My name is Olga Jaffe. I am a Health Coach and Nutritional Therapist.
Let me tell you about myself!
This is my second successful career. Many years ago, I was an Investment Banker, and worked for one of the biggest international banking groups, BNP Paribas in their office in Moscow, Russia. I was their youngest ever Chief Financial Officer.
One beautiful summer morning, my brilliant career in banking was interrupted by another joyful event – the birth of my first child. As a high-ranking investment banker, I had worked 24/7 throughout my pregnancy and was still receiving business calls in the delivery room of the maternity hospital.
Unfortunately my son was born prematurely, then moved to a hospital specialising in the care of premature babies and put on life support. I had to choose between my career and my baby boy. I am sure you can guess the choice I made…
Later, in his first year, my son was diagnosed with various chronic illnesses. He had several neuro-developmental conditions and a severe eating disorder, where his body struggled to keep food down. My loving heart refused to accept the diagnosis of conventional medical; that his diseases were incurable.
I decided that, if conventional medicine was unable to help him, I would investigate alternative medicine. And that’s how my journey into naturopathy and so-called functional medicine began.
I read a great number of books about my son’s diseases and disorders. I attended courses on naturopathy, nutritional medicine, diet-based therapy, hypnotherapy and aromatherapy, foot massage, NLP (neurolinguistic programming) and many more. I started to put into practice my newly-acquired knowledge.
It was not an easy, smooth or successful journey. I made errors and experienced various disappointments along the way, but eventually my 10 to 12 years of hard and persistent work finally paid off: my son’s condition started to improve.
By the time my son’s condition started to improve I came to the realisation that all my acquired experience, knowledge and expertise could be useful to help other children and their parents who find themselves in the same desperate situation as I was, over 20 years ago.
I was prepared for my new challenge!
So I became a trustee at Rusfond UK, one of the biggest charities which works with children who have cancer and other rare diseases. I worked there for ten years.
And then the pandemic happened. I realised that having seen so much suffering, illness and hardship, I wanted to focus on preventative medicine.
I decided to broaden my professional horizons: I continued my education at CNM (the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London) and then at the College of Living Nutrition.
Thus I became a Health Coach and Nutritional Therapist.
So that’s my story until now…
My son is in his early 20s now. He is currently studying at the University of Chicago, majoring in Economics and Eastern European Studies. He is also taking a third major, the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Course) at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
In the summer, he got a job as Head of Division in military intelligence. After an extremely challenging assessment, he was ranked in the top 3% in his division, and in the top 10% of the entire United States. His report stated that he has unlimited potential and has advised him to enroll in the army. His future is looking very promising.
And as for myself….
Currently, I specialise in promoting a healthy lifestyle, longevity and wellbeing.
I also write a monthly health column for New Style magazine in London, and give regular lectures in collaboration with different institutions.
What makes my approach unique?
How to make healthier choices, what to eat, how to exercise, how to improve your lifestyle, isn’t always straightforward. It sounds so simple, yet it can be very difficult without proper guidance and support. This is exactly where a health coach can have a profound impact.
My goal is to support you in realigning your priorities in life, which will enable you to achieve your best possible health. You will learn to love and treat yourself with kindness and self-care, gradually developing healthier habits in a sustainable way.
I will support you in making holistic changes, tailored to fit your lifestyle, no matter where you are on this journey. I offer guidance through deep listening techniques and evaluative assessments.
All my health-coaching services are bespoke.
I will help you create exactly the right lifestyle for you.
I will support you in implementing these new lifestyle choices.
I will help you overcome any resistance to change that you may experience.
I offer a collaborative approach to help you build new healthy habits.
I equip you with the knowledge, tools and confidence to enable you to make choices based on your values.
You will improve your capacity to self-manage effectively.
I work at a pace that suits you. We all know that dramatic or significant changes to our diet and lifestyle are unsustainable in the long term. This is why New Year’s Resolutions are sometimes difficult to keep! Or why we occasionally procrastinate after a consultation with a nutritionist!