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Daily Inspiration: Meet Cheryl McColgan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl McColgan.

Hi Cheryl, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi, I’m Cheryl McColgan, founder of Heal Nourish Grow. I had the concept for Heal Nourish Grow in 2013 when experiencing a total life transformation after several rounds of testing and eventually two abdominal surgeries for suspected cancer.

As a person focused on a “healthy lifestyle” over the last 25 years, it was hard to believe I had to go through such a crazy health scare (in case you’re wondering, the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale eventually removed 16 tumors that had been implanted all over my abdomen, bowels and iliac artery).

The possibility of cancer forced me to look even more closely at my health, life and career.

As a result, I became even more deeply involved in the study of wellness and nutrition which resulted in multiple training programs and certifications focused on creating ultimate wellness.

The pursuit of personal health, wellness and athletics made it a priority for me to study nutrition, physical training techniques, injury prevention and treatment, Ayurveda, meditation and multiple alternative therapies.

My passion for teaching, gourmet cooking, travel and a personal commitment to pursue ultimate wellness is what brought Heal Nourish Grow to life.

After all, I’ve studied, I believe that intermittent fasting and the reduction of carbohydrates in the diet, specifically the ketogenic diet to be a very powerful, healing combination.

What Does it Mean to Heal, be Nourished and Grow?

Living your best life every day is a series of choices and it looks different for everyone. Part of being healed, nourished and growing is deciding what that means to you! Heal Nourish Grow is a site that will help you create ultimate wellness and your best life through advice on food and lifestyle choices. This can include daily decisions on topics such as nutrition, supplements, fitness, meditation, fashion, travel, design and any number of things that make your body and mind feel good as well as enhancing the space in which you live every day.

This concept has been tested over the last five years by a group of women who made significant changes in their lives by following the principles of Heal Nourish Grow. An incredible support system was created that we’d like to share in the form of this site. One of the greatest challenges of our busy, daily lives is finding enough time to research choices, products and techniques that are right for a healthy lifestyle. We’ll save you that work!

Healing happens on many levels. Whether it’s healing your body through real food and nutrition, healing your spirit through daily rituals and grounding practices or healing your heart through letting go of the past, healing is a necessary part of living your best life.

Food is an obvious focus here, but being nourished means so much more to Heal Nourish Grow! Your everyday environment and the information you consume are a big part of nourishing your mind and spirit. Being nourished means creating an environment that soothes, comforts and inspires. Surrounding yourself with people, objects and information that help create your best self and inspire you to create your desired reality every day is true nourishment of mind, body and spirit.

Growth is key…if you’re not growing, you’re stagnant. At different points, the call for growth may be stronger or more related to different aspects of one’s life. Whether it’s spiritual, physical or mental, the keys to growth are the same: self-examination, introspection and a commitment to growth. In yoga, we call this process svadhyaya or self-study. In psychology, it’s introspection or self-observation. Whatever tradition paradigm you choose, the result is the same. Growth.

“It’s as though something whispers in our ear, ‘I can’t continue this way.’ Those moments can panic us into reaching out for another false balm (a drink, a drug, a snack, a pat on the back, a chocolate), or they can light the sparks of revolution and be catalysts for us to break apart so that we may emerge, like a seed becoming a tree, in a wholly new form.” Baptiste, Baron. 40 Days to Personal Revolution: A Breakthrough Program to Radically Change Your Body and Awaken the Sacred Within Your Soul (Kindle Locations 258-261). Touchstone. Kindle Edition.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Whether it’s my continued health journey or working on the business side of Heal Nourish Grow, there are always struggles. I’m currently the only one working on the business so like many busy entrepreneurs, time is one of the greatest challenges. This is especially true since I do a lot of writing.

I’m currently putting in processes that are helping me streamline the business and I’ve started investing in the future of Heal Nourish Grow by hiring some help. Investing in your business can be difficult when you don’t have a lot of revenue (YET!) but it’s critical for growth. and your own sanity.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in creating content that helps people live their best lives and create lasting change. Whether that’s video, audio or written form, I don’t discriminate when it comes to content! I like to put out information in various forms so people can choose the delivery format that best works for their busy lives.

I have my first cookbook releasing in early November with more to come and the Heal Nourish Grow podcast just went live this month. I’m giving away a $200 Amazon gift card to celebrate so I’d love to have you check it out, just visit HealNourishGrowPodcast.com to learn have you can get a chance to win.

I’m especially known for being passionate about low carb/keto nutrition as a means to create better overall health, manage diabetes and support weight loss for those that are looking for that. I’ve also spoken at a few summits on the benefits of fasting for health and weight loss.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I don’t know if I see this actually happening since our health care system is really more about emergency care and band-aids more than it is about creating wellness and preventative care. What I would love to see though is a move towards patient education and supporting a healthy lifestyle that keeps people out of the doctor’s office and off of unnecessary medication.

Type two diabetes is a huge strain on our healthcare system but can be easily managed through nutrition. Creating that shift away from big pharma to patient education and support will be very difficult but if we could, it would literally save the US healthcare system billions.

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