I have always been fascinated with human behavior and why we do the things we do. In fact, before pursuing my degree in Nutrition, I originally graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.
Little did I realize at the time how intertwined Psychology and Nutrition truly are.
The food itself is only part of the picture.
Our dietary habits go so much deeper than we realize. Nutrition is a complex subject and while what we eat and how much we eat matter, it is also crucial to look at the way we eat and why we eat if we want to achieve lasting behavior changes.
It wasn’t long after I began working as a dietitian that it became clear to me that suggesting healthier diet alternatives and limiting portion sizes wasn’t always working. Clients would leave my office with a clear plan of what to change about their eating habits and come back feeling ashamed and disappointed in themselves for not being able to follow it. Again and again. That’s not how it’s supposed to go!
WHY weren’t my clients able to make changes? WHY did they stay stuck in their old habits? WHAT was holding them back from working towards their goals?
So I began reading up on anything and everything I could find about behavior change. Over the years I acquired priceless knowledge and skills from books, podcasts, seminars and largely from experience and practice gained through directly working with people.
And then I came across one especially intriguing website that caught my eye and that I just knew I had to get involved with…. a school that marvelously combines Nutrition and Psychology.
I have just completed my latest continuing education adventure! I am now an Eating Psychology Coach trained by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I am not a psychologist, but I am a Registered Dietitian who is very interested in helping you understand what is really going on behind your challenges with food and the message these challenges have for you.
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 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, relationships, family, intimacy, life stress and so much more. Our relationship with food has important lessons to teach us if we choose to listen.
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 as an Eating Psychology Coach. In IPE’s internationally acclaimed program, I learned powerful 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. 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.
How is My 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 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 believe in helping you reach your highest goals not by strategies that punish, but through strategies that nourish. ♥