I am Robin Ives, Health Coach, Wellness Educator, and President of Pursuing Health. My passion for sharing information on health stretches back twenty years to a time when I solved my own health challenges.
I trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University, and Princeton University. I am a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Following my training, I joined the ranks of a relatively new but rapidly growing group of health coaches.
I frequently offer talks and seminars on health and nutrition. My speaking engagements have included groups at Wachovia, John Deere, Skanska, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Business & Professional Woman, Charlotte Rotary Clubs, and the Girl Scouts. My thoughts on eating salad for breakfast have been featured in a full-page Charlotte Woman magazine article. I have written articles for Arthritis Outreach, a publication of Arthritis Services.
My appreciation for vibrant health was shaped by childhood circumstances. When I was 5 years old, my father survived a near-fatal auto collision that left him a wheelchair-bound paraplegic for the remainder of his 23 years. Because he returned to live at home with our family, I witnessed my father’s heroic struggles to live a meaningful life despite his physical handicap.
In my young adult years, I developed a sugar addiction that led to candida albicans (systemic yeast overgrowth), hypoglycemia, and adrenal fatigue. Although it was a difficult time, I healed successfullly with the support of medical doctors, complementary health practitioners, and through my own research and experimentation. The experience changed my life forever. From that time forward, I became an advocate for empowered, healthy living, which led to my decision to train as a health coach and wellness educator.