Stephanie Watson joined CentreSpring MD as the Health Coach at the end of 2016 and is a wonderful addition to our team. Get to know her a little better below!
What made you become a health coach?
After college, I had two knee surgeries. As a result, I couldn’t run anymore, so I considered other activities that would give me the same “runner’s high” that I experienced out on the road. I went to my first real yoga class, and I couldn’t believe how amazing I felt at the end. I started to listen to my body, and it was craving real food and functional movement. I started to eat clean, and a whole new world opened up for me. Since then, my passion has been health and wellness which made me consider becoming a health coach. I wanted to help other people feel their best. I have not looked back!
What’s the one supplement you take every day and why?
If you asked me this question a week ago, I would have said that I take a probiotic every day. Well, after my recent follow-up visit with Kristin Oja, a probiotic is not the best thing for me right now. We are working on healing my gut, and probiotics do not seem to be helping (sometimes they make my symptoms worse). Go figure. I get an integrative panel of blood work done as well as any other tests that Kristin suggests every 3-6 months, so that is how often my supplement regimen changes. We all have unique needs, and our needs change all the time!
What’s one bad health habit you had to break?
I must confess, I didn’t break this habit until three months ago, and it was not easy. I gave up my nightly ice cream. I grew up eating a bowl of ice cream every night after dinner and it took me until this year to give it up! It was a gradual process though. I went from eating highly processed ice cream to whole, real, ingredient ice cream, to coconut ice cream. Finally, it was time to give it up. Too much sugar. Now, I have a spoonful of almond butter or “golden milk” after dinner, and I feel totally satisfied and sleep so much better!
Name one health tip you think every woman should know.
In my opinion, every woman should have a provider that she can really talk to, and, most importantly, be heard. You need to feel like you can be honest to receive the best care possible.
How do you spend your time when you’re not at the Centre?
When I am not at the Centre, I am spending time with my husband and watching our almost 11-month-old son learn and grow. I also love trying new recipes, walking outside, going to yoga, and catching up with friends and family.