Holistic. Empowering. Liberating.
My holistic approach embraces your whole being. It's a path to empowerment, liberation and peace that starts from a place of compassion, curiosity, nourishment, pleasure and body wisdom.
It has nothing to do with calorie counting, point tracking, weekly weigh-ins, good/bad food lists, dogmatic diets or punishing exercise. It’s all about learning how to tune into your innate body wisdom and trust it to guide you toward wise, kind and nourishing choices.
A holistic, weight-neutral, non-diet approach focused on cultivating a positive relationship with food and your body—and developing pleasurable, sustainable self-care practices.
Understanding My Approach
My approach is based on a variety of complementary evidence-based models, theories and techniques, including:
Holistic Health is a whole-person approach based on the belief that relationships, physical movement, career, creativity, spirituality and other life realms are all forms of nourishment that are just as important to your health as the food you eat. As everything rests in a web of interconnectedness, an imbalance or change in one area of your life can impact other areas, your self-care and overall wellbeing.
Weight Neutral: A weight-neutral approach focuses on establishing health-promoting, life-enhancing beliefs and behaviors independent of weight. Efforts are put toward cultivating a positive relationship with food and your body and developing pleasurable, sustainable self-care practices that improve your overall wellbeing while trusting that your body will settle at whatever size it’s supposed to be.
If you have weight concerns (which is completely understandable given our pervasive diet culture), we will explore your experience and how you can feel better in your here-and-now body by making choices that support and nourish it regardless of where you are on the weight continuum. A weight-neutral approach is not for or against weight loss. It’s pro body trust.
Non-Diet: A non-diet approach promotes a natural, instinctive way of eating that neutralizes all foods and is free of any restriction and deprivation. It’s about trusting your inner body wisdom to guide you toward the foods that best nourish and fuel your unique body, without internal judgment or influence from external "authorities" or diet/weight-loss culture. To learn more about the importance of letting go of dieting, click here.
Intuitive Eating teaches you how to become the expert of your own body and have a healthy relationship with food. It’s about "honoring your body's cues (e.g., hunger, fullness); choosing foods that are both pleasurable and nourishing; removing morality and judgment from eating; rejecting the diet mentality; and respecting your body, regardless of how you feel about its shape." To learn more, click here.
Dynamic Eating Psychology focuses on your richly unique and ever-changing relationship with food and your body. It views your challenges as doorways to deeper places within you calling for attention, love and healing. And, it recognizes that your struggles are intimately connected to other primary life dimensions, such as relationships, career, spirituality, purpose, fulfillment and pleasure.
Mind-Body Nutrition advances the practice of clinical nutrition by exploring the psychophysiology of how your thoughts, feelings and beliefs impact your relationship with food and your body, and ultimately, your physical, mental and emotional states (e.g., the impact of stressful thoughts on digestion).
Health at Every Size (HAES) is an evidence-based weight-inclusive approach that advocates that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Rather than focus on weight management, HAES focuses on sustainable healthy behaviors. HAES views health and wellbeing as multifaceted, aims to reduce weight stigma, and "rests on the assumption that everybody is capable of achieving health and wellbeing independent of weight."
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing. Some areas of focus include: cultivating positive emotions and resiliency; mindfully savoring the present moment; finding fulfillment and meaning; experiencing flow states; and practicing gratitude.