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Get to know Me

Hello! I’m Bela Banaskiewicz (don't worry if you struggle to pronounce my name!), Health and Behavioural Change Coach, originally from Poland but have been living in Newcastle upon Tyne since July 2011. It was my own health journey that ignited my passion for a balanced lifestyle and prompted me to nurture my body by adopting a holistic and bespoke approach to my health. I'm now on a mission to inspire and empower others to take control of their own health too.

I have personally experienced and understand the struggles associated with the following conditions.

  • Eating disorder and disordered eating patterns 

  • Gut inflammation – chronic digestion issues & food sensitivities

  • Skin conditions such as acne, eczema

  • Poor immune system

  • Low energy levels

  • Stress, burnout, and anxiety

My health issues started back in my teenage years when I suffered from anorexia nervosa. Although I started eating regular meals and gained weight after a couple of years, I was still far from a full recovery. For most of my life I had unhealthy relationship with food and my body. Mostly not eating enough or restricting myself in terms of a variety of foods. My inner battle with disordered body image and preoccupation with food continued for many years after, until I had fully recovered in my late 20s.

In my adult life, I have also developed chronic digestive issues, including not only physical symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, headaches but also brain fog, unexplained mood swings and irritation. My doctor told me that most likely it was an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), however I felt left alone with having to figure out what was actually causing it. Through my private investigations, I discovered that my gut flora was inflamed and out of balance due to some lifestyle choices I made. These factors included a restrictive diet, regular alcohol consumption, antibiotics I took, mental and physical stress, as well as intolerance to certain foods, including dairy and wheat products, which constituted a significant part of my diet at the time.


In my 30s, I started suffering from acne again (I experienced it as a teenager first) and at some point also small signs of eczema. I noticed change in my immune health too. Every few weeks, I would experience the feeling of coming down with an infection. On top of that, I was chronically lacking energy. I have always been very demanding towards myself, so I would still push myself to work out and stay active. At that time, I didn't realise how much stress I was putting on my body nor was I aware of the role of minerals, such as iron I was significantly deficient of, playing its role in the situation. It all then became apparent as it started manifesting in my mental health, leaving me in a state of chronic stress, anxiety and burnout.

I have had a long-standing interest in health and wellbeing due to the above health journey. Because I was determined to find the answers my doctor struggled to help with, I decided to take the path of learning how to live well and thrive by studying holistic practices and becoming my own case study.


I had many moments of doubt, where I would stop trusting and believing in myself and my body at times. Today, I'm very grateful for those experiences as they led me to a place where I decided to take responsibility for my own health and find my purpose. We can all achieve our full potential if we are willing to take a deep and honest look at the unhealthy habits and toxic influences surrounding us. It’s easier and more enjoyable when you have a good mentor by your side. Book your discovery call with me to learn more about how I can help you


Bela Banaskiewicz - DipCNM Health Coach, fully insured

Certified Health & Wellbeing Coach for NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme


Independent Consultant at Arbonne  

Health & Wellbeing Expert at SoulBrite

Certified CBT Practitioner, The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology 

Finalist of StartUp Awards North East 2023

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