Holistic. Empowering. Liberating.
My holistic approach embraces your whole being, including your physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health. It's a path to empowerment, liberation and peace built on compassion, curiosity, nourishment, pleasure and body wisdom.
A holistic, weight-neutral, non-diet approach focused on cultivating a positive relationship with food and your body—and developing life-enhancing, 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 play an essential role in your health. 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.
Intuitive Eating teaches you how to become the expert of your own body and have a positive relationship with food and your body. It’s about "honoring your body's cues (e.g., hunger, fullness, satisfaction); 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.
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 sources, including diet and weight-loss culture. To learn more about the importance of letting go of dieting, click here.
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 society’s pervasive diet culture, weight stigma and unrealistic beauty standards), 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.
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.