Managing Symptoms isn’t Enough

Functional medicine is coming to Simple Clean and Whole! I’ve been accepted to the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy to become a Certified Functional Medicine Coach.

First, a little background…

Our society has been conditioned to manage symptoms rather than address the chronic problems that ail us. We’re reactive and “There’s a pill for that,” has become go-to quick fix – even when we don’t need a pill at all. For years, I’ve been working with clients to think beyond their symptoms. By living Simple Clean and Whole, you can be truly healthy and happy.

In fact, over the past two years, I’ve been thinking a lot about my next step in my journey of the practice of health and wellness. I’m constantly researching and learning about different techniques and solutions that support the Simple Clean and Whole philosophy. Functional medicine is one of those solutions.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine addresses the chronic conditions that contribute to the systems we too often treat with pills. It’s based on science and focuses on improving the systems within your body so you’ll eliminate symptoms once and for all.

Think of functional medicine as a patient-specific way for practitioners to deliver healthcare rather than relying on the disease-specific ways that we’re conditioned to follow. Not everyone who has a specific condition will respond to the same treatments. That’s exactly the gap that functional medicine fills.

My Interest in Functional Medicine

While studying and receiving a certificate at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City years ago, I heard Dr. Mark Hyman speak about looking at a patient as a “whole” as opposed to as a “symptom.” Dr. Hyman is one of the leaders of the functional medicine field, and his words spoke loud and clear to me that day. If you’re like me, you grew up being treated with many courses of antibiotics for your symptoms. Dr. Hyman pioneered the field of functional medicine and I was hooked!

Through my coaching practice at Simple Clean and Whole, I have worked with many clients who expressed an end goal to relieve their pain and suffering, whether it be emotional or physical. My job is to coach them to uncover their brilliance, their untapped treasure. Everyone needs a support system, and it’s my job as a coach to ask the right questions so the client can come to a place of realization through the practice of awareness. It’s a “whole”-istic approach, just like functional medicine focuses on whole systems to relieve chronic conditions.

I believe and have been witness to the opportunity for your body to heal on its own through the ritual and practice of Self Love. I’ve witnessed many clients who have used conventional medicine to heal their nutritional and emotional discomforts which put them on a vicious cycle of chasing short-term relief. Throughout all of these experiences one thing has remained constant. There is no one-size-fits-all cure.

Functional medicine practitioners build strong relationships with clients and develop highly personalized programs for them. The ideology matches that of Simply Clean and Whole where nothing is considered in isolation. Functional medicine dives deep – beneath the tip of the iceberg that symptomatic healthcare provides – to find imbalances in the body’s systems and treat the root causes of the resulting symptoms. Ultimately, functional medicine offers better chances for resolving long-term health challenges so clients can achieve true optimal health. Again, it’s a perfect match for Simple Clean and Whole!

Bringing Functional Medicine to Simple Clean and Whole

I’ll be working over the next 12 months to obtain my certification as a Functional Medicine Coach. I am thrilled to have been accepted into the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and can’t wait to start learning from its renowned teachers.

As I coach my clients towards health and wellness, I am in turn coaching myself. The more education I receive, the more information I can put into my clients’ toolboxes to support them on their journeys to whole-body and mind health. I’ll keep you updated about everything I’m learning about functional medicine here on the Simple Clean and Whole blog. Stay tuned.


[SCW – Guest Blog ] Mind Body Balance

Hey SCW Family… I hope this post is finding you all well….

Soaking up the Vitamin D & and the warmth of the summer sun!!!
As you all know I am in full transition…..taking in all of what life is inviting me to to experience….
Get ready….I will begin sharing my inspirations on this journey as I start to root down again.
With that said, I would like you to show case my friend and colleague Jill Gropper from Mind Body Balance….
I have been practicing grounding through Jill’s teachings as I begin to find balance and quiet among great movement.


At Mind Body Balance we integrate the mindfulness approach to living in the present moment through our beautiful god given breath. It is in those mindful moments where we begin to tap into our greatest source of inspiration and guidance. This will allow us to connect to the space that is deeply within us, our true self. It is in that moment that we begin to allow our inner guidance or intuition help us answer the questions we ask ourselves on a daily basis… Through cultivating a daily Spiritual Practice, we begin to set our intention for the day and use prayer and meditation as tools that will help guide us to owning our true purpose. The magic and the miracles occur when you begin to take aligned action towards various goals you may have, in many aspects of your beautiful life.

My Business and Lifestyle model a SCW Lifestyle in a way that energizes me. I stay PRESENT in my day and focus on my Simple needs, Clean eating and my Whole life. Through my daily meditation, healthy boundaries and rituals I practice, I am able to maintain clarity and balance. This is how I stay energized enlightened and healthy in both my Mind and Body!

My favorite aspects of living SCW are first and foremost my meditation, I will start my day with SIMPLE prayer and meditation and I will set my intention for the day through this daily practice. I enjoy eating CLEAN, because when you LOVE YOUR BODY you want to take care of it and when we eat to nourish not only our beautiful bodies but the beautiful soul that resides deep within you, your choices become easier and more thoughtful and the food becomes your friend not your enemy, its those conscious moments of mindful eating that we start to enjoy eating CLEAN healthy food and the natural satiation and nourishment you receive from your soul, feeds you way beyond your actual tangible FOOD… Physical fitness is a huge component in my daily practice, either cardio, strength, yoga and or any other form of movement becomes crucial for that balance in both the mind and body, we must keep our chakras and channels healthy and clear to receive the healthy energy, oxygen and gudiance we wish to receive.

My work and daily life requires me to live SCW. I am a teacher. To Teach Is To Learn… Everyday I am always learning something new and exciting.

My clients teach me. I observe myself and I learn. My teachers inspire me with their knowledge and enlightened energy. The world is my classroom, we must all begin to live SCW and be awake to the possibilities that as we live this way, we are guiding others NOW and the next generation to live a healthier more conscious balanced life.

My path to spiritual enlightenment began a few years ago, when I was introduced to my first teacher Gabrielle Bernstein at a workshop in NYC. Her powerful energy, her light, her spirit, it was all so MAGICAL. She held space for me to join her in that small room, to let me be myself and to explore various choices I never knew I had.

To possibly look at life through a different lens, a shift in my perspective to what I thought was the only way to live…
The rest is an ongoing journey, I have found my own path and have become my own GURU. My teachers energy is all around me, as are so many other magical energies I choose on a daily basis, they all guide me back home to my heart, my soul, the real me, where safety inner peace and TRUE SELF LOVE resides…

To begin a life that is SCW I suggest you begin by connecting with yourself… Tap into your true self and ask for guidance, my teacher says when we are relying on our own strength we are living in FEAR! I understand that more clearly now. We must make the choice to reach out for support and guidance and when we begin to ask ourselves for guidance we open up a new path to freedom, we are not alone anymore, we have connected to our true power within… This is when the real MIRACLES begin to happen. You will be guided to the right support and community that is built on trust, love and faith. Community is the key, SCW is a community that Mind Body Balance is delighted to be a part of!

We must be of service in our most authentic way, the world needs more love and light.

Jill’s website is currently under construction. To contact her you can email her or by following her on Instagram.