We love Laura! We began working with her simply because we wanted to feel better.
In chaotic times, it's easy to make nutrition an afterthought. In her intuitive, personalized sessions, Laura keeps the focus on establishing achievable goals, implementing small changes on a consistent basis. These changes have now become daily habits that are an integrated and natural part of our lifestyle.
Laura's approach is based on instruction of how foods work naturally with body. In a maze of competing nutritional strategies, this is refreshing. Simple changes like shifting the time frame of our main meal and taking the time to chew have made a powerful difference in our energy levels, sleep patterns, and how we treat each other. Dropping a few pounds along the way has been an added bonus.
Laura's work with us is responsible for of the most significant shifts in our lives this past year.
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"Hey Laura. I just wanted to give you a quick testimonial. I met with you in late spring, and was struggling to lose a few pounds that would just not leave my body. You had emphasized safety, and how if the body doesn't feel safe, you can't lose (or gain) weight. I continued to calorie count, work out often twice a day until I was exhausted. And this produced no weight loss. In fact I felt heavier. I do not weigh myself, but I couldn't feel or see any changes in my body. Then it hit me. I didn't want to spend my life like this. I didn't want to be a slave to marathon work it's and worrying about everything I ate. So I gave it up. I started working out less, incorporating one day of weight lifting and cardio a week for balance. Practicing yoga daily, which my body loves. And I just chose to eat things that made me feel good. I planned my lunches thinking "what will make me feel the best throughout my day, and not make me tired." The weight has been falling of me. I hardly noticed until my scrubs pants were falling off, and people kept asking me what I was doing. I have to thank you for planting the seeds of loving myself and finding a gentle and safe balance.
While they needed time to sprout, I feel so much more at ease in maintaining a healthy body without creating a constant inner turmoil."
I started meeting with Laura shortly before my fortieth birthday. I remember being completely exhausted when I arrived to our first session. I was tired pretty much all the time then. Although I had had all kinds of tests run, I never got a diagnosis. Sure I was overweight but overall, I was supposedly healthy. This just didn’t make sense to me. I tried to make myself feel better: I was on anti-depressants for a while, I sat in front of a SAD lamp in the winter, I took vitamins, I tried to squeeze yoga into my schedule, and I was always experimenting with some kind of diet. I would feel a little better for a while and maybe even lose some weight but then I would go back to feeling tired, heavy, stressed, and guilty for not being able to find balance in my life. Deep down I felt scared. If this is forty, what would fifty be like?
I kept most of this a secret. I tried to act like I had it together but in reality I often felt out of control. In our first session, I just slumped on the couch in Laura’s office and cried. She validated all of my concerns and I could tell right away that she was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about helping people work through these kinds of issues. Even though I was sharing things that I had never told anyone before, I felt very safe. Laura helped me realize that lasting change comes from a place of love, not hate, and one of the first things we started working on is what I now like to refer to as radical self-acceptance. I realized that I had been punishing myself for not having a thin body since I was a little girl. I went on my first diet at the age of eleven and have gained and lost hundreds of pounds since then. Laura’s wisdom and insight have helped me to understand how to nourish my body by listening to what it needs. Instead of calories, carbs and fat grams, we talk about rhythms, self-care, and mindfulness. Our work together over the last year has been nothing short of life changing for me. I honestly can’t believe how much confidence I have gained and how much better I feel. I kicked my caffeine addiction. I sleep better. I am more assertive. I even wear a bathing suit to the beach and can enjoy ice cream without guilt!
I also hike, walk my dog, and ride my bike - not to burn calories but because I love it and it feels good. And yes, I have lost weight. Next month I will be doing my first ever group cycling tour. I am riding my bike almost 300 miles over four days and crossing through three states! Before working with Laura, I never would have dreamed I could do such a thing. I always wanted to be an athlete but my negative self-image always held me back. There was always a voice in my head saying, “but you’re a fat girl, you can’t do that.”
Working with Laura has brought me out of the shadows and into the light.
I am beyond grateful for her patience, support, and encouragement. Laura’s holisitc approach is a perfect fit for anyone who is looking to make peace with their body and live a more balanced