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You're IT Byrne Health and Wellness!
Three questions with Pamela Byrne, founder of Byrne Health and Wellness.
Why did you start your business?
I started my practice in 2017 after becoming a Certified Health Coach and Holistic Nutritionist. I went back to school for nutrition due to my own health issues. In 2010 I was suddenly diagnosed with 2 autoimmune diseases, Scleroderma and Celiac disease, as well as poor hormonal health. After a trip to the Mayo clinic, seeing 15 doctors in a year's period, and being diagnosed with 20 different medications, I was still feeling unwell and extremely hopeless.
I decided to take matters into my own hands in the hope to avoid the medications and treatments that were only making me feel worse. By listening to my body in terms of what foods made me feel good and what didn’t, I was able to adopt a primarily plant-based diet. In just under a year's time, I was off of all of my medications and was feeling better than I ever had before.
It took time, patience, and energy to find a lifestyle that served me that I could also maintain. I started focusing on the tedious daily little things that everybody talks about but doesn’t always implement. I aimed for 8 hours of sleep tonight, drank plenty of clean water throughout the day, reduced sugar and processed foods, and most importantly learned to say no and take time to slow my life down. The end result has been nothing short of life-changing.
What is your best-selling product/service?
Byrne Health and Wellness has two best-selling services. The first service is customized meal plans for individual clients and/or their families. I am able to customize a meal plan that supports their health and nutrition goals, fits their lifestyle, and takes into account any allergies, sensitivity, or aversions they may have.
The second service is my Accountability Coaching Program. My clients often come to me looking to reduce inflammation, lose a few pounds or clean up their diet. I coach them through nutrition education as well as looking into their daily food journal so we can see where they may have nutritional deficiencies as well as address patterns of mindless or emotional eating.
As an accountability coach, I am checking in every day or every other day with my client to focus on not only WHAT they are eating but HOW they are eating. Half of the journey to optimal health and wellness is looking into our own relationship with food and how it may or may not serve us. It isn’t always easy to work, but it is always beneficial.
Have you "reimagined" your small business?
I love my private practice and as the years have gone by I began to wonder how I could serve more people through group coaching. At the beginning of the pandemic a fellow nutritionist and friend, Amy Kiser, and I came up with a plan to coach people out of the privacy of their own homes during quarantine.
We created the Stay Healthy @ Home program. Our goal is to motivate, educate and inspire our members to be a better version of themself during our 28-day challenge. Amy and I coach our members on new habits so they can eat well, enjoy boundless energy, and feel amazing from the inside out. Whether their goal is long-term weight loss, more structured eating, or learning more about proper nutrition, SH@H can help.
I feel thrilled and honored to have 2 businesses in which I am able to serve people to become their best selves!
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!