Navigating Wellness

My Personal Odyssey and Your Path to Empowerment

Claire Stanley of Creative Balance Health, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner greater Seattle area

Welcome to Creative Balance Health

Welcome to Creative Balance Health, the sanctuary for every middle-aged woman who feels overwhelmed by fatigue, digestive issues, and weight challenges. I’m Claire Stanley, and I’ve walked in your shoes. Here, we believe in a personalized approach, because your health journey is uniquely yours.

A Journey Rooted in Tradition, Fueled by Resilience

My culinary passion began in the scenic landscapes of New England. We embraced farm-to-table dining, delighting in fresh, unprocessed meals crafted with love. Yet, my upbringing bore a painful secret. My parents, Holocaust survivors, brought home unseen scars. Their trauma had a profound impact on my health, leading to numerous health challenges.

In my subsequent years, navigating the demanding world of advertising and media further deteriorated my health. Pushed by ambition and driven by societal norms, I ignored the toll it was taking. By my early 40s, I faced a barrage of health and personal challenges. Fatigue was a constant companion, no diet seemed to help, and I felt trapped in a downward spiral.

The Turning Point

It wasn’t until my health took a disastrous plunge that I sought answers beyond conventional wisdom. This journey led me to discover I had “Adrenal Fatigue”, a “leaky gut”, hormonal imbalances, and food sensitivities. Although I found some relief, the sheer amount of information and lack of continuous support left me feeling lost once again.

My struggles, however, were not in vain. They led me to comprehensive thyroid testing, which revealed a Hypothyroid diagnosis. This was a revelation, teaching me the value of detailed, accurate health assessments.

A Renewed Purpose

Determined to make a difference, I decided to pivot my career and immerse myself in the world of holistic health. I earned my Holistic Health Coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition®, became a Hormone Cure Coach®, and went on to get certified as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P). I was equipped to help others navigate their health challenges. My focus now lies in assisting midlife, entrepreneurial women regain control of their health, so they can thrive in every aspect of their lives.

Creative Balance Health: My Philosophy

My Mission is to support women to develop self-compassion, become empowered, and feel validated with their health.

Claire Stanley of Creative Balance Health, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner greater Seattle area

I believe the best way to feel like yourself again and get your energy back to return to what you enjoy, is to figure out what is going on with your body and mindset, so you can become more empowered and motivated to take care of your health.

In order to feel empowered and in control of your health, you need to cut through the overwhelm and understand what is causing you to not feel like yourself and recognize the patterns and obstacles that have gotten in your way so far. You need to have access to the appropriate diagnostic tests and tools. With self-love and patience, adopting personalized self-care strategies – involving diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and supplemental support – you can take back control of your energy, weight, and digestive health!

The inspiration behind Creative Balance Health stems from my personal journey of seeking balance amidst the chaos. Every individual is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all in health. I envisioned a place that embraces the diverse needs of each woman while providing them with a clear, sustainable path forward.

Your Partner in Health

Today, my goal is to simplify your journey. No more second-guessing, no more feeling overwhelmed. At Creative Balance Health, we provide tailored strategies that cater to your specific needs, ensuring you achieve the vibrant health you deserve.

Are you ready to reclaim your vitality, confidence, and zest for life? Let’s embark on this transformative journey together. Reach out, and let’s create your personalized roadmap to wellness.

Check out these great conversations to learn more!

Check out Episode #178 of the Life After Sugar podcast, hosted by Netta Gorman. In it, I share my personal burnout-to-recovery story, overcoming stress, fatigue, and inflammation. It’s available now on your favorite podcast player.

Claire and Cyndi O’Neill-Dady (of Exceptional Connections)

Women know running a business is stressful. Additionally, women also shoulder the burden of being primary household caregivers. Studies show stress causes work setbacks and contributes to 60%-90% of all illness. Worse, women have a significantly higher risk of stress-related health and psychological problems than men. Knowing how to manage stress will greatly improve your health plus boost work productivity, focus, and creativity.

You will learn:

  • Signs of stress-related work problems to watch for
  • Common stress triggers for entrepreneurial women
  • Benefits of managing work stress
  • Different types of stress – good and bad
  • 5 easy stress-reducing strategies you can do anywhere, anytime

In this Health Wisdom & Wealth episode, Claire talks about what helps women take back control of their energy, digestive health, and weight naturally. She shares how getting the right diagnostic lab tests can identify the root causes and restore optimal balance and function of the gut, digestion, hormones, detoxification pathways, neurotransmitters, immune strength, and other metabolic systems. Claire has custom programs that offer personalized diet and self-care plans, support, resources, and accountability you need to feel like yourself again.

To kick off the Full Living After 50 series, hosted by Meredith Vaish, I was invited to share my journey during a Real Talk panel. We spilled the beans about what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what we’ve learned about ourselves along the way.

We talked about adrenals and the role of stress, brain fog, mysterious weight gain, increased anxiety, no libido, menopause and hormone imbalances, sleep disruption and the overwhelm of it all.

But mostly, we talked about how essential it is to have each other to talk to, share resources, and practice self-compassion.

In this follow up discussion with Meredith Vaish of Pause Box, we covered best test for uncovering gut health issues, how that glass of wine disrupts restful sleep, and why “pushing through” chronic problems like fatigue and poor digestion is not a good idea.