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The first, and most important, thing for you to know is that I approach everything from a Biblical worldview. I always invite the Holy Spirit into everything I do, including coaching. I will never talk about the “universe” or a “higher power” or whatever other new age term might be popular at the moment. God created us. He sent his son to die for us. And, as a Christian, it’s the Holy Spirit within who guides me. The Creator knows and loves YOU. And, inviting God into all things surrounding health and wellness is where it all begins. Please read my STATEMENT OF FAITH.
My degree is in psychology from Texas A&M University (Class of 1994). I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2012 and that began my adventure into the field of health and wellness. I attended several other courses from top experts in the natural health field, but going through the work and graduating from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating was a game changer. Why? Because it’s the puzzle piece to wellness that most women are unaware of, yet it’s the most important piece ever. Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind/Body Nutrition is what will make the difference between temporary change and permanent transformation. The body and mind must work together to co-create optimal wellness. Everything starts in the mind.
PSYCHOLOGY OF EATING
Dynamic Eating Psychology is an important new field originated by Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It’s a positive, empowering, and transformational approach that’s designed for anyone who eats. Each of us has a unique, fascinating, and ever-changing relationship with food. Dynamic Eating Psychology affirms the primary importance of this relationship. It sees our challenges with eating, weight, and health not as an indication that we’re broken, but as a beautiful opportunity to grow in connection with Christ and self. Previously, eating psychology has been limited to those with clinical eating disorders. Dynamic Eating Psychology, though, is for everyone. It affirms that our relationship with food has important lessons to teach us if we choose to listen. And it recognizes that our challenges with eating, weight, and health are intimately connected to other primary life dimensions – relationship, family, work, sexuality, our search for meaning and fulfillment, and so much more. Dynamic Eating Psychology is a powerful breakthrough approach.
HOW IS MY APPROACH DIFFERENT?
For far too long, we’ve been inundated by negative messages about food, weight, and diet. We’ve been told that we just need more willpower, or that we just need more control. The majority of nutrition experts promote conflicting advice. It can be so frustrating! And, almost everything leaves God out. The result is that people are confused about what to eat, and how to have a happy relationship with food. In my professional practice, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology. By eliminating all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, we focus on what’s beneficial for your unique body. As we work together in this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration, always rooted in Christ. Curiosity, not shame, leads the charge. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth. We start from a foundation of love as I help clients reach their highest goals, not by strategies that punish, but through strategies that nourish.
I use are a combination of practical, faith-based coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind-body science, and a positive and compassionate approach to challenges with food and health. The strategies and nutritional principles that I use are nourishing, doable, sustainable, FUN, inspired, and yield results that last. This is not a quick-fix approach to health. Quick fixes don’t work. Fad diets don’t work. My approach gets to the root of whatever you’re facing in order to transform behaviors for a sustainable outcome.
WHAT IS MIND-BODY NUTRITION?
Mind-Body Nutrition is an exciting and timely new field that advances the practice of clinical nutrition by exploring the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health. Also originated by Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, it goes far beyond classical nutrition model by focusing on the fascinating connections between brain, body, and behavior. Simply put, what we eat is only half of the story of good nutrition. The other half is who we are as eaters. Mind-Body Nutrition reveals how stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing, and much more profoundly influence digestion, nutrient absorption, and metabolism. And it offers practical and results-oriented strategies for the most commonly seen eating challenges (emotional eating, stress eating, binge eating) and health issues of our times.