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Just Another Story of PErsonal Growth and Transformation

I’m Lily Calfee, a lifelong foodie, advice-giver, and the voice behind Ideal Nourishment.

I offer a comfortable space for you to look your demons straight in the eye. I'll hold you accountable, but my office is a judgement-free zone because I have walked the same path you are on now. Together, we'll transform your relationship with food, exercise, and most importantly, yourself.

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 jazzed 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?

Lily Calfee, Health Coach in Denver, Colorado.

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.

If you feel depressed, unfocused, or trapped, the first step is to schedule 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.


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. 

Does this sound like some wild, unattainable fantasy? Don't worry, there's a way to get here. 


Glowing Reviews

Thanks for helping me see myself with new eyes. The joy in my wedding photos is palpable, and you have definitely been a part of that.
— Kealy H., Environmental Engineer
You are a JOY to work with. I couldn’t have opened up without the safety net you provide. You offer such a safe space within which to explore. Thank you.
— Sophia K., Executive Leadership Consultant
Dear amazing Lily, thank you for the awesome session I had with you. My homework was hard but exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks so much for your support and inspiration!
— Angela H., Paleo Chef
Use Creativity to Heal Your Trauma

Listen to my recent interview on CourageMakers

It was totally exhilarating to be interviewed by Meg Kissak for  Couragemakers, her weekly podcast for creative and passionate, mission-driven doers, makers and world-shakers designed to inspire and encourage fellow couragemakers, and spark a movement of women who are choosing themselves. 

Turns out, I love to ramble on...but I also ended up talking about some pretty real stuff about six minutes in, so I encourage you to listen to this when you're feeling pretty safe and on your headphones if you've got young ears around. 

All that being said, I LOVED being interviewed. If you or someone you know would like to chat with me on air or off, shoot me an email at lily@idealnourishment.com.

I love to give workshops, speak to groups, and be interviewed for podcasts + blogs!

Check out my recent conversation with Casey Shivers of I Am Well Coaching

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
— Marianne Williamson
Enjoying some Capello's noodles at home.

Enjoying some Capello's noodles at home.

Celebrating my birthday in style in Boulder, Colorado.

Celebrating my birthday in style in Boulder, Colorado.

Hiding from the rain by Sacre Coeur.

Hiding from the rain by Sacre Coeur.

With my sister/editor extroidinaire in Portland's Rose Garden.

With my sister/editor extroidinaire in Portland's Rose Garden.

Taking a break in Prague

Taking a break in Prague