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Elevate your health. Break through the ceiling. Reach the next level. Naturally.

 

What is grass ceiling?

Like many tri-state babies, grass ceiling was conceived during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. A few weeks prior to the storm, I had just wrapped up a yearlong nutritional certification course and was very eager to put together a vision of a future career outside of my current one. The distress and delirium that shut down the entire city gave my very creative sister and I a chance to throw around ideas. Although the gestation period turned out to be a little longer than that of human babies conceived during the natural disaster, grass ceiling has finally made its way into the world!

As most people know, the term glass ceiling refers to an “invisible but real barrier through which the next stage or level of advancement can be seen, but cannot be reached by a section of qualified and deserving employees. Such barriers exist due to implicit prejudice on the basis of age, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, and/or sex”(businessdictionary.com).

Similarly, for me, the grass ceiling refers to various barriers on your health and lifestyle that prevent you from reaching the next level of wellness – be it more energy, greater strength, freedom from disease, consistently clear skin, etc. In the same breath, grass ceiling appropriately applies to poor health and lifestyle choices that impact productivity and happiness at work, which act as a barrier on upward mobility.

It is my mission to provide insight and information through this site on what these many barriers are and how to break through them naturally and holistically. This material is geared toward regular individuals interested in health-related matters of all sorts with an open mind toward alternative treatments. And, as the name appropriately lends itself to the corporate world, this site is also for businesses in the tri-state area looking to incorporate Corporate Wellness strategies as part of their services to employees. To learn more about this piece, please visit my Corporate Wellness page here.

 

Who am I?
Nice to meet you, I’m Erin Sweeney. You can read a full introduction of my background and bio in my first blog post here.

For the quick and dirty, I live in New York City. I graduated college with a dual degree in Psychology and Labor Studies & Employment Relations, which ended up being a perfect hybrid for working in Human Resources within the Financial Services and Investment Banking industries. Over the past seven years working in multiple disciplines within the HR function, I have gained an accurate and deeply intuitive understanding of what makes employees excel, and by default, what makes organizations successful.

Wearing my other hat, I have had a fervent passion for health and wellness for over ten years. During college and later while working in HR, I explored different pathways of alternative health firsthand as a patient and also through studying them part-time via accredited schools and programs. I earned my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification via the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2012. Currently, I am in graduate school at the University of Bridgeport earning my Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition. Conjunctively, I am also studying Classical Homeopathy through the renowned teachings of George Vithoulkas in his program at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. Needless to say, I am an avid health researcher.

As my double major in undergraduate studies was a great hybrid for a career in Human Resources, my experience as a HR professional and educational background in Nutrition is an even better hybrid to provide consultation and education on Corporate Wellness. I walk the walk. And no, I don’t drive a Prius.

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