Natalie Murray Does It All

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | The Jamaica Gleaner

Raised in Kingston by parents Carl and Maryanne Lazarus, who were very strict with her and her sister, Murray said her father introduced her to healthy eating. She explained that he was very health conscious and believed in eating 'green' and knew which foods contained which vitamins. "Every so often, he would make us eat straight vegetables for a week, with lime juice and olive oil, uncooked as a salad with a bit of chicken and Syrian bread." Years later, she would credit this early cleanse as her introduction to clean eating.

Unlike her father, Murray's mother was not so inclined to healthy eating, and had a very 'sugary' childhood. During her mother's second pregnancy, she developed gestational diabetes which never went away. In 2014, Murray lost her mother to a diabetes-related heart attack. "Watching my mother suffer years of living with diabetes gave me an appreciation for good health." This prompted her to study the links between proper nutrition and good health and how they all work together.

"Some people like beauty magazines, I like health magazines. So, friends and coworkers always turned to me for health tips. In searching for something which was more fulfilling, I sought out health coaching." she revealed.

Murray began her studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, which covered dietary theory, human behaviour and coaching skills. She told Outlook that she started out exploring to deepen her knowledge - not with the intention of becoming a coach. "I learnt from doctors, Deepak Chopra, nutritionists, motivational speakers - a wide spectrum of motivational speakers," she said. Health coaching is defined as a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behaviour change by

challenging a client to develop their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their g