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Sharon Rousmaniere
CHC
Keene, NH
(603)357-8928

 

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I am a Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor who offers nutrition and wellness counseling and coaching to individuals, leads workshops on nutrition and creates corporate wellness programs that offer an integrated, whole-person approach to health and nutrition.

I have a long history of studying nutrition, health and psychology and received my formal nutrition training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in conjunction with Columbia University in New York City. Iím constantly learning, and along the way have studied with such nutrition greats as Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Mark Hyman, Walter Willett (head of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School), Joshua Rosenthal, and Alisa Viti Ė among others.

I work with clients both in person in Keene, New Hampshire or by telephone, nationally, to help them achieve optimum health and savor their lives.

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I live in southwestern New Hampshire with my husband Jim, cat and dog Ė and have three grown step-children. I graduated from Bennington College in 1976 and moved to Keene to study counseling psychology at what is now Antioch University New England, after which I had a 15 year detour through the business world as publisher of two successful publications.

My journey to practice holistic health and nutrition counseling has been a long one. I spent many of my early years with absolutely no awareness of my diet at all. As a young adult I worked 12 hour days, was addicted to sugar among other unhealthy foods. I felt anxious, exhausted and unfocused much of the time Ė and also struggled to keep my weight under control. Surprisingly, it didnít occur to me that I could or should change anything. Instead, I propped myself up with numerous cups of coffee each day.

I gradually began to draw the connection between what I ate and how I felt, but still wasnít sure what to do to fix things. It took a family health crisis for me to begin to focus on diet in earnest, and at that point I realized how important the right foods and supplements are for not only our sense of well-being, but for health itself. 

My own relationship with food is now a really good one. I love to eat, and  I love to explore the world through food. I find that when I eat the foods that are right for me, I can savor exquisite tastes and feel both nourished and sated Ė instead of feeling constantly hungry. I understand what my body needs now, so my brain is clear and I also donít gain weight. I love being able to teach my clients to do these same things.

I enjoy cooking (but have to say that when Jim and I first met 20 years ago, the only meal I knew how to prepare was breakfast. As a busy executive back then, I never had the time to learn how to cook at all). Today I specialize in healthy, great tasting dishes that take a half hour or less to prepare, and Iím constantly amazed at how delicious and nourishing simple food can be.

Iíd love to help you live a healthier and happier life. You can contact me here or call me at 603.357.8928 to set up a free initial consultation. Iíd love to talk about your health and show you how I can help.

I look forward to speaking with you.

 

                                    ó Sharon Rousmaniere
                                        Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor

 

 

Testimonials

"I yearned for the day when I could avoid feeling guilty about everything I ate."

I decided to work with Sharon because for the past 15 years I have slowly gained weight and have struggled in my attempts to lose it. I also yearned for the day when I could avoid feeling at least semi-guilty about everything I put into my mouth. In the past when I have been more in control of what I eat (even though I have never eaten wildly out of control) I feel better and food means more to me, and I wanted to get back to that feeling. I wanted to eat to maintain good health.

Even though in the past I thought I knew what was healthy, and had been through times as a vegetarian, I learned while working with Sharon that I had only a rudimentary understanding of what was ďhealthyĒ for me and what was not.

Now, I am making choices that I can live with regarding food. I find that my cravings for certain foods have diminished significantly and I am eating new, healthier foods, and am really enjoying how they taste and how they make me feel.

In addition, it took a couple of months for me to start losing weight, but then I began to steadily lose 1-2 pounds per week. I continued losing weight even after I finished working with Sharon and have now lost almost 20 pounds. This is very exciting to me because that was one of my goals, but itís even more exciting because I havenít even been trying. And Iíve certainly not been dieting. Iíve just been eating foods that I love that make me feel great.

I would recommend working with Sharon for anyone who is like me and generally interested in nutrition, but not the traditional model where eating is based on the USDAís food pyramid. Sharon has a great way of instructing/informing me about my own specific health concerns and helping me use nutrition and general healthy choices to treat these concerns. She also is personable and has a great sense of humor and that always helps!

MBV, Peterborough, NH


"Working with Sharon has proven to be the best thing Iíve ever done for myself."

Working with Sharon has proven to be the best thing I've ever done for myself.

At 53, I was feeling far older than my years as I found myself struggling to maintain my weight (never mind lose the 50 or so extra pounds that Iíd accumulated since the births of my children!), spending more and more on meds to combat depression, anxiety and hypertension, and encountering sudden, unexplained and/or persistent aches and pains throughout my body. My efforts to eat Ďrightí and exercise religiously all seemed futile; nothing worked, and I had reached the point where I was ready to simply accept that Ďthisí is how life would be during my remaining years on this earth.

