Katie is competent, compassionate, insightful, a very good listener and intuitive. The support and guidance she provided in our sessions and through supplemental materials she sent following each session was very helpful to my learning about mindful eating and living techniques and in keeping focused and staying on track. Katie also introduced and explained the benefits of certain vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts and grains that were new to me and guided me in how to stock my pantry with the staples I would need for the recipes I would be cooking. As a result I have been able to establish mindful eating and living rituals that feel right for me and that I enjoy. Through working with Katie I’ve not only curbed my weight gain and slimmed down, but I’ve also become calmer with a greater sense of contentment. Completing Katie’s program is the best thing I’ve done for myself in recent years!
The most significant change I noticed from going through Katie’s program is that I’ve been able to let go of my all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to food. Letting go has allowed me to feel more relaxed and more happy about myself, my choices and even my relationship with others – food is no longer something I have to conquer, control or feel guilty about. I can appreciate a good dinner with friends for what it is, instead of feeling that I just lost a battle. In 6 months I was able to change thought patterns that I had been struggling with for 30 years. Working together for several months didn’t only generate results, it integrated them into my day and made them a part of my life. This separates Katie’s program from diets and quick-fixes, it is a long-term commitment to myself. I came to Katie to make better food choices and lose weight, but I am taking with me lessons for life.
I came to Katie to learn more about plant based eating and increase self-awareness and self-discipline. She provided a judgment-free ear to listen, asked thoughtful questions, and engaged in a dialogue with me, rather than speaking at me. Not a single session went by without us discovering something new, feeling good about what had been accomplished and outlining next goals to build upon what had been done in previous sessions. One of the best things about Katie is that she worked within my capabilities and within my world. There were no drastic changes that were too hard to keep. It’s adding things here and there to my “normal” routine that, I feel, made this program a success.
I began working with Katie going into my pregnancy, as I wanted to ensure proper nutrition for my baby. Katie helped me identify new foods, tangible ways to add them into my diet and suggested time-saving strategies so that healthy habits could naturally become more routine. Katie could not have come to me at a better time. She is empathetic, even keel and completely client-focused, and I always felt better after my weekly time with her.
The biggest change I noticed since working with Katie is my new mindset and approach to food. She helped me find the root cause behind my behaviors, and she gave valuable suggestions and action steps that helped break the cycle of turning to food (I did not need!) when I was tired, overwhelmed, or needed a distraction. Katie has a lot of knowledge about food and plant-based cooking and she was able to help me find fun, delicious, and healthy recipes to create a way of eating that made me feel like I was nourishing body, mind, and soul.