Hi there, thanks for stopping by Wholeheartedly Healthy! I’m Laura and I live in Durham, not far from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK with my bearded, music addicted husband James. I’m a new Mama to my beautiful baby boy Finley.
When I’m not blogging or working with a health coaching client, you can find me cooking up a storm in my little kitchen, working out in the gym, practising yoga, shopping for vintage dresses, getting inked or watching live music. I’m far too fond of coffee, feel naked without my red lipstick and think that life is not worth living if you can’t have a slice of cake sometimes!
I started Wholeheartedly Healthy, which was originally called Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish, 5 years ago. I’d lost over 4 stone in weight and was seeking a way to stay motivated and keep the weight off as well as sharing my love of fashion and style.
I certainly managed to do that, and ended up losing a further 2 stone for a total 6 stone weight loss. I ran the Great North Run half marathon twice, and switched my diet to vegan in a bid to be the healthiest I could be. However, at my lowest weight I was the furthest from healthy I’ve ever been and I realised that ‘skinny’ was just not worth it. I suffered from some extreme hormonal issues that took years to fix.
To make myself well again I stopped being a vegan reduced how much exercise I did and worked on my stress levels. I also started a journey to love myself more and connect to what I really wanted from life.
I studied to become a health coach, set up Uniquely Healthy Ltd and eventually quit my job to become a self employed blogger / health coach / writer / community project worker and general freelancer of all things healthy living related!
That is what inspired the Wholeheartedly Healthy and Uniquely Healthy philosophy that I’m now so passionate about!
The Wholeheartedly Healthy and Uniquely Healthy Philosophy
Being wholeheartedly healthy is about seeing life as a whole and living it with passion and love.
It’s so much more than just food and exercise. It’s your thoughts, how you feel about your body, how you express yourself, your style, your environment and what you put on your skin. It’s whether or not the job you do makes you happy, your stress levels, quality of sleep, your relationships and your finances. Yes, food and exercise are really important, but to me, health is a culmination of all of those things. No amount of kale or marathon running is going to make you truly healthy if you are missing a big piece of the picture somewhere else ♥
That being said, it’s not about being perfect in every area of your life. It’s about seeing things as a whole that matters, and understanding how all these areas impact on your health and ultimately your happiness, contentment and generally how fabulous you feel! That is what health is to me anyway. It’s a state of being that enables me to live my life to the fullest and follow my passions. It’s about feeling like a 9 0r 10 on the fabulous scale, not a 1 or a 2.
It’s certainly NOT eating ‘rabbit food’, denying yourself a slice of cake occasionally or feeling guilty if you miss a workout.
It’s eating a range of wholesome delicious food that nourishes your body, while also eating treats that nourish your soul. It’s moving your body in whichever way makes you feel good. It’s realising that you are actually worth the effort of dressing well, managing your stress and looking after your body, skin and hair. It’s making the place you live worthy of the goddess you are, seeking joy in every day life and pursuing the things that make you happy. If you need to lose weight, doing those things will lead you to your natural healthy weight easily.
Being Uniquely Healthy is about understanding that we are all different and that what works for one person will not necessarily work for another. When it comes to health, it is my belief that we all need to work on understanding what works for our body and lifestyle rather than blindly following the latest fad diet or that day’s ‘health’ article in a newspaper. That starts by working with your body and not against it.
When it comes to self love and body image, it’s about realising that we are all wonderfully unique, and that is something that should be celebrated, not battled with.
Accepting and loving your body is hard, I get it. But don’t look to external ideals of what is beautiful or desirable and judge yourself against them. You are fan-flipin-tastically gorgeous. Yes, you! You might feel healthier losing some weight, and that is fine, but never forget your inner awesomeness. Getting, and keeping healthy is a whole lot easier when you love yourself already. Believe me, I know.
I understand that changing the (un healthy) habits of a lifetime can feel like an impossible task, but I’m proof it can be done! I’m not going to bull shit you though, it is hard and it does take time, but it is damn well worth it. Sign up for my email updates and get your freebies, follow me on Facebook Twitter Instagram and Pinterest and maybe even have a think about my coaching services and you’ll be well on your way to feeling like the goddess you ought to be in no time!
It is now my passion and mission to share the Wholeheartedly Healthy + Uniquely Healthy philosophy with the world. I want to inspire, empower and motivate women just like you to feel utterly fabulous, because that is something we all deserve. Life is just too short!
It is my aim with this blog and my business, to provide a wide range of practical and useful information, content and services that will help you live a Wholeheartedly Healthy life where you have your fabulousness all figured out. I want to help you find your version of healthy!
Wholeheartedly Healthy is a healthy living and lifestyle blog written by Laura Agar Wilson. Formerly called Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish, the blog follows Laura’s healthy living journey after she successfully lost 60lbs, and kept it off. 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 as well as being featured in several in print and online publications. Through her blog and health coaching practice, Laura inspires and educates women on how to look after their health with a truly wholehearted approach, including everything from good nutrition, exercise, style, environment, parenting, body image and personal development.
Laura, is a certified health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she trained in 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 and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. She is Managing Director of Uniquely Healthy Limited and partner of the community based enterprise Feel Good Factory North East C.I.C. where she delivers a range of community based healthy living projects.
She has successfully self published the Figure Out Your Fabulousness ebook and runs the popular Get Healthy Feel Fabulous 12 week e course. In 2015, her work will be published in print as part of an internationally available recipe book, Grains as Mains published by DK. In addition to her health coaching work, she also offers business coaching to other UK based wellness entrepreneurs. A new mother, she lives in North East England with her bearded husband James and when she isn’t blogging, at a community project or cooking up a storm in her kitchen, she enjoys photography, coffee dates, getting tattooed, traveling, decorating and watching live music.
Can you tell me more about the IIN health coaching course?
What blender and juicer do you use? I highly recommend the Froothie which is a fantastic blender that I use daily. I also use this Philips Juicer they are both fantastic and I would highly recommend them!
I’ve never heard of a lot of your ingredients, where can I find out more about them? I did a couple of unusual ingredients and where to find them posts which should help:
My Lots of Questions post also has more FAQ’s on there including information on my Diet and Nutrition Advisors course. I’ll be adding to this section as time goes on so please email me if you have any other questions!
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