HI THERE! I'M EMILY CHAN-NORRIS.
(No relation to Jackie or Chuck.)
But what I lack in martial arts experience, I make up for with my desire to help women get healthier, feel happier, and stop feeling so crappy about themselves.
I'm a 30-something, introverted, yoga-loving, tea-drinking, personal development-obsessed, fast-walking, East Coaster-turned-San Diego transplant and creator of Embrace True Health.
In 2010, I started EmbraceTrueHealth.com as a way to document and share what I've learned and experienced throughout my health journey.
Here you'll find super simple "real food" recipes that are tasty and won't make you feel bloated (the majority are gluten-free and dairy-free).
I'll also share with you some of my favorite products, health tips, and other resources to support you in your own journey toward improving your health and feeling your best.
Counting calories, tracking macronutrients, or obsessing over a number on the scale is NOT how I roll. While these methods may work for some people, for me it's stressful and mentally exhausting.
I don't believe that one way of eating works for everyone and I don't believe that strict diets or quick fixes are effective long-term solutions for maintaining a healthy weight.
But I DO believe that you don't have to eat gross, bland, diet foods or feel deprived in order to have the body you want or feel the way you want to feel.
I believe that what you eat is only part of the health equation and that getting healthy is also about self care and adding more things into your life that bring you joy (other than food).
I also believe that coconut oil can cure just about anything :)
If you're into a more individualized approach (finding what works best for you) and if you're willing to make tons of mistakes along the way (and lovingly laugh at yourself in the process), you and I will get along great :)
I'm originally from the suburbs of New York City and moved to San Diego, California in 2005 because I realized that I could no longer function in temperatures below 75 degrees. How I survived on the east coast for so many years, I have no idea!
I've been interested in health and wellness since middle school, where my pastimes included journaling, flipping through all the books in the Self Help aisle of bookstores, and figuring out why I felt moody and depressed all the time.
Then came high school, college, and my 20s where I experienced fun health challenges like binge eating, sugar addiction, and acid reflux. I finally decided that I needed to make a change.
In 2008, I experienced for myself the powerful and direct impact that food had on my mood and energy (Sugar = Sad & Lethargic Emily, Green Smoothies = Happy & Energized Emily) and digestion (Protein Bars = Constipated Emily, Fruits/Veggies/Nuts/Seeds = Queen of Digestion).
At this point, I knew I was onto something so in 2009, I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to learn even more about nutrition and "as a bonus, maybe I'll get a career out this!" It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Read more about my experience here.
Then in 2012, I stepped majorly outside of my comfort zone and with no real plan, took a leap of faith and quit my full-time corporate job of 6 years to do one-on-one health coaching as well as create and run my signature Reboot & Reset Your Body Guided Group Cleanse.
There were many aspects of being a full-time entrepreneur that I loved, but 2 years into it I felt called to go back to the corporate world.
These days I'm enjoying my day job while working on Embrace True Health in the evenings and weekends. If you're in cubicle-land as well, stay tuned because I'm currently creating all sorts of resources with you in mind for how to implement and maintain healthy habits during your 9-5.
When I'm not in the office at my day job and not at home working on my site, you can find me running at the beach, speed-walking at sunset, playing in the kitchen, singing in the car, getting my hot yoga on, trying out one of San Diego's many healthy restaurants, drinking caffeine-free tea, listening to podcasts, immersed in my latest audiobook, or taking amateur pictures of my food.
LET'S HANG OUT!
If you like what you read, I invite you to hang out for a bit and take a look around. Start with the most popular articles or most popular recipes on the site. Or check out what's happening on the blog.
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Thank you so much for stopping by!