Martina, certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
I am so thrilled that you are here. I wouldn’t be where I am now without sharing this piece of myself with you. If we haven’t met before, I’m Martina, founder of Live Honestly Healthy.
I grew up in Italy in a small town, south of Rome. I remember that from my bedroom window I would look over ancient olive trees, leafy vineyards and could smell the family lemon tree over the summer months.
Living through all four seasons, autumn and spring have always been my favourite times of the year (especially in the kitchen!).
During the winter season I could be found eating a warm and soothing vegetable minestrone made with the freshest and most local ingredients. When I say ‘local’, I refer to all our kind neighbours, generous friends and my loving grandparents who would pop by the house to share with us the fruit and vegetable they would proudly grow in their home vegetable patch!
Spring would come and that’s when I would get so excited for seeing the first growth of deep-red coloured tomatoes, green beans and spicy radishes in our home vegetable garden.
For me, food has always been synonymous with sharing, caring, nourishing and comforting! When I think of a moment of joy in my childhood, I tend to go back to those beautiful memories of sitting around the dinner table (beautifully arranged by my mum!), eating a delicious home-cooked meal in the good company of close friends and family. Those times were always filled with laughter and a big appreciation for the food on the table.
Years later, I moved to the urban life of London, working for some of the most prestigious and internationally renowned hotel brands. I had amazing opportunities which led me to travel the world (Milan, Chicago, Tokyo, Hong Kong) and to work closely with some fantastic lifestyle brands including Tom Ford, Prada and Patek Philippe. My past experiences allowed me to see the world with an open mind, curiosity and above all it gave me the chance to ‘connect’ with extraordinary people (especially women!) all over the world. As glamourous as it might all sound, I always worked very hard and got to a point when I was trying to cope with sleepless nights due to jetlag, feeling lonely at times after being away from home and from the people that I love and ultimately spending long hours in the office after having skipped lunch and barely eaten any breakfast. If you have experienced or are still going through some of this, you probably know how it all feels, trying to juggle everything while in desperate need to find “life-work balance”.
What next? Well, the inevitable happened…I burned out. I spent so long functioning on autopilot that I forgot how to enjoy life and be present without worrying too much about the past or the future. I had forgotten at least momentarily how to nourish my body through nutritious and delicious food, just like in the old days back in my home in Italy. I would be dealing with endless cravings and not knowing how to stop. I knew that I had to do something and I had to figure it out somehow. So as soon as I returned to London from a work trip, I decided to spend the following weekend away from any possible distraction and I tapped into all of the things that really made me happy. I realised that nothing lit me up more than taking great care of myself. I realised I had to take back control of my health, my life, and my happiness. This ultimately led me to enrol at IIN, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, to get my holistic health coaching certification. I started meal prepping, working out in a way that I truly enjoyed (finally!!), and implementing small changes into my routine that started to make a huge difference in my life. How we feed and treat our bodies is a direct reflection of how we truly feel about ourselves.
I established a private Wellness & Health Coaching practice to support career women, moms, working moms and female entrepreneurs with a busy lifestyle. We will get to the bottom of why you are feeling “low” and will put in place small and most impactful habits that will get you to a place of abundance, kindness and vibrancy. My job here isn’t to transform you. It’s to give you the right tools which will help you create sustainable and realistic changes in your life.
You don’t have to do it on your own, I’ll be cheering you on and guiding you every step of the way. I want to make this journey doable and exciting for you!
No matter what your dreams or obstacles, only you have the power to change your life. No one else.
Martina, Founder of Live Honestly Healthy, is a qualified Wellness Coach and an advocate of nutrition and mental health. Italian born and raised, she moved to London in 2006. The years spent in the corporate world, extensive international travel and working very long hours taught her a lot about what is needed to take care of herself and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about helping people reach their optimal health for the mind, body, and soul. Her upbeat and warm personality makes you feel safe and motivated to embrace change and implement new habits.
“At first I wanted to become a Wellness Coach to heal myself but the more I learned the more I wanted to share the knowledge and inspire other women to feel their very best".