Naomi BuffNutritional Health Coach
I wasn’t always as “healthy” as I am today. My teen years were wild and fun, but cut short when I became a mum just before my 22nd birthday (undoubtedly the best thing that ever happened to me).
I hated school life and although I was smart, I didn’t feel that I ever fitted in (ironically, now I encourage “fitting out” over “fitting in”, if only I could tell my 14 year old self that story now)! I left school at 16 with excellent GCSE’s not interested in further education at that stage but just desperate to get out into the world and make my mark!
I had my second child aged 30 and one year later we all moved to France for my husband’s job. Up until this point I regarded myself as fairly healthy and didn’t have any health issues.
At 31 years old everything changed! We moved to France and the journey began.
Two months into the move my son stopped eating and became a self-proclaimed junk food veggie, eating a diet consisting of just 5 white items: bread, pasta, milk, yoghurt and cereal! I took him to the doctors in France and England who told me that as long as my son was eating plenty of dairy foods he would be fine! I knew enough about nutrition to know this wasn’t right!
After a few months of stress, one day my son randomly drank an entire apple, carrot and ginger juice (the ginger was through the roof fiery)! This became my eureka moment. I immediately bought a juicer, books on nutrition and juicing, a Vitamix and signed up for my first online nutritional course.
I started to develop recipes that were healthy and incorporated all the nutrients my son needed, disguised in a smoothie or snack. Based on personal consumption of some key superfoods, I had a little prior awareness of the industry, and I soon set about increasing this knowledge and began adding superfoods into food and drinks for the entire family.
Inspired by this revelation, my new knowledge and the delicious recipes I was creating, I started running nutritional workshops in our Monaco apartment. I started out with small groups, but news of my new venture quickly spread and the groups became large very quickly. Superfoods weren’t readily available in Monaco, so it made sense to supply some of my favourites.
Very soon, I was stocking over forty different products.
I believe that when we are functioning from a good place, are in a good mood, feel energised and manage stress effectively then everyone around us will benefit which raises the collective vibration of inspired health and wellbeing.
My little business was thriving and I was ambitious to grow it further,
however I continued to suffer from a long list of health complaints that had started when we moved and were neglected while I settled our family in a new country, entertained guests and moved house on a regular basis!
From my studies and the books I was reading I knew it was possible to heal myself with food, so I began experimenting with various diets: gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, vegan etc. They didn’t suit my body and I ended up feeling much worse. I inevitably suffered an Adrenal Fatigue burnout in January 2014.
Even through the worst periods of health, I continued with my workshops as I believed each workshop was teaching me something new. Little did I know where this would eventually lead!
Six months into my diagnosis I enrolled in the Integrative Institute of Nutrition to become a Health Coach. I didn’t have an end goal, but I knew I had so much to learn about how to integrate health in a way that it effectively becomes part of life. I had seen a huge number of specialists, healers and alternative therapists who were knowledgeable, but the recommendations were far too removed from what was achievable in my life, and often left me feeling like a failure. I knew then that I needed to find my own path to healing and recovery.
My career took another amazing turn when I was given the opportunity to work with The Monaco Restaurant Group putting my ideas and healthy recipes on the menus of the restaurants within the group. I created concepts, wrote recipes, trained chefs and waiters, designed menus and sourced the products. I also began working with Fairmont Monte Carlo and various other companies and clubs in the area.
My passion and love for education took me to a certification in Eating Psychology. This deepened my knowledge and understanding of the mind-body nutritional connection and indeed has healed my own relationship with food and myself. Both further education and self-development continue to be a big part of my life and keep me on my healing journey.
So there you have it! This is my story from start to the present day. There is no master plan or fancy projections, it’s just me, my inspiration, my passion, a fab team of amazing women who help me behind the scenes and of course YOU for showing up and supporting me. I am sincerely grateful to YOU – thank you and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the journey… it is only just beginning!