My name is Mercedes Joannidis. I have developed my passion for health and wellness after going through severe health complications at age 22.
At this young age, I knew I would dedicate my life to helping my own family live a healthy lifestyle by understanding their sensitivities and intolerances.
In 2021, during the pandemic, I decided to sell my technology business and made a shift to a Holistic, Certified Integrative Health Practitioner (IHP), and dedicate myself to do what I love the most, helping others achieve equilibrium in their lifestyle. Over the last 15 months of this pandemic, we have had to make lifestyle changes and a more holistic approach to our lives.
I am passionate about teaching clients about whole food, nutrient-dense diets, including all food groups. I believe in the whole foods approach to a healthier lifestyle by keeping it simple with more foods close to their natural form. Let’s get ourselves back in the kitchen and figure out how to add better nutrition to the foods we already enjoy eating.
After many years in the telecom industry, I decided to turn my career passion into health and wellness. As an integrative wellness coach, I help people achieve their health and lifestyle goals by learning their bio-individuality.
Like many of you, I was frustrated by doctors who wanted to prescribe drugs to solve my digestive and skin issues. I spent two years in and out of the hospital. Finally, when I was diagnosed with Chron’s Disease, I decided to get a second opinion. This doctor quickly asked me about my diet. He advised me to stay away from gluten and VIOLA; all the pain and moodiness were gone. While I was doing much better, I continued to have migraines, weight gain, joint pains, exhaustion at only 30 years old. Doctors continued to tell me nothing was wrong with me and that it was in my head. It continued to worsen. To add to the pain, I had a miscarriage.
With my mother’s help, this is when we decided to start taking my health into our own hands. I took a blood test that went into every detail of my body and came to learn how unhealthy my body was; of course, I couldn’t hold my baby. I quickly followed the health plan, and in less than a year, my husband and I welcomed our baby boy to this world. About six months in as a new mom, I could not lose the ‘baby’ weight just like many moms. I worked out, which helped with weight loss, but could not rid the baby pouch and the exhaustion, which of course, I quickly blamed for being a full-time working mom.
Through this, the stress started to drown me, and this was when my mom saved me. She sat me down and convinced me to learn my bio-individuality. I began to take more tests to understand what exactly was going on in my gut. Within a couple of months, I lost the baby pouch, dropped to weight from ten years prior, and may I add full of energy. I quickly left my job and started my own business with my mother. Our goal is to help everyone achieve equilibrium. After all a happy body is a happy life!