Change is Coming
Our bodies are naturally diverse and come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and weights. You cannot tell anything about a person’s health and well-being just from looking at their body. Further, health is not a moral imperative, and it is up to each individual to decide which health-promoting behaviors matter to them and are accessible to them at any point in their lives.
These beliefs are different from the current leading beliefs of our fitness, wellness, and medical industries. Through my work, I am actively trying to dismantle our dominant culture in order to build a better, more inclusive one.
Hey y’all! I’m Shohreh (rhymes with foray), and my pronouns are she/her/hers.
One thing that people notice about me right away is that I am unapologetically myself. This extends to the clothes I wear, the music I listen to, the food I eat, and more. But I used to be obsessed with following the “rules” and hitting expected milestones.
Back when I was an attorney, I felt like I was two people – “Real” Shohreh and “Work” Shohreh. Work Shohreh had to run everything through filters – “Was she dressed appropriately?” “Did she come off as too aggressive or arrogant?” “What would her colleagues think?” Work Shohreh desperately wanted to fit in.
Meanwhile, Real Shohreh – mixed-race, queer, neurodivergent Shohreh – was struggling. Real Shohreh wanted to get more tattoos and dye her hair purple without worrying about getting fired. Real Shohreh wanted to be able to eat birthday cake at the office without hearing a chorus of diet talk and the horrors of “bad” foods.
Real Shohreh didn’t want to have to hide her truth and struggles – she wanted to be accepted as her authentic self.
Even though I got really good at being Work Shohreh in the office, Work Shohreh was always exhausting to perform. So I left my legal career, and I started my own wellness coaching business. I knew if I was in charge, I would finally have the space to be myself (without compromise).
The arbitrary rules I was living by as an attorney are no different than the arbitrary rules most of us live by in a culture of dieting, weight stigma, and impossible beauty standards. Perhaps there’s a Diet-Mentality You, Body-Obsessed You, or Has-It-All-Together You overshadowing the Real You?
I know what it’s like to stuff down your own wants and needs because you feel like you have to conform to fit in. That’s why reconnecting people with their bodies and their authentic selves is my specialty. I believe we are all worthy of experiencing joy, pleasure, and satisfaction in our lives, even though our culture says we’re not.
Using a weight-inclusive, Health At Every Size (HAES)-informed approach to nutrition and fitness, I help people break free from limiting rules so they can come home to their true selves.
I do not work with people who want to solely prioritize weight loss and aesthetic changes to their bodies or people who are currently in eating disorder recovery (unless on referral from their treatment team). I do work with people who desire to break free from the diet mentality, learn to eat more intuitively, start to actually enjoy exercise, and begin the process of trusting their bodies. These are people who may still wish to lose weight, but who are willing to put that wish on the backburner to focus their attention on how they feel and how they can best nourish themselves.
If that sounds like you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Credentials: Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. Certified Online Trainer. Host of the Redefining Health & Wellness podcast. Juris Doctor. Constantly learning, reading, taking courses, and honing my craft.
Love Languages: Glitter and rainbows. Dogs (I have two – Alamo and Peppermint). Hot tea. Hiking. Aerials (I do trapeze and rope). Thoughtful gifts. Afternoon naps. Cake.
Influences: My work has not been created in a vacuum. I have grown into myself by absorbing and processing the work of many wise culture makers, including Evelyn Tribole, Linda Bacon, Sonya Renee Taylor, Kelly Diels, Ijeoma Oluo, Rupi Kaur, Christy Harrison, Kristin Neff, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and my therapists.
My Promise To You
I work to own my privilege and provide an inclusive space where all body sizes, races, sexes, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are valued and welcome. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever get it wrong, but I will do my best to listen to those who have been impacted by my mistakes and learn from them to do better in the future.
Additionally, while the coaching I offer is a premium service and is priced accordingly, I recognize that there are many factors at play that lead to wealth disparity in our society. As such, I have reserved a few sliding scale coaching spots for those in need. If you experience a form of marginalization that would make paying full price difficult, please contact me to see if we can work something out.