Hi, I’m Sharon Holand Gelfand—officially, I’m a Clinical Nutritionist, Author, Speaker and Lifestyle Designer. But really? I empower women and men (like you) to live the life they’re supposed to live.
My goal? To help you create a blueprint for your life, so that you can find a greater sense of balance. Whether you want to lose weight, need more energy, or are trying to cope with a chronic, debilitating disease like Crohn’s, Arthritis or Type II Diabetes, I provide you with the tools you need to get your health back—and your LIFE with it.
No faddy diet.
No more counting calories.
Just real-world insight, practical advice, and a heaping dose of inspiration to get you where you want to be.
I wasn’t always a nutritionist.
In fact, I used to be a commercial banker—one who co-owned a retail store with her then-husband. One, who from the outside, looked like she had it all. Husband, kids, house, own business. Living the life. But something was missing. And sometimes it takes a health scare for a wake up call. And that health scare came in the form of an auto-immune disorder that one of my son’s was diagnosed with and it turned our worlds upside down and turned out to be the biggest blessing in disguise…
In 2007, my son was diagnosed with Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and Ileitis—all part of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), an autoimmune disorder involving chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Not knowing anything about this condition, I felt myself getting anxious. I don’t like not knowing. I don’t like not being in control. I had to take action.
It was a big wake-up call.
I resolved right there and then to do everything in my power to help my son. We tried different medicines to try and alleviate his symptoms. I even asked the doctor about changing his diet but her response was food is not going to do much, it’s the medicine he needs. That just didn’t sit well in my gut (no pun intended). I had a sneaking suspicion that there was more to it than that and I was determined to figure it out.
And so, after watching my son miss a month of school because he was suffering so much (and almost ending up in the emergency room), I made him a promise. I promised him that, by the time he went to college, he’d be off most (if not all) of his meds.
And then I got to work—reading everything I could lay my hands on and taking holistic health counseling classes and nutrition classes to learn how I could heal him with food.
He went from being unable to wake up in the morning or stay up at night, to becoming an honors student who was co-captain of the high school track team and ran cross country. He went from hating vegetables to craving green drinks. His allergies disappeared and his eczema went away. And he managed to reduce his medication down from 6-8 pills a day to just one, along with a few supplements.
He is now in college and is well on the road to recovery, and on occasion, between his commitments, he cooks dinner for himself. How did I do this? Read on…
There were side effects, too.
By changing my pantry and educating myself, I was teaching my children how to live a balanced life with real food. I realized that we had been eating out of a box. As a busy working mom, everything was about what was easy…pizza, pasta, chicken nuggets, yogurt in a tube, you name it. I trusted that if the box said it was low-fat or healthy, then it must be. WOW…was I wrong!
And as I introduced healthier options and ate cleaner, my taste buds naturally changed and so did my kids’; I lost weight without trying, without depriving myself, and without going on a diet. I actually lost weight despite eating more—of the RIGHT foods, that is. And the migraines, aches and pains, allergies, stomach issues, muscle spasms, and inflammation I realized I’d been living with for so long disappeared as did the medications I used to take for those conditions. I began to wake up. I began to connect the dots.
It made me realize that there was so much more I didn’t know, and I decided I wanted to learn more so that I could help educate and heal others.
That realization led me back to graduate school where I completed a Masters of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN), became a Board Certified Nutrition Consultant and a member of the American College of Nutrition.
Today, my philosophy is this:
Create a lifestyle that works for you.
If that means being mindful and eating healthy only 80% of the time, then so be it.
You don’t have to do this alone, and you don’t have to have it all figured out right away. Like Martin Luther King said, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
If you’re ready to take that first step, click here to find out more about how we can work together.
I hope to meet you on your journey!
Here’s to your health,