Coaches’ Blog

Relaxing Into Life

I began to feel exhausted at the age of 15. As I approach my 30th birthday, it dawns on me that this is now half my life. I’ve tried everything to regain my energy, including going to various traditional medical doctors, acupuncture, supplements, functional medicine, bio-meridian medicine, radically changing my diet, yoga, therapy and various different healers. Some modalities were helpful, others less so. Eating healthy has made a tremendous difference, but nothing gave me […]

Life After Death?

Do you believe in life after death? Before you answer that read my story & then I’ll ask you again. Until the age of 53 my lifestyle was far from healthy and because I considered myself to be a “coper” I never allowed myself to really deal with the many stressful events that life threw at me – marriage, birth, migration all before age 25. So there I was on the other side of the […]

I Was a Wellness Teacher – and I Felt Like a Fraud

Thirteen years in, I’m familiar with the territory of being a practitioner in the health and wellness world. At age 18, I jumped into my first of three summers working at a fitness and weight-loss camp for overweight kids. At age 22, I became the founding wellness teacher at a school that wanted health and wellness to be a strong part of its identity. During my seven years there, I taught hundreds of kids, created […]

I Am Not Broken. There is Nothing to Fix.

The most important transformation I’ve had at this phase of my journey with food, body image and spiritual growth is my continued application of self-acceptance, compassion and – dare I say – love of myself and others. Creating an inner world of peace that makes it possible for me to reach out and help others find this for themselves is my driving force at present. I am done trying to fix myself because I have […]

Healing From the Inside Out!

When I started my healing journey I believed that food would save me. I thought that eating the right fruits and green leafy vegetables with nuts and seeds and legumes was the answer I had been hoping for. I had been diagnosed with colon cancer and I was looking for some control back in a situation that left me feeling vulnerable and scared. Eating a plant-based diet seemed like the solution – it helped me […]

The Mud and the Lotus

To thrive means “to progress toward a goal, despite or because of circumstances.” Circumstances are funny things. We tend to think that circumstances are things that show up and prevent us from doing what we really want to do. We might see them as unexpected catastrophes that barge into life to thwart our journey. In my work I have learned that there’s another way of looking at circumstances. Instead of seeing them as troubles, I […]

Food to Pleasure

I started out life living in a world of confusion, which lasted from my early childhood through the middle of my twenties. By my mid-twenties, my life had spiraled out of control with food entangled with depression caused by a chemical imbalance in my brain and body. It was at this time that I started seeking out healers (therapists, sponsors, practitioners, and coaches) to help me understand what was going on inside of me. All […]

Let Freedom Ring

Ah Freedom. What a wonderful thing to experience. Who knew life could be so sweet? I certainly didn’t. Freedom: “Absence of undue restrictions and an opportunity to exercise one’s rights and powers.” Okay, sign me up for that. I used to think that freedom meant I could do whatever I wanted. Eat whatever I wanted and then just exercise it off. Drink and party as much as I wanted and because I was young […]

What are you truly hungry for?

I first began binge eating, overeating, and emotionally eating as a collegiate track and field athlete. Because I came from a small town, the pressure of no longer being the best literally ‘ate at me’ every second of the day. This is also the first time in my life I started doubting my capabilities, putting myself down, and beginning to hate on my body. So I started exercising outside of practice, pushing and pushing myself […]

Your Exit Visa From Food Hell

We all know that there is no quick ‘n’ easy solution to weight loss or eating problems. For both myself and my clients, I see time and again how deep, lasting change is no overnight process. But once in a while you get an exit visa. What do I mean by this? Let me explain. There are two choices if you want to leave food hell: 1. Buy a magic pill. This is temporary leave […]

Transforming Masculine Exercise into Feminine Movement

I have always loved to exercise, but the truth is I have always exercised from a Masculine place – intense, goal-driven, forceful, competitive, aggressive and egocentric. Throughout the Eating Psychology Certification Training, Marc David shared the concept of Masculine and Feminine energy and it really spoke to me and resonated deeply. I was inspired to bring more Feminine energy into my life and I saw that the way in which I approached exercise would be […]

Feeling at Home in My Muffin Top

I tried on my favorite jeans this morning and they were a bit more snug than I expected. I glanced into the mirror hoping to prove otherwise. Unfortunately, suspicions were confirmed. My cute mini love handles graduated to full muffin top stature. It was enough to provoke a low level of pressure to do something about it. Then, the shame of hypocrisy set in because I teach about body image, self acceptance and compassion. I […]

