In September 2006, I was obese, a couch potato, and deeply unhappy. Although I didn’t realize the latter at the time, I knew something needed to change. I joined Weight Watchers with one of my sisters, kickstarting a journey that altered the trajectory of my life. I lost eighty pounds, but more importantly, I found myself (as terribly cliche as that sounds).
Vegetarian since February 2010, I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle in January 2017. Although I primarily made these choices for ethical reasons, eating a plant-based diet centered around whole foods is what best fuels my body and provides optimal health. It is easy to eat a “junk food vegan” diet, but I strive to fill my plate with colorful and flavorful fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
I am a former, and admittedly sometimes relapsed, couch potato. Somehow, I fell in love with many forms of fitness including running and yoga. Since my first 5k in October 2007, I have crossed nearly fifty finish lines including a marathon. I practice vinyasa yoga at a local hot yoga studio. I also enjoy going out on my road bike and exploring local trails. Someday, I’ll learn to love strength training, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Health Coach and Personal Trainer
The more I learned about nutrition, fitness, and overall health and wellness, the more I wanted to use my knowledge and experiences to help others change their lives. Through Mindy Nienhouse Health, my mission is to help my clients reach their health and wellness goals through sustainable nutrition and lifestyle changes. Based on the principles of bio-individuality, I recognize there is no “one size fits all” solution.