Just Another Story of PErsonal Growth and Transformation
I’m Lily Calfee, a lifelong foodie, advice-giver, and the voice behind Ideal Nourishment. It’s not surprising to me that I ended up with this job. I’ve been guiding women towards self-love my whole life—now I just have more tools and a coaching certificate, and I couldn’t be more blissful about it.
I’ve learned that everyone experiences trauma, and those who survive and even benefit from a traumatic experience are the people who have the best tools and support. I was lucky enough to be born under the sign of Virgo, so I am constantly hunting for tools to support myself and my people.
When I was sexually assaulted in college, I rebuilt myself using cooking and painting as crutches. Every minute I spent in the kitchen and studio, I subconsciously whispered to myself, “You matter. Your desires matter. I love you. You’re important to me.”
To this day, I use self-care to soothe myself. This method might seem obvious, but think about it—how do you really soothe yourself? Do you have a glass of wine and watch two hours of TV, or do you show yourself true care and affection?
I’ve discovered that my average client comforts herself with behavior that actually detracts from her overall happiness. (I get it, I’ve been there. Read more about the shadowy side of my self-care on my blog.)
Years after that traumatic experience in college, I was still suffering from nightmares and flashbacks. At the time, I was running an organic pie company in rural Vermont. Being the Pie Girl meant long hours of physical labor rewarded with infinite day-old pastries and cups of black coffee.
Three years in, I was taken out by adrenal fatigue, depression, and food allergies. Worse than any of that was a pervasive unhappiness with my body and career. I was on the verge of a major self-induced sugar coma when I met Karin Witzig and Drew Rozell. They reminded me I was made for bigger things than living in a haze of powdered sugar, and basically talked me into going back to school for nutrition. Learning how to comfort myself without sugar was one of one of the toughest journeys of my life, but lady, it is so worth it. Relearning how to nourish myself was central to my recovery.
Since 2011, I’ve been using my background in nutrition, mindfulness, and art-making to guide my clients through the process of consciously recreating their self-respect and self-care—starting with their daily eating habits.
My goal is to have a global impact on the vitality of women; to inspire my clients to treat themselves to only the best so that they have the power and passion to do their best work for this world. Lord knows we need it.
I currently spend my time writing about the connection between creativity and self-love, and helping women radically transform their lives. I do a bit of garden-putzing, food-making, and journal-scribbling on the side.
Here’s a quick professional bio:
I received my BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont and attended the Pont Aven School for Contemporary Art in Brittany, France. I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach, and a graduate of the Landmark Forum and Advanced Course. Over the course of my career, I have taught painting classes to underprivileged kids, run a bakery in rural Vermont, taught cooking classes, and led workshops in Boulder on self-care, writing, drawing, and movement. I've been thinking about creative solutions for most of my life.
Coaching and counseling around body image, self-love, nutrition and personal growth.
I offer brave, creative women a six-month program to guide them through the process I’ve created. This process includes powerful individual sessions that help my clients bloom wherever they feel stuck.
If you feel depressed, unfocused, or trapped, the first step is a phone call. Tell me who you are, what you’re all about, and where you are struggling. Together, we can revitalize your whole life.
I’ve been guiding passionate, creative woman towards vitality for over ten years.
Take a deep breath, and imagine that this is your morning routine:
Claire wakes up feeling well-rested a few moments before her alarm goes off. She puts on the tea kettle and sits with her notebook to collect her thoughts. She writes to empty her mind of all the chatter, and also to create the day that she is living into. Writing inspires her to move, and she spends a few minutes stretching before dancing her heart out to Fleetwood Mac's Rumors and doing some Pilates exercises.
After she's really breathing and warm, Claire hops in a quick shower, taking the time to acknowledge the awesome power of her body. She moisturizes, showing love to each muscle, and gets dressed in clothes that make her feel powerful and feminine, two qualities that she's hoping to demonstrate more of in her life.
She fixes herself a fantastic but simple breakfast, and sits down to eat. After eating, she checks her phone for the first time, just to make sure there have been no changes in her schedule. She picks up her bag, which is mostly packed from the night before, and heads out the door. Claire already knows which tasks are most important for her to complete today. She gives herself time to do the work that attracted her to this career.