My name is Andrea Atcheson, and I’m here to kickstart your heart health transformation
I’m more than just a wellness coach. I’m a Physician Assistant with 19 years of experience in treating common heart conditions, advising which medicines to take, and helping my patients build healthier lives for themselves.
I’m here to talk to you about something that you most likely hear a lot about these days: Health and Wellness.
The reason you’ll want to keep reading here is because I want to be able to provide something more than just information on the subject.
I want to offer inspiration. I want to offer HOPE!
What I hope to impress on you more than anything is my passion – the passion I have for your ability to be the best you and the belief that all things are possible through good diet, exercise, and the power we give our amazing bodies to be strong, healthy machines. It all starts with the simple affirmation “I CAN”.
I graduated from The Rochester Institute of Technology, in 1999, with a Bachelor’s of Science in the Physician Assistant program.
I’ve spent 19 years working in the field of Cardiology, treating patients with many chronic diseases that incessantly plague our country. The problem I found, after practicing for that long, was that I was rushing through my visits with my patients. I only had about 15 minutes with them and saw an average of 24 patients per day. I became a “pill pusher,” treating their conditions with medicines and their side effects with even more medicines. Then, I’d see them back in 6 months, to do it all over again.
I truly believe that you are what you eat.
I realized that most of my patients weren’t eating well, but I for sure didn’t have time to counsel them on healthy eating. So, while working as a Physician Assistant in San Diego, in 2009, I attended Culinary school and opened my own culinary business on the side.
I enjoyed great success as a Chef, participating in fun gigs like private catering, hosting cooking classes, and was even spotlighted on “Grill it with Bobby Flay” on The Food Network!
It was then that I realized how perfectly paired the two things I loved were. Good nutrition and how it affects the body’s ability to function is so paramount. I began to immerse myself in everything “food” and continue to learn how something as simple as food can improve, if not rid, many chronic diseases.
I am a classic example of someone who, for a long time, could have used a Wellness Coach of my own.
I was a “chubby” child, jealous of some of my skinny friends. Sure, I played sports and played outside like all of the other kids, but inside I felt unhealthy and insecure.
I went to college and gained about 10 pounds on that wonderful University of Rochester dining hall food (and The Pit pizza!). After I graduated, I shed most of my excess weight, but it sure didn’t happen overnight. I continued to work out about 4-5 times/week. Hell, I was living the single life and had all the time in the world.
Fast forward to 2012, when my first son Nicholas was born.
I was one of the lucky moms to have had easy pregnancies with both of my boys. I lost the weight very fast and was able to keep it off. However, I found it harder and harder to find time to work out anymore. After all, I was working full time and am a full-time mom and wife. I felt as if I lost my youth and independence as I had my kids later in life, and now I was in the “rat race” of a crazy life.
With that came less time to focus on healthy eating (as I always had), sleep, and “ME” time.
I became the mom who could barely get dinner on the table for my kids fast enough and it entailed everything you read about as they were very picky eaters: frozen chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, hot dogs, and sugary cereal.
Everything I knew not to do, I was doing. After all, it was EASY and I was in survival mode.
I started to become angry at myself, my kids, and my husband. I was losing my own battle with what I thought was going to be the perfect life.
Finally, I hit my breaking point.
My husband and I were on the brink of divorce (since we had essentially become bitter roommates by that time), and I felt as if I had truly hit an all-time low with my health, body, and mental wellness.
It was time for some changes! I delved into many self-help books at the library and began my own transformation. I wanted to learn all that I could about healthier eating, exercising, and the mindset that goes along with all of it to succeed at life.
I wanted to improve my relationships not only with my children and husband, but with myself.
I needed to get myself back on track, like back in the good ol’ days. I also knew that to be successful, I needed to embody all areas of wellness, not just one or two, as they go hand in hand.
I attended several mindset conferences and decided I was ready to finally start controlling my life the way I wanted. I knew that if I could succeed in my life, it would trickle down onto those that I loved.
I began eating healthier, and so did my family.
I started implementing again what I learned in Culinary school and in my personal studies.
I built my schedule around some form of daily exercise, and the more I exercised, the less tired I felt, and the more energy I had to devote to my transformation process. I felt like a new woman!!
Now let me help you find YOUR ‘NEW YOU!’
Together, my background as a Physician Assistant and nutritional expert come together, to offer you a multitude of Health and Wellness inspiration, so that you can be the healthiest, most physically vibrant YOU that you can be!
Let’s divulge your trouble spots and work hard at them so that you can live your fullest, healthiest life. If you take medicines for chronic diseases, let’s strive to get you off some of them. (or all) I will strive to be your mentor, your coach, your friend.