I was overweight and borderline obese. I felt sluggish, tired, and lacked energy to do things. I wasn't happy with my body and I was suffering from high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Since starting on a program with Dora I learned to listen to my body and to understand that how I feed my body both literally and spiritually affects my overall being. I have also accepted the fact that I am in control of my health and happiness. I have lost over 50 lbs and I feel great! The weight loss is merely a byproduct of training myself to be more attuned to what I eat and how I treat my body.
My focus now is to maintain a harmonious balance between food, work, play, exercise and home life. I feel like I have been given a life and body manual that I will be following from now on. Thank you Dora.
John, 42 years young
When I first sought out Dora I was suffering from intense chronic migraines that would last anywhere from 3-7 days with 1 or 2 days of relief in between.
I have been seeing Dora for 3 months now, and I have to say a month into working closely with her my migraines vanished. Dora closely examined my symptoms and read my body to pin point my main problems. By eliminating toxins and negative thoughts, she was able to help me release this tortured pain I was holding onto for so long. She was also able to see that certain foods were not reacting well with my body which was causing so much of my bloating and nausea. I have yet to have a migraine and my bloating is so rare that it's almost non existent... I am so grateful to have found Dora and for the second chance she gave me at living my life to the fullest.
I would describe Dora as my miracle healer - absolutely amazing in all aspects!
Tina, 29 years old
I have known Dora for quite a long time and think very highly of her. Dora is now a conscientious Certified Holistic Health Coach with a genuine interest in the Human Condition (A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body). These qualities are rare in the medical field.
Her education and training in Holistic Medicine, enabled her through a thorough examination to identify the right supplements and nutritional recommendations to help my body heal the chronic fatigue and various other issues which were detrimental to my health. Dora above all is an exceptional human being. I would highly recommend Dora for a consultation. Your health is in good hands.
Leonidas, 57 years young
Before I started working with Dora, I had anxiety, craved sweets all the time and was 183 lbs. I felt very tired. I wasn't feeling well and wanted to lose weight.
Dora found what I should eat and we talked a lot and that helped me. Through our sessions I lost 30 lbs., I feel better, I don't get tired easily, my sleep is better and emotionally I feel much better.
Despina, 54 years young.
I had a lot of bloating and very bad heartburn. I could not figure out what was bothering me. A friend of mine who was working with Dora had lost weight and referred me to Dora.
She found exactly what bothered my stomach and now I feel so much better. I have no more heartburn, no more bloating, and I have lost 24 lbs.. I am so happy I met Dora and she helped me feel better and lose weight! During the holidays I fell off my plan but did not gain any weight back. Now I am back on track and am working on losing another 20 lbs. to reach my goal.
Irene, 70 years young
Before I came to Astoria Holistic Health my health was declining day by day. I was uncomfortable in my own body. Feeling negative, I had pain in my entire body.
Dora helped me understand what it is I need to know about my body and what I have to do to turn it around. She was guiding me every step of the way, not only with nutrition, but also helping me heal emotionally.
I am a different person -HEALTHY - not having any pain in my body. I feel strong and have more knowledge about my body as of what to eat and what not to eat. I understand how my body speaks to me when I am not feeling well.
Maria, 40 years young
Before I came to see you I felt anxious, angry, hopeless, tense and highly emotional. My body was also in pain. I had numbness in my hands, elbow pain, I had lower back pain, neck & shoulder pain. I felt bloated. I was on edge. I wanted to "release" 15 lbs. I knew I couldn't do it alone. I sought guidance to get myself back. I wanted to find balance and peace in me.
I am grateful to report I am feeling more peaceful. I am more present. I have learned to stay in the present, I have learned how to better take care of myself through changes in eating habits that help to support my health and issues that have transpired. Dora, your kind and gentle manner has helped me to "loosen up". I have reached my goals, released 15 pounds of weight off my body, my mental health has improved so much.... I feel lighter, hopeful, brighter. My body is pain free! I am happy. I am pain free.
Joanne, 56 years young
I have had digestive problems since High School (and I am currently 29 years old). Every doctor I have seen has run endless tests (bloodwork, endoscopy, colonoscopy, gluten/lactose tests, allergy tests) and the results always came back normal. I was prescribed countless pills for my chronic constipation and discomfort which never worked and also shot my liver levels through the roof! When I asked if there was another way to go about this (food instead of meds) they ALL said NO! So I continued living a life filled with discomfort, bloating, constipation, tired/lazy, migraines to name only a few of my symptoms that I experienced daily. Every day was just another 24 hours of torture!