Then I heard about Sharon, investigated her website and then scheduled a free consultation. It was then that I knew Ďthisí would not be how I would have to feel for the rest of my life!

During my work with Sharon, I lost weight, found renewed energy, and eliminated those mysterious aches and pains. Now my cravings are gone and I sleep more soundly. I awaken each morning feeling rested and ready for the day, and all because Iíve learned what eating right really means for me.

Sharon provided me with valuable hard data and recipes that I keep in a readily accessible binder and will continue to refer to and utilize for years to come. I recommend her highly, without hesitation or reservation. Sharon has become my ONLY go-to resource when it comes to nutrients, supplements and overall health and well-being.

Suzanne Stevens, Keene, NH


ďWe donít know what we donít know.Ē

I have always been very active and rode my bike 2000 miles a year without any weight loss. I knew that what I was eating wasn't very good for me, but I didn't know what the right foods were and I felt like I was missing out on a opportunity to live healthier. I knew if I didn't get a handle on this now and change our lifestyle that it would get increasing harder as we get older.

I knew my wife needed to be involved with this process, since we spend so much time with each other, and so we worked with Sharon together.

We have both done extremely well. Speaking for myself here, I feel great. I have tried many new foods, have more energy, and feel like I am in control of what I eat. I understand better what fuel my body needs and I can definitely feel the difference when I eat the right foods. I am satisfied when I leave the dinner table and can concentrate on living life rather than filling myself with junk. I can't wait to get back on the bike in the spring and see how I can perform with the right fuel in the tank.

Iíve also begun to lose weight, and at this point have dropped almost 15 pounds, with all signs pointing to this trend continuing. Iím closing in on my target weight and donít feel any sense of deprivation at all regarding food.

I would recommend working with Sharon for anyone who wants to feel better about themselves and what they eat.

We don't know what we don't know. We can't be an expert on everything and it's ok to reach out for some help and guidance from time to time to better our lives. I have used coaches before in business and for other things in my life and had tremendous results. I think of Sharon as our nutrition coach who is guiding us to a better way of life and would highly recommend her services.

Best regards,
Ken Abbott, Westmoreland, NH


"...it's not about deprivation or willpower, but focused on deeply nourishing ourselves."

I am currently a grad student studying business and sustainability and as I was getting further into my program I realized that while I was learning ways to improve the sustainability of society, that I, myself, did not feel Ďsustainableí; meaning that my lifestyle did not allow me to consistently feel healthy and I often struggled to rejuvenate myself after stressful periods. I felt hypocritical advocating for change in the world, when I didn't personally exemplify or live this change.

Although already somewhat health conscious, I needed more tools in order to improve health and have more energy in my day-to-day life and I came upon the idea that food is by far the best to accomplish this, after all Ďfood is medicineí and Ďwe are what we eatí. This is when I decided to work with Sharon.

Before I found Sharon I had many chronic symptoms. Physically, I experienced chronic fatigue, body aches, allergy symptoms, food sensitivities, headaches, digestive problems, bloating, menstrual issues, and an overall sense of diminished well-being.

Emotionally, I was prone to ups-and-downs, anxiety and depression. Mentally, I often had trouble concentrating and lots of Ďbrain fogí; my friends often joked about my bad memory. However, the worst chronic symptom I experienced was my addiction to sugar and caffeine, and binge eating under stress. These compulsions plagued my sense of well-being and followed me around like a black cloud even on the sunniest of days.

Now, after working with Sharon, I feel so much better! I no longer feel tired and bloated all the time, overwhelmed with Ďhow to eatí, or unable to walk past a plate of brownies. Now I feel healthier, more fit, my skin is clearer and I have a much greater sense of vitality. Plus my tool belt is full of new and sharpened tools and nowadays, a trip to the grocery store, with its unbelievable array of options, isnít overwhelming anymore!

I would recommend working with Sharon to anyone who wants to improve their health while also enjoying the pleasure of food, or even growing to truly experience eating a wide range of foods.

Her lessons are not about deprivation or relying on willpower, but are focused on deeply nourishing ourselves. Her sessions also give you the space to explore the emotional and spiritual aspects of your relationship with eating.

Thanks!!

Ally King, Keene, NH


ďFor the first time I feel that Iím doing something I can keep doing for the rest of my life.Ē

Some friends of mine had worked with Sharon and had great success with weight loss. I was tired of yo-yo dieting, which I had done for 20 years, and was ready to attack my weight problem in a very different way, so I decided to work with her, too.
It took a little while, but Iíve now started losing weight and am down six pounds so far and am thrilled because Iím actually losing weight during the holiday season while also enjoying what Iím eating. This is usually not at all what happens during this time of year.

I have totally changed how and what I eat and this is the first time I feel that Iím doing something that I can keep doing for the rest of my life.

