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Why Pause?

Our proven process and personalized 1-on-1 health coaching make healthy living attainable for anyone. Here’s our formula for success:

Plant-Based Diet


A plant rich diet doesn’t necessarily mean full vegan or vegetarian — it just means that the plants on your plate are the main characters!

Active Lifestyle

Active Lifestyle

Being active doesn’t have to look like running and lifting heavy weights. We’ll work together to find activities that you enjoy — while helping you stay fit.



Clearly understanding your goals, your motivations, and your values and strengths is the first step to building healthy habits that will stand the test of time.

Stress Management & Sleep Coaching

Stress & Sleep

Stress and poor sleep habits go hand-in-hand, often leading to obesity, hormonal imbalance, and other health issues.

Elimination Diet


Most people don’t realize the impact the 7 main allergens (dairy, gluten, yeast, soy, eggs, peanuts and corn) are having until they cut them out and then reintroduce them 1-by-1.


National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)

Why Work with a Health Coach?

Here are a just a few areas a Health & Wellness Coach can help:

Sleep Health

Gut Health (easing belly bloat)

Customized Exercise Plan

Customized Diet Plan

Reducing Cravings

Increasing Energy

Managing Stress

Finding Work Life Balance

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Martha Kester | Board-Certified Health Coach

Meet Martha

Martha Kester is a board-certified health coach with a passion to help people build habits that lead to healthier, happier lives.

A native of Beaufort, South Carolina, Martha’s journey to health and wellness began nearly two decades ago as a young adult struggling through a number of mental and physical challenges and searching for greater balance in her life.

A full-time elementary school teacher at the time, Martha found herself perpetually stressed out, grumpy, sleep deprived, and burdened by constant injuries. One day, a friend who Martha worked out with after school remarked, “You light up when you work with us. I don’t see that when you are in the classroom.” That’s when she knew something had to change.


What are people saying about our personalized, 1-on-1 health coaching?

Beaufort Health Coach Recommendation - Melissa
“Working with Martha on two occasions now has improved my overall wellbeing and quality of life. Call her…it feels good to feel good!”


Beaufort Health Coach Recommendation - Colleen J.
“As of last week all of my levels were in the normal range and I am no longer needing the medication. My doctor attributes it to better exercise, diet and sleep. Thank you!”


Beaufort Health Coach Recommendation - Amy P.
“She helped me realize that it is ok to take care of me. So so so glad I decided to email her and ask for help! I feel taller, more confident and more independent!”


From the Pause Wellness Blog

Recipes & health coaching resources to help you live well.

Crockpot Tuscan White Bean & Lemon Soup

Crockpot Tuscan White Bean & Lemon Soup

This crockpot soup is by far my favorite! It is full of flavor and fairly easy to make.  I made homemade pesto which was an extra step but well worth it.  I used this pesto recipe from Love and Lemons.      Enjoy this recipe from Half Baked Harvest

Sweet Liberation

Sweet Liberation

       I get asked a lot, “Should I give up sugar?” and my answer is always “Yes, at least for a month.”  Sugar sweetened foods taste great! I love my mom’s cupcakes and my mother’s and mother in law’s pound cakes, but I only eat these items on occasion. ...