Ashley Donovan is known as the ‘Self Love Nutritionist.’ She is Certified with the Association of American Drugless Practitioners as a Health Coach. She empowers women to stop feeling like an out-of-control, crazy person with food and to start doing things to be happier, feel lighter, and have a more fulfilling life.
Ashley is a mother, a bright light, and a superstar wellness advocate in the making. She brings a unique approach to self care, self-acceptance, and joy that produces powerful healing benefits
Q: Hi Ashley, tell us a little about yourself
I am a busy mother of a lovely 3 year old. I just moved to Dallas TX from the midwest a little over a year ago. While on my way to get my health coaching certification – after the big move to Dallas – after attempting and failing at every diet, I found myself in my kitchen sneaking cinnamon rolls after one of my daughter’s terrible twos tantrums. It was shortly thereafter that I discovered something that was there my whole life but that I wasn’t consciously aware of, which was that I was and have been an emotional eater since I was eight.
Q: Tell us about your path to creating your practice and your vision
I’ve been a self-improvement junkie my whole life. As I get further into it I realize that the path to my business and vision has been there my whole life and is never ending and always evolving. I know deep down and have known for a very long time that I am passionate about empowering women. I have always longed for a strong circle of women. A safe place to be myself and to be vulnerable without the worries of gossip or jealousy. I believe all women want this. I’m striving to create that through my work.
Q: What is your philosophy on healing or overcoming health challenges.
I believe that healing involves four parts – spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical. I don’t think you can truly heal and become whole unless all parts are addressed.
Q: How have you used adversity in your life to fuel your commitment to balance and wellness?
Struggling with weight issues my whole life has fueled my passion for women to love their bodies no matter what the size or shape! I hated my body for years and was very abusive to it. I was angry and pissed off that food and weight were my issues. I’ve realized it was a blessing. I can now help others. In order to help others I have to help myself. This helps me stay committed so that I can walk my talk.
Q: How do you stay healthy, resilient and vibrant?
1. Making self-care a priority – even when this means occasionally having to put my family second! I love the saying – you can’t give any water when the well is dry.
2. Having a deep relationship to spirit that includes spiritual practice and rituals.
3. Having meaningful relationships — and this part is important — with other like-minded women.
4. Being conscious of my negative thoughts and then turning them around to be compassionate and loving thoughts.
5. Eating wholesome foods only when I am actually hungry and stopping before I am full.
Q: What tips do you recommend for your clients dealing with / healing from illness?
Be gentle with yourself. Have compassion for yourself. Love yourself and realize that this illness was not a mistake. It was given to you for a divine reason. It may not feel like it but there is a lesson and a purpose for everything.
Q: If there was only one thing a person could find the energy and resources to make a priority what would it be?
Get a coach, spiritual healer, counselor, or find a program that will address the emotional issues that have come up for you through out your life. This is what you are meant to heal, this will lead you to the root of all the other issues. It’s all connected.
For instance, for me it’s been disappointment. I’ve always felt like a failure, or that my life didn’t look the way I’ve wanted it to. But once I finally addressed, this I’ve been able to use it to my advantage to empower myself and others to live their best life. We are all doing the best that we can.
Find out more about Ashley on her website www.ashley-donovan.com and learn more about the coaching services she offers.