Itís partially because I love what Iím eating, but also because I feel healthier than I have ever felt before. In addition to wanting to lose weight, I had various problems, such as joint pain, headaches and cravings for sugary foods, which have now completely disappeared.

Christine Symonds, Keene, NH


"My cholesterol numbers have NEVER been this good!"

I had a cholesterol test recently and the numbers were great. Now, this is either someone else's blood (my numbers have NEVER been this good) or your help has really made a difference...

P.C., Keene, NH


"You can build a sustainable program to live with for the rest of your life."

I decided to work with Sharon because I wanted to learn more about nutrition and how what I ate affected my weight, energy and overall fitness level. I wasnít feeling my best and I felt that I needed to take control and really learn about what I was putting into my body to gain an understanding of what was affecting my wellness at its root core level. After working with Sharon for six months, I am now forever changed in how I approach and evaluate what I eat and how I feel.

There is so much information out there and so many diets bombarding you with often conflicting statements, that it is difficult to know what to listen to and what will work for you. In the past, thinking I was doing things the Ďrightí way, I would often eat the wrong things, at the wrong times and in the wrong proportions which created a flywheel affect of seeking more of the same things that werenít giving me the energy and nutrients that I needed.

Sharon and I were able to tailor my diet in ways that worked for me.  My diet now is easy and natural (I am not ďon a dietĒ) and I now rarely have cravings for things that are less healthy for me. Sharon introduced me to foods I was never aware of before that can satisfy my appetite and are much healthier and better sources of energy. This, combined with taking some tailored supplements have made a tremendous difference in getting me to a place where my weight is stabilized and I have lots of energy for my workouts, my job and my family. I literally have never felt better!

I would recommend working with Sharon for anyone who wants to take control of their diet and really understand the impact of how the food and nutrients they put into their bodies affect their health, energy and overall wellness. She is great to work with and will educate you about a large range of nutritional options and then help you to tailor a diet specifically for you. You can really experiment and pick and choose from a multitude of different elements and then build a sustainable program you can easily live with for the rest of your life. It was a great experience for me and has helped me build the foundation for health and wellness in the second half of my life.

Todd Warden, Keene, NH


"It's been quite a remarkable transformation."

Iím in my mid-50s and thought I was making good choices when it came to food and health. Iíve read many health newsletters and pay attention to media reports about diet, wellness, aging, sleep, exercise and all of the other elements that constitute healthy aging. But I now know that as hard as I tried, many of the choices I was making werenít serving me well.

Sharon listened to the details of my sleep, digestive and mood issues and distilled much of it into a manageable and realistic series of small changes, which, together, have made a huge difference in all areas of my health.

Itís been quite a remarkable transformation, and I have really never in my life felt this good. It didnít happen all at once, and there was some trial and error, but Sharon worked hard to find the solutions that worked for me, and together we succeeded in implementing them. We checked in more frequently than I expected, and I felt completely supported all the way through the process.

I now have lots of energy, more stable moods, a spring in my step and a positive outlook about my life going forward. Iím also finding that Iíve been losing weight without even trying, which is something I like a lot and have never been able to easily do before. This has been a very successful endeavor for me and well worth my investment of time, energy and money. It feels invaluable.

Iím very grateful for Sharonís patient and caring attention to me and my thousands of questions and concerns.

Thank you!

C.J., Keene, New Hampshire


 

ďSharon is very encouraging and is an excellent cheerleader.Ē

I was a sugarholic for years, and ate everything sweet that came my way. I especially enjoyed frozen yogurt (as long as it contained chocolate), and things like Hershey kisses and those baby Snickers bars Ė by the bagful. How delicious it all was! But the side-effects were quite disturbing: much heartburn and insomnia, and worst of all, feeling anything but good about myself for ďbeing so weakĒ.

I was also tired of feeling fatigued so much of the time for no discernible reason, and I needed someone to be accountable to. In short, I was a mess.

Now, after 2-1/2 months, I feel as if Iím learning, finally, how to best nourish my body Itís been fun trying new recipes and eating foods that I hadnít had before that taste really good. Best of all, things are better between myself and me, and that in itself is huge.

Almost as an aside, Iíve lost upwards of 10 pounds without even trying. Sharon is very encouraging and is an excellent cheerleader!

Thanks!!
Sue Lucia, Keene, NH


 

"Working with Sharon was one of the best gifts I could have given myself."

I began working with Sharon after I had recently finished getting my degree in art, which I did while working. Between working, attending classes and doing homework my exercise and eating regimens were very much disrupted. I badly needed help to get myself on track. As it turns out, the information I got from Sharon was information I could have used long before I went back to school. Although I had been a regular exerciser and watched what I ate, I learned through working with Sharon just how  uninformed I was about food and nutrition.

