Embracing and nourishing the bodies we were created with using a non-diet approach.
Individualized nutrition counseling sessions are tailored to each individual's unique nutritional needs and their personal relationship with food. Individuals will explore their past history of dieting and will assess how this may be affecting current eating patterns. Nutrition education, counseling and motivational interviewing are provided by meeting you where you are at in your readiness to change and helping you to set personal health goals that are meaningful for you.
A diet is any plan, program or product that tells you when, what and how much to eat. Diets usually consist of rigid food rules and use labels including "good" and "bad." Some diets will require that you eliminate certain foods or even food groups and they send us messages that we cannot trust our own bodies.
Diets usually result in a slowed metabolism, long-term weight gain, increased preoccupation with food and increased depression due to feelings of guilt, shame and social isolation.
Intuitive eating, unlike dieting, is a process of increasing mindfulness in order to better connect with your bodies internal hunger and fullness cues. It is learning to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full, but it is also so much more than that. It's recognizing the psychology of eating, the importance of why you're eating versus simply what you're eating.
It's embracing the satisfaction factor with foods you enjoy and becoming curious about your nutritional needs from a non-judgmental place.
We are all born intuitive eaters. A baby cries when it is hungry and pulls off of the bottle when it's full. Then life happens and we grow up in homes being told to clean our plate or that there are starving children in Africa. We learn to eat lunch because it's noon and to avoid a nighttime snack because it's too late.
We learn that we can no longer trust our bodies.
In my practice, I use Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch as a foundational resource for helping individuals to reject the diet mentality and make peace with food.
Oftentimes, individuals allow the number on the scale to determine their eating behaviors, level of physical activity and sense of self-worth.
Many people with take drastic measures including restrictive dieting and self-punishing exercise in order to achieve their "ideal" weight.
What they may not know is that every individual has a set-point weight. This is the weight that your body naturally prefers to be at; a weight that you do not have to under eat or over exercise in order to maintain.
Dieting, in an attempt to decrease your weight, can actually lead to an increased set- point weight. This is because your body is doing everything it can to fight against food restriction which causes increased fat storage and a slowed metabolism. Weight loss may be achieved short-term, but eventually 95% of individuals who diet will regain the weight.
I have found it to be more successful to focus on behavior changes and to let the weight fall where it will. This takes the power off of the scale and places it back in your hands.
Diet and exercise often go hand in hand meaning that if you have a history of dieting, you may be all too familiar with having a love-hate relationship with exercise.
Many people view exercise as a way to change their body, compensate for what they have eaten or as a way to punish themselves with rigid rules around frequency, duration and intensity of their activity.
Though exercise can be a stress reliever for some, it can also be a source of stress for others.
In my sessions, I encourage individuals to get creative about types of movement that they find to be both enjoyable and social. We discuss mindful movement as a form of self-care and not a form of self-punishment; a way to accept the body they were created with and not just as a means to achieve the body they want. We review the positive health affects of increased activity that aren't related to a number on the scale (there are a lot of them!).
It's helpful to know that mindful movement can also play a role in helping people to better connect to their internal hunger and fullness cues therefore strengthening not only their muscles, but also their process of becoming and intuitive eater.
In order to properly nourish your body, you have to first accept it. Only then can you practice self-care through adequate nutrition and mindful movement.
The diet industry is a 60 billion diet industry and its primary strategy is to get you to be dissatisfied with your body. It sends messages telling you that you are broken and that it has the magic solution you need in order to be fixed.
Our culture has defined beauty as the thin ideal and countless times we strive to meet our society's unrealistic standards which only leaves us more depressed and more preoccupied with food.
My favorite quote by Nayyirah Waheed is, "And I said to my body softly, ' I want to be your friend.' It took a long breath and replied, 'I have been waiting my whole life for this'
Imagine how many companies would go out of business if we decided to live by this quote and by accepting and befriending our bodies, just as they are!
Services and Fees
- History of Chronic Dieting
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Eating
- Childhood Feeding and Nutrition
- Diabetes Management
- Renal Disease
- Digestive Diseases
- Heart Disease
- Post-Op Bariatrics
- Initial Assessment: $150 for 60-90 minutes
- Follow-Up: $125 for 60 minutes
- Virtual Session: $120 for 60 minutes
- Bundled Sessions: $400 for 4 sessions
I accept cash, check or credit card and can provide a superbill for submission to insurance providers for reimbursement.