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 have a goal to help people of all ages but I do have a special place in my heart for young people in high school and college. Personally, I spent far too many of my younger 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.”