Working with Sharon was one of the best gifts I could have given myself, and as happens, my husband as well, since we both have benefited greatly. She gave me the knowledge to be an educated eater and make much more informed choices. I now feel empowered about food and nutrition and am I healthier than Iíve ever been.

I never felt judged. She worked with me from exactly where I was and I learned to make better choices.

I now feel so much better about how I approach my food, I finally feel as if I treat myself and my body with respect and self love instead of putting my nutritional needs last.

I would recommend working with Sharon for anyone who wants to take their eating choices into their own hands with a very informed and supportive health and nutrition counselor.

Tricia O'Neill, Telephone Client, Gloucester, MA


"We created a diet tailored to my physical realities that has really been working well for me."

I spent years experimenting with many dietary approaches (including extreme low fat, AMA heart diet, vegetarianism, vegan) to manage my heart disease. While I was able to get my cholesterol numbers down, my triglycerides were high and I felt "unbalanced". With little awareness on my part, my body was battling the toxic effects of my diet and my medications. This often left me feeling exhausted and depleted. It was difficult for me to get the exercise I needed because I just didnít have the energy to do it.

After all this, I was fortunate to find and work with Sharon, and was able to greatly benefit from her holistic approach. We created a diet tailored to my physical realities that has really been working well for me.

After a little more than a year of using this approach (I finished working with Sharon roughly six months ago), I've had two blood tests that were the best I have ever had. They were balanced and every measurement was normal.

I now eat a wonderfully interesting diet that includes many of the things I had previously avoided and hadnít eaten for years. I feel like I am definitely gaining the upper hand here.

Working with Sharon has also awakened in me an interest in the food "systems" of the world and especially heightened my interest in local food systems. I feel that I am finally on the right path with the "fuel" I put into my body.

P.C., Keene, NH


"I ate Ďwellí, so didnít think I needed help."

Iím in my mid-60s and consulted with Sharon because various things were starting to go wrong with my body. Among them were that I had many, very severe leg cramps and also had frequent, intense hot flashes. I ate very well, so wasnít really sure that seeing a nutritionist was what I needed, but I thought it couldnít hurt to talk.

Boy was I wrong. I ended up learning many new things that enabled me to adjust my diet, improve my supplement choices and expand my thinking about not only about nutrition but also my activities.

Now, after just three months I have virtually no leg cramps, no hot flashes and I feel better than I have in a long time.

Iím also much more aware of how the food and supplement choices I make affect my health and sense of well-being.

Amy Bodwell, Roxbury, NH


"I feel like a new woman."

My sister had been working with Sharon for a couple of years and has gotten great results. 

I decided to work with her, too, because I had recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and was desperate to eat as well as I could to improve my diabetes. I just had no idea where to start, and the hospital nutritionists werenít very helpful or innovative like Sharon.

Before working with Sharon, I wasnít happy with my weight, I had very little energy and I felt depressed and anxious at times. After just a few months, I feel like a new woman! Iíve lost weight, I have an incredible amount of energy, so much that I now wake up at 5:30 a.m. and canít wait to get on the treadmill Ė and I feel calmer and happier than I can remember. Iíve also been able to reduce the amount of insulin I use.

I feel like Iíve now been educated in a way that would be very hard to research myself, and I feel so much clarity from what I have learned and what I can now do for myself.

Sharon is such a great pleasure to work with. No judgments and a lot of encouragement. I highly recommend her.

Anne O'Neill, Telephone Client, Lincoln, MA


During the past couple of weeks I can say that I have a little more weight loss, my mood is more balanced and my confidence is much better.

A.L., Telephone Client, Greenwich, CT


..... and lastly, when I weighed myself this morning, it turns out that I have lost 2 more pounds, so am finally down to 170. Yahoo!

P.O., Telephone Client, Beverly, MA


You are doing a terrific thing for me. I want to thank you so much. I feel better already. I have only had one collapse (i.e., white sugar attack) in the past two weeks.

I cannot tell you how nurturing it is, in more ways than one, to spend this time with you.

C.K., Telephone Client, Cambridge, MA


I am starting to feel better about food. It's always made me nervous, and with my history of anorexia, I worried that beginning to work with you would send me back there.

I'm relieved to report that it hasn't, and I now feel that I can eat real food without worrying that I'll become ensnared in old behaviors. Thank you.

A.S., Marlborough, NH


I didn't realized how much things had changed until the other day when I saw a friend I hadn't seen for a long time. She told me that I looked fantastic...

J.R., Ann Arbor, MI


I enjoyed the talk Ė and learned that clearly, I have been consuming too much sugar without even knowing it.

I am trying not to panic, but just to now spend the time with you learning how to do this. I'm starting to get it.

O.C., Keene, NH

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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