Hundreds of clients and students have come through Wellness by Mother Nature interested in relief for acute and chronic health concerns; weight management; dietary plans; Science-based classes on Eating for Healing; detox cleanses; recipes; homeopathic and herbal remedies; pregnancy and prenatal care; and more.
Throughout the years, I have worked to evolve my methods of coaching, motivating and teaching based upon the feedback, constructive criticism, and success stories of clients. WbMN has transformed from mere phone support to written health plans, coaching subscriptions and online classes; from a locals-only business to serving the world wide web with clients from several countries.
Recently, I have seen an increase in the number of clients coming to me after losing faith in the Western medical approach. They have often tried "everything else" so they come to me to get results. While it is progress to seek out the help of somebody new, what I really hope to convey here is that you must change the way you lived yesterday if you want different results than what yesterday brought you.
What I mean to say is... using my services will not include an office-visit appointment where you hear about what pills to take to stop feeling your symptoms instantly. There is no band-aid for 'dis' ease. When you come to WbMN, you will feel better - this is guaranteed - but we are going to work together to change your life using methods from Mother Nature. Navigating through Holistic Healthcare can be as challenging as watching a foreign movie - even with the subtitles on! Let me translate for you - translate both your symptoms, as well as the easiest journey to Restoring Wellness.
It is for these reasons that I am no longer offering office-style consultations with a 5-8 page written plan and resources. Instead, I am going to empower you and stick with you while we change your lifestyle together. The good news is that you likely won't need me afterwards because you will receive ALL YOU NEED to move forward with wellness. So instead of an hour and a half appointment with me, your coaching comes in an improved format! This new format includes weekly phone calls with me; group forum support from others going through the same program; website access with daily program material including handouts, videos and/or worksheets; Eating for Healing classes; and so much more. It's called Restoring Wellness, and it's available in January. We will still address your individual needs, but you'll also be altering your lifestyle at the same time. Without this change to your lifestyle, you will only need to come see me again in 4-6 weeks.
For example, if you needed homeopathic support for inflammation, I will still make that recommendation as I did before, but I will also teach you how and when to use homeopathics so you can easily reach for your next remedy yourself! It's all about empowerment with Restoring Wellness! Check out the info, flyer and website below and I hope to see you in the program!
The coaching you've been asking for is finally here!
Prior to creating this program, Coach Stephanie ran a survey asking hundreds of people what class subjects they'd like to see in the program, plus she surveyed what price people would pay for such powerful coaching. Not only has she included the top 5 Eating for Healing subjects, but the top 9, plus bonus mini-classes! And the best part is the price; receive this amazing coaching for as little as $5 per day!
A Program for Everyone
This 6-week, fully online, fully coached program restores your wellness from wherever you are currently - from the beginner to the savvy health nut. Whether you are:
Throughout this 42-day, 6-week program, you will:
People Stephanie has Coached include:
June has been a month of tremendous and unexpected growth for me. I was asked to present a closing speech at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Paso Robles and the experience was life-changing.
The following is an excerpt from my speech to share with you my experience:
Thank you Millie for co-creating with your team to put on such an event. What an amazing group of people you all are. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more inspiring group of individuals from all walks of life come together for any one cause.
Like Millie mentioned, my name is Stephanie Austin and I’m a certified holistic health and nutrition coach, and owner of www.WellnessByMotherNature.com.
When Millie first asked me to present a speech at the closing ceremonies, I figured, I’ve got this – I’m a writer and a holistic health practitioner, I’ll present the latest nutritional studies and maybe even some whole-life healing techniques.
Trust me, if given the time, I would talk and talk about nutritional healing, but after last night’s Luminaria ceremony, I drove home behind tears realizing, what can I possibly teach this group? How can I possibly inspire them? What can I say that will help them celebrate, remember and fight back? Because in less than one hour, I learned more from you all than you can learn from me here today.
I learned the strength of connection and community from the complete stranger who sat down so close beside me, I almost thought they didn’t see me. Then I looked behind me and realized they didn’t have much else to choose from because this place was so filled with people who are here to help one another heal at whatever stage you’re in.
