By Elaine Anne Watt
There are a multitude of moments and choices we make each day that impact our health and well-being, but if we are not attuned to them and let the unconscious take over the conscious, then we may wake up one day, look in the mirror and say: How did I get here, and what can I do?
Many of us have been there. Some of us have found the answer on our own or have tried and failed to get to where we want to be.
A year ago, Michele Ballarin, founder and CEO of Rejuvenescence Limited, was worried about her physical well-being and really trying to find her own answer. Now, 70 pounds lighter and “full of energy,” she is dedicating her time and resources to share what she has learned to help others.
“The answer really is at the end of your fork, and you have to hit a reset button mentally and for your metabolism,” says Michele. “You have to allow it to be totally, 1,000 percent about you.” And, it’s not just about weight loss, it could even be about weight gain, as it’s about your body’s composition and “global health.”
Hence, the approach is individualized. There is no one size fits all plan. Are you fatigued or operating at less than optimal at home or at work? Are you able to live the active lifestyle you once imagined? If not, there may be a solution. Rejuvenescence calls it “perfecting you.”
Rejuvenescence was born by combining a team of talented individuals willing to be accessible to you as you commence your own journey towards wellness. Of course, they recommend consulting with your doctor before beginning any program with them, and they will require participation of yours or one of their affiliates if you have any special health considerations.
The process begins with a full-body assessment using their state-of-the-art InBody 570 equipment, which uses a precise body composition analysis through electrical impedance (non-invasive). A qualitative approach that goes beyond weight measures body fat percentages, total body water, lean body mass and visceral fat, the fat that often accumulates around our essential organs. It’s as easy as stepping onto the machine with bare feet for about five minutes. Additionally, information is gathered on any medications, allergies or restrictions that may apply. Sometimes, the data gathered above will uncover a potential problem needing medical assessment.
Each individual’s nutritional needs are then addressed to change the culture of the way eating and hydrating is utilized as part of a holistic approach to health. There is a very strong educational component to this process. What does your body need from a chemistry perspective to perform at peak levels, and how can a positive, supportive environment contribute to reaching your goals? When your mind and body are ready, an appropriate exercise routine is incorporated.
For this reason, this is not a moment in time but a lifetime mindset that is being cultivated. Only a sustainable behavioral change will bring lasting results. With wholesome foods, equipped with knowledge about nutrition and exercise, this commitment towards yourself and your body results in better sleep, leaner, stronger musculature and the energy to function at your best.
Beginning with “clean cuisine” developed and curated by their internationally recognized chef, Roger Wiles, overseen by Director Felicia St. Clair with her background in exercise science, and monitored closely by Deborah Kim who has a master’s in nutrition, a client’s individual needs and pace are nurtured every step of the way.
Each client decides whether to meet weekly with their team at one of their two locations to assess progress and pick-up a week’s worth of prepared meals and snacks or to have the team come to them. Having tasted a range of the flavor-packed dishes personally, this is not deprivation at all, but an opportunity to savor your meals as if in a fine dining establishment—yet with all the work and nutritional planning done for you.
Do you have to skip eating out? Absolutely not. You can even ask for assistance in choosing healthy substitutes when on the road or at events. Life happens, and the goal is to fully prepare you for maintaining healthy practices that are practical and practicable.
Michele acknowledges the challenges we all face. “We as a team want to find that balance that works for you,” she says. “We need to reward ourselves and have our indulgences. But, it is a treat, not a cheat here.”
How does it work? You arrange a private consultation, discuss your concerns, plan your goals and consider whether this is a choice that fits you. If so, you can be sure that you’ll be working with a team every bit as committed and determined as you. Your success is theirs.
Felicia took a moment to discuss the meaning she finds in her work. “You can have the toughest client, but the biggest joy at the same time, because when they overcome those hurdles and reach that breakthrough moment, and you’ve been a part of mentoring and enabling that to happen, it’s just so wonderful,” she says.
“Rejuvenescence is a very strong, faith-based organization that believes in what we do,” says Michele, “and we feel blessed to provide a service that we are honored to be a part of.” ML
For more information, visit www.re-juvenescence.com or call 540-347-1897 or 202-330-5662.