SDH 209: Making Yourself the Center of Your Universe with Pandora Paloma
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Is there an aspect of your life that you’re not satisfied with? Is it nutritional? Is it with your career? Is it an aspect within yourself?
We introduce Pandora Paloma, creator of Rooted London, which helps with all of those questions! Pandora is a holistic nutritionist and a life coach, who specializes in self-love empowerment, and intuitive living and eating. Struggling with body image issues growing up, she dealt with eating disorders and rollercoaster diets that negatively affected her health and confidence. At 27 she was ready for a life change and began training as a nutritionist and a yoga teacher. She wanted to become more in-tune with her body so it could guide her in life, and teach people to be able to do the same.
Before she entered into the world of health and wellness, she was a director at a high-level PR firm. Though she worked hard to earn that title, she realized she had lost the love she once had for PR. She took a look at her life and felt like she wasn’t living her truth. She wanted to have a career doing something that brought her joy again and began looking closely at her other interests to see what she could build a career from. Already working in the beauty and wellness sector of PR, she decided to expand on that field and become a player in the industry herself.
She saw that the industry was very trend led, and no one was talking about what was going on in the body. So she entered into health and wellness with supper clubs because she loved food, and wanted to introduce people to plant-based meals and diets. She also did catering, too. Once she entered the market, she found her niche in women who needed help with weight loss and gain and treating diseases. In her consultations with them, she also began asking how they were doing emotionally. A lot of her clients would burst into tears, or uncover emotional wounds. She knew that she had to do more with her practice and help her clients become healthy nutritionally and mentally.
That’s when life coaching became a service of her practice. She wanted to be involved in every aspect of her clients' life change, and really get them on track to becoming better and healthier people. Most of her clients deal with dissatisfaction with their careers or lives and have feelings of anxiety and stress. She tries to help them by reframing their minds to think positively, which begins to change their attitude, and subsequently their behaviors.
Pandora also explores people’s connections with food and finds that a lot of people coping with stress or anxiety look to food as a treat or a tool for satisfaction. She teaches them that they have to find satisfaction in other areas of their lives, because food is temporary, and they’ll probably feel worse about themselves later for indulging. She gets them to find joy in the everyday things in life, like washing dishes or their sex life, and make sure they take care of their own happiness before they try to take care of others.
It was then that she added the intuitive eating program to her practice, which combines messages of self-love, body acceptance, and everything else that Pandora stands for as a nutritionist. She offers the program in the form of a live webinar and offers coaching over the phone to her clients.
While she never sees herself going fully digital, because she likes the personal connection with people during consultations, she knows that her field calls for emotional protection. In order to help her clients to the best of her ability, she needs to keep her mind and spirit positive. So she does reiki to nurture her energy, or she imagines she’s putting on an impenetrable cloak of positivity and strength.
In the end, she was able to find a career that nurtures her soul, as well as others, and has been able to touch people in a way that brightens their day and lives.
Stay tuned for more of Pandora’s story and the lessons she’s learned along the way!
In this episode you will…
Figure out how to develop services and products for your business
Find joy in the little things in life
Stop defining your happiness by other people’s standards
Figure out healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Begin doing what you want to do, not what you should do
Come up with ways to connect with your customers
“I can help feed your body, and nourish you, but we need to start nourishing your mind because of your frame of mind isn’t in the right place right now. We need to get you thinking more positively and reframing some of these negative associations with food or your life in general. That’s when the life coaching came in. I wanted to feel like I was really able to be there for people from the foods that they were eating, to how they were thinking” – Pandora Paloma
“I’ve got to look after myself first, in order to look after [others] better. If my glass is half empty, where’s my power to support [others]…you are the center of your universe…do what you want to do.” -Pandora Paloma
“You can’t have regrets in business…you have to fail sometimes to know what went wrong, and then to know not to do it again in the future…if nothing bad ever happened, we’d never learn, and in business there’s always going to be a curve ball…and you have to be in a situation where you feel mentally and physically, ready and prepared to deal with that.” -Pandora Paloma
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