I witnessed healing through humility, laughter and joy as grown men danced around wearing bras on the outside of their clothes and children played to the latest tunes from the DJ. What a great DJ right?
What was most overwhelming to me was when you showed me what magnitude of hope there is to experience. Last night, David Lee asked us all, “Who represents your hope?”
In a rather famous Relay event poem called HOPE:
“H” is for Hope, which is everlasting.
“O” is for Oneness, because we all stand united in the fight against this dreaded disease.
“P” is for Power, because that is what we have, as part of the more than 4000 events across our beautiful nation!
“E” is for Eradication, because we will ERADICATE cancer and make it a distant memory!
So what can I possibly teach you about hope?
Amid such hope as when you’re hoping for the life of your loved ones, that is when we really learn how to LIVE, right?! While I am sorry you’ve had to experience such illness and loss, I can really see how thoroughly it has taught you all how to LIVE.
Look at your commitment to this event. Look at the people you were here for. Not just the people you came with or for but everyone here.
To those with cancer, let the survivors offer you hope. Connect with your community of healers and embrace every avenue of whole-life healing you can.
To the survivors, be the hope for others who are going through what you’ve been through. Sometimes the best way to heal is to help somebody go through what you’ve already seen.
To those here who have lost loved ones to cancer, you are a survivor with a different definition, and you can carry on the legacy of your loved ones’ fight by helping others learn what you’ve learned.
To the caregivers, you are like Mr. Lee’s hope – the light when they can’t find the switch for themselves. Hope is what is needed when we cannot do it for ourselves....
I continue the speech with some nutritional background and how important it is to change the terrain within our body to an environment where 'dis'ease and cancer cannot flourish as it currently does in our overly-acidic and inflammatory-causing diets.
I am forever grateful for the reception I received as I read this speech through tears and sniffles. The dedication people have to this cause has forever inspired me to continue teaching Eating for Healing.
Wellness by Mother Nature's, Stephanie Austin, HHP at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Paso Robles
I have been asked to present a speech at the Closing Ceremonies for the Relay for Life on Sunday, June 23rd. I feel so honored and excited to have this opportunity to inspire hundreds of individuals whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
From Millie Drum, the Relay for Life Coordinator:
I hope to see you there!
Stephanie Austin, HHP
Published an article in the Healthy Living magazine
called, "Gluten: Affecting more than 40% of the population." Find the magazine distributed throughout North County, in Atascadero Newspaper, Paso Robles Press or pick one up for free at the Atascadero News office.
And online here:
For information on my Gluten-free classes and the 21-days to Living Gluten-free program, click here.
What would you do if you knew you would not fail? To Templeton resident, Nancy Walker, the answer was easy: become a chef. Although it would be another 30 years working as an executive assistant before she
realized that dream, Walker is now better known as Chef Nancy of The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center.
Although long-considered the family's ambitious Martha Stewart who hosted the holiday meals and remembered all of the birthdays, Walker didn't always have the chef-dream all figured out. In fact, one notable undertaking still makes family holiday-dinner discussions.
"My first Thanksgiving, after my boyfriend and I had gone goose hunting, I decided I was going to cook a goose," Walker said behind the kind of giggles that come before the punch-line of a joke. "So there I am [mere hours before dinner], sprawled out on the living room floor with this goose, trying to pluck a billion little feathers."
Walker grew up in Huntington Beach as the third of four Walker girls. Her mother, Julia, and father, Bill, individually offered their girls some of the strengths that still guide Chef Nancy today.
"My dad taught me compassion and taking care of others," Walker said. "He was a firefighter."
It was through the loss of her father when she was only 20 years old that she learned independence and strength by witnessing her mom learn to move forward.
"Mom had another friend who lost her husband shortly thereafter," Walker said. "I saw the other friend nearly crumble up and not come out of the house while mom found friendships, got another job, and did things to keep her strength."
