Bella almost died when she was 18 from ill health. She proceeded to live life and did not realize that her health would not get better until she went to The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to learn nutrition to help herself heal. She healed herself from IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, stress, Fibromyalgia, kidney infections, kidney stones and fibroids. And, in the process, Bella lost 10 dress sizes.
Bella is a colon hydrotherapist, health and detoxification specialist, lymphatic practitioner as well as a natural food & health professional. She provides clients with detoxing regimens, coaching them privately or in groups on life, business, eating healthy and self-healing in order to be their best on every level in their lives. Bella develops healthy recipes and presents classes on a variety of subjects, including “Detoxing & Smoothies”, and mindfulness workshops at various locations, including schools and libraries.
Bella is currently supporting the efforts of her local school district to get healthier snacks for children in school. Recently, she has been creating BellaBars that are almost all raw as well as desserts that are wheat, gluten and sugar free.
Bella received her training and certification to be a Health Coach. She attended New York Medical College, Saint Thomas Aquinas College, and graduated with her Bachelors of Science. Bella has studied with Dr. Deitrich Klinghardt, one of the most brilliant and gifted medical pioneers of our time. Bella has also attended courses given by D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living Oils; Brenda Cobb; David Wolfe; Geneen Roth; Dr. Joseph Mercola; Dr. Andrew Weil; Sally Fallon Morrell and Lynn Goldstein, MS, RD, CDN. Bella has also studied the works of Donna Gates; Brenda Watson, N.D.; and Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. Bella attended The Living Foods Institute in Atlanta and has spent time at the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Institute, learning about Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine. She has also studied Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy with Jennifer Johnson, a naturopathic doctor and founder of Rightway Enterprises, FAEMT. Bella has taken Raw Chef classes with Raw Chef Dan, owner of Quintessence and Live Live and has also taken cooking classes with Viviane Bauquet Farre of Food & Style.
Why did you become a colon hydrotherapist?
After my training in nutrition, I was providing coaching and whole foods education while managing a wellness center for a physician’s practice in Orange County, NY. This physician asked me to become trained in Colon Hydrotherapy with Cathy Shea at the International School for Colon Hydrotherapy. I said no three times. The fourth time I was asked I finally said yes. When I attended my training, I had begun a liver cleanse followed by a few colonics. I then released hundreds of stones and felt like I was 16 again, fully alive & so impressed with how the liver cleanse simply shifted the health of my whole being. Yes, this doctor offered me a gift. I then made a commitment to myself to help others know this AMAZING feeling and liver cleanse. I have not stopped since.
What’s your favorite thing about being a therapist?
Working with clients that want to…who are committed to…who are entirely ready to HEAL! Giving people their POWER back. Hearing the client express that they have the power to heal from within. That is key. Hearing how they are focused. Then hearing that they are sharing their experience. Therefore, others can heal as well.
What’s your favorite food/meal?
My own secret flourless pizza recipe, green drinks & my enlight -r-g, & 2die4 – BellaBars.
What’s your favorite recipe?
Many!! All foods in which I chose to invest my time and energy. A recipe book is in the works. Maybe…sprouted quinoa salad, an avocado with lemon, s & p, brown rice tortilla veggie pizza, a green drink, my bars. Or…
Organic Veggie Pizza
2 cloves garlic 7 shallots 2 slices of tomato 1 container of arugula
Sauté 2 cloves garlic, 7 shallots and 2 slices of tomato. In a separate pan sauté 1 container of arugula.
Warm four olive oiled brown rice tortillas in the oven at 400 degrees for 2 minutes. Take out and top with sautéed arugula, Celtic sea salt, pepper and veggies from above. Cook on baking pan at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes.
Heaven on my table!
What’s your favorite quote?
”We can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do, by what we deny ourselves, by what we resist and who we exclude; I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, by what we create, and who we include.”
From the movie, Chocolat
What’s your favorite book?
I am always reading about 5 books. “It’s Time to Come Alive”, by Andreas Moritz, a former medical intuitive.
What’s your favorite movie?
Avatar ~ I am the one flying the red dragon.
Who has had the most influence on your life?
My parents, my husband and my two most amazing daughters. I love my family!
What do you do when you’re not at SanaVita?
I spend time with my family, coach clients (Love, Love, Love), work on recipes, and create and teach classes on various health topics. I also love working out, kayaking, & trail running.
Which supplements do you find indispensable in your own life?
Vitamin D, B-6 Complex, chlorophyll, evening primrose oil, calcium & magnesium, coconut oil, Energetics products.
How do you like to cleanse when you’re cleansing?
With mindfullness & intention, green drinks, skin brushing, saunas, and a colonic and lymphatic therapy, of course.
How do you like to indulge, when you do?
Meditation, ocean surf kayaking, and trail running in the private forest by my house. Yes…chocolate covered halavah from health food stores. A little heaven!
If you had to give only one piece of health advice, what would it be?
To live your life with intention, passion, an open heart, and a full breath.