Eating Psychology ~ Nourishment with Joy
I am a Certified Coach in Mind Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology, an exciting and cutting edge approach developed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
The Coaching I have been trained in effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition related health concerns. 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. I look to support you with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable and sustainable.
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 professional practice, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology. By transforming all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, I focus on reconnecting to your body's intuition and wisdom. 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.
About My Training
I trained at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world’s leading school in Nutritional Psychology, where I received my certification in Mind Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology. In IPE's internationally acclaimed program, I learned powerful cutting-edge tools and protocols that enable me to work with weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, binge eating, and a variety of nutrition related health concerns, such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and others. My work combines the powerful fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition. The skills I use from this Training are a combination of practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind body science, and a positive and compassionate approach to challenges with food and health.
I graduated from this program in 2015 and I feel very humbled by what I learned. Before discovering this work, I had been struggling with my weight and body image for most of my life, migrating from diet to diet with a constant undertone of shame and self-judgment. This program allowed me to completely shift to a deep curiosity about health and well being stemming from growing self love. Today, I feel deeply committed to support people that are interested in exploring a similar journey of transformation.
What is Dynamic Eating Psychology?
"Dynamic Eating Psychology is a positive and empowering approach to transforming our eating challenges. It recognizes that our eating challenges are intimately connected to ALL of what makes us human – relationship, family, work, money, sexuality, spirituality, our search for fulfillment, and much more. And it sees our concerns with food NOT as an indication that we’re broken, but as a powerful opportunity to grow and evolve. It helps us transform our eating concerns through a deeper understanding of what they’re here to teach us, using the right skills, and within a context of love and insight. And it honors all of who we are as eaters - body, mind, heart and soul."
What is Mind Body Nutrition?
"Mind Body Nutrition focuses on how the mind has a profound influence on the body when it comes to how we metabolize a meal. More specifically, it looks at the psychophysiology of how digestion, assimilation, calorie burning and all the nutritive functions of the body are literally and scientifically impacted by stress, relaxation, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, pleasure, eating rhythm, eating speed, awareness, our personal story, and more... Previously in the field of nutrition, we’ve made the assumption that the nutritional value of a meal is given exclusively in the nutrients it contains - macronutrients, micronutrients and so on. But nutrition is way more interesting than that. The error in thinking here, is that just because a food has a specific nutrient content doesn’t mean we will ABSORB all of those nutrients. We need to look at the person who’s ingesting that food. We need to look at how their physiology is being impacted by mind and emotions. We need to ask the question “Are we in the optimum state of digestion, assimilation and calorie burning when we’re eating?”
Individual Support (phone, online or in person)
I acknowledge that everyone's relationship with body, weight and food is unique. If you are interested in my approach and you would like to receive personalized guidance, contact me to discuss personalized coaching options.
Introductory Group Workshops
Do you want to bring this revolutionary approach to health and wellbeing to your community, workplace or neighborhood? I am available for introductory workshops (typically 2 hours) that give you an overview of the key concepts of this work, and that can be followed by more extensive training upon request.
The presence of community can make a big difference in the process of reshaping our beliefs and approach to our health and body, especially with all the contrasting messages that we receive everyday. I am available for small group trainings (8-10 weeks) to introduce and practice Eating Psychology skills
We can schedule a no-cost exploratory conversation to discuss the training opportunity that suites you