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

  • Sharing a few things I’m grateful for today...
✨ Coffee...always coffee
✨ Finley, he’s just the most awesome little man and brings so much joy to my life 💗💗💗 I also feel very thankful he’s now healthy and happy
✨ All my family and friends - I’m a very, very lucky woman to have so many good people in my life ✨ My work, my clients and customers, not a single day goes by when I don’t feel immense gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I love that in turn helps others
✨ My home, firstly grateful for the fact I have a safe and warm place to live, but also very grateful we were able to get this place after the faff we had getting out of our one bed flat ✨ Music - I was singing along to stuff on Spotify today and it just reminded me how much joy music brings to my life
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I could go on and on and on! And happy Thanksgiving to my American friends of course! ❤️ What are you thankful for today?
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#gratitude #thankful #cornersofmyhome #healthcoach #livingroomdecor #wellness #thingsilove #hyggehome #wellnesscoach #mentalhealth
  • Just chillin at my desk ✨
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Got some brand spanking new pics done thanks to the lovely @rjmphotographyportraits
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Slowly getting used to seeing so much of my face - it can be very easy to start picking myself apart, and to be honest when I first saw the pics that’s what I did - I noticed the rolls, the double chin, the thighs, the too small eyes and too big nose
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But then after a while I started noticing my smile and how my eyes sparkled and how clear my skin is and more of the things I actually like about my appearance
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It reminded me not to hide away from having pictures taken, taking selfies or even having more shoots done because the more I see myself like this the more comfortable I feel, the more I really see myself and who I am - and that’s got to be a good thing ⭐️
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How do you feel when you see yourself in pictures?
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#bopobabe #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive #ladyboss #mumboss #bodypositivity #allbodiesaregoodbodies #workspacegoals #feminist
  • Slightly obsessed with this Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at the moment! 🍫
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Been busy photographing recipes all day and thought I’d include this one for my Balance Club ladies in the club magazine 💗
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Watch this space though, I’m working on my first quarterly magazine ready for January and it’s going to have some amazing recipes in it!
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Is there a certain recipe or meal you’re loving right now?
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#healthyfood #foodporn #recipes #foodie #kitchenlife #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #healthyfoodporn #foodphotography
  • My Sunday plans...
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Coffee, pjs, magazines and maybe some more tarot study ✨ (and obviously lots of Mama time and cuddles with Fin)
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What’s your plans today?
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#wellbeing #selfcare #feelgood #selflove #mentalwellbeing #wellness #thatsdarling #selfcaresunday #sundayvibes #sunday #relaxationtime #relaxationmode
  • Do you ever find yourself minimising how you feel?
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Instead of just saying ‘I had an anxiety attack’ I found myself saying ‘I had a migraine’ or ‘a small anxiety attack’ or ‘a bit of an anxiety attack’. I found myself dismissing my own discomfort because a) not wanting to make a fuss and b) there’s so many people dealing with so much more than me so why should I be feeling like this?
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This thinking is SO toxic, and I find a lot of women also have this pattern. The problem is, it’s a way of thinking that on the surface sounds useful but is absolutely not. Yes, sadly there will always be someone in a worse situation than you, but using that as a reason to invalidate your own feelings is not helpful.
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To enable us to process, deal with and heal the more negative aspects of our lives and emotions through self care we must allow ourselves to validate how we feel!
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Your experience is your experience and your feelings about it are valid no matter what - you can have compassion for others in worse situations and still have compassion for yourself 💗
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#mentalwellbeing #wellbeing #selfcare #loveyourself #selfcarematters #mentalwellness #anixety #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters
  • If anyone wants me I’ll be here...🍂✨🍁⭐️
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#hygge #cornersofmyhome #feelgood #selfcare #wellbeing #wellness #thingsilove #interiordesign #livingroomdecor #interiorinspo #hyggehome #interiordesignideas
  • This weekend has been an interesting mix of family time, Saturday night working, binge watching Ugly House to Lovely House on All 4, being a background model for @behappybebrightbeyou_x gorgeous retreat photographs (check out my stories!) all the while being on day 30 of my cycle and having a minor overwhelm freak out this morning.
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I’ve just needed to take a step back this evening and this quote is a good reminder to me going into next week to find that balance between surrendering and pushing.
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Wishing you all a fab week ahead! ✨
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#selfcare #selfcaresunday #instaquote #sundayvibes #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness #wellbeing #iinhealthcoach #iinspire #girlboss #mumboss
  • Full on autumn vibes in Durham today 🍂🍁✨
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#durham #autumn #nefollowers #bridge #autumnlight #autumnleaves
  • Got all glammed up for a photo shoot today! (Ignore my hair though this is post outside getting blown about in the wind!) 🌬
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If anything is going to trigger off your body image issues it’s getting profesh photos taken, but this is probably the first time I haven’t had a meltdown about it - although come back to me when I actually see the pics! 😬
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I’ve had 4 photoshoots for myself and a couple of others for magazines and things - check out my stories for my best tips on preparing for a photo shoot ✨
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Ultimately, when I do get a body image wobble about photos I try and remind myself that it’s just a snap shot made in a second. Anyone can be made to look different depending on angles and lighting - and don’t get me started on digital alteration - so I try not to let my view of my worth get attached to something so changeable if that makes sense!
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Have you had a photo shoot done before? How do you feel about having your photo taken? 📷
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#selfie #wholeheartedlyhealthy #selflove #iinspire #healthcoach #effyourbeautystandards #bopo #allbodiesaregoodbodies #hairdo #fashionlover #bopobabe #ladyboss #girlboss
  • Anyone else love cinnamon rolls? 🍂
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I have making some of my own (recipe on my site) on my autumn bucket list. Nothing says autumn to me like a chai latte and a cinnamon roll! 🍁
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Do you have a dish or recipe that makes you feel all autumnal?
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#thingsilove #autumn #cinnamonrolls #recipe #foodporn #foodsagram #breakfast #foodie #autumnmood #autumnfood