Currently, I am not constipated or bloated (these were my main concerns). But Dora has helped me with much more that that. My migraines are gone as is the discomfort and lethargic tired feeling. Things that I didn't even think were a problem have also improved such as my sense of smell, my nails are harder and stronger and have stopped peeling and my sin has cleared up and is even glowing now! I also dropped 10 lbs. and feel more confident in my won skin. My mood and attitude has improved and I have transformed into a more positive, happy and fun person instead of an irritable one. Truly, Dora has changed my life and all the kind words and praises don't do her justice. She is incredible and I could never repay her all that she has done for me and my health!
Eri, 29 years old
I was in a very “bad place” both physically and emotionally. I was feeling hopeless and drained. I weighed 168 pounds and felt very “heavy.” I suffered from body aches, bloating, and overall lethargy. I suffer from many food allergies and Dora was able to pinpoint exactly foods that I should avoid and how they affect my body and mood. Dora suggested and I experimented and saw for myself how my body reacts to those food groups that make my body work harder.
I have released 18 pounds. I am more aware of how certain foods affect my weight, body and emotional state. I am more centered and balanced. Both my attitude and my body image have improved greatly. I see a difference when I go back to “old eating patterns.” I avoid “trigger foods,” such as dairy and sugar. My body immediately reacts to those triggers. I have made an effort to include “safe for me” foods and to explore different possibilities and options. Not only has Dora guided me through “weight release,” but her patience and perspective have guided me towards a clearer, balanced mindset. The knowledge and experience that Dora shares is relevant and extremely helpful. Dora connected with me on where I was at and gently made suggestions that have improved my relationship with food and my body and mood. An overall amazing journey.
Kally, 57 years young
Prior to our sessions, I suffered from severe back pains and muscular arm pain. My nights were endless. I was extremely fatigued, and lifeless. I was always bloated and suffered from belly aches after eating. My eating habits were horrific. Eating the wrong foods and having no energy to move let alone exercise. I was depressed and suffered from anxiety.
I have come a long way. I have learned to listen to my body before and after food. Overall my sleeping patterns have improved, being able to sleep through the night. My body aches have improved by 90%. My arm is in full motion with no pain. My back pain has improved allowing me to be able to take long walks, and begin to appreciate life.
My body tells me when I'm hungry, and tells me when I'm full. I have learned to appreciate whole foods and enjoy cooking with vegetables of all types. Vegetables were a forbidden food in the past. I have learned the importance of whole foods, and how my body digests them preventing the hunger pangs.
My mood has definitely improved, and I am able to rationalize and put things into perspective when problems arise. Although I still have more to learn, I am extremely proud of the challenges that I now can overcome.
I am learning to respect my body by fueling it with whole foods and releasing weight so I can sleep, breathe and feel better.
Through proper digestion of eating clean, not only does it clear my gut but gives my mind clarity.
I have been given tools to self assess and deal with challenges that life has thrown my way. I have improved my mind, body and soul. I see life through clearer lenses, and look forward to how much more I will learn and grow.
My sincerest appreciation for Doras patience, support and love.
Georgia, 56 years young
I was in perpetual pain throughout my body: chronic headaches, shoulder aches, neck pains, numbing in my fingers, lower back pain, and knee pain. I felt bloated, I was tense. I was highly emotional. I came to you, Dora when I learned how you helped some others release their weight to gain their health. But the motivational quote on your business care: "the part cannot be well unless the whole is well" - by Plato, spoke volumes to me. I knew I needed your help and guidance. My intent was to be in peace and find peace, self worth, self actualization, and to learn to better communicate with my family. I wanted to be me again.
At this point in my journey, I am more at peace. I am unraveling my self worth and actualization. My spirit is lightened. My heart is lighter. With your guidance and support, with your kind, warm, loving, accepting, manner and knowledge, I have released the weight off my body. I have learned that my body is my ally, to listen, pay attention and it will not betray me.
I have also learned a lot about myself - why I am, who I am, how I became. I was afraid to be vulnerable in my home because I wanted to be the "perfect" mom. It was exhilerating to discover this. I feel like Moses. When the sea parted and his people were able to walk across the ocean without drowning. I learned the idea of being perfect is a judgment. I judged myself based on others judgments of me. I'm in the throws of understanding that I am enough. I am also learning how important it is to have boundaries: what is ok, what is not ok. Am grateful to have embarked on this journey. I feel elated and inspired to learn so much and to share what am learning. Through this work I am able to communicate with my familiy in an authentic way, with boundaries, and without shame.
Joanne, 59 years young