Yet, what so many of ads had told us in terms of weight loss: eat less and exercise more – simply wasn’t working long-term, no matter how hard I tried. In fact, it was backfiring. For many years, I was caught in cycles of restricting foods, binge eating sugar and carbohydrates, and then going to the gym committed to “work it off.” This consuming cycle left me feeling desperate, depressed, and 20 lbs heavier than I am today. I knew there had to be a better way. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life being consumed by weight, calories, body image, and dieting. I began re-claiming my health through an education in holistic nutrition. I studied both ancient and modern dietary theory, investigated food politics, immersed myself in holistic health, and explored what healthful eating really could encompass. I taught myself how to prepare simple meals with whole foods, embraced seasonal eating, and practiced voting when I shopped.
I’d love to say that education was the magic bullet – that knowledge “cured” me. But I found myself caught in an exhausting journey to find the perfect dietary approach. I struggled with black-and-white thinking and managed to morph even the most beautiful, ancient dietary theories into issues of food morality, good or bad, right or wrong, and tirelessly tried to reach dietary perfection. Despite my “healthy” diet and body weight, I still suffered from digestion issues and bloating, fluctuations in my moods, binges, and perfectionism.
Realizing there was so much more to the health equation than knowledge alone, I decided to take my studies even further and explore the life-changing work of mind/body eating psychology, depth psychology, and Internal Systems Therapy head-on. This changed everything in my personal and professional world.
I began to learn and work with some of the most counter-intuitive eating and self-care strategies. They worked. My metabolism responded, my weight stabilized, my digestion improved, and my self-trust increased in spades.
I became a holistic nutritionist and eating psychology counselor because I’ve come to see the powerful connection between body and soul, nutrients and nourishment. At the same time, there’s a gap in the nutrition field. We need conversations that embody the complexity and, at the same time, simplicity of eating from both a nutritional and psychological level. I’m here to create space for that conversation.