You’ve had enough of feeling guilty about everything you eat

You’re fed up of trying every diet under the sun (none of which ever seem to work!)

You wish you had more time for you rather than always running around after everyone else

You want a more balanced life, but you’re not even sure that’s possible (?!)

Welcome to Wholeheartedly Healthy!

This blog is for the serial dieters ready to ditch the habit, the ladies that love food but want to get healthier and the busy mums just trying to hold it all together, get healthy and feel good at the same time – believe me when I say I know what it’s like to be all of those!

I’m Laura, a women’s wellbeing coach who’s really passionate about supporting women like you to ditch the food guilt, find their balance, sort out their mindset and start getting their needs met.

I’m a certified Holistic Health Coach with training in Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Through my Wholehearted Self Care Guide, membership programme The Balance Club, my Mindset Makeover Workshop and my 1-2-1 coaching, I help women discover their own Wholeheartedly Healthy life. Just think of me as your tattooed, no B*S best friend helping you find your way!

To get started why not grab a copy of my Wholeheartedly Healthy Quick Start Guide. It’s packed with practical tips on the Wholeheartedly Healthy approach to wellbeing as well as a sample two week meal plan if you enjoy recipe ideas.

A little more about me...

I live in North East England with my two year old son Finley and my husband James. Alongside loving my family and friends (obvs!) I love coffee, cinnamon rolls, peanut butter, yoga, all things a little woo woo, getting tattooed – when I’m feeling brave – and last but not least, a good cocktail.

I started Wholeheartedly Healthy as a healthy living blog back in 2010. At the time I’d successfully lost a lot of weight and wanted a place to share that journey. However I developed an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise that led to fertility issues and a very low unhealthy weight.

This was my big wake up call and I realised that being healthy was so much more than just what you eat and that number on the scale.

When I went on to have my son prematurely, and later discover he had been born with a heart defect, I realised how important self care is for not only getting through life’s tough moments, but for really thriving and actually creating a life that isn’t just healthy, but that’s happy too.

Being Wholeheartedly Healthy is about embracing self care, fixing your mindset so you can get out of your own way and ultimately finding a balance in each day that allows you to be your healthiest, happiest self.

Wholeheartedly Healthy is…

Loving your body whatever its size and shape because it’s bloody amazing!

Practicing self care and getting your needs met – you can’t pour from an empty cup

Finding what you need to be balanced each day (and remembering that might be a green smoothie and yoga one day and a slice of cake, glass of vino and a chat with your girlfriends on another!)

Ditching the diet and all the dieting mentality that comes with it: food guilt, bingeing, feeling not good enough…

Looking after your emotional and mental well being as much as your physical well being

Want to find out more?

Read all my posts about self care here >>>
Check out my Podcast, Whole & Healthy LIVE >>>
Follow me on Instagram here >>>

Official Bio

Wholeheartedly Healthy is an award winning healthy living and lifestyle blog written by Laura Agar Wilson. Established in 2009, Wholeheartedly Healthy is a forerunner of the UK healthy living blog world being named as one of the Top 10 UK health blogs and winning Blogger of the Year at the 2016 British Health Journalism Awards, as well as being featured in several in print and online publications. Through her blog and wellbeing coaching practice, Laura inspires and supports women around how to look after their health with a truly wholehearted approach.

Laura, is a Certified Health Coach who trained with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. She also holds a qualification in diet and nutrition advice, NLP and CBT and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. In addition to her blog and coaching practice she is a professional health writer and recipe developer.

In 2015, her work was published in Grains As Mains from Dorling Kingsley and in 2017 in Coconut Oil from Apple Press. In addition to her coaching work, she also offers business coaching to other UK based wellness entrepreneurs.

Mother to two year old Finley, she lives in North East England with her bearded husband James, and when she isn’t sat at a computer in her workout clothes or cooking up a storm in her kitchen, she enjoys photography, coffee dates, getting tattooed, traveling, decorating and watching live music and of course, eating!

My Remit

As a Wellness Coach, I hold space for women to develop healthy, sustainable behaviour change by challenging them to identify their values, develop their inner wisdom, and transform their goals into action. My work is heavily focused on self care, mindset, balance, mental wellbeing and living life in a truly wholehearted way which puts the clients joy and happiness front and centre. I incorporate elements of NLP and CBT into my practice alongside spiritual support if requested.

