions, then why does the traditional medical system continue to recommend patients eat high levels of carbohydrates?

Like millions of North Americans, Mike and I realized we were both carbohydrate intolerant and have varying levels of insulin resistance. This is why we were stuck for so long.

Working with a PhD in nutrition and through his own research, Mike went on a ketogenic diet which is low carbohydrate and high fat. He’s since lost 22 lbs and today his metabolic markers have all improved.

I’ve been learning about and working with a low carbohydrate diet and have found it to be the most effective way to balance my blood sugars, keep my weight down and minimize my daily symptoms.

It’s not perfect. I’m still figuring out what the right carbohydrate balance is for me. I am however, free from my digestive issues, sweet cravings, mood swings and my blood sugars are balanced. My brain fog has lifted. My tastebuds have changed. My blood work is great. I’m thoroughly satisfied with the way I eat, and I’m able to have a healthy, sweet treat every now and then.

I truly believe I was headed for continued health troubles and, possibly diabetes.

I know I’ll never be cured of my carbohydrate sensitivity, but I do know how to manage it and it’s reversed for now. I also know, if I start eating excessive carbs again, it can come back.

After noticing many of my own personal coaching clients were dealing with the impacts of sugar and carbohydrates, I knew I had to refocus my practice in this area.

I developed The Blood Sugar Shift online group coaching program to help people just like you break the nasty sugar cycle, balance their blood sugars and reverse the health impacts of insulin resistance.

I want to save you the thousands of dollars, years of time, hundreds of hours of research and many many experiments and failures that I went through.

Don’t waste another dollar or second of your time and energy in frustration, worry, overwhelm and failure.

Let me guide you through a step-by-step, proven health transformation.

Credentials

Michelle MacLean - Institute for Integrative NutritionI’m a Certified International Health Coach (CIHC) through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am certified as a Wellness Coach through Real Balance Global Wellness.

1.Real_Balance_Certified_sealI’m a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and of the International Association for Health Coaches.

icflogoblackI hold an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation and am a member in good standing of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Public Relations degree from Mount Saint Vincent University both based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I have also completed JourneyDance Teacher Training at the Kripalu Centre in Lenox, MA.