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When I first met Katie I was suffering from regular headaches that forced me to stay in bed, severe bloating, poor digestion, and I weighed 10kg more than usual. Before going in I was afraid of judgement or of being in a program where the approach would be prescriptive, but nothing could be further from the truth. The term coaching really describes the experience: You’re the star of the show and Katie is there to show you the way to success. Katie is such an open, kind and genuine person and she taught me so much about food, how it should be digested, how my body interacts with it and what signs and symptoms to look for and avoid in my routines for better digestion and energy. But she didn’t stop there. She was very knowledgeable about how emotions impact the gut, and she provided useful tools to help me manage my emotions. She highlighted the importance of proper breathing, self-compassion and taking time during the day for myself. All things I thought I was aware of but had not truly internalised. Now with knowledge of the foods that are right for me, how to correctly prepare them, and the emotional management tools, not only has my physical health improved but I understand myself much better, am able to practice more self kindness, and feel more in control of my gut, all while enjoying food even more than I had before! I’ve also discovered new cuisines, new ingredients and a new way of cooking thanks to the work I did with Katie and I’m forever grateful. The recipes she’s developed are a genuine delight and there’s nothing I have cooked from her website that hasn’t been a smashing success in my home.
Katie helped me make a 180 degree shift in mindset and overcome a complicated relationship with food that I’ve struggled with for years. My relationship with food has changed from one of fear and guilt to one of joy and happiness. I now feel much more empowered every time I sit down to eat; empowered to make the decisions that I know will best serve me and my long-term health goals, rather than decisions based on guilt/shame/fear. Katie always showed a genuine interest in my progress and made me feel like she cared about my journey just as much as I did, which made me want to work even harder and helped me get back up on the “bad days”. She provided great coaching, detailed notes after every session, and a wide array of exercises and emotional and intuitive eating tools to help me break down and rebuild my relationship with food.
Since working with Katie, my relationship to food and my body has made a complete 180. My goals were to become more flexible with food, not be scared of carbs and dairy, and to stop thinking people only liked me for my physical appearance. I used to be afraid of food, and I was so limited by what I ate. I weighed everything, I counted calories and I was obsessed with knowing what was in my food.I enjoyed the coaching sessions with Katie because I knew no matter what, I had someone to talk to who was unbiased and would help me on my journey. Katie was an amazing listener and had the answer to everything. And I looked forward to receiving her notes and homework assignments after every session because I knew they would be good for me and keep me motivated.
I came to Katie for help weaning off prescription medication for acid reflux. I was really nervous about trying to stop using it after having taken it for 6 years. Katie was easy to talk to, reassuring, knowledgeable, and realistic. She helped me get my gut healthy and form good nutritional habits, then coached me through the first few weeks after weaning off of the medication, always there via email to answer questions between sessions.I am now no longer taking the medication and rarely feel acid reflux. On the occasion that I do, I have a host of options for how to quickly combat it. My digestion feels better, and I’m more aware of how my body feels before, during, and after meals.
I am so grateful for my private sessions with Katie! Since the program, I’ve come to enjoy cooking as a source of creativity and self-empowerment rather than a challenge and weakness in my life. Katie is an intelligent, personable, professional individual. I love that she shares all the knowledge she can with you. She’s helped me learn what different food groups bring to my meal and how it reflects in my overall energy and vitality. Now I can verbalize why I choose my eating habits, and I have the confidence to continue nourishing myself thoughtfully.
My goals for participating in Katie’s group cooking and nutrition program were to learn how to eat a well-balanced plant-based diet, eliminate sugar, and use new ingredients and recipes to make the shifts. Katie provided good discussions on healthy fat, good gut flora, weekly recipes, & how to stock my pantry differently. The biggest change I’ve noticed is that I’m very satisfied with the food I make and eat, and my cravings for salty snacks and chocolate have disappeared! I feel healthier and the results from a recent blood test have proven it!
My love of food has returned! Since working with Katie, I’ve had a renewed lease of life in cooking and preparing food. Katie has been a constant source of inspiration. She’s shared her knowledge of nutrition, eating healthy, and what it means to lead a harmonious life that’s not only about nutrition but also balance and enjoyment.
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.
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