I've been at this for a while now, and I think it's time to let you know who I am and how I am going to be your favorite resource for all things regarding the "zen of food!"
I teach yoga. I am trained as a dietitian. Those things are things I do, but they don't define who I am. I am a work from home dog-mom, army wife- retired, and empty nester. I also love food, being active, and pretty much any kind of baby animal.
Basically, I am just an average middle-aged Josie. I work hard to be the type of person I help others to become, I make mistakes like everyone else, and I am always "working" on something about myself. I no longer define who I am by my appearance, my job, or my accomplishments (or lack thereof).
I have been where you are. All of the fad diets, the fitness crazes, the longing to just a bit more...whatever! Then I sought my profession (s). I lived through a bunch of trials and errors, and now I'm on the other side. Older and wiser!
That's where my Mindset Framework comes in! When you change your mindset from the unobtainable goals and ideals that not only isn't achievable but are also unhealthy to a realistic version on actual health you find that food becomes more enjoyable, fitness becomes something you look forward to, and wellness is a state of mind.
In the my Mindset Framework, I teach clients how to listen to the cues they can get from their body about hunger and needs, I explain how scientifically foods can cause outcomes, and I encourage any activity that feels great and rewarding- regardless of what it is. I focus on stress management first, food habits, and the obstacles that we all have in this fast paced world we live in.
Let me break it down:
Mindful Eating is not a diet- it's a method for eating when you are hungry and fueling your body based on your needs.
Purposeful Movement is more about feeling refreshed than depleted,
Stress is a fact of life, you will never get rid of it so learn to deal with it. Dealing comes in the form of meditation, journaling, healthy outlets, and seeking resources when it becomes unbearable. A little stress is actually a good thing- it pushes us to be better. Finding the line between good stress and uncontrolled stress is essential.
Intrinsic triggers are your internal cues that are very real and should be honored.
Extrinsic triggers are the ways that life bombards you with tempting diets and clever marketing junk food. Removing the power of these is life changing!
Lastly, don't underestimate the power of yoga. Is it the only exercise that you need? IN most cases no, but look at it from the perspective of a mental workout more than a physical workout- sure you might sweat depending on the type of yoga- but no matter what you are going to feel better after it's done!
I use the basic principles of yoga: awareness, breath work, finding your edge, and sitting with the uncomfortable and apply those to the food world. If you are wonder what that even looks like, it might be sitting for ten rounds of breath before eating. Using your sense of body awareness to determine if you are really hungry or just triggered by a commercial, and even learning to identify the difference between true hunger and eating to fill space.
Now that you know what I am all about, if that sounds like something you might want to dig into then reach out! I only take a few new clients at a time for signature coaching. Set up a consult call now so you don't have to sit on the wait list!