Her mother's lessons in strength and determination continued through the years as Julia fought multiple cancers and diabetes, and came out the other side healthier than ever. It was through witnessing this journey to wellness that Nancy realized the importance of turning her dreams of being a chef into reality by opening a bed and breakfast.
"I didn't want the common, romantic B&B," Walker said. "I wanted a place where a mother and daughter could come learn about cooking for diabetes."
Since she spent her first 30 years organizing other people's businesses and helping everyone else be successful in what they do, Chef Nancy realized that before she pursued an educational bed and breakfast, she would need some formal training as a chef. Chef Nancy pursued culinary basics at the Art Institute of Phoenix before she went on to finish her certification as a natural chef with an emphasis on therapeutic cooking from Bauman College in Berkeley.
"Bauman is an educational facility teaching holistic nutrition and culinary arts," Walker said. "[It was there, I learned about] cooking with loving intent and knowing where [your food] comes from the farmers, Mother Earth, the pickers to the packers. If you know deep in your heart at everyone touching that food has hands of love, then that's what you have to feel when you eat it."
Part of the joy Chef Nancy gets from cooking is that it's pleasing to all of the senses.
"Presentation is everything," Walker said. "Getting all of your senses involved the sight, the smell and the touch. Bauman College taught me that."
Equipped with formal chef training; an attention to detail that earned her the nickname of "his brains" by her former boss; and the location of her dreams, Chef Nancy started her bed and breakfast in the 1892 Victorian manse at the corner of the Templeton Park in 2010.
"[The manse] drew me in so much as being this place for peaceful healing," Walker said. "When you're diagnosed with something, or dealing with a health issue; it's frightening. You know deep in your heart you're going to have to make changes, but you have to step out of your comfort zone."
Chef Nancy realized that even stepping into a health-food store would be a foreign and scary environment for people facing health challenges, so opening in that building a beautifully restored home with grandma's kitchen was an important first step for The Wellness Kitchen.
"It felt like a hug," Walker said. "To have a structure also speak my words, that's what that location provided."
What started as a peaceful place where somebody going through treatment or recovery could come to relax and be fed delicious and healthful meals, The Wellness Kitchen evolved into a nonprofit organization devoted to providing the community, education, support, and resources on the value of healing through nutrition. Now located across from Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton, The Wellness Kitchen is where Chef Nancy gets the opportunity to provide people with a positive experience with their food.
"I love when somebody comes in [from farmer's market] and they ask what to do with rainbow chard, for example," Walker said. "It's not just a bunch of beautiful greens you put in a vase on table."
Unlike the old adage suggesting that a mechanic's car never runs because they're too busy fixing everyone else's, Chef Nancy still makes homecooked meals with her love, Mark Molini, even though cooking has also become her career.
"I'm usually his sous chef," Walker said. "I love all the mise-en-place, which is French for everything in its place." He's over there throwing the food and tasting it adjusting it. We love it."
With Chef Nancy's Hispanic lineage and Molini's Italian background, there is no doubt a visit to their house accompanies the enticing smell of onions and garlic simmering on the stove in homemade olive oil from their small orchard . Molini and Chef Nancy live in Templeton with their cat Phil, who provides some of the stress relief for them both.
"Have you pet the cat-head lately?" Walker and Molini will ask one another at the end of a tough day. More information on Chef Nancy and The Wellness Kitchen can be found at www.TheWKRC.org. She'll be the one in the red, chef-coat wearing a smile from ear to ear.
Written by Stephanie Austin
Printed on November 9th in Atascadero News
I've had several clients ask me about body pH in relation to candida albicans (commonly called yeast infection in both men and women). Most assume candida infections are caused by an overly acidic environment, but this is not the case. I teach this subject in thorough detail in my Food as Medicine class on Candida, but since I don't have one scheduled in the near future, here are a few answers to your questions.
