My Brain, Body and Balance class with Gemi, done through Cuesta Community Services has been an invaluable experience. She is extremely knowledgeable in health and mental wellness. Her presentations are really well prepared in a clear concise manner for such a complex topic. Through this course Gemi has provided me with tools that I will continue to use in the future. During these challenging times and having to change our course to Zoom, Gemi made this process a smooth transition.
She has been such a calm influence and has encouraged us to grow.
“I feel so fortunate to have found Gemi through the Cuesta College Community Services Program. Her extraordinary depth of knowledge in both the physical and the psychological aspects of health and wellness is impressive. It is rare to find the integration of both disciplines in one person. I have learned so much from her and so much about myself in the short time I have known Gemi. She is a breath of fresh air in a very uncertain time.”
"I am the kind of person who hates taking medication, so when a friend recommended I call Gemi, I did. I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Gemi started a plan for me right away which was very motivating and supportive. Since we started working together three months ago, I have been changing my diet, and gradually reducing insulin. Working with my doctor, I am now completely free of taking medication and I feel amazing. I could never have believed this was possible, and it's all because of Gemi's support and knowledge."
"Gemi's understanding of nutrition and how our bodies react is phenomenal. She helped me really look at food. There is so much health information out there, and it's hard to know what to do. Gemi created an individual program geared to my life and my health concerns."
- Anna, San Luis Obispo, CA
“I know I am not the best athlete but I give it my all.” I met Gemi about 2 years ago. I was at my worst. Living in fear and in a total rut. My whole routine was unhealthy. Gemi, she really awoke my a desire, she loved me, she didn’t judge but she encouraged me. I lost my footing because I had to really realize I was addicted to fast food. I fought for my unhealthy eating. Just like every addict. Again I had slipped into couch potato behavior. So I quit fast food and soda. I literally had to quit it. I have not had fast food in 57 days. I am now to the point where my stomach turns when I approach it. I joined a CrossFit gym and built myself up, now when I miss it my body doesn’t like it. I do my gratitude different, I write cards to people and meditate on sending them love and letting myself know what I am grateful for. Gemi motivated me to get out of my $12 dollar job and go for $25 and you know what? I am there. I also had the courage and tenacity to move from California to Awesome Nashville. All because Gemi took the time and loved me till I could love myself. I can finally give my family all that they need. I have gone down from 220- 193 lb. Nope, not at my desired weight but damn am I getting strong.
"Mi nombre es Alejandra Reyes y cuando comencé a trabajar con Gemi no imagine todo lo que aprenderia no solo con respecto a nutrición sino a nivel personal. En estos meses he podido mejorar no solo la forma en que yo y mi familia nos alimentamos sino que también pude sanar conflictos emocionales que pense ya estaban resueltos y sin embargo seguían haciendome daño. Hoy puedo decir que Gemi ha sabido motivarme para ser mas sana y fuerte físicamente, pero más importante aún me ha enseñado el camino para amarme y aceptarme cada día mas."
"My name is Alejandra Reyes and when I started working with Gemi, I did not imagine everything that I would learn not only with respect to nutrition but also on a personal level." In these months I have been able to improve not only the way I and my family feed ourselves but also I could also heal emotional conflicts that I thought were already resolved and yet they were still hurting me.Today I can say that Gemi has been able to motivate me to be healthier and stronger physically, but more importantly he has taught me the way to love and accept me more every day. "
When I first met Gemi, I had thought I was ahead of the nutrition game. I believed what I had been told about food groups, portions, and eating right. Gemi helped me to discover that there is more we don't learn from our parents, athletic coaches, and even from newer research. Since working with Gemi, I have been able to identify not only foods that need to be eliminated from my regular diet, but more importantly, ways to think about the life I am living. Gemi has taken me out of my comfort zone, by asking questions that no one else has.
I would invite anyone who is ready for a challenge, to experience this profound way to train your brain to make good choices on its own.-Emily K.
Since joining the program, I have learned to read labels and to process that information for what it really is.
The most significant learning I have noticed is how the food I eat directly affects my physical health. I have changed my way of thinking about this relationship.
Gemi is loving and caring, and she has a deep desire to teach how food and lifestyle are so connected. I would recommend this program to people who are ready to make a long-term lifestyle change.
"My experience with Gemi continues to be a huge success!"
My first task was to identify the areas I wanted to work on and incorporate strategies to feel empowered and move forward. Gemi helped me to identify a new mental framework for diet, exercise, and brain. I'm so grateful for her expertise and sensitivity. Thanks also for not letting me off the hook until I reach all my goals. You're the best health coach out there.
- James E.
"Before meeting Gemi, I didn't know that I was unhealthy, I thought I was just okay. What was most helpful to me was learning the healthy and not so healthy aspects of food and how they affected my well being. It was an amazing eye opener. I’ve always said that I wanted to learn how to use food as fuel and that is exactly what I learned. It didn’t hurt that Gemi was never judgmental or negative. She was supportive all the way… even on my bad days. This experience has, in many ways, been a blessing in my life. My struggles remain, but I now feel that I have the knowledge to meet those challenges. THANK YOU Gemi!"
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