Coach & Educator
Eating Psychology | Mind/Body Nutrition | Food & Lifestyle
How would your world be different if you felt genuine happiness in your body?…I think you will be amazed.
I am an Educator and a Coach. My affection and focus is around Health, Eating Psychology and Mind/Body Nutrition. Simply put, I help people to feel happy in their body and in their life. (and… it’s all so beautifully connected)
I genuinely love what I do and work hard to effectively address weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition related health concerns. I don’t come from the perspective that eating challenges are a sign that “something is wrong with someone” or that someone needs to be “fixed”. I look at them as an indication that we need to listen and explore the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight and health. So often, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationship, family, intimacy, life stress and so much more. By discovering the areas that are most relevant, success is more easily achieved. I use coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable and provide results.
I work with people from all stages of life who are challenged with food and body but have a special place in my heart for women in their 30s and 40s. Personally, I spent far too many years focused on trying to make my body different than it was and, even more challenging, to keep it that way. I became a guru of every method, every diet and exercise program out there to create a body that I could feel good in. I wanted to be thin and have tone muscles. That was it. I decided that thin and muscular would make me feel attractive. Worthy of love. Confident. My life would finally be perfect if only I looked like her. I know that there are too many people, young and old suffering around ‘not feeling good enough’. One of our primary cultural messages shouts out that we have to look, be and do things a certain way to be considered good enough. We have an epidemic of people not living their full potential. Our world is missing out.
When working with client’s or teaching, I want nothing more than to help people get to where they want to go. It’s as simple as that. I love getting to know people at their core. I’m good at it… I’m approachable and I care deeply. I don’t have a ‘one-size’ formula for everyone. We are all so different. I don’t prescribe a specific food programs or exercise schedules. If that really helped people, it would have a long time ago and I would be doing other work. What I do give people is a different perspective – a more whole person approach – on what healthy living can look like for them, as a unique and very individual person. Depending on how someone decides to work with me, I provide an experience and one-on-one or group coaching that allows someone to step away from the narrow view of how they have been doing and thinking about health (sometimes for decades). We ALL need a reminder to step out of our comfort or out of our ‘box life’ in order to make, often very simple shifts that add to our health and happiness. Of course I look at food and exercise with my clients, but we also look at all of the other places in life that we get ‘nourishment’. The more willing people are to get ‘real’ and take an deeper look, the more freedom they feel and the more shifting they accomplish.
I studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and received a certificate from Columbia University in 2007 and also received my certification as an Eating Psychology Coach from the Institute of Eating Psychology. I have been exploring and experimenting with my own personal health and happiness since I can remember.
“If I could wave a magic wand, every person would stop secretly hating on themselves and instead use that energy to create a life that nourishes and one that they truly love. Imagine how different the world would look.”
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 eliminating all the “shoulds and should nots”, 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. I help clients reach their highest goals through strategies that nourish as opposed to punish.
A Health and Lifestyle Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with people to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches explore client’s individualized needs and support them in making doable changes that will impact their lives in an enormous way.
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.
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. Originated by Marc David, 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.
To discover if we are the right match for one another, please take the opportunity to schedule a quick free conversation. I am more than happy to hear about what you are specifically looking for and to share what working together could look like for you. If it doesn’t feel right or if I think of someone who would be a better match, I will refer you or provide other resources that may speak to you. I so genuinely want to help you get to where you want to go. There is always always an opportunity from which to learn, grow and move forward toward more fulfillment.
Working in an intimate, one-on-one coaching setting is the most personal way to dive deep into your unique food challenges. Together we explore your story and experiment with tools and strategies such as: ways to improve food quality that satisfy and create pleasure in eating (I LOVE food btw); how to listen to stressed eating and realize how it is really affecting your health; implementing simple macronutrient balance in a way that works for you; understanding and implementing an eating rhythm in your unique day-to-day, and awareness around food behavior and body image that have an enormous impact on your potential to create a more authentic life for yourself. There are so many unique influences depending on your individual life story that will greatly influence your metabolism, overall health and happiness in your body and in your life.
There are a TON of benefits to working in a small group coaching environment. You have the beautiful opportunity to be a part of someone else’s process, to learn from their experiences and to connect with a like-minded people who you just might grow with more than you can imagine on this journey. Much of the information is similar to one-on-one coaching but you will be holding space for others and counting on them for you as well. Sessions are a bit longer and although you aren’t getting one-on-one attention, the conversation goes deep and the impact is life changing. Small groups range from 4-6 people.
If you have an idea on where this conversation can make an impact, let’s create something that is specific to your needs. The more our community is speaking to these issues and trends in our culture, the more impact we can have on making genuine, larger change. If every person were feeling joy and a powerful confidence on the inside, living in a healthy lifestyle that is right for them and creating to their fullest potential…Wow!! Who knows what would happen. Get in touch and let’s start creating and sharing this work together.
There endless ways we can work together! Feel free to share your ideas (or to just cheer me on). I am so turned up by this conversation and the freedom we are creating and lives we are changing. Keep checking in to see what’s new. If you are interested and not ready to work together right now, feel free to share your email address below and I will keep you posted with happenings or invite you to join the conversation in my Facebook group coming soon.
Tuesday evenings, May 9 – June13, 7-8:30
Location TBD (Sandwich/West Barnstable area)
Join this intimate group for 6 nights of learning and coaching. Attend 1 or all 6 conversations. The subject – Eating Psychology and Mind/Body Nutrition. We’ve all been there… caught up in the craziness of the dieting and body hate culture. Let’s really talk about that, learn how to make small changes in what we do and how we think and feel. These evenings are meant to help create a new way of looking at body, health and wellness and to take time for genuine self-care from a deeper place. I think we could all use a dose of that! Visit my site for more information or contact me directly. I would love nothing more than to help you get to where you want to go around health, lifestyle and self-compassion.
Let’s talk about: dieting, binge eating, body image, overeating, weight loss, emotional eating, extreme self-care, unwanted food habits, challenging relationships with food
$200 for all 6 classes or $40/evening
Caregivers and teachers $100 for all 6 classes or $20/evening
Classes forming now.
April 12, 2017 • 7pm – 8pm
Kind Eating, Barnstable, MA
This is an evening for those of you who have seen the powerful Body Image documentary, Embrace by Taryn Brunfitt. Join Stacey Richmond, Megan Murphy and myself to dive in a bit deeper and continue the conversation in an intimate, casual environment. We want to hear what you have to say and feel about this very important topic and to give you an opportunity to connect with other like-minded women here on the Cape. FREE
Beginning in June
Groups forming now for June.