What is Functional

Functional Nutrition is a highly personalized plan of eating for health.  It is about using food in place of medicine mainly to help increase health and wellness.

Functional Nutrition focuses on the patient instead of the disease.  It is a personalized method of optimizing your health based on your individual genetics, lab results, activity level, lifestyle, and more. There are no generic meal plans or pre-printed handouts because each individual person recommended diet will be different.

The risks of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease are strongly linked to lifestyle, activity level, and especially dietary choices.  Chronic diseases account for the majority of health concerns in middle-aged and older populations.  Fortunately, adults as well as children respond well to nutritional changes in their diet. 

Functional Nutrition diet plans usually recommend a whole food diet rich in fruits, vegetables.  A Functional Nutrition diet plan is a great foundation to improve one’s overall health.  However, some patients require more targeted dietary intervention with specific foods to treat the underlying cause of their health issues.  When high-quality nutrition is applied effectively and consistently, it can prevent future chronic diseases in adolescents, enhance cognition in people with dementia, and improve outcomes in patients receiving colorectal and gastrointestinal surgeries, among other ailments and conditions. 

Functional Nutrition honors the powerful nature of wholesome and healthy food.  It also respects that there is more to health than what we eat.  Food is not only fuel for your body, but also an extremely useful tool to help us address the underlying causes illnesses and health issues.

About Sonia Coleman and Coleman Healthy Life

About Sonia Coleman and Coleman Healthy Life

Sonia Coleman currently resides north of Atlanta, Georgia. She was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States in 2009. She is married to Danny Coleman, who is the managing attorney of a law firm. Sonia and Danny are the proud parents of two girls, Penelope who is 11 years old, and Sofia who is 8 years old. Sonia has always had a passion for the Health Sciences, and she wanted to complement her studies in this area.

Sonia’s background includes extensive work as a Veterinary Doctor specializing in small animals. Her education includes:

  • Doctorate in Internal Medicine in Bogota-Colombia
  • Master’s Degree from Pontifical University of Salamanca – Spain in Holistic Psychology
  • Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition certified for SUNY – The State University of New York.

Sonia’s background helps her understand the mental processes behind how and why we eat. While we might think of food consumption primarily from a biological perspective, research has shown that our eating habits are significantly influenced by our perception of food as well as various other social and environmental stimuli.

Sonia currently enjoys her works as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Specialist in Nutrition Functional and Holistic Psychology. She specializes in helping individuals and families achieve optimal health by introducing them to whole, unprocessed, and nutrient-dense foods. Her passion is being a Health Coach, educating people on how to simplify things in the kitchen, creating easy nutritious meals, and creating an integrative approach to transform health holistically.

Sonia focuses on helping individuals and families who want to achieve their goals by finding the root of their health problems. Sonia employs Functional Medicine, where it is a “systems biology-based approach, which focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of the disease.” Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many that contribute to a person’s illness.
One of Sonia’s goals is to help people to stop taking medications, when possible, by making changes in their diet, lifestyle, and activity level. In many cases, the root of people’s health problems is not the food, rather it is their environment. Sonia helps her clients balance each area of life.

Sonia works with the concept of “Primary Food” which is concept that Primary Food is nourishment that does not appear on your plate. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, and spirituality can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. The idea is that Primary Food is far more important than secondary foods, which is what you actually eat each day. For example, a person could eat very healthy foods every day, but will still not be at their optimum if they also do not nourish themselves on a holistic level.

Sonia’s role is to help her clients in the process of transformation towards a healthy life, free of disease, and self-doubt by helping them adopt good eating and wellness habits. She helps her clients set manageable and effective goals and supports them with each achievement.

Contact Sonia so you can see all the benefits of working with a holistic health coach.

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“Hi my name is Paola Vidal. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to meet Sonia. She has been my support and my guide in this change. We have been working together on my change and progress for a little over two months. With Sonia’s patience and knowledge, she has helped me with new eating plans to feel and look better. She has not only helped me, but also for my family. During my time working with Sonia, I have lost a total of 10 pounds. I have learned working with Sonia that change is gradual and that the most important thing is our health.”


“Working with Sonia has not only been pleasant, but also enriching. During the time as study partners and in the coaching practices, Sonia was very empathetic and had very good and developed listening skills. She knew how to offer complete information about the different choices to maintain a healthier diet, but also to understand the importance of finding balance in my life as a single mom. She is a very motivated, positive person and has a lot of valuable knowledge that will allow anyone to achieve her physical and mental health goals.”

-Maria Elisa