I’ve Made Health My Hobby.
The Results Are Amazing.
Hi. I’m Ellie Freudberg. I am 61, married, and live on Philadelphia’s Main Line. I’m a certified Wellness Coach trained by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute of Englewood, Colorado. I also have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Philadelphia College of Art in painting and art history, and I studied art therapy at the University of Hartford.
I’ve been doing transcendental meditation daily since 1975, yoga since 1993 and Pilates since 2007. I’m basically a vegetarian (though for health benefits, I eat salmon several times a week). I walk an hour daily and do artwork (painting, collage, mixed media and drawing) almost every day.
As I was in the midst of earning my certification, friends and family would often ask me why I thought I’d be a good wellness coach. The answer was simple: I’ve spent the last two-thirds of my life practicing the principles of wellness without even realizing it. Also, I love helping people, and I’ve done so throughout my entire life. I spent decades as an interior designer, and beyond earning a really nice living in the field, I felt completely fulfilled because I was helping people create the kind of living space they wanted. I knew that was important.
A Slight Detour
on My Journey to Wellness.
“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.”
– Carl Jung
I have always believed that good things can — and do — come out of misfortune.
In the late 1980’s, when I was 32, I was working for a furniture retailer in Philadelphia. Without my knowledge, the management was cooking the books so they could reduce the amount of tax they had to pay. Although I had no idea about what was going on, the prosecutors found my handwriting on some of the ledger entries. I was arrested (with six others). I pleaded innocent but was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. My sentence was reduced for good behavior and I wound up serving five months and two days.
Being in prison, especially as an innocent person, was nothing less than a living nightmare. I was an art-school graduate and interior designer, not a hardened criminal. During my incarceration, I was exposed to the harmful effects of processed foods, poor ventilation, chemicals and a very toxic environment. Eating a steady diet of junk food and having barely any exercise, I put fifty-five extra pounds on my petite frame (I am 5’ 4”) and weighed 160 lbs.
I got really sick and felt depressed for the first time in my life. If it weren’t for transcendental meditation, I am not sure I would have survived. When I was released in late June of 1991, I was determined to change my world and get my life back. I started reading about health and immediately went on a three-month juice fast in hopes of regaining control of my body and spirit.
I lived on apple, carrot and ginger juice, which I pressed three times a day. The effects on my body and mind were life changing experiences. I felt exhilarated and re-energized. By October, I was back down to one-hundred and ten pounds and felt dramatically better. But then I had to continue to learn how to eat properly and move my body in a way that I would love, and therefore be willing to do everyday.
I was starting to make health my hobby and it was paying off. A friend introduced me to yoga — which I hated in the beginning — but I grew to love it and now practice it everyday. It’s changed my life. I started eating fruits, vegetables, seafood, and smoothies. I listened to my body and it didn’t let me down.
It took me a few years to really feel and be my incredible self. It was worth every minute of the hard work I put into it. I learned about the value of lean protein and got hooked on salmon, which I now eat several times a week. I learned about nutritional shakes and the importance of breakfast. I became obsessed with what I was putting into my body and started weighing myself everyday. Weighing yourself daily is a great habit to get into because you always know where you are. As they say, the scale doesn’t lie.
It is my quest everyday to pursue a healthy lifestyle. I am here to help you come into your own beautiful, enlightened, healthy state-of-being. Whether you need to learn how to identify and eat the right foods for your body, or if you need to learn about exercising or meditation, or if you just want to feel better, I am here to guide you along the path to wellness, where you will shine and be your most amazing self.
The quote at the top has always inspired me. It was not until I hit rock bottom that I found a solid surface to stand on so I could finally rise and take wing. I am inspired all the time by yoga, Pilates, walking, nature, acupuncture, gardening, meditation, friends, art, music and real foods. How incredible to be alive and truly thrive!
Let me help you along the road to wellness and see how much better you will feel, think and look. Get focused on your health and make your destination a wellness state-of-mind. It worked for me, and I’m no different than you.
If you doubt that you can do it, banish the thought. You can achieve wellness no matter where you begin. Look at my journey and what I’ve achieved by paying attention and taking it one day at a time.
Trust me. I am living proof.