About Michelle

It’s fitting that Find Your Balance was born while I was working in the unbalanced, unhealthy, completely batshit crazy ad agency world. I’m serious. I think 90% of that company was medicated for anxiety, depression and who-knows-what-else.

That’s where I was headed. But I thought I had a “good enough” life. I didn’t think too much about my lower-than-average immune system, anxious dizzy spells, or the fact that my belly was always tangled up in an IBS mess. I was known for my cynical nature, tough exterior and cranky disposition.

Michelle Pfennighaus momA real gem, huh?

But as luck (or perhaps the Universe, if you’re into that sort of thing) would have it, I lived near a yoga studio. One day I walked in. I’d heard that yoga was good for stress relief. It was. And through yoga I started to take notice of the food I was eating.

I learned that my grandma always had trouble digesting dairy so I experimented by eliminating it from my diet. After all, my grandma died of digestive-related cancer. And guess what? It worked. My IBS symptoms improved…and so did my attitude. I mean, it’s not easy being Little Miss Sunshine when your insides are tied in knots.

Next, I eliminated sugar. After a few weeks I distinctly remember thinking to myself:

“Is this what happy feels like?”

I am not vegan. I am not paleo. I do eat some dairy and sugar, here and there. And I certainly don’t push any particular style of eating on my clients – what works for one person doesn’t work for everyone. So forget labels, diet fads, deprivation and extreme measures.

Moderation is my mantra.

I listen to my body, and I want you to listen to yours. (Your life will improve like mine did, in ways you can’t even imagine right now.)

I no longer suffer from debilitating dizzy spells. Symptoms of IBS have vanished. Instead of the depression medication once recommended by a therapist, I continue to look to my diet and self care to stay balanced. I wake up in the morning ready to take on the world.

In 2009, I left my career in advertising and became certified as a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Since then I’ve been psyched to lead thousands of clients from around the world through their own life changing experiences, using food as a catalyst.

I’ve also been known to help other health coaches grow their businesses. (Turns out, all that time in advertising was worthwhile after all…)

But most of all, I’m a wife who tries to get delicious, real food on the table every night, a mom who steps on Legos, and an entrepreneur who works somewhat odd hours. I get what you’re up against and I’m here to tell you that positive change is entirely, absolutely, 100% within your reach.