When I share articles on this site or updates on my social media channels, please be aware that I am sharing my own journey and experiences as someone who herself, is pursuing improved wellbeing through living more wholeheartedly! I’m not perfect, and just because something works for me, does not mean it will work for you. In every aspect of what I do, I encourage you to be your own expert, and embrace your own journey. You do you!

To be very clear, other than general support, I am not qualified to give direct specific advice on an individual’s nutrition or any other aspect of their physical health. Nor am I qualified to work with women who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder.

My relevant qualifications:
– Certified Holistic Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition
– Diet and Nutrition Advisor Level 3 via Stonebridge Colleges
– NLP Foundational Level
– CBT Level 1
– MA in Community and Youth Work, Durham University (which covered social psychology, politics, empowerment and experiential learning practice and theory)

 

Fancy a two week meal plan?

I’ve put together a two week quickstart guide to set you off on your journey, full of recipes, inspiration and advice. And it’s 100% FREE!

Wholeheartedly Healthy on Instagram

  • Basically eating a version of this salad with lentils, berries, feta, balsamic and olive oil all the time at the moment! Truth be told I'm not as bothered about fancy recipes or food in general as much as I used to be. As a former food obsessive I see that as a good thing - I'm more than happy to eat the same thing often as long as it tastes lush of course!
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  • In love with @doisyanddam chocolate at the moment and seeing as I'm on day one of my cycle, self care = chocolate! 
Clearly I'm not the only one that loves this too! .
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  • When was the last time you treated yourself to new underwear? Sexy and comfortable bras are ultimate self care and self love for me, treated myself to this @freyalingerie baby yesterday. Just because they don't get seen a lot doesn't mean they should be anything less gorgeous than the clothes you wear on the outside ⭐️
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  • When you have a pretty much perfect day - coffee, yoga and catch up with @happyyoganewcastle a little shopping sesh and a free hand massage at Aveda 🙌🏻
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  • B E  Y O U R  O W N  E X P E R T ⭐️
So on the blog today I had a bit of a rant and talked about how I've been feeling recently - fucking pissed off and a bit down in the dumps basically - but what that has helped me do, sitting with those shitty messy feelings, is figure out how I need to challenge myself next. One of the things that came up for me was being my own expert. 
Let's face it, the internet is full of people who are experts in something or other - but you know what? No one will ever be more of an expert in you than YOU. Question everything. Question everyone. Learn from people but let that knowledge sit in your body and see what feelings come up. Speaking from experience I think it's a never ending journey this learning to trust yourself, listening to your inner guidance system and acting on it, tuning in to discipline sometimes and then tuning into kindness most of the time (of course). Remember to do you, wholeheartedly, and you won't go far wrong ✨
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  • I T ’S  O K  T O  B E  W I L D 🌱
This is a corner of my garden which is utterly and totally wild. We tried to tame it, but it just kept fighting back and now I can really see the beauty of the weeds spilling over everywhere, the overgrown cherry tree and the clover covered long grass. A good reminder that it’s ok to be wild and wonderful ⚡️
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  • The last month or so has been a bit of a rough ride for me. 
How is it that only when you’re coming out the other side can you see how hard its been? I’ve been unmotivated, tired, uninspired and had lost all excitement for life, which is the polar opposite of what I’m usually like. I’ve felt like I’ve been living at the bottom of the sea for a while and only now am I starting to resurface. The biggest thing I’ve learned from this though, is that it’s ok not to be ok sometimes. Exploring the shadowy bits of myself that this has brought up has been healing and it’s plain to see what my next steps are. Let me tell you, when those first tingles of excitement come back, that’s the best feeling ever ✨
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  • Up on the blog today I'm sharing my day with @icelandfoods last week for their Christmas in July event which was a bit odd in 30c heat - but I got to sample some amazingly tasty dishes and was throughly impressed! Check out the link in my profile for more #IceXmas17 #PowerOfFrozen #ad
  • Feeling all kinds of gratitude for my work these days. Pinched this pic taken by @harri_rose_ for the @thebalanceclub Insta of me interviewing @happilicious.co.uk for the club members. 
We had such a truthful conversation about body positivity and some of the totally screwed up stuff we'd experienced in the past relating to diets and our bodies. Love properly connected and real convos like this and proud I can offer that to @thebalanceclub members ✨
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  • Spent some time yesterday making up some new playlists (not procrastinating at all of course 🙈) - music can completely flip my mood so I see it as a form of self care!
Also joining the gym this week so need some tunes for that - anyone else's music taste completely different when it comes to music to work out to? 🎧✨
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