I'm an eating psychology coach that specializes in eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and a variety of EDNOS.
I chose my career in the field of eating psychology and eating disorders after experiencing difficulties in that area myself. More than 11 years ago, I suffered from anorexia nervosa. At that time, I realized how little support there was in Europe. And the support that was available mainly focused on the eating aspect, which means the sufferer is forced to gain weight (or lose, in case of binge eating disorder) without addressing the primary reason which created the difficulty around food. That kind of approach leads to endless relapses because the core issue has not been healed. Eating disorder originates in the mind, and that needs to be treated primarily. Once the mind heals, normal eating comes naturally. So, I decided to build a better understanding of eating disorder treatment, as I saw that the old solutions did not work.
I decided to work with a coaching approach because it was the kind of support that helped me the most at the time of my eating disorder. Therapy was not enough for me. It dwelled on the past for too long without the positive motion forward and beyond my unhealthy behaviors.
While working in an eating disorder inpatient and outpatient hospitals in London, my concern was yet again confirmed. Therapy alone does not work with eating disorders, especially when it comes to children. It can be very beneficial when starting the healing journey, but at a certain point, you need to move on from discussing past experiences. And that's where coaching comes in. It is positive guidance forwards and beyond the dysfunctional behaviors that come with eating disorders. However, I believe a good coach should understand human psychology so that past issues can be addressed in the coaching process, when relevant. With a degree in clinical psychology, I offer wholesome support for my clients.
My mantra is: When your mind is at peace, healthy eating comes naturally. Your body knows what it needs. It's your stressed and depressed mind that interrupts the dialogue.
Start with the mind. Instead of reading food labels for 20 minutes every day, counting every calorie, carb, or fat, sit down and meditate. Listen to yourself; find peace within yourself; accept yourself as you are. Then the need to look like the model on the poster will fade. Acceptance and self-love will grow in strength, and healthy eating and a beautiful body will follow.