From Unhealthy to Healthy: how I did it

Andrea Nicholson

Processed food junky and fitness-hater to Board Certified Holistic Health Consultant

I would love to tell you that I have always had it all figured out – that living a healthy life just came naturally to me. But it would be a very big lie.

I have always had an interest in health, but I didn’t always walk the walk. I have vivid memories of eating large quantities of Lays potato chips, sleeves of Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, or handfuls of animal crackers dipped in Betty Crocker frosting.

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So how did I transition from unhealthy to healthy?

Here’s the short version…

Since the days of lounging around eating out of a bag or box, I’ve completely changed my approach to living, eating, and moving my body. I’ve tried it all – different workouts, different diets, different systems. I’ve followed many “gurus” and learned from a variety of disciplines.

They all left me overweight, stiff and sore, bloated, hangry, and down about myself.

I followed all of the common advice like eat less, move more, limit red meat, stop eating meat, focus on whole grains, count calories, and limit fat intake. I ended up eating essentially only vegetables with limited fruits, eggs, cheese, and fish.

And I felt terrible.

This entire journey taught me one major lesson – none of those plans, programs, or systems gave me the answers or worked for me. They all failed me.

I had to create my OWN path.

One that isn’t boring, tasteless, complicated, or left me feeling as bad or worse than I started.

That does not entail endlessly counting, weighing, measuring, or tracking my food.

And doesn’t leave me hungry, “hangry”, or feeling deprived.

Being healthy means thinking about it differently.

Making it work for YOU.

There’s no way around it.

We constantly look for shortcuts, quick fixes, and secret strategies – but they don’t exist.

You may be thinking that I just have it all figured out and I have something you don’t, but I’m here to tell you –

there’s nothing special about me.

I just stopped looking for the secret sauce.

I changed my thoughts and my approach.

I’ll help you do the same. Real answers customized to YOU with doable solutions. For results that LAST.

My clients enjoy their food, look forward to their active lifestyles, and have balanced energy all day long.

We don’t strive for perfection or eliminate entire food groups.

We strategically change our thoughts about what living a healthy life really means so that healthy choices are easy and natural.

Here’s the longer version, if you’re interested

From Fed Up, Overweight, and Unhappy…

In 2007, I hit the ready-to-make-changes point with my body and health. I was 30 lbs. overweight, tired, had terrible skin, and absolutely no self-confidence. I was also facing a family history of heart disease leading to very early death and the reality of significant future health risks was starting to sink in. So I knew I had to make some serious changes…and I wasn’t getting any younger.

I started intense workouts and tried to pay more attention to what I was eating. And it worked … I lost 30 pounds, changed the physical shape of my body, and gained confidence and strength. Over several years, this became a daily habit of intense exercise and a nearly 100% clean vegetarian diet. I had it all figured out. Or so I though.

It didn’t last.

from unhealthy to healthy

Even with a regular fitness routine and an incredibly clean plant-based diet, the weight came back on. I also found myself bloated, suffering from frequent headaches, and chronic muscle soreness even without strenuous workouts. How could this be? This way of living got me the results I was looking for, why was it no longer working?

I was completely baffled. I needed answers.

I turned to a holistic nutritional therapy protocol which finally and completely eliminated all the bloating and pain, as well as the stubborn weight that had come back on.  

What changed? I had been following the wrong plan for me.

While everything I had been eating was healthy, it was VERY limited. I was primarily eating the same handful of foods every day – and though they were all plants, they were nearly all carbohydrates! I was eating very little fat and only moderate amounts of plant-based proteins. This caused nutrient deficiencies in fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and some amino acids. I had gut health imbalances and wasn’t eliminating toxins well. I had blood sugar imbalances and early insulin resistance forming from eating carbohydrates constantly.

Why Healthy Life with Andrea?

After over 10 years of experience and having earned Nutrition Therapy Master certification, Restorative Wellness Practitioner certification (level 2), Board Certification as a Holistic Nutritionist, as well as certifications in Gut Health Science, Sports & Exercise Nutrition, and personal training, I have coached others to boost their immune systems, rebalance their gut, lose stubborn weight, and reverse undesirable symptoms with doable and lasting strategies.    

  • I’ll help you build confidence in knowing what foods to choose that are right for your body
  • I use functional lab tests and cutting-edge technology to identify your personal health and healing solutions.
  • And I’ll give you the tools you need to navigate your unique needs so you can always get the results you want.

This is an effective and efficient path to optimal health, personalized to you.

There is no “standard care” here.

Andrea Nicholson, founder of Healthy Life with Andrea

It is about identifying the imbalances, removing obstacles, and preparing your body to reset itself – a process unique to YOU.

I’d love to be your guide – to enlighten, empower and educate you to apply research-backed methods to reversing health challenges.


Values I Live By to Enlighten, Educate, and Empower You to Live Your Best Life

from physical and/or mental restrictions

Reducing or avoiding unnecessary medications, illnesses, injuries, symptoms, extra weight, and other limitations and distractions.  

Take control of your health through your decisions and your mindset. Don’t let your circumstances hold you back!  

freedom from medications, limitations, and food obsessions
vitality gives us a zest for life

Physically and mentally strong and capable

Truly live every day – finding happiness, purpose, and joy in each day. Being capable of actively participating in all of life’s experiences.

These are the things that make life beautiful.

Always seeking excitement, new experiences & fun

Helping others, finding the fun in everyday life, and spending time with the people who make you better – that is the purpose of life.  

You can’t do any of that without health and vitality. You need freedom from medications, and limitations to truly live the life of your dreams.

life filled with adventure requires health and vitality

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