Collier and Lee Counties Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed

Empower U Health Coaching by Amanda

Amanda Laukaitis

Amanda Laukaitis

The best words to describe the results of Amanda Laukaitis’ journey from a disease-promoting lifestyle to one that advances the optimal health that she enjoys today are total transformation. The dramatic change in mind and body required great self-discipline, self-motivation and accountability in order to shift from a routine that included binging nightly on Trader Joe’s orange chicken, ice cream and other sweets, smoking a half a pack of Parliament Light cigarettes daily and working at bar, which often caused her to stay up sometimes until 3 a.m. or later.

“When I moved to Florida. I was already overweight when I began working at a restaurant where I ate fried foods and cheeseburgers regularly. I gained so much weight that I couldn’t put my pants on anymore and had to buy a new wardrobe. I tried exercising here and there. but never lost any weight. so I gave up. I felt tired, depressed and grumpy. I was sick every other month and had really bad eczema. I was disgusted with my body,” says Laukaitis.

The tide began to turn when Laukaitis purchased a pair of running shoes, read several books on running, created her own training plan and registered for her first half-marathon. Hooked on running. she lost weight and got into better shape, but felt as though she still needed something more to make a total shift. She turned to plant-based nutrition, watching documentaries and reading books such as Colin Campbell’s China Study. “My life was forever changed. The plant-based diet, which was the key to unlock boundless energy, helped me to discover my life’s work. Six years, more than 12 marathons and 25 pounds later, I have created a successful holistic health coaching business that is far more than just about following a diet plan. It’s a lifestyle,” advises Laukaitis, who offers four programs and a 14-day reset cleanse.

Her 90-Day Total Body Transformation offers the right system, support and accountability so the client reaches their health and wellness goals to gain the body they want.

Total Transformation 30-Day Jumpstart includes four private coaching sessions in which clients are motivated to exercise, encouraged to develop a new perspective on mealtimes and to create customized food lists that are right for their unique body. Shopping lists for meal planning are included.

Grocery Store Tours are a one-hour walkthrough of a client’s local grocery to find go-to foods. The educational tour includes information about which ingredients to avoid and how to determine if something is healthy or not. It includes a plant-based diet customizable food list and instructions on what to always leave out of the cart.

Run Your First Race is a customized running plan that includes support, motivation, a running schedule that gets the client across the finish line and how to build up weekly runs in order to finish a marathon safely without injuries, as well as what and when to eat for long runs.

For more information, call 978-257-3238 or visit

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Local Practitioners Offer No-Brainer Ideas for Preventing Dementia

Before any symptoms of memory decline and other brain functions become evident, it’s comforting to know that there are practitioners in Southwest Florida that can help individuals slow down or even reverse cognitive decline.

Massage Green Spa Naples Combines Massage and Sauna

Each session includes a five-minute consultation with a licensed massage therapist and five minutes to re-dress at the conclusion of the appointment. Facials and full-spectrum infrared sauna sessions are also offered.

Marsha Armstrong’s Path to Surrender

At the age of 10, Marsha Armstrong, owner of Guided by Divine Grace, in Naples, knew ‘beyond a doubt’ that she wanted to be a medical doctor.

How to Get a Beach-Ready Body

Local resources offer everything from mineral makeup with sunscreen, non-invasive body contouring treatments and weight-loss programs, to a homemade essential oils remedy for sunburn to prepare you for summer fun.

Healthy Hair

Hair is a window into an individual’s health, because it grows from the inside out and requires more than topical enhancement, including the right vitamins and minerals to remain strong and healthy.