Hi there! My name is Sapana Chandra (pronounced “Sup-na Chun-dhra”). I’m a certified health coach, wellness blogger, professional plant-based cook-in-training, and yoga teacher. Over the years, I struggled with numerous health challenges, an unhealthy relationship with food, and daily habits holding me back from thriving in life.
I was fortunate enough to grow up eating home-cooked food every day. So I was a pretty healthy child, full of energy and vibrance. That changed when I moved away for graduate school and was living for the first time on my own. Grad school took a big toll on what I was eating and I quickly started opting for fast food, processed meals (a.k.a pop in the microwave and you’re done in 3 minutes!), and a lot of “healthy” junk food. That’s when the I started falling sick.
It got only worse after I graduated and started working. Instead of eating fast food, I was now dining at restaurants and constantly traveling. I knew I was headed for trouble. Going from one specialist to another, my health had taken a toll and I started feeling hopeless.
I finally decided I had had enough. I slowly started changing my eating habits and relationship with my body. They didn’t happen overnight. I had to change the way I approached issues in my life and look at my body with a new perspective. As I started making these gradual changes in my life, I started noticing major shifts in my wellbeing. I loved how I was feeling and how much more energy I had. I had time for….life. My life. To do all the things I’d always wanted to do.
The biggest turning point in my life occurred my father suffered a heart attack and went into sudden cardiac arrest. He was rushed into emergency open heart surgery for a quadruple bypass. We never saw it coming and neither do most of the 300k+ people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest every year. Every day, I am so grateful that he is alive and doing better by changing his diet and making small lifestyle changes.
They say you find your strengths through life’s biggest adversities. What I learned from my health issues and witnessing the sickness of many important people in my life is just how precious health is. And that we usually don’t realize its importance…..until it’s gone.
The amazing thing about being healthy is that it creates so much more space in your life to help others and make a change. Fueled with passion for health, I decided I needed to help others.
My motto is simple: eat real (food) + live well + feel vibrant. Real health starts from within, in the smallest of ways…. taking care of ourselves, living in gratitude, waking up feeling refreshed. It requires feeding our body clean foods that are non-toxic and good for us. It also means looking deep into other parts of our lives. You could be eating all the kale and spinach in the world, but it won’t make a significant difference until you address other aspects of your life that are bringing you down. I believe that these small everyday changes we make actually lead to big results in health and life.
Please note, I don’t believe in drastic overnight changes and fad diets. You won’t find calorie counts on this site, just real simple ingredients and inspiration.
I understand that each and everyone of us is different. What may have worked for me may not work for you. What works for one of my clients may not work for another. You have your unique characteristics and challenges that require unique solutions for addressing the obstacles you face in your health and wellbeing. There are no cookie cutter solutions to regaining the power to bring balance in all aspects of your health and life. My job is to help create a roadmap that will help you reach your health goals.