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Meet Ashleigh

Meet the latest addition to the OWL team of health coaches, Ashleigh Erwin! Ashleigh walks us through her background, what got her into the field of Nutritional Psychology, and the difference between a Nutritional Psychology counselor and holistic health coach.


Nutritional Psychology Counselor Ashleigh Erwin

WHAT'S YOUR ROLE WITH OWL AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT THE COMPANY?
I am a Nutritional Psychology Counselor for OWL Venice, a company that I love. I admire the integrity that OWL upholds and I am inspired by the healing influence its offerings consistently have on the wellbeing of so many.


HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTO WELLNESS, OR WAS THERE SOMETHING SPECIFIC THAT TRIGGERED IT?
I was raised to value wellness with both parents having prioritized healthy lifestyles. Although, like most, it wasn’t until my health and that of loved ones, had been challenged that I stepped into actively cultivating a broader awareness of how to inspire maintaining it. I experienced my first healing crisis in my 20’s. I lived in a home that flooded & developed toxic mold, which unbalanced hormones and set off a slew of symptoms, inevitably leading me to a conscientious path into wellness. That experience, as with all health challenges are, revealed itself to be a radical invitation to listen and respond more lovingly to the body. I learned to establish trust in its healing capacity and innate wisdom. Game changer relationship with self that redefined wellness.


WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO NUTRITIONAL PSYCHOLOGY?
I became increasingly intrigued by how transformative listening and befriending the body is and discovered that the foundation of Nutritional Psychology is precisely that. I was inspired to get into it after having experienced the greatest health feat in my adult life. I’d taken on the responsibility of conservatorship over a family member who had fallen very ill and nearly died (later becoming a medical miracle!). Their recovery ultimately came from a dynamic approach to healing. I gained insight into the mind-body-spirit connection, and was awe-struck by the interconnectedness of it all. I witnessed firsthand how critical it is to have a health advocate and to be open to alternative healing modalities, and most importantly, to stay tuned in to our body’s communication…I became so curious to know how better to go about that! So I sought studies that acknowledged the connection between nutrition and the psyche. I wanted my practice to incorporate nature as medicinal and psychology within a heart centered, more spiritual framework. This led me to pursue postgrad education in Nutritional Psychology.


WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEALTH COACH AND A NUTRITIONAL PSYCHOLOGY COUNSELOR?
Both are ultimately focused on the individual feeling more healthy and vibrant. They can be very similar if a health coach is taking a holistic approach, and addressing more than simply the dietary realm. I tend to sum it up as this:

We might know what foods would be best for us to eat to feel more alive, but we keep choosing otherwise...why?
We might even be eating the food we feel is best but our body is still not responding favorably…why?

A Nutritional Psychology Counselor seeks to explore the why so as to get to the root of what needs the body is truly communication. As a Nutritional Psychology Counselor, I utilize Mind-Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology, studies that advanced clinical nutrition by acknowledging the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health.

Essentially, I address the connection between brain, body, and behavior by exploring the individual’s psyche and the relationships that might have impacted their sense of wellness – their relationships to self, body, food, and others. We look at how elements such as stress psychology, awareness, and circadian nutrition, profoundly influence digestion, metabolism and overall wellbeing.

My core belief is that listening is the greatest form of loving and if we choose to listen to our body wisdom, the lessons we need to unlock the transformation we are truly craving will unfold with more ease. I see health challenges as radical opportunities. It’s my intention in every session for you to feel more intimately connected with your self, more loving to your body, and always, to feel more alive.


WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SELF CARE HABITS?
My staples are hydration, alkalinity, connection, movement, and creativity. I sit for tea to ground every morning. I make green juices and smoothies weekly. I enjoy coffee enemas monthly (along with OWL broths, they were part of my gut healing protocol; I became such an advocate that I co-founded an enema company that was sold last year). I’m into The Class workout because it’s liberating and incorporates somatic therapy. And of course, I love cleanses and resets, especially OWL!


YOU FREQUENTLY DO THE OWL RESET- WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE PROGRAM, AND HOW DOES IT LEAVE YOU FEELING?
I love its ease and that it feels like a treat! It’s nourishing and tailored to what I consider foundational: gut health! It’s organic, local, nutrient dense, and incredible tasting. And it’s not rigid! You can go purely liquid with it or supplement with whole foods. It frees my digestive energy to clean house and all the while I don’t feel deprived of a sense of indulgence (I consider pleasure an essential vitamin). The OWL Reset's easy to love.


WHAT MANTRA DO YOU LIVE BY?
Return to Love.


WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO EAT/DRINK/COOK WITH OWL BROTH ELIXIRS?
I enjoy OWL Broth Elixirs most in their simplest form - a warm bowl with steamed greens and veggies. Kitchari is also a staple for me so I supplement it with OWL broth. It levels up the taste and nutrient profile.


ARE THERE ANY BOOKS, PODCASTS, SHOWS, MEDITATIONS, OR PRODUCTS THAT YOU’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW?
Let’s see… I’m currently reading Outrageous Openness and The Artist's Way – both are so enlivening!

Dr. Joe Dispenza’s core message and meditations are the reason I love meditation. His Morning Meditation is my go-to. His book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself is a fantastic entry point to his teachings.

I do yoga nidra most nights for deeper sleep. The Insight Timer app is a tremendous resource for all things relaxation. Sometimes rest is our greatest adventure!

And for anyone interested in Nutritional Psychology, I recommend beginning with Nourishing Wisdom or The Slow Down Diet by Marc David.




Interested in working with Ashleigh?

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