Ambassador Feature: ERICA CELINI

MEET ERICA

She's on a quest to help her clients become the healthiest and best version of themselves.

WHAT DO YOU INCORPORATE INTO YOUR WELLNESS ROUTING?

I live a very holistic lifestyle, so my wellness routine has basically bled into all areas of my life. I eat a Paleo diet and source all of my produce from my neighborhood food co-op, which is local and organic. I do CrossFit, yoga, and the occasional pick up soccer game. I go to bed and wake up early. I meditate and dedicate time to unplug from electronics and introspect. I oil pull and use all-natural cleaning and hygiene products. A new goal is to spend more time in nature, which can be difficult to do in NYC!

HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO START YOUR COMPANY?

I decided to start my company, Life Meets Health, when I began to find exclusively movement coaching (personal training and CrossFit Coaching) to become extremely limiting in terms of the degree to which I could help a client improve their health and wellness. I became certified as a Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Life Meets Health was born.

 

WHAT'S YOUR PHILOSOPHY BEHIND YOUR BUSINESS?

The philosophy behind Life Meets Health is to address all aspects of wellness to include not only physical health - sleep, nutrition, and physical activity - but also mental, emotional, and spiritual health. With the goal being to help my clients to become the healthiest and best version of themselves.

 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING?

I just love health coaching. I genuinely feel like I was born to do it. Whether I am supporting someone in a complete overhaul, or just making tiny shifts. Supporting someone in improving their diet and lifestyle is extremely fulfilling for me because I get to watch them reach their full potential and take their lives to new heights! You wouldn't immediately think that cleaning up someone's diet would be the catalyst for someone to make a career change, leave a toxic relationship, write a book, or become newly inspired to have kids. These are the kinds of seemingly unrelated shifts that I get to witness in my client's lives.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE HOSTING YOUR FIRST RETREAT?

Hosting my first wellness retreat was a blast. Living in NYC, you have to hack the environment to live a holistic lifestyle. Planning nutritious and properly sourced food, time to cook, where to fit exercise in and spending time in nature, limiting the excessive sensory input, etc. During this weekend retreat, all of that was taken care of, leaving the primary focus of the retreat to be personal development. We were able to deep dive into goal setting, keeping the conversation at a really high level throughout the entire weekend. Everyone left with an action plan of how to implement real change into their lives upon returning home.

WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART FOR THE PEOPLE YOU COACH?

The hardest part of creating change for the people I coach is changing their mindset. Nutrition for example, when I ask someone to begin to alter the way they've been eating for their entire lives, it can feel like a part of themselves is falling apart and can be extremely uncomfortable. I have to train them to update their mindset, along with updating their habits, so that the changes stick long term.