Intuitive Eating Consultations
After over 20 years of working with clients on healthy eating and sport nutrition, I've expanded my focus to include two key elements: mindfulness and body awareness.
Whether you are an athlete or simply looking to improve your health, my approach is centered around honouring our bodies... rather than simply following a set of "Healthy Eating Rules". This approach of using body signals to guide habits is called "Intuitive Eating".
I am passionate about helping people reconnect with their bodies in a way that helps to guide them intuitively toward optimal health. In other words, breaking down our daily routine and creating new habits that respond to the messages our bodies are sending (ie: hunger, fullness, fatigue, stress and emotion). Some people are simply looking for a 'food plan' to follow. I certainly provide education, meal timing suggestions and lots of food ideas, however, I believe my most valuable service is helping my clients get back in touch with body messages. In other words, putting you in the drivers seat of your own health. This is especially important for our youth who are growing and changing daily, including body composition, emotions and hormone levels. If they try to follow a strict set of rules, they will miss the important skill of responding to body signals when they need it most.
Most clients start with 4-6 visits. Each session ranges from 30-60 minutes depending on the goals. The first 3 consultations are focused on "what/when you are eating". I may also do a detailed food analysis looking at all macronutrients, vitamins and minerals to check for deficiency risks (Essential for vegetarians). This may also include meal timing around exercise for those in sport. The next 3 visits I like to work on body awareness (hunger, fullness, stress...), mindfulness, and understanding emotion to honour what your body needs each day. This may also include sport nutrition and preparing for competitions. All of our goals will be habit focused. I believe the first goal is to honour our bodies to build healthy habits that leave us feeling nourished and energized.
My appointment times are typically 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri. Most of my consultations are done over the phone or online since I work from home (Google, Zoom or Skype). However if you are local, I also enjoy meeting my clients for a walk on the trails around Guelph. It gives us a chance to meet face to face and get some physical activity during our appointment.
I find this combination of examining WHAT, WHEN and WHY we eat very helpful toward making big shifts in health (Not to mention setting an excellent example of healthy living and self care for our children)
Each appointment is $150 payable through e-transfer. You'll receive a paid receipt that can be claimed through benefits if you have coverage for Registered Dietitian. I'll also add that I run creative workshops through the year that combine collage and body awareness. I find the fun process of connecting to our intuition through collage very helpful in uncovering sources of emotional eating and underlying stress.
If this approach resonates with you, I would be honoured to work with you. Simply send me an email by filling out the form below and we can get started... I look forward to hearing from you.