I was introduced to Ling Wong by my friend Doron Kahana. Ling and I met at the lobby of the well known Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica on a crisp Wednesday afternoon, just a few days before my 2-month adventure to Boston, New York and Israel.
Ling’s personal journey in wellness and nutrition started when she was trying to conceive. She underwent a series of fertility treatments that left her depleted and weak, and she decided to take a break and seek healing. She started eating healthier, went through a series of acupuncture treatments, used Chinese and Western herbal medicine, and practiced yoga and meditation regularly to align her mind, body and soul.
Within three months, her thyroid issue improved dramatically, her hormonal (endocrine) system became balanced and she was able to conceive successfully.
Ling didn’t stop there. Inspired by her results, she continued her journey by completing the Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree at Clayton College of Natural Health, and applied a combination of good nutrition, ample rest and relaxation, and appropriate physical activities to achieve a smooth pregnancy and a speedy recovery.
She then made it her life’s mission to share her personal experience and growing knowledge in wellness and nutrition with women of all life stages. She continued her studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she learned many different dietary theories combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts.
“I am an overachiever,” she said. “Being an architect by academic training, and a project manager by trade, I always find myself challenged by my urge to complete all my responsibilities as a wife and a mother with perfection, to take care of my own needs, and my desire to pursue a meaningful and fulfilling career. Along the way, I found my passion in working with “alpha moms” – like myself, they want to stay healthy and look great while juggling all of their responsibilities. My mission is to help them get their groove back, tackle all their responsibilities with grace and ease, and still find time for self-care and pursuit of their passion.”
Ling is attractive and slender, and when she told me she had struggled with her weight for over 10 years, I found it hard to believe. She told me she had worked for a long time to heal her relationship with food.
Ling is a huge proponent of bio-individuality. “One person’s food is another person’s poison” is a term she likes to use. “I believe that everybody (and every body) is unique, and I when I work with my clients, I take into consideration not only their body, but also their lifestyle, individual needs, and ancestral background.”
Before becoming a health coach, she worked as a project manager in digital marketing agencies in New York City. She has first-hand experience with today’s fast-paced corporate world, and the stress and health issues that come with it.
“Getting healthy doesn’t mean we have to exercise for hours, feel bad when we eat an extra slice of pie, or follow restrictive dietary protocols to the point of deprivation,” she said. “I believe that healthy habits can be comfortably integrated into our daily routine.”
Ling doesn’t usually dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. Instead, she works with her clients to create a happy, healthy and balanced life in a flexible, fun and rewarding way. She focuses on achieving health goals such as maintaining optimal weight, reducing food cravings and improving sleep.
“I apply my experience and result-oriented approach as a project manager to my health coaching practice,” she said. “I make sure that I provide a clear, actionable plan to my clients, guide them through implementation, support them to stay on track, and provide the accountability that helps them succeed.”
When I asked Ling who would benefit the most from her services, she replied: “Anyone who is determined to make a difference in their physical health, emotional wellness and mental acuity can benefit from my services.” She answered. “That said, I specialize in supporting women in all stages of their motherhood journey – preconception wellness, prenatal and postpartum health, as well as mom-focused family nutrition. While all of my clients develop healthy habits and make lasting, positive changes to their lives, those who benefit most from my coaching learn to understand the needs of their own bodies, and cultivate the level of awareness that will allow them to stay well as their body and their circumstances change and evolve over time.”
I enjoyed meeting Ling and getting to know her. In my mind, Ling’s story reflects the essence of the global transformation we are currently experiencing. Through her own personal journey of healing, she discovered her passion for healing others and and made it her mission. Her personal experience inspired and empowered her to deepen and expand her knowledge, and then share it with others so that they too may benefit. Global healing starts with personal healing, and personal healing starts by aligning your thoughts, choices and actions with who you are.
Thank you Ling for being who you are. I look forward to re-connecting with you and learning more about your work when I get back to California.