Danny Cohen, the inspirational wellness coach, of Motivationalwellness.com. talks to Wendy and Leigh this week on the podcast. He guides us on how to cultivate gratitude and acceptance and keeping fear in perspective to create more self-love, self-esteem, and self confidence. I thought this would be a great show because one of the keys to living to 110 is cultivating happiness through self-love and acceptance of yourself and your circumstances.
In this episode:
- The power of being positive
- How to work through fear
- How to own your perception
Click here to view the full transcript for #51 Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude with Danny Cohen.
About Danny Cohen
Our guest today, Daniel Cohen, of Motivationalwellness.com, is the inspirational wellness coach. He is a fellow graduate if IIN, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. He helps Women and young adults who want to regain control of their self confidence. He specializes in helping this clients boost their self-love, self-esteem, and self-confidence so they can transform their bodies and live a happy, healthy life.
In his own words:
For Years I lived my life behind a façade. Growing up with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy, I always struggled with self-confidence and body image issues. I was bullied, teased, and made fun of which only lead to weight gain and other underlying health problems down the road. I would come home from school and find comfort in food, and television, not letting anyone know about my pain. This continued on throughout my middle school years. By the time I was 15 years old I had a cholesterol level of 290, I weighed 210 pounds and I had chronic heart burn. I had to make a change!
I needed to start taking responsibility for my life to make a better future. I began reading anything that I could get my hands on about diet and nutrition. I studied all of the exercise books, and with the help of my dad I was able to get myself into a gym to work out and start feeling healthy! I put all of my energy into reaching my goal, and in the end I lost 80lbs! I got my cholesterol from 290 down to a healthy 150, and I had zero heartburn. Was I healthier? Yes. Was I happy? Maybe…I may have lost weight, had lower cholesterol, no more heartburn, and I wasn’t being bullied anymore,but something was missing. I still saw a disabled person in the mirror. This would continue for 14 more years until I had the most life changing event of my existence, and caused me to see things and my situation in a whole new perspective.
On September 10, 2012 I had a seizure that was completely out of the ordinary. After spending two weeks in the hospital for testing, my doctors informed me that my seizure was a result of excessive stress. This time I really needed to make a change, not in my eating habits, not in my exercise, but in myself! Over the course of the next six months I read, I meditated, and I posted daily affirmations on my refrigerator, on my bedroom mirror, and on Facebook, and I finally started to see myself differently. I began to realize that there is so much more to myself and my life than just a physical disability or seizure disorder. I was Daniel, and I AM unique and unique is AWESOME! One year later on February 5, 2013, I had a surgery that had the potential to make me 80% seizure free, but I would lose total use of my left side. After much testing and consideration, I decided to go for it. I came out of the surgery still having seizures, but I regained use of my left side, and have more mental focus and clarity. Am I grateful? Absolutely! When we choose acceptance of our life’s reality our world completely changes. See the good with the bad and let the two lead you down the path you were meant to travel.
I received my education from the Global Institute for Alternative Medicine in 2002 and from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010 where I was trained in many nutritional modalities and nutritional concepts.
Today I offer online coaching services and teach confidence workshops for women and young adults who want to regain control of the weight and their self-confidence.