Hi, I’m Matthew. Welcome to my site and work. I am a Nutritional and Wellness Health Coach with a background and focus on Functional Medicine.
One of my greatest passions in life is health and wellness. I suffered through some challenging health issues relating to my gut for over two decades before I learned about and started focusing nutritional and lifestyle protocols. This intestinal auto-immune disease led to not only a lot of pain and discomfort in my gut, but messed with my energy, left me feeling tired and run down.
I’d been looking for help for so many years – countless doctors visits, alternative healers, etc. I was so deflated that I could not find anyone to help me. It was a true game-changer in my life, and such a relief, when I discovered how to shift many of my challenges – primarily through nutritional intervention. I had no idea that it was even possible. Things I didn’t even think were related, like my mood, shifted dramatically for the better.
If you are challenged in your health, I can certainly empathize and likely help you unlock and uncover tools for more vibrant and dynamic health. I know what it’s like to struggle, and have a hard time finding real help, that will actually bring about real change. I’m passionate about helping people understand how nutrition and certain lifestyle changes can bring your body and mind more energy and vitality, creating more joy in life – and even prevent and heal disease.
If you have stomach or intestinal pain or discomfort, like IBS, nausea, or acid reflux, I can help.
If you have low energy, feel tired frequently, I can help.
If you are having issues with blood sugar, or cholesterol, I can help.
If you are having weight challenges, I can help.
If you have auto-immune challenges, I can help.
My nutrition focus is on nutrient-dense anti-inflmattory diets, including ancestral/paleo, low-carb, ketogenic and more.
Other specific areas I support:
- Healthy eating for optimal health
- How to choose the foods and diet that work for your unique body and needs
- Shopping and grocery support
- Supplements to support your bodies needs
- Stress reduction & inner peace
- Better sleep
- Reducing environmental toxins
- Lab tests: Check out how your body is functioning, and how to target specific improvements.
I want to work with you where you are. Some folks are ready to dig deep and make significant shifts in their diet and lifestyle, others want to take it one step at a time, and ease into more healthful habits. Any shift will help your health, even the little ones. Our work together is focused on your desires and readiness, not mine.
More about my story and background:
After 15 years helping lead a successful U.S. based NGO, which I also co-founded, I had a profound healing experience with Functional Medicine and decided to shift gears and move into nutrition and health coaching – as well as nutrition advocacy.
After nearly 30 years of suffering from an intestinal auto-immune disease (post-infectious IBS and SIBO) I was able to turn my life around on a number of key health indicators.
Now I’ve added to my personal mission, to help people find health and wellness, in support of living a vibrant and meaningful life.
For the past 25 years, I’ve been an ardent student of various personal growth, self improvement and spiritual modalities.
I’ve also been working, studying and researching the fields of peacebuilding and conflict mitigation. Exploring what brings us peace, culturally, interpersonally and as individuals. Looking deeply at the science and practice of cultivating peace in all it forms and arenas.
I also know first hand the power of changing both your mind, and your nutrition & dietary lifestyle. They work hand-in-hand to help stabilize, and then transform lives.
I’ve long studied healthful, whole foods diet and lifestyle. I graduated from Functional Nutrition Alliance’s Full Body Systems program. I’m currently enrolled in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy program, a collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine (chaired by Dr. Mark Hyman), which is the only internationally approved Functional Medicine health coach training program through the International Consortium for Health and Wellness coaches that has completely incorporated Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition into the curriculum. I am also studying Genetics, MTHFR, Methylation, & Biochemistry through Metabolic Healing as well as Ben Lynch’s Seeking Health Institute.
I have a B.A. in psychology and an Master of Arts in Humanities and Leadership with a focus on Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community. I’m the author of “Living Out Loud: Young Adults, Finding Our Purpose, Shaping a Better World.”
I spent the first part of my career as co-founder, Director and currently a board member of The Peace Alliance (www.peacealliance.org), an alliance of organizers and advocates throughout the United States taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities. We mobilize a network of grassroots teams in cities, towns, colleges and high school campuses. It was co-founded by one of my mentors, Marianne Williamson, best-selling author, social change-maker, and lecturer. I coached and trained thousands of people to be more effective citizens and activists towards our shared cause of peace – in ourselves and on Earth. We trained not only on how to be effective at activism, but also how to embody peace as a core operating value in our activism.
I also have a Huffington Post blog where you can read my musings on peacebuilding.