about chris

img_1179 copy - cropped (2) Hi there!   I want to say welcome and thanks for stopping by.  My name is Chris DeHollander.  I’m a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Functional Nutrition Practitioner and founder of Nourish2live, LLC.

 I am also a former caffeine and sugar junkie who used to think eating snackwell cookies and baked lays were healthy.  Breakfast was 2 cups of coffee and a bagel, lunch was a Philly pretzel and diet coke, dinner was a Lean Cuisine, and I finished off the day with a bag of Skittles.

 I also had no energy and got sick most of the time.

Over the years, I studied nutrition with a passion and slowly shifted to eating a whole foods diet.  It wasn’t until the year 2008, when a running injury kept me from exercising, that I had my true life-changing transformation. After trying several therapies unsuccessfully for a year and a half, I turned to nutrition for healing.  I ditched the processed foods and dove into studying about healing the body using food as medicine.  I started juicing, making kale salads and I gave up coffee and sugar.  I followed the Hallelujah diet for 3 months and for the first time in my life, I experienced energy all day long, enthusiasm for life, deep sleep, great digestion, and lost “the last 5 lbs”.  I just couldn’t believe what true health really was.  I wanted to help everyone I knew (and didn’t know) experience the same thing.  So, I decided to leave my former career as a Structural Engineer and do just that.

 I attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC and graduated as a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and a member of the Association of Drugless Practioners.  I continued my love of learning by studying functional nutrition with the Full Body Systems immersion program with Andrea Nakayama and the Hormones Made Simple + DUTCH testing mentorship with Hormone Expert, Maria Claps.  These advanced functional nutrition courses took my understanding of the body and nutrition to another level.  Now, I am always looking to get to the root cause of whatever is going on with someone’s health.  I also view the body as a systemic organism and know that all organs, glands, and systems affect each other.  “Let food be thy medicine” is my mantra.

While studying functional nutrition and shortly after my 2nd half-ironman event, I found myself dealing with fatigue issues, dizziness, yeast infections, weight gain and salty foods cravings.  This lead me to the second part of my health journey.  After studying the endocrine system, I diagnosed myself with adrenal fatigue and confirmed it with a cortisol saliva test.  For the next 8 months, I adopted an adrenal recovery diet and lifestyle plan and have since helped clients with the same symptoms.

My health journey has taught me that we are all truly bio-individuals when it comes to our health and nutrition needs.  I do not advocate one specific way of eating.  I help clients find the foods that work for their unique body through my seasonal detox programs which are based on the elimination diet.

As a functional woman’s health coach, my passion is working with women who want to love up their hormones so they can slim down, feel amazing,  boost energy and understand their bodies through every stage between fertility to menopause.  I focus on food and lifestyle changes but I also incorporate the DUTCH complete hormone test in the work I do with clients.

I’m the regular nutrition contributor for GO Magazine, the Upstate’s resource for endurance sports and serious fitness.  I’ve been teaching group fitness classes since 1997.  I’m a mom to two boys, wife to a “meat and potato” husband and love to train for races from 5k distances to marathons and half ironman distance triathlons.

Whether you are looking for a functional health coach, a wellness speaker for your organization, or food-based detox programs, I hope there is something here for you.

 I’d love to know you on a first name basis – come on over and introduce yourself on my facebook page. I’m happy that you’ve found your way to Nourish2live and I hope my work can serve you in some way.

 Grace & Greens