Scientific & Soulful
How I Work
I would love to remind you of who you really are.
A beautiful human, born with an abundance of health and vitality, capable of making small steps of change towards what it is you really want for yourself.
Regardless of whether that is to make better food choices, lose weight, deal with bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia, anorexia, emotional eating, night eating, food obsession, over eating.... or learn to love and live in your body.
My close bond intuitive eating psychology approach is the gentle, modern and doable way there.
Read about the methodologies I adopt with my clients and more about me personally below.
Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition
As a certified Eating Psychology & Mind Body Nutrition Coach by the Institute of the Psychology of Eating (Bolder Colorado, USA) I'm able to help people presenting with eating challenges, disordered eating and body image dysmorphia using some of the most up to date methods on the planet.
Founded by Marc David (my own coach and mentor) the Institute teaches Dynamic Eating Psychology which combines the psychology of eating with the science of mind body nutrition; it is the latest and most up-to-date approach we have for healing from “weight concerns, emotional eating, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, endless dieting and a variety of related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity and more (Marc David)”.
The Psychology of Eating has been featured by CNN, NBC, The New York Times, The Chicago-Sun Times, Glamour, Elle, Yoga Journal, WebMD, and many more.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EATING PSYCHOLOGY & MIND BODY NUTRITION?
Learning a positive approach to food and body issues
Learning how to slow-down and listen to your unique body wisdom
Balance your macro-nutrient intake
Eliminating toxic nutritional beliefs
Updating your perceptions about nutrition, exercise and movement
Dispel information overload confusion and conventional wisdom myths about dieting, calories and exercise
Explore what your challenges with food and body are here to teach you
Understand how primary relationships impact your food and body story
Uncovering the root cause of your persistent and unwanted food & body challenges
Make and understand connections with past traumas and current disordered eating
Discover important connections between food, body, other areas of your life like environment, allergies, drugs, alcohol and stress
Finding out what it is that you are physically, emotionally, mentally, sexually and spiritually hungry for
Healing and transforming your relationship with food and body
Experiencing a truly holistic approach; body, mind, heart and SOUL!
Intuitive Eating has taken the world by storm and I continue to come across celebrities and influencers that are adopting this way of relating to food and body.
Created by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND, in response to chronic dieting, weight obsession and lack of sustainable results for their patients.
It was the mention of the "non-diet approach" which encouraged people to eat whatever they wanted and without restriction that sparked curiosity for a new way forward. It has proven successful and in line with the latest studies on the ineffectiveness of chronic dieting.
"I realized very quickly that deprivation can only lead to over-glorifying what is not allowed, and that external control usually leads to rebellion. Maslow has said that we are driven by our unmet needs. If we're told we can't have chocolate, chocolate is all we will think and dream about." Elyse Resch
Intuitive Eating is designed to take us back to focusing on our health via the self care pathway, and is aligned to the Health At Every Size, evidence-based model with a validated assessment scale with nearly 120 studies to date showing benefits.
There are 10 principles:
1. Reject the Diet Mentality
2. Honor Your Hunger
3. Make Peace with Food
4. Challenge the Food Police
5. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
6. Feel Your Fullness
7. Cope with Your Emotions with Kindness
8. Respect Your Body
9. Movement—Feel the Difference
10. Honor Your Health—Gentle Nutrition
Health at Every Size
Health At Every Size HAES® is an evidenced based, non-diet approach to overall health, rather than body size.
Studies show that up to 98% of dieters will put all the weight they lost on a diet back on plus more. Dieting and food restriction in various forms leads to binge eating and contributes to disordered eating, food, body and weight concerns.
"The framing for a Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach comes out of discussions among healthcare workers, consumers, and activists who reject both the use of weight, size, or BMI as proxies for health, and the myth that weight is a choice." HAES website.
The following principles were devised by The Association for Size Diversity and Health to provide a more balanced and health focused approach:
1. Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
2. Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
3. Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
4. Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
5. Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.
The HAES® approach can help you to:
Learn how to listen and trust your own body wisdom
Transform your relationship with your food and body
Eat intuitively and mindfully
Find a balanced approach to exercise and movement
Gain knowledge about size and weight discrimination
Advocate for size diversity
Mindfulness, also translated as awareness or presence, has grown in popularity as a practitioner and lay person tool for calming the mind and getting into a positive relationship with the now.
Being in a positive state has also been linked with immunity changes, including reduction in inflammation, potential for improvement in mood, thinking, behaviour, gut microbiome and antiviral responses (Bower, Kuhlman, Haydon, Boyle, & Radin, 2019)
So powerful a modality that Mindfulness is also being proposed into tertiary education for allopathic and allied health professionals to provide a framework for coping, not only with their patients wounds and stressors but simultaneously, their own (Bellosta-Batalla M. , et al., 2020a).
To paraphrase Henderikus Stam (2018), decades and millions of dollars later one of health psychologies greatest and most widely used innovations for stress and coping is mindfulness practices, in other words an ancient Buddhist technique.
We can now say with absolute conviction that what the eastern sciences of Yoga and Buddhist meditation teach is validated by western science too, no second guessing.
People who suffer from anxiety, depression, eating, food and body image challenges stand placed to greatly benefit from this powerful practice.
Mindfulness means ‘paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally’ ~ Jon Kabat Zinn.
Practicing mindfulness can help you to:
Reduce stress, burn out and fatigue
Manage painful thoughts and feelings
Better manage physical pain
Enhance emotional intelligence
Make conscious decisions towards new healthy habits
Increase self-acceptance and self-awareness
Develop compassion and kindness towards yourself and others
Live a balanced and conscious life
Experience more peacefulness and calm
Reconnect with your true self, others and your environment
Gain a greater sense of clarity, focus and concentration
Improve sleep and alertness
Bower, J. E., Kuhlman, K. R., Haydon, M. D., Boyle, C. C., & Radin, A. (2019). Cultivating a healthy neuro-immune network: A health psychology approach. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 13(9), 1-18.
Bellosta-Batalla, M., Blanco-Gandía, M. C., Rodríguez-Arias, M., Cebolla, A., Pérez-Blasco, J., & Moya-Albiol, L. (2020a). Increased Salivary Oxytocin and Empathy in Students of Clinical and Health Psychology After a Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Intervention. Psychology & Psychiatry Journal, 11, 1006–1017
Stam, H. J., Murray, M., & Lubek, I. (2018). Health psychology in autobiography: Three Canadian critical narratives. Journal of Health Psychology, 23(3), 506–523.
My Personal Style
In my practice I bring together my interests and studies in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, hypnosis, consciousness and nutrition.
From Platonic Forms and Jungian archetypes, to Carl Rogers' humanistic approach and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, to The Holistic Psychologist and Esther Perel, to the Yoga Sutras and Buddhist mindfulness, to the Silva Method and Marisa Peer, to Dr Mark Hyman and Dr Libby Weaver, my influences and areas of study are diverse.
This is all underpinned by my christian upbringing in a fundamentalist high-control group known as the Jehovah's Witnesses, which I escaped from in 2003.
A mix that allows me to have an open mind and be receptive to people of all walks of life, while holding my own views on spirituality and science.
I prefer a close bond coaching style when I work 1:1, so I only have a small number of private clients. I also run a group program, disability government agency programs and have corporate business offerings.
The focus is ALWAYS on what my clients want to achieve, not what I want for my client, it is your goals that drive everything for me.
Because you have all the answers within you.