Emotional Eating Psychology
~ Manage emotional eating
As a Bachelor in Alternative Systems of Medicines and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that enables you to articulate and achieve your goals. Throughout my education, I have been exposed to the science in dietetics and the most cutting-edge dietary theories while studying highly effective coaching techniques to help you find the right lifestyle that works best for you.
When my grandmother and my mother passed, barely a week apart from each other, just before the pandemic started, I spent isolation cooking all the things I used to cook for them when I was growing up, as part of my grieving process.
Because they were in charge of nurturing me as a child, and they took their maternal responsibilities very seriously, they would serve hearty meals for everyone at home. Sitting at the table was always a feast, surrounded by love and happiness. Subconsciously, I related feeding someone food with feeding them love.
My nanny, who had been my grandmother and mother's nanny, liked to have me around in the kitchen since I can remember. I would pick peas from the garden with her and then sit at the kitchen's table to open them in time for her to cook lunch. Later in life, a freshman student at a Catholic school, I was taught by North American nuns how to make simple dishes, as well as cakes and desserts. This is how I was taught cooking was an important part of a woman's role in a family.
Of English ascendance, tea time was important at my grandmother's house, so they rejoiced whenever I made biscuits, cookies, and cakes for them.
I have these and other many reasons to be grateful for my childhood and the love I received from the maternal side of my family. So it was no surprise for me when I realized I was dealing with the grief of separation by turning to the comforting food I used to share with them when we were together.
As soon as I realized I was doing this, I started dealing with it in the best way I could: going to therapy and investigating everything I could about emotional eating.
In 2017 I had graduated from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, where I learned about the dietetic and nutrition care needed during the different periods and stages of life and the specific diet therapy for several disease conditions, as well as the physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and clinical medicine as related to nutrition. So my research and studies on emotional eating complemented my previous knowledge perfectly.
It had also started to notice among my patients that those who had experienced trauma had difficulties in maintaining a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle. This is why, at the beginning of 2022, I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories –Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between– as a complement for my practice. There, I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts; so upon graduation, I continued my education with them, by studying Emotional Eating Psychology as officially recognized by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), to empower my clients in developing enjoyable and sustainable habits around food that support overall health and well being.
There, I learned that an estimated 50% of the population has an unhealthy relationship with food, their body, and/or exercise. In fact, we all struggle with emotional eating at some point in our lives, turning to food for comfort, reward or another purpose besides satisfying physical hunger. I learned the possible roots and drivers of emotional eating, including how emotions, stress, body image, social and cultural influences, and a one-size-fits-all mind-set contribute to using food for reasons outside nourishment.
This education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I now work with my clients to support them while making lifestyle changes and choosing health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. By working together, you will focus on how to deconstruct cravings, apply principles of habit change, and overcome unhelpful patterns that may be hindering your health an happiness.
In my private practice, I integrate my experience and studies to guide you, so you can feel better than ever in the healthiest way possible for you.
Your healing journey with food starts here.
At one point in our lives, many of us have found ourselves stuck in a cycle of unhealthy eating patterns. From daily stressors and family traditions to cultural norms, fad diets, and perceived body ideals, we may have used or currently use food in a variety of ways including:
For a purpose other than nourishment or satiation
As a coping mechanism for emotions that you don’t want to feel
To feel better, self-soothe, numb, or fill a void
To feel some sense of control over our lives
In this program you will acquire in-depth knowledge on what emotional eating is, and the triggers, cravings, and feelings associated with it. Together, you will get to the root of your compulsive eating patterns, so that you can break the cycle for good.
Your relationships with food and yourself are two of the most important relationships you have. Learn to honor your body and trust its cues by understanding what drives compulsive eating patterns, allowing you to find greater joy and fulfillment in all areas of your life.
Let’s define what you value most from your well-being. We’ll use these visions to motivate specific goals that bring you closer to where you want to be. As your coach, I will not dictate a diet for you, but together we will explore why some foods make you feel better than others and how to strategically use that feedback. Together we’ll co-create your health goals within reasonable time frames and actionable objectives so you know exactly what you’re working toward.
Have you developed a pattern of dealing with your emotions by reaching into the fridge or pantry even when you're not hungry, triggering feelings of shame and guilt? Do you struggle with body image and want to live in a body you love?
Emotions are sources of important information. Our emotions affect us in many ways and can influence our eating habits. We all reach for certain foods at times for comfort or to help us cope. When this is an occasional thing, it’s a normal part of life. But, when we repeatedly reach for food in response to our emotions, this can create a troubling pattern that can be hard to break.
As your Health Coach, I will support you while you find your values, beliefs, and vision for success, and guide you through making progress towards your bio-individual goals, while navigating the challenges of the road to lasting change. I will be your non-judgemental and open-minded strategic partner, who will listen to you deeply throughout your change process.
Together we will:
• Get clear on your signs of emotional eating, including the use of food to self-soothe or fill a void, for comfort, as a coping mechanism, or using it to feel some sense of control.
• Understand why you use food in response to your emotions is often the hardest part on your journey towards better health.
• Work on your mind-set that leads to cravings, which are signs of emotional or psychological hunger.
• Set goals to create a more vibrant life through a variety of self-healing tools.
What you get:
• Two 45-minute sessions per month.
• Email support between sessions.
• Simple healthy recipes.
• Handouts specific to your needs and goals.
To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule an initial consultation with me. During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals.
In this program, you will learn healthier ways to deal with emotional eating, develop a deeper understanding about your needs, and increase self-acceptance and self-love.
Program duration: 12 sessions
Language: English or Spanish
Modalities: Individual Coaching / Group Coaching
Sessions: In presence / Online / Over the phone