Two years ago, I suffered back injury which left me in pain and searching for answers. Trying desperately to avoid pain medication, I looked to alternative methods to allow me to continue to live what I thought was my everyday life. Having worked with a functional medicine physician in the past, I decided to return to discuss treatment options and I began my journey to what I call my new life.
I found acupuncture and chiropractic and through these made major diet and lifestyle modifications. I joined an organic co-op and started cooking more at home. I examined my relationships and shed toxic, energy drawing people from my life. I spent more time connecting with people who raise me up and make me feel energized and alive. I got over the fear of exercising to prevent further back injury and instead surrendered to slowing down and listening to my body. I gave up the search for perfectionism and instead changed my perception to find the beauty in imperfection. I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to intertwine my passion for preventative health and wellness with my career as a critical care nurse. I started a journey of re-connecting to ME. With this, my back pain lessened, and I became happier. I found that what I was saying, doing and how I was living were all in complete harmony. I grew a self-confidence to be completely me! I learned to LOVE MYSELF.
One day, my chiropractor at Integrative Wellness Group said, “I’ve never seen someone who manifests stress so physically.” At that time, I stepped back and re-evaluated all that happened over the past two years of my life. My neck and back felt fabulous when I was eating a balanced diet, exercising with balance between strength training and cardio, and balancing my work and home life. I suffered from pain and discomfort when I was eating on the run, neglecting to make exercise and movement a priority, and spending too much time working extra shifts. I learned to listen to the quiet signals that alert me that the rhythm of my life is not serving me. I learned to breathe. My neck and back pain and discomfort- like a barometer-are predictors of the pressure I feel from my life being out of balance. It is at this time when I know to slow down and re-connect to my inner knowing through meditation or prayer. I learned to trust in the process and surrender to the bigger plan. I learned to ask for help when I need it. The universe shows me again and again that everything happens for a reason and that I am always exactly where I am meant to be and for that I have gained trust and faith for which I am eternally grateful.
Sara Scheller, RN, BSN, CPN, CCRN, HHC
I received my initial training as a Registered Nurse from Ocean County College, New Jersey in 2006 and went on to receive my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2011. My thirst for knowledge and desire for a more holistic approach to “health care” led me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
I have worked with people of all ages-from infants and children to elderly adults. I’m especially passionate about working alongside other nurses to inspire them to lead healthier, happier lives. As nurses, we touch so many lives…we educate and inspire our patients to lead healthier lives…but we ourselves are often left running on empty. I can support you in leading a more purposeful, satisfying life.
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