What and how we eat has a lot to do with how we feel...
Food is a physiological survival need; it provides the energy that fuels our cells; it impacts our mood, our performance, our health. It conveys information our body needs to function: release this hormone; excrete this protein but not that one...
It's a huge source of pleasure; a way of expressing love; it fosters communication with family and friends; it has its own associated traditions and beliefs and cultural identities.
And, for some, it can be a source of intense distress and fear. It can lead to obsession and restriction and feeling isolated and trapped. Along with the body, it can become an enemy that must be monitored and weighed and forensically examined. Pleasure diminishes, joy fades, social interactions become fraught with anxiety. The body reacts against a perceived 'famine'
and triggers unwanted eating behaviours; guilt and shame follow; the cycle starts again.
Often our relationship with food mirrors our relationship with life. There will be good reasons why food and eating have become a source of pain and shame; there is nothing wrong with you if this sounds like your experience.
You may worry about your weight and have tried multiple diets over the years. You may have body image challenges or concerns about binge eating or emotional eating.
In working through the challenges you experience, we explore some of the personal dimensions that impact food, weight and health. We look at work, money, relationship, family, intimacy, life stress and much more. By working on the places that are most relevant for you, success is more easily achieved.
I look to support you with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable, and that yield results.