Meet a metabolic balance coach
t 28, Stephanie Pech went through a life change. She shed 25kg and discovered such a passion for health and wellness that she made it her career. “I’ve been struggling with weight issues my whole life. My family are farmers in Germany and eat like farmers – they eat unhealthy, typically with plenty of sauces, sausages and potatoes. And I just never learned, as a child, how you should be eating. And I hated sports – I wouldn’t even go to sports class at school! “I moved to Dubai, and I gained another 10kg when I got here. I woke up one morning, and was going to put on my trousers I hadn’t worn for a couple of weeks, and they didn’t fit. So I thought ‘enough is enough, I’m not going to do this any more.’” Pech then signed up with a personal trainer, and worked to improve her nutrition, ditching the brunches, and working to make her food from scratch at home. “Slowly every day I did something and had results fairly quickly. Then I got myself a personal trainer who pushed me into competing in a bodybuilding competition, which was absolutely crazy. I did that, which was an awesome experience.” The process wasn’t without its challenges, both physically and mentally. Pech whittled down her body-fat percentage from 35 per cent to 11 per cent. She says the transformation was rewarding, but she still struggled with her mindset. “I didn’t think like a skinny person. I’d lost all the weight, but I didn’t see myself being that,” she adds. Since then Pech has balanced out her lifestyle, indulging in the odd treats, but still ensuring she has a healthy diet. It took two years to get the right mindset.
“I think it’s about finding a balance. I mean I’m not 100 per cent healthy, but I eat really well from Sunday to Thursday, and I exercise, but then I allow myself on Friday and Saturday to have what I want,” she says. “That way I can still have my favourite meals. I’m only human and still want to eat the things I love.
“It’s knowing you can have those but for the rest of the time, make a special effort to eat what you’re supposed to.” Now she works with clients to help them get balance mentally and in their lifestyle.
Pech is a qualified metabolic balance coach and nutritionist, working with clients to help balance their diet and hormone levels.
“Basically it’s a health programme that believes in the approach of ‘see food as your medicine’. There are a lot of things you can influence in your health by eating the right things,” she says. “With most people, the most important change is the mindset. Particularly with women, I start working with the person, needing to love themselves the way they are. To start, you need to say ‘okay this is me today, and I accept myself as who I am.”
Though metabolic balance coaching and nutrition share the same goals and principles, there is one key difference. Pech explains: “The difference is I am allowed to look at blood test results – the way metabolic balance works, we get a blood sample, and throughout the blood, I can tell you your hormones, what is out of balance, and the kinds of foods you should be eating to get that balance back.”
Stephanie made big changes for a healthier lifestyle (inset). Contact stephaniepech .com or email stephanie@nat uralnutritiondu bai.com for consultations.