In acidic pH, the candida grows as a yeast. In this simple-yeast form, candida is completely harmless. In fact, as a yeast, candida can be kept in check based on gene repressors found in the diet and through thousands of other beneficial micro-organisms that live in your body. The real harm occurs when this simple-yeast changes it's gene expression and mutates into an invasive filament form: a mutated fungus that wreaks havoc on just about every organ in the body and can even be life threatening. This mutated fungal form of candida albicans is a result of an alkaline environment! When the pH gets over 6.5, this will trigger the mutation of a harmless yeast into an invasive fungus.
The picture above shows: Candida mutated from a round yeast cell into a hooked and barbed fungal cell which embeds itself into the intestinal walls. They can then pass into the blood stream and move throughout the body. This leaky gut now invites other proteins and undigested foods to enter the system and cause food allergies, malnutrition and other ailments.
Antibiotics destroy the healthy bacteria that create fatty acids that protect against this mutation. One might ask, "Shouldn't I just create an acidic environment then?" Unfortunately, it isn't so simple as one might imagine. Candida can actually change a neutral environment (neutral pH) to an overly alkaline based on external influences like nutrition and the waste products, like ammonia, that the fungus releases.
Common candida symptoms include sugar or sweet cravings, gas, bloating, fatigue, low energy, allergies, leaky sinuses, heartburn, hormonal imbalances and mood swings, lacking concentration, depression, and arthritis or joint related issues.
In my class, I go into detail on what candida does in the body and how to change your terrain to an inhospitable one for mutated candida to flourish. We discuss starving the candida and I discuss the contractive and expansive qualities of your food, which support or hinder candida starvation and death. It's a very large subject but I hope this answered your questions and helped you to see it isn't so cut and dry with regards to the body pH and candida.
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Stephanie Austin, H.H.P.
Tonight, I teach a 2 hour Food as Medicine class at The Wellness Kitchen on Candida. We're demoing/serving quinoa stuffed bell peppers and Pau d'Arco tea and discussing the nutritional components to creating and maintaining an Anti-Candida diet. You can still join by calling
805-434-1800 or visit www.TheWKRC.com.
This morning, The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center’s Executive Director reposted The Cancer Fighting Kitchen’s Facebook post:
"Who Knew: chopping cauliflower releases enzymes that increase the bioavailability of its nutrients. Delaying cooking for 5-10 minutes after cutting helps insure that heat won’t destroy these enzymes’ effectiveness. Also, the enzymes need Vitamin C to activate, which can be accomplished with a hit of lemon or lime juice."
which activated my brain (without chopping, mind you) to elaborate upon this statement since there is so much more to consider.
How is this possible?
It’s the phytochemicals! Breaking the cells (chewing, cutting) in cabbage (other cruciferous family foods too) actually releases myrosinase, an enzyme that breaks down glucosinolates into cancer fighters and increases them by like 400%! Researchers suggest it’s the plant’s defense mechanism. Same thing with onions, we cry due to the enzyme released by the veggie once cut into. It is the glucosinolates that make the brassica family so cancer fighting. The Brassica and Allium family foods are the leaders in cancer fighting foods.
Bummer fact most people don’t consider is that heat greatly alters the structure and reduces the quantity of bioavailable phytonutrients. So the level of glucosinolates in the brassica family vary greatly depending on the method of cooking, time and temperature, veggie to water ratio and so much more. There are researchers in the UK studying how long a veggie has to sit, chopped and enzyme activity increasing, to have enough enzymes remain in tact after heating. That’s why I want to see a book which lists EACH food and the affect heat plays on it specifically; at which temperatures, by what processing, for what duration, etc. Haven’t seen one yet though so I’m left up to generalities like – Eat your veggies raw or lightly blanched!
This blog is on the many avenues that interest Coach Stephanie. Subjects are a vast array of hobbies, career, desires, coaching and lifestyle.
"I am here for support, guidance, education and as an example of what works for ME. What works for me may work for you or at least provide you with a starting point from which to explore. I am discovering what works for me at every moment. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do feel I have a teaching and healing nature with which I am here to share. In this blog, I offer you a view into my practice of being that which makes my experience - MINE."
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.