Hello, Beautiful Soul!
I'm Ruth Novales
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I was born and raised in the Philippines.
I used to work in the health insurance industry for corporate accounts.
I later changed my career to become an early childhood Montessori teacher.
I lived and worked in Beijing, China for 15 years. This changed my life completely for the better.
I dabbled in theatre and performing arts.
I am a single mother to two beautiful and extremely talented daughters.
I had multiple health issues that led me to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and become a Health Coach.
Besides being an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I am also a Second-Degree Reiki Healer and an Essential Oils Wellness Advocate.
I believe there is no single path to optimal health. Each person’s path is unique.
I believe that Love is the key to healing.
My health journey started with a desire to lose a few pounds during my teens. They wouldn’t come off no matter what and how hard I tried.
As the years passed, the few extra pounds became more extra pounds.
Plus, more health issues started appearing.
Joint and nerve issues.
Excessive mood swings.
Cold hands and feet.
It was difficult to function normally. It was difficult even to just get up from bed in the mornings. Everything hurt.
Beyond food, I recognized that stress played a major role in my declining health. So, I started meditating to reduce stress. I learned about different mindfulness and breathing techniques. These techniques were so valuable not only in reducing stress but in making me more clear-headed, grounded, calm, strong, and stable.
I also started practicing yoga and explored other modalities of movement and natural healing—Qi Gong, Wujiquan, Gyrotonics, TaoYoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Essential Oils, Reiki, Sound Healing, and EFT.
As I felt stronger and better, I started incorporating even more movement into my daily life—biking, walking, Acro Yoga, Barre, Jindafit, Zumba, Kickboxing, Tabata, HIIT, and a wide variety of dance.
I also started learning from positive psychology and mindset shift experts.
I started having a sense of balance and vibrance in my life, and I became kinder, gentler and more compassionate toward myself and others.
It has been—and still is—such an exciting and fulfilling journey!
Now, it’s time for me to give back.
I was miserable. And I decided enough was enough.
I began cleaning up my eating. I started with learning to cook my own food. Then, I started adding more green vegetables in the form of green smoothies.
That was the turning point in my health.
I started feeling better.
And more energetic.
I was ecstatic! I wanted to learn more about how food heals.
I read and researched voraciously.
I started experimenting with different ways of eating and observing the effects on my body—vegan, vegetarian, raw vegan, Ayurveda, low fat, DASH, juicing, Paleo, AIP (Autoimmune Protocol), and Keto.
I cleaned out the toxins in my life. I started eating mostly organic vegetables and fruits and grass fed or pasture raised animal products. I replaced my commercial home cleaning and personal care products with nontoxic ones. I put filters on our showers and our tap. I even cleaned out any toxic relationships I had.
As I was going on this journey, many of my friends were so curious about the different recipes and health practices I shared on my social media. They asked me to teach them more.
So, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Functional Nutrition Lab’s Digestive Intensive and became an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
I continue to learn and keep abreast of the latest developments in health and coaching by following and learning from the work of experts in the field of cutting-edge nutrition, holistic well-being and anti-aging. Experts like Dr. John Douillard, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, Kimberly Snyder, Ben Greenfield, Dave Asprey, Beverly Meyer, Chris Masterjohn, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Andrea Nakayama, Dr. Mariza Snyder, Sally Fallon Morell, Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. David Sinclair, and more.
Because of my training and my own health experiences and journey, I have a holistic and individualized approach to health.
I believe that no two people are exactly alike. Thus, no one way of eating can apply to everyone. A food that’s good for me may not be of the same benefit to you.
As your health coach, we will explore, investigate and discover your individual needs and which foods, lifestyle and health practices are most appropriate and effective for your unique physiology and psychology.
I strive to not simply address the current manifestations of your health challenges but aim to unearth their root cause. What good is it to keep bailing water out of a sinking boat if the holes are not found and fixed?
"I take great joy in helping others proactively optimize their health and become more in tune with themselves. I am especially passionate in helping busy women, especially teachers, increase energy, create radiant health, and journey towards balance and inner calmness through the pathway of health to create the life they desire."
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.
As a coach, I put the power back in YOUR hands.
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule a free initial consultation with me today.
I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including:
Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Deepak Chopra, MD leader in the field of mind-body medicine
David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.
Each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.