About Mind-Body Nutrition &
Dynamic Eating Psychology
Why I chose to study Mind-Body Nutrition & Dynamic Eating Psychology?
After hosting well over 80 wellness retreats, where I enjoy sharing meals with my guests over interesting conversations, subjects around food, eating habits and nutrition often come up. They are compelling subjects. I noticed that many of us have an unhealthy relationship with food, whether not taking the time to enjoy the experience of eating, inhaling our food, chewing to a minimum and barely tasting anything or grabbing conveniently packaged (processed) foodstuff to fulfill our hunger, multi-task as we eat, overeating late at night and other practices that pay a toll on our health and wellbeing.
Over the years, I have received many touching and inspiring testimonials from guests sharing how participating in a wellness retreat I hosted, whether it be the yoga vacation, the detox retreat, the Reiki initiation retreat or the vegetarian cooking retreat had a positive impact on their overall wellbeing and, often times, affecting the wellbeing of their loved ones, especially relating to their eating habits. This truly moved and motivated me to learn more tools to support my guests in a deeper way.
From there grew my desire to become a wellness coach. For years, I searched for the right coaching training and eventually found exactly what I was looking for! I trained at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world’s leading school in Nutritional Psychology. In this internationally acclaimed program, I learned powerful cutting-edge tools and protocols that enable me to work effectively as a Health and Wellness Coach helping others with a variety of nutrition related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, as well as weight issues, body image challenges, overeating and binge eating. My work combines two effective new fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition.
It is very exciting to be at the forefront of a new movement in eating psychology that addresses
all of who we are as eaters – body, mind, heart, and soul. This approach is holistic and very effective.
During the training, I realized that I am a fast eater. This was a revelation. Not only that but I also tend to multitask as I eat, getting up often during a meal. Certainly, many need to learn to eat slowly and to take the time to eat. This is imperative to our health. Bringing my awareness to these tendencies and trying to unlearn them is a challenge. That's where having a coach to hold you accountable becomes important. It is not easy to break old habits. In this training, I have learned the value of taking small baby steps to get where I want to go.
Here are a few statistics and some found facts:
More than 20% of Americans population say they don't cook because they don't have the time according to an Impulse Research study funded by Bosch.
According to a survey done by Professeur Charlevoix of Dalousie University in Canada, our eating habits are changing. "We really see that our lifestyle affects how we consume food, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. We see that people are more and more pressed by time."
20% of the population suffers from heart burn. Digestive aid medication is sold more than pain killers!
The majority of the population of many countries have weight issues and health issues that insue.
Up to 50 percent of women are on a diet at any given time, according to Judy Mahle Lutter in her book “The Bodywise Woman.” Up to 90 percent of teenagers diet regularly, and up to 50 percent of younger kids have tried a diet at some point.
According to data published by the University of Colorado, 35 percent of people who start by dieting occasionally become addicted to dieting.
A study in the journal “Psychosomatic Medicine” revealed that dieters often gain back the weight they lose (and more!), and dieting causes several psychological effects, such as stress, anxiety, lower self esteem, depression and irritability.
Weight issues and body image dissatisfaction is on the rise. The current paradigm of the weight loss industry "eat less and exercise more" is not working. As my teacher Marc David says "If it actually worked, it would have worked for more people by now!"
... Eating is meant to be nourishing and pleasurable. Yet from these statistiques, there is no doubt that there is a lot of suffering around food.
If you have the desire to feel better in your body, instead of going on a fad diet, consider working with me and this innovative approach I trained in: Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition.
What is Eating Psychology Coaching?
Eating Psychology Coaching is an exciting and cutting edge approach developed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition-related health concerns. As an Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition Coach, my approach is positive and empowering. I don’t see your eating challenges merely as a sign that “something is wrong with you” – but as a place where we can more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight and health. Oftentimes, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationship, family, intimacy, life stress and so much more. By working on the places that are most relevant for you, success is more easily achieved. As an Eating Psychology & Mind-Body Nutrition Coach, I look to support you with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable, and that yield results.
How is This Approach Different?
For far too long, we’ve been inundated by negative messages about food, weight and diet. We’ve been told that we’re willpower weaklings or that we need more control. The majority of nutrition experts promote conflicting advice. The result is people are confused about what to eat, and how to have a happy relationship with food and a healthy metabolism. In my coaching practice, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology. By eliminating all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, I focus on what’s right for your body and your personal style. As we work together in this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth and self-improvement. In my training at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, I’ve learned to help clients reach their highest goals not by strategies that punish, but through strategies that nourish.
What is Dynamic Eating Psychology?
Dynamic Eating Psychology is a positive, empowering and transformational approach that’s designed for anyone who eats. Each of us has a unique, fascinating, and ever changing relationship with food. Dynamic Eating Psychology affirms the primary importance of this relationship. It sees our challenges with eating, weight and health not as an indication that we’re broken, but as a beautiful opportunity to grow and evolve. Previously, eating psychology has been limited to those with clinical eating disorders. Dynamic Eating Psychology though, is for everyone. It affirms that our relationship with food has important lessons to teach us if we choose to listen. And it recognizes that our challenges with eating, weight and health are intimately connected to other primary life dimensions – relationship, family, work, sexuality, our search for meaning and fulfillment, and so much more. Dynamic Eating Psychology is a powerful breakthrough approach.
What is Mind-Body Nutrition?
Mind-Body Nutrition is an exciting and timely new field that advances the practice of clinical nutrition by exploring the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health. It goes far beyond classical nutrition by focusing on the fascinating connections between brain, body, and behavior. Simply put, what we eat is only half of the story of good nutrition. The other half is who we are as eaters. Mind Body Nutrition reveals how stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing and much more profoundly influence digestion and calorie burning. And it offers practical and results-oriented strategies for the most commonly seen eating challenges and health issues of our times.
Source: Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
I am so excited to work with this body of work to help others spark life-affirming change!
Are you ready to discover the true causes of your unwanted eating concerns using a mix of psychology and nutrition to create breakthroughs?