Hi, I'm Joanna! I'm an Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Body Positivity Coach . My passion in life is helping people escape the destructive diet culture and find true, lasting health. I am determined to help you finally make peace with food and your body, and not allow the deceptive diet industry or unrealistic media invalidate the vital, powerful and beautiful woman you are. Happiness with yourself doesn't start after you reach a certain weight or have a flat stomach. True joy begins when you learn to accept yourself for who you are right now. At this very moment. Simple concept, maybe, yet all of us seem to have incredible difficulty believing it’s true.
Despite years of working in the health industry, I found myself chasing that ever elusive “perfect weight” and ending up frustrated, disappointed and often, unhealthier. I suffered with eating disorders and dreaded looking in a mirror. Perhaps most ironically, the more I worried about the size of my thighs or the number on the scale, the more invisible the real me became until I felt like I might disappear completely. My diet rock bottom moment came at the age of 39. I had just finished a very restrictive diet requiring me to eat 500 calories a day (yep you read that right) I had lost the advertised 30 pounds in 30 days. But instead of feeling the freedom and confidence that I thought weight loss would bring me. I felt stressed and terrified. I was afraid the weight would come back on and my entire world revolved around trying to make that not happen (again). Well the weight did start to creep back on despite my best efforts and I was just lost! What am I going to do now?!?! As I saw it then I felt like I had 2 choices. Cycle through this 500 calorie diet every few months to keep off the weight or give up dieting completely. It was then I decided to stop dieting. For the first time in my life I decided to start listening to my body and eat intuitively.
It is my hope that my journey to recognizing my value and finding my voice will help you on yours. Let me walk you along the path of Intuitive Eating and Body Positivity where you will learn to embrace the idea of progress over perfection and understand your true worth. I will use my hard won experience and compassion to mentor you through the process of letting your quest for perfection go, and living a joyful, healthy life right now. At this very moment.