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 years of working in the telecom industry, I decided to pursue my passion for health and wellness. As an integrative wellness coach, I assist people in achieving their health and lifestyle goals by learning about their unique bio-individuality.
Like many of you, I was frustrated with doctors who would prescribe medication to fix my digestive and skin problems. Despite being in and out of the hospital for two years, the doctors could not diagnose what was wrong with me.
Finally, I was diagnosed with Chron's Disease after seeking a second opinion, which led me to adjust my diet. This helped alleviate most of my symptoms, but I continued to experience migraines, weight gain, joint pains and exhaustion, even at only thirty years old. Despite seeing several doctors, I was told that there was nothing wrong with me and that it was all in my head. My health continued to deteriorate, and I even suffered a miscarriage.
It wasn't until my mother intervened that I decided to take my health into my own hands. I underwent a comprehensive blood test that revealed the true state of my health, leading me to follow a health plan that resulted in the birth of my son. However, even after giving birth, I struggled to lose weight and felt exhausted all the time, which I attributed to being a full-time working mom.
Feeling overwhelmed, my mom urged me to learn more about my bio-individuality. I underwent more tests to understand what was happening in my gut, leading to the loss of my baby weight, a ten-year weight loss, and an increase in energy. I quit my job and started a business with my mother, with the goal of helping others achieve balance in their lives. After all, a healthy body leads to a happy life!