I see more to food than just calories and nutrients
and go way beyond teaching people
how to make healthy choices.
To ensure my clients get the best possible and sustainable results, in my work, I integrate principles and techniques from a variety of fields:
> Dynamic Psychology of Eating
> Cognitive-Behavioural Psychology
> Mind-Body Nutrition
> Intuitive & Mindful Eating
> Transformational Coaching Method
This unique approach allows me to see through many layers of my clients' challenges with food, and deal with them in a systematic way.
Dynamic Eating Psychology is a positive and empowering approach originated by Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It's designed to transform our everyday eating challenges and is applicable for anyone who eats - all of us.
It looks at a bigger picture and recognises that our eating behaviour and challenges with food are intimately connected to all of what makes us human – relationship, family, work, money, sexuality, spirituality, our search for fulfilment, and much more.
It sees unwanted eating habits and challenges with weight not as problems, but as symptoms and divine messengers.
All our bad habits, addictions, self-sabotage, procrastination have a positive intention and hidden wisdom, and on some level make perfect sense (metabolically and emotionally). Therefore they should not be suppressed or battled; but instead, they should be listened to.
Each of us has a unique food and body story. Each of us has a unique and ever changing relationship with food that needs to be understood, respected, and nurtured.
Dynamic Eating Psychology helps us transform our relationship with food through a deeper understanding of how beliefs, mindset, emotions and past, drive and shape our eating behaviour.
Mind Body Nutrition is an exciting new approach that serves as the missing link to nutrition and traditional "calories in vs calories out" or "eat less, exercise more" philosophy.
It looks at the psychophysiology of how the mind has a profound influence on the body when it comes to how we metabolize a meal.
How digestion, assimilation, calorie burning and all the nutritive functions of the body are literally and scientifically impacted by stress, relaxation, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, pleasure, eating rhythm, eating speed, awareness, our personal story, and more...
To put it another way: WHAT we eat is half the story of good nutrition – the other half of the story is HOW we eat and WHO WE ARE as eaters. That is, the person who we are literally and scientifically influences how we digest, absorb and calorie burn a meal.
Cognitive-Behaviour Psychology is the most effective forms of talk therapy. It’s based on the concept that our actions follow our beliefs. Thus, your thoughts about food, your body size, and your health affect how you feel and what you do (or don’t do) and how you do it.
Cognitive-behavioural tools teach how to make changes in your thinking so you respond effectively, feel better and can behave in helpful ways and make permanent changes in your eating behaviour.
Intuitive Eating and Mindful Eating are approaches supporting the non-diet movement helping people to build a healthy lifestyle that is flexible, fun and free of denial.
Intuitive eating is an approach developed to help people heal from the side effects of chronic dieting and its emphasis on outside rules and regulations - like measuring grams, counting calories, eating by the clock, etc.
It promotes a healthy attitude toward food and body image.
It helps to transform your relationship with food and body by learning to be more attuned to the body's natural signals, honouring hunger, respecting fullness and enjoying the pleasure of eating without constant “food worry” thoughts, dilemmas or guilt.
The Mindful Eating approach focuses on HOW we eat.
It helps to transform bad eating habits by interrupting old automatic patterns, replacing them with new helpful behaviours and renewing our sense of pleasure and satisfaction with eating.
Mindful eating helps to tune into your body and emphasises enjoyment of food by being present and aware, noticing feelings and sensations, being alert to the details of your meal and savouring each and every bite.
Bio-individuality is a scientifically proven concept that there is no "one-size-fits-all diet", that each person has their own unique food and lifestyle needs.
Have you noticed that nutrition is a constantly changing field? Or that there are countless dietary theories out there, and most of them contradict one another?… I've studied many dietary theories, and the bottom line is that there is no single "right way" to eat healthy and look good.
Personal differences in genetic backgrounds, age, gender, personality, lifestyles and levels of activity, personal tastes and inclinations, geographical location and climate, etc., all influence our overall health and the foods that make us feel our best. Therefore there is no single way of eating that works for everyone. As the saying goes "One person’s food is another person’s poison.
I respect my client’s bio-individuality and recognize different stages of their journey of transforming their relationship with food.
As we work together, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for your unique needs.
I will help you to build it into your lifestyle, and not the other way around.