I'm not your typical nutritionist, and because of that I get a lot of questions about the work I do. If you're wondering what to expect from our work, you've come to the right place! Read on for the most Frequently Asked Questions about shifting your food relationship...
Can you help me set realistic weight loss goals and achieve them?
While weight loss may be a result of the work we do together, my approach is focused on supporting you to find a sustainable plan for eating what your body knows it needs and feeling confident in your choices! Our goals will be focused on learning what triggers your food cravings, tuning in to learn your body's hunger and satiety cues, developing a customized approach that sets you up for success, and tools and resources for sustainable results.
Do you treat eating disorders?
No. While I am trained as both a nutritionist and a mental health counselor, I am not a licensed medical provider, and therefore do not provide diagnosis or treatment for eating disorders. If you, or someone you know, is living with an active eating disorder, please seek help from a licensed medical professional (therapist, nutritionist, or dietician) that specializes in treating eating disorders.
Are you going to tell me what to eat or make me give up my favorite foods?
I believe there's a time and a place for (most) foods so I don't prescribe you a diet or meal plan. If you feel that meal planning and recipe ideas would support you in your journey, we can definitely include that in your customized approach. However, the focus of my work is based on the belief that you have the wisdom to choose the foods that nourish your body. My job is to help you listen closely so that you no longer have to follow someone else's "food rules" but instead, tune in and have the confidence to feed yourself from the wise voice that lives within you!
What do you mean, "it's not about the food"?
While I definitely believe in a whole-foods approach, I care more about how you feel about the food you're eating, than the food itself. Why? Because feelings are like little messengers from your body whose sole purpose is to give you information!
There's plenty of information out there about what to (and what not to) eat. If it were that simple, you'd be doing it and feel great about it! Unfortunately, prescribed diets often lead to a sense of putting foods in "good" and "bad" categories, which can result in us feeling "good" or "bad" too!
By cultivating awareness, acceptance, and non-judgement, we create space for an approach to eating that is balanced, nourishing, and sustainable.
What do we do in a session?
Your session begins with a review of your experience in between sessions - what insights you had, challenges you faced, successes you celebrated, or questions that came up. From there, we'll prioritize your concerns for the week and work through them. Sessions always include a coaching approach (open-ended questions to get to the heart of the matter and remove blocks) and may also include nutrition education, meal planning, guided visualizations, or other tools so that you leave every session with a realistic and inspiring plan for the next steps of your journey.
How do I know this will work?
The reason most diets fail is that they are based on unrealistic guidelines designed to meet our society's demand for quick results. Unfortunately, this sets up every cell in our body to fight against us! Why? The basic survival mechanism for cells is to maintain homeostasis (the current state of balance). So, instead of big changes that won't last, we work on small changes for sustainable results. By leveraging the mind-body connection we allow your body to adapt to each small change, bit by bit, we are slowly shifting homeostasis. Before you know it, your brain and your body will feel like, "we've always just lived this way"!