What I Believe:
I believe in really good pizza. And chocolate. And wine, preferably Merlot. And fresh, colorful vegetables, crispy apples, perfectly ripe strawberries, and a juicy burger with every topping.
I believe that we should never turn down a social invitation out of fear of deviating from our "meal plan" or drinking “empty calories” that will inhibit our weight loss.
I believe that our bodies know what is best for us and not some diet book telling us what, when and how much to eat.
And I know that women can free themselves from the stress they have surrounding their relationship with food.
Time and time again, I’ve seen that as women learn to truly relieve themselves of all food rules and stop dieting, they actually shed the unwanted weight…physically and emotionally. And that when they focus on making meals as pleasurable as possible instead of as “safe” as possible, they fall back in love with food. Their fears and guilt subside. And most importantly, that when they start to live a more engaged life - full of relaxation, joy and fun - they stop obsessing about food.
My Own Struggle With Food and My Body:
My struggle with food started at the ripe age of 17. It’s when I picked up my first stinkin’ diet book. I wasn’t comfortable with the way my body was changing as I got older, and for the first time, I felt like I needed to follow guidelines to tell me how to eat in order to control my relationship with food.
Over the next 8 years, my struggle continued and worsened. Diet after diet, so many weight fluctuations, restricting and bingeing, and an emotional heaviness that came from constantly stressing out over my relationship with food and my body. Food, calories, and an extra 25 pounds drove my life, and the thoughts about them went everywhere with me.
After 8 years of trying everything under the sun, and in constant search of an “answer”, I finally gave it all up.
I stopped dieting, I stopped restricting, I stopped controlling.
I started loosening up, I started connecting deeper, I started having way more fun. And I started learning how to listen to my body and give it what it actually wanted.
I became fascinated by this concept and started studying it and learning everything I could about it. I used myself as an experiment, because at that point, I had nothing to lose. I was so desperate and was ready to give it a shot.
My initial fear was, "Did my body really want anything but bagels and Cookies & Cream ice cream?" Why yes, it did. Not in those first few days, but over time, my body started balancing out.
As I continued to feed my soul with excitement, passion and creativity and give my body food I actually liked, everything started to shift.
My binges stopped, my cravings became less intense, and I slowly learned that I could actually trust my body. Most importantly, I felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders. All of the stress, the planning, and the need for control was gone. I was able to have so much more fun in my life and never worry about food.
The weight I had been battling came off.
But the most important part was that the emotional weight finally melted away.
What I Help Women With:
I help women go through the process of clearing up their relationship with food, fall back in love with the eating experience, and live their lives fully.
Women come to me saying that they obsess over food, that they try to control everything, and that they hold themselves back from fully living their lives because of their issues with food, their bodies, and their weight.
After we work together, they feel free.