From Bracing to Em-bracing

A year ago I was a different woman than I am today. When I signed up for IPE’s Eating Psychology Coach Certification Program, I thought by immersing myself in the program, I would discover the key to taking off the last thirty pounds I thought I needed to lose. In the last decade I had lost a lot of weight by slowly changing how I eat and exercise. Even so, those last 30 pounds were […]

Surrender the Scale

During the height of my anorexia I would ritually pull out my secret scales from the top of my wardrobe, which were hidden with all my heavy winter jumpers, and quickly stand on them with abated breath and terrifyingly stare at the number that stared so shockingly back at me. I would then step off the scales, reset them, and then jump back on them to check the absolute accuracy of that number. I often […]

Hunger Beats Willpower

I struggled for almost 20 years with constant dieting and gaining weight, dieting again, restricting food, working out, losing a few pounds, giving up in exhaustion and despair and gaining it all back again, over and over again. Every time I was ready to try another diet or a new program, I was filled with motivation and convinced that my willpower would hold up this time. I was dieting because I just wanted to be […]

Giving up on Fast and Easy- What True Health Really Required of Me

I used to dread the New Year. It’s that time when so many of us go searching for answers to the dissatisfaction with our physical selves. The diet industry then comes crashing in, claiming to provide us with everything we need to acquire the bodies we’ve always wanted. The choices are vast; an entire smorgasbord, so to speak, of nutritional plans, cleanses, memberships, machines, books, subscriptions and dietary food products that all promise to be […]

How to Be a Body Whisperer

The tides are changing in the world of health and wellness. Where we once heard phrases like: “No pain – no gain” “Push through the resistance” “Fake it ‘til you make it” We’re now hearing phrases like these: “Tune into you body” “Listen to your hunger” “What is your body saying to you?” “What food does your body really need?” “Tap into your body’s wisdom” This attitude shift from push and ignore the body to […]

Let It Go!

I recently completed a 30 day Hot Yoga challenge and throughout the 30 days, I continually asked myself, “what can I let go of?”, so that I could move deeper into my practice. The more I let go, the more I opened up and moved into my body and relaxed into the postures. Letting go of that which does not serve is probably one of the most important practices to cultivate in life. Letting go […]

Being Here on Planet Earth

“Our relationship with food and eating is symbolic of how we approach everything else in our lives.” ~ Marc David. As a schoolgirl, when I thought of myself at 40, I imagined I would be working in a big tall corporate building in the city, be happily married, and have 3 or 4 kids. Having just turned 41, I realize that my life is radically different to that… I work for myself at home, I’ve […]

The Power of Feeling

As a child, I often would hear, “Don’t be so sensitive!” I was a very sensitive child. In my family, there wasn’t a lot of room for feeling what you were feeling. I eventually learned that showing my emotion was not always the safest thing to do. It seemed to be more acceptable to act as if I were totally fine. 

 So this became my strategy: Act appropriately, not authentically. 

 I became a […]

One Woman Becomes a Queen

Many women have struggled with their weight or body image at one time or another, and I am one of them. My battle with weight started at the age of 7 when my mother took me to an illegal diet doctor and I was put on ‘speed.’ Looking at old pictures, I wasn’t fat; rather it was my mother’s projection of her own problems that condemned me to years of weight and body image issues. […]

Introducing the Queen

There are very few women my age that truly love themselves unconditionally. When I meet with friends or clients in this stage of life I continue to hear the underlying complaint of “not being good enough” from most of them. My mother, who passed away at the early age of 62 had been a chronic dieter and binge eater and although I never heard her hating on her body, the punishing exercise she engaged in, […]

Body Wisdom

What I wouldn’t have given for a magic wand years ago… I would have magically ‘poofed away’ those things about me that I hated or caused me such shame. As a young girl, I began using food as a way to express my inner world …. the result, a swirl of food issues….sneaking food, binging, starving, excessive exercising, teetering on anorexia, hyper focused on food, and an abundance of negative self talk. There was such […]

Awareness Brings Change

My earliest memories reflect my desire to be IN my body. I was so connected to it in movement, feelings and desires. I felt strength, stability, security and love from within. It wasn’t until I reached my mid 20’s that the connection with my body began to weaken. Toxic beliefs and fears seeped in and I couldn’t shake them. They were shrouded in judgment and criticism. I didn’t understand why the connection was breaking…it was […]

Breaking the Rules

I wanted a sandwich for dinner – an avocado, melted Swiss cheese, cucumber and spinach sandwich on sourdough spelt bread. Yum! But before I took my first bite, the “nutritional choir” chimed in, singing: gluten is bad, bread will turn to belly fat, this meal has too many carbs and not enough protein, dairy is congesting, cucumbers aren’t in season, and on and on the singing went. My body was saying, “yes, this looks so […]