Food fads come and go. Nutrition knowledge changes over time (remember when butter was bad?). But in the end, your body knows best. My primary goal with clients is to help you learn to listen to your body and follow its guidance. Once we know how to pay attention, there is no mystery about what foods and choices work well for us and which do not.
The awareness we cultivate together is sometimes called mindfulness. It is basically being present, here and now, and conscious about what is happening around and within you. Practicing mindfulness helps immensely with stress management and simply noticing the joy in your daily life, as well as understanding how your choices impact you.
Lifestyle changes have to be sustainable. I take an "experimental" approach, working with you to test out different changes and see what will work for YOUR life long-term.
Movement is an important part of being healthy and alive. My programs focus on figuring out what kind of movement you and your body truly ENJOY doing, and how it can fit into your life. Exercise should not be something on a to-do list, but something you look forward to (at least most of the time).
My food philosophy: follow rules for a short period of time to readjust and heal, then throw out the rules and listen to your body to discover what is actually important for you. Once you know the price you pay for making a choice, you can make it (or not) in full awareness. Sometimes that chocolate cake is worth it; sometimes it isn't.
The rules we follow never have to do with calorie counting. I find clients who look at a dinner plate and see calorie numbers have an unpleasant relationship with food and eating. When you listen to your body, it is much easier to eat until you are satisfied and then stop, allowing your weight to come to your healthy balance, based on how you feel - not on a scale.
My programs last between two and six months, but many clients will set up pop-up sessions a couple times a year to help stay on track. My support is always here for you.