My name is Paul Biscione and I am a Certified Health Counselor and owner of Health Xpectations, LLC. How did I stumble upon this career? Well that’s an interesting story, and here it is……..
“It ain’t easy being gluten free.” Well actually it is, but back when my wife Dina found out she was gluten intolerant, it was not. These days though, being gluten free is relatively easy. With the deluge of new companies making great gluten free products (such as Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery) and many restaurants (such as BoneFish Grill) offering gluten free choices off of a certified safe menu, a person now has just that, “choices!” This was not the case even as little as five years ago. At that time, just the mention of the word gluten to a regular Doctor would get you the “it’s all in your head” look they used to give out so readily….you know the look.
Since then, organizations such as the NFCA, celebrities touting the gluten free diet, and bloggers like me (of course) have been out there spreading the word and turning Celiac disease and gluten intolerance into a more common place topic. So does that mean the battle is over?…No, not by a long shot. Luckily, the people who are vested in this type of an issue seem to lack the off-switch that quiets a person when things start to go well. And I for one could not be happier than to be part of this group of amazing non-quitters!
The gluten free world has really opened up some doors for me. My blog and my eBook have certainly given me some recognition, new friends and a sense of self worth. So how did the GF world catapult me into the world of health and wellness? Here’s how.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they fell like someone is tugging on their coat tails saying “this is great and all, but I think you can do more.” It certainly happened to me, but I had no idea what to do with the constant tugging. I so desperately wanted to do something with gluten free foods since I was so vested in it, but nothing ever seemed to be the right fit for me. Luckily, other people saw my path for me, even though I still couldn’t see it!
A few years back while attending a gluten free conference, my friend and colleague, Ilise Ratner C.H.C., told me that I have a true passion and strong personality when it comes to my beliefs and that I should look into attending IIN (The Institute for Integrative Nutrition). No, I did not think she was a crazy person trying to sell me something, but I had no idea what a Certified Health/Holistic Counselor was, so other than absorbing what she said as a compliment and becoming quick friends with her, I didn’t really think of it again for a long while.
My wife Dina has always been my biggest fan, and I love her so much for that as she is the motivation, reason I get out of bed, only thing I will ever need in this world (…add other Hallmark-isms here…because to me, she is!). She also felt that I should find a way to make my blog and cookbook work in my favor; turning what I love into a career. If helping people was what I wanted to do, though, how do you turn a passion into a career?
Then, one day over lunch in Union Square in NYC with Alice Bast (NFCA), Maggie Garner (Rudi’s GF Bakery) and Dayna Davis (Linheart PR) the conversation became about me and everyone questioned why I’m not part of the GF community as a profession. I told them that I just could not find my niche and that it was frustrating because all I wanted to do was to help others. Alice told me that I have a great way of presenting myself and the issues that I speak about. She said that people seem to really listen when I talk and that she knew it would only be a matter of time before I found my perfect fit. Maggie and Dayna agreed and the topic changed.
After my gluten free power lunch was over, I found myself really stuck on what they said. I knew they were right in a way because I am always being asked for advice and so happy to give it as I love to see the look of satisfaction and gratitude on a person’s face after receiving the information I provided. Luckily I had gotten an email from Ilise around that time as we were co-authoring a blog article. While I was on the phone with her, she mentioned IIN to me again. This time though, what she had to say to me finally resonated. She gave me all the information I needed to really start to think “this could be it. This could be what I was looking for!”
After explaining all of this to my wife, she agreed. This was the right path for me. Seems I was looking in the wrong places all along. You would think that a person with a cookbook about food allergies and food intolerances would end up in the food industry, yet that was not my path at all. Coaching others is the path for me. Enrolling at IIN was the start of the new me. The me that was always there, I just never met him until now. Nice to meet you, ME!
I now own and operate Healthy Xpectations, LLC.
At Healthy Xpectations I work with individuals who are interested in weight loss, stress management and are looking to find time to do something good and positive for themselves. I also work with individuals who have food allergies or intolerances, such as Celiac disease or lactose intolerance, and can even teach one how to cleanse their home of all gluten containing items, while maintaining a healthy relationship with food.
It is the most rewarding feeling to now have the tools to be able to help others succeed and meet all of their health and wellness goals and dreams.
So there you have it, my gluten free journey that led me to MY OWN personal path to health and wellness. Seems that through helping others I was actually able to help myself!
Please take a moment to visit my website for more information about me and my program at:
Healthy Xpectations: http://healthyxpectations.com/
If you have any questions regarding The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and are interested in attending, go to my Healthy Xpectations website and email me. I would be happy to speak to or set you up with a guidance counselor.
Besides being a Certified Health Counselor at Healthy Xpectations, Paul is also the writer of: