Hi, I’m Sara!
…but people like to call me “the Nutritionist who never talks about food.”
I know that sounds weird, and I didn’t always work like this.
I used to spend hours working on meal plans for clients and posting recipes on my blog because that’s what people told me they wanted – easy meal plans and healthy recipes. But after working with clients all over the world and seeing them continue to struggle, even with pages of healthy meal plans and recipes, I realized something:
It’s not about the food!
That’s right. What I realized is that, food is actually the easy part.
For the most part, we already know what we should be eating, and not eating, right? It’s DOING it – and sticking with it consistently – that’s hard.
It’s the old habits and patterns like…
- Doing really well all day only to end up binge eating at night;
- Eating because you’re stressed, tired or bored;
- Over-eating when you’re in social situations like parties, restaurants or vacation.
that get in the way and continue to sabotage us over and over again. I know you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Sure, for a while you can “white-knuckle” it, following a meal plan and preparing healthy recipes on the weekend to have ready in the freezer, but we all know that eventually the stress or the lack of energy or the cravings overpower us and we end up right back where we started.
And do you know why?
Because you’re not dealing with the root cause of the problem. Remember? It’s not about the food!
The truth is that you can’t change your diet without changing what’s going on in your brain first.
Before you can build a healthier lifestyle for yourself, you need to first reprogram and rewire that old operation system in your brain, otherwise you’ll forever do that old dance of one step forward, two steps back.
That’s exactly what I learned to do for myself, and now it’s what I teach hundreds of other women to do inside my online programs and on my retreats.
How do I know all of this?
Because I was in a very different place 12 years ago. I was a busy working mom with two kids under the age of 5 and a husband who had recently quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer.
I’d always been interested in health, but when I found myself having to give 100% at work, 100% at home, and also support my husband, taking care of myself went out the window. I was just trying to get through the day and keep all the balls in the air!
My weight crept up. I started to struggle with blood sugar issues and even depression. I was miserable. It felt like I was drowning.
I wanted to lose weight. I wanted to feel better. So, just like you, I tried everything: Weight Watchers, low-carb, vegan, low-fat, Atkins, low-sugar, South Beach and so many others that I can’t even remember. I did Tae Bo, PX90, ran a 10K and took up yoga. Lots of things worked for a bit, but eventually I’d make excuses, go back to my old ways and the weight would come right back on.
Sounds familiar, right?
Eventually, I decided that the problem must be that, because of all the confusing diet advice out there, I just didn’t know exactly what I should be eating or how much or when. I’d always been interested in learning about health, so I decided to go back to school part-time to become a Nutritionist. Surely then I would know exactly what I should eat and be able to easily lose the weight and keep it off, right?
Well, I DID go back to school, and I DID become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist…but nothing changed.
I did now know exactly what I should be eating, how much, and when, but I still found myself at the end of every day, on the couch, in front of the TV once everyone else was in bed, stuffing my face with potato chips or M & Ms (or more often both).
What the heck was wrong with me??? Why was I such a failure??
Then, I came across a book in a strange little second-hand bookstore that put me on a course that eventually changed my life and finally helped me lose that 20 pounds and keep it off for good.
It wasn’t a diet book. It didn’t even have anything to do with health. It was a book about how the brain worked. It broke down how neural pathways are formed in the brain, how neurotransmitters like dopamine affect things like cravings and over-eating, and how habits actually work.
Basically, it was like an operating manual for your brain.
And that’s when a light bulb went on for me. Reading that book suddenly made it so clear to me that the secret to staying on track with healthy eating really had very little to do with the food itself (I knew what I should be eating and not eating, I just wasn’t doing it).
Rather, it had everything to do with the old patterns and habits that were wired in my brain around food. That’s what was making it feel so hard to stay on track.
I immediately became obsessed with learning everything I could about how the brain worked when it comes to our relationship with food, and also about other tools like visualization, meditation, mindfulness and how I could use them to, not only transform my own relationship with food, but also help the clients I’d now taken on as a Nutritionist do the same thing!
As soon as I started seeing the power of focusing – not on the food, but on my brain – on my thoughts, feelings and habits – everything changed.
As I got better and better at using these tools, I was able to break my old, stubborn habits and replace them with new, healthier habits in a way that felt natural and automatic.
I no longer felt like I was fighting my own brain. I felt like every part of my brain was on the same page. No more tug-of-war. Making the healthy choices eventually just became a non-issue for me. My new default. My new normal.
Do I still love chocolate? Absolutely! But now I can indulge in it in a mindful and meaningful way and not use it simply because I’m tired or stressed or bored.
It’s the most free I’ve ever felt in my life!
Does this sound like it might be exactly the piece of the puzzle that you’ve been missing? Find out more about how I can help you.