About Me

Hi, I’m Deana MacNeil and I am on a mission to help busy moms just like you take back control of their health to reclaim their natural hormonal balance.

I am a certified holistic health coach, and I have your solution to rediscovering the whole and healthy you through programs that focus on balancing hormones naturally as you start to make simple lifestyle changes based on your specific needs.

Let’s get back the real YOU!

I am a proud mother of 2 wonderful girls and I know how challenging it can be to feel like your true self when you are bogged down by fatigue, stress, hormone imbalance, and overwhelm. Let’s kick it to the curb and start making the needed adjustments now that will guide you towards finding the more energized, wholesome, and vibrant you!

 

My education

I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I was trained based on a curriculum of over 150 dietary theories, how to apply them, and how to teach them to others.

During my time at IIN, I had the privilege to learn from highly respected experts in the nutrition field including Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Mark Hyman, David Wolfe, Joy Bauer, Andrea Beaman and many more.

 

What’s my story?

Prior to the birth of my first child, I was diagnosed as being a carrier of a genetic mutation called Fragile X.

Fragile X is a genetic mutation where a mutated gene does not produce enough protein needed by the body’s cells and it causes sensory, social, emotional, hormonal, and speech problems in some people who suffer from it.

What it also meant for me was, I had a 25% chance of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), or more commonly referred to as premature ovarian failure. I was at risk for infertility, decreased ovarian function, early menopause, and even irregular cycles.

What I didn’t realize was, because I was taking a birth control pill, the symptoms of having POI were masked. Had I not been on the pill, I would’ve recognized that my body was completely out of balance and I was making things worse.

Looking back now, I can see that I had all of the classic symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance; hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, swelling, mood swings, depression and daily anxiety. Most women confuse this with birth control side effects and this misinformation can cause devastating effects. When I first became aware of the impact this had on my health, I was devastated.

Becoming a mother was my dream, and when the doctor’s told me I would have a challenging time conceiving a child – it was heart breaking. I knew I had to take matters into my own hands, especially when I was prescribed all sorts of prescription medications that compromised my hormone balance while promising me a pregnancy. Not working on balancing my hormones was just not an option for me and all of these prescriptions didn’t seem to be aiding in helping me feel better. Does this sound familiar to you?

Who in their late 20’s would suspect perimenopause? NOT ME!

BUT, I was in need of estrogen, and LOTS of it. If I didn’t get more of it, I was in danger of facing osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

Today, nearly eight years later, I feel amazing! I have two beautiful girls and naturally balanced hormones to show for it.

I still wish that I had more support from my genetic counselor when I got the news. I wish there were something directing me to a health coach who would be able to get me through the dark and lonely times I faced at the beginning of my journey with this mutation.

That is why, through the journey of healing my body, I decided to become a Certified Health Coach. I wanted to empower women struggling with hormonal imbalance, just like I once was.

Now, I know that I can’t change my diagnosis, but I can help clients struggling with symptoms associated with it. I can live a healthy, vibrant life, and I help others struggling with this as well!

I didn’t go through all of this in vain – I now have a message to share with you!

I too have been down on myself and have felt lost.

I took that long grueling path of yo-yo dieting to no avail. I had trouble keeping any weight off, and no matter what I did I just couldn’t seem to do anything that created positive and lasting results.

Symptoms of my genetic disorder have always wreaked havoc on my plans, and nothing seemed to address or focus on those exact areas I needed help with the most.

Yes, I tried the easy route of pre-packaged meal plans that are supposed to make your body model ready. I’ve also tried Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and countless other weight programs I can no longer keep track of.

These one-size-fits-all plans only made me feel controlled by points and regulations, and I never felt  like I was making a real, lasting change.

I decided I wanted not only to lose weight; I wanted to be healthy, wholly on my own. To have a healthy diet and a healthy life, not just lose some pounds.

It took me years to figure it out. Infertility, hypothyroid and continually gaining weight were constant problems.

After all of my trials, failures, and experience with health coaching and dealing with my genetics I have something to share.

I can give YOU the TOOLS to empower, and help you TRANSFORM your relationship with yourself AND find BALANCE.

Are you ready for a transformation?