Hey there! My name is Marisol Ballaro, and I am your own personal health coach and life buddy.  I have always worked in service to others.  A veteran of the service industry, I have a lifelong love of great food and helping people. For the past 20 years I have been immersed in the restaurant industry, working my way up to General Manager of both casual and fine dining restaurants. I have a passion for health and fitness and through personal goal setting such as running half marathons, experimenting with different dietary theories, and finding support through weight loss groups, I found my own path to wellness.  My own personal transformation sparked a desire for more knowledge. In the last two years, I began to see my two worlds collide when patrons, coworkers and vendors were coming to me for advice about healthy eating. I felt a call to action to help them identify dieting myths and learn to eat clean and lose weight.

As a busy professional, I think it’s very important to have healthy options when you are unable to prepare your own meals. Although I was spending most of my time in a restaurant, I still packed a meal and healthy snacks and brought them to work. It took a mental shift to do this. I am a foodie after all so choosing my own healthy cooking over chef inspired dishes took some strength!

I was aware that many of our guests were dining with us once per day if not more. I had established relationships with many of our regulars and was constantly being asked questions about our menu/diet/food and health. As a result, I developed healthy menu options for our permanent menu as well as specials. As a matter of fact, I was working the pass one night and found myself packaging order after order of cheese fries. I remember feeling so disgusted by it. I haven’t eaten food like this in a long time and no matter how many healthy options are available on our menu, it’s the cheese fries and burgers that move the most. I felt like a fraud – handing over an order of nutritionally void food stuff I would never recommend and smiling as I said good bye. I was concerned about the health of my regulars and upset that I was somehow enabling by simply being at work. It was at that moment that I knew I had to do something else. I remember feeling so relieved and energized to finally understand my purpose! Eventually I became the go-to person for health and diet related questions and created individualized programs for some of my team members.

If you are interested in a gentle way to make lifestyle changes to dramatically improve your health (weight loss, reducing your risk of lifestyle diseases) and well-being (better mood, energy and sense of purpose), I’m your woman. Check out my programs for more info!

Feel free to tweet me, check out my Facebook page or simply email me at: SolCoach@MarisolBallaro.com

Can’t wait to hear from you!