Welcome To Healthy Peach, A Boutique Health & Nutrition Coaching Practice Run By Chani Carroso, Natural Olympia Bikini World Champion.
Welcome to Healthy Peach. I've written this section so I can explain to you a little about my story and share with you how my love for holistic health and food came to be about. For me, everything begins with what we put in & on our body - whether that may be food, or emotions, words, all the way to the air we breathe & how we breathe. I'm a huge advocate for clean living and having a healthy balance, and I believe that having this all comes down to the respect you have for yourself.
It wasn't until I understood the huge role that food & my thoughts played in my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, that I was able to experience a total metamorphosis and really begin to flourish in all areas of my life - not just in health, but life in general. With my practice and mission I want to help you build a healthy relationship with yourself first and foremost, and then of course food - the way you think, feel, become aware of and enjoy life is important to me and ultimately, I want to leave you feeling like your happiest and healthiest version of yourself.
I've long had a passion for helping others achieve their goals. Being a Registered Anaesthetic Nurse for over 5 years, with a background in Exercise Science & a Certificate of Nutrition & Health Coaching from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I know the profound effects of what a beautiful balance and the right attitude towards food plays on our bodies & our overall wellbeing. What I aim to offer through my practice and programs is a culinary service like no other based around education on a healthy and sustainable lifestyle with science based research to help you not only achieve your goals, but maintain them.
The idea of Healthy Peach came about in 2013 when I set myself a goal to compete in my first fitness competition in September that year. Initially, this goal was just an excuse to finally get myself into shape after a life of terrible eating and lifestyle habits, you can read more about my past life here. What I didn't know at the time was that I was about to embark on a journey that would change my entire life around. With the help of a close friend and personal trainer, I managed to place 3rd in the state title after months of preparation. My very first competition was a huge success and I was encouraged to continue and compete for the national title in Melbourne which lead me to place 5th in Australia.
Within 4 weeks of my national triumph I found myself on a flight to Los Angeles to compete in the Natural Olympia to represent Australia. My life all of a sudden revolved around eating organic, fresh and nutritious food, fuelling my body, daily physical activity and I felt the best I had ever felt. Not only was I finally in the best shape of my life on the outside, but on the inside - everything was finally in tune & everything in my circle of life quickly became harmoniously balanced. I was happy, healthy, positive and bursting with energy.
The people I met in that time of my life were all placed there to teach me and show me beautiful lessons I now pass on through my practice, the friendships and connections formed, the teachers I encountered, the things I saw, the entire experience was amazing and indescribable in words... and what was to happen next exceeded my expectations by 10 fold. I managed to take out the world title for my category and win gold for Australia. How these sequences of events occurred, I'm still not quite sure but I know there is no such thing as coincidence. This is when i had my light bulb moment & thought to myself "How do I help others get to where I am right now?".
When I landed home I decided to get myself back into the books after just recently finishing 6 years at university, to study something totally left field, health and nutrition coaching with IIN. The decision to go back and study was not only to delve into the depths of nutrition, but to enable myself to teach others too, and help them reach their personal pinnacle of health and happiness. My mission was clear from the beginning, I wanted Healthy Peach to be different from the rest. I didn't want to produce generic and categorised food plans or quick fix diet e-books for people to purchase online. Nor did I want my practice to be about calorie counting, restriction or any type of temporary fix, quick fix diet, or detox. I wanted Healthy Peach to be personalised and individualised including a safe, fresh, holistic approach with face to face consults, check in's and follow ups. I wanted the experience to support permanent changes, particularly focusing on reducing unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits.
My competing days are well and truely over and that itself was an experience and an awesome lesson about the physiology of the human body and how it works. I talk a lot about avoiding foods that flaw you causing harm & inflammation and introducing foods that fuel you. We live in a life today where chronic systemic inflammation is normality, and we are conditioned to either deal with the symptoms or slap a bandaid fixture on top of them. What the majority don't realise is this constant inflammation in our bodies, caused by certain dietary and lifestyle choices, is at the heart of the long list of chronic illnesses that continue to climb such as asthma, obesity, cardiac conditions, cancer, diabetes, respiratory dysfunction, hormonal dysfunction and so on.
For me personally, my results were enough to convince me that there is more to life than constantly being in pain, feeling sick, not healing, dealing with immune, energy & skin issues, not to mention my emotional and mental health - the way I feel now compared to how I did prior to my transformation... its a no brainer, I'll never go back. I hope you experience the same life-changing benefits I did whether its through a post, a blog, a video or a conversation we may have. Health doesn't have to be complicated in fact its EASY. By finding that beautiful synergy between thoughts, food, movement and rest, we can flourish and be well on our way to living optimal health and happiness, in the best possible way.