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Meet Neeyaz Zolfaghari of Unspoken Nutrition in Greater LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Neeyaz Zolfaghari.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
To know how I got to where I am today is to know what inspired me to be here. As this woman and this person, I proudly and lovingly am today. I was 19 years old when I started to experience a laundry list of symptoms, ones that I deemed normal and casually dismissed. However, when these symptoms started to present themselves more prominently, my intuition (as I now understand it to be) told me that something was not right.

My thick hair was falling and thinning out, my hands had a tremor even at my most calm state, my heart rate was on overdrive, I had severe digestive issues and terrible anxiety that manifested into people calling me “a worrier.” Our bodies give us subtle clues when things are not balanced, and these messages become louder as time goes on and we ignore them. These messages led to an autoimmune diagnosis that has radically changed the trajectory of my life.

My healing journey has been the greatest teacher. It’s what inspired me to study nutrition because food and my relationship to it was one of the biggest catalysts in my healing. I chose to take this passion and turn it into my livelihood – to help other people facing their own personal health struggles, find hope and healing. After studying nutrition, I went on to study Health Coaching and Integrative Nutrition, then I started Unspoken Nutrition, where I now work with incredible humxns from around the globe every day. Had it not been for my diagnosis, I don’t know that I would have come to care for myself in the way that I do today. The way in which I appreciate and give thanks for my health now, it comes from a much deeper part of myself that garnered attention because of my diagnosis.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When someone is given a diagnosis, such as autoimmunity, the road to healing can feel long, tedious, overwhelming and lonely. When I was first diagnosed, I felt like I would never be myself again. I went from feeling in control of my life to not knowing what my future would hold. I listened and did what my doctors told me to do. I took the medications needed, had all the tests run – it was never ending. I was nearing my 20’s and I was afraid that this was just how my life was going to be. I felt so stuck and after a few years, I was tired of taking medications as “bandaids” for larger, underlying issues. I knew in the deepest part of my soul that there were other things to address. I was so frustrated by all the conflicting advice out there and was desperately searching for what was best for me. I wanted to feel like myself again and not be identified as “the sick person.” That’s one of the hardest parts about healing from something like chronic illness – those that are affected tend to personalize their diagnosis and that can hinder their recovery. I help people work through those emotional blocks and see themselves in the rawest form so that they can heal.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am the founder of Unspoken Nutrition and my role is that of a mentor, friend, guide and companion. Formally my title is International Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach, which means that I help support those that are looking for ways to nurture their life and healing.

I help my clients identify the underlying causes of their health issues and concerns – the root causes. Working together, we nurture those areas of their life through positive affirmations and thoughts, nutrient dense foods and advantageous routines in order to build a balanced life and obtain optimal health. My specialties include mindful and intuitive eating, healthy lifestyle planning, rising up to empowerment and creating balance through holistic techniques. I’m known for utilizing nurturing practices that are holistic and sustainable.

I am so proud of the community that I’ve built since day one. I really love conversing with the people that I come in contact with through my brand and my work. I’ve made some of the greatest friendships because of this work and my clients are all incredible humxns that I stay in touch with long after we have worked together. I cannot believe that this is my “job;” I am so grateful.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always curious and very bubbly. And when I learned English in pre-school, I couldn’t stop talking. Watching home videos of me having tea parties with my stuffed animals, playing with my younger brother, being in the kitchen with my mom and grandma, I always loved being around people. I grew up being really close with my family, especially my maternal grandmother. My parents came to the states from Iran during the revolution, when they were teenagers. Being Iranian means a lot of food, a lot of noise and a lot of affection.

And as much as I love being around people, I value alone time so much. Even growing up, I loved reading and I remember reading as many as five books a month, if not more. I’ve always been a fan of stories, fiction or non-fiction and grew up having a vivid imagination.

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