I help people step off the bingeing & overeating rollercoaster so they can find their footing, re-develop self-trust,
and finally find the peace with food and life
they've been searching for.
I do this by first showing you why you’ve been turning to food, why dieting and restricting has only served to deepen your struggles, and how your brain is actually just directing you to what it thinks is best.
After setting up the foundations of eating for recovery, we put the spotlight on your inner voice and thoughts to see what is going on under the surface.
Finally, we heal the emotional part of you which may be prone to sabotage, doubt, or fear.
This journey is not about willpower or control; it's about developing a deeper, kinder relationship with yourself based on curiosity, self awareness, and personal support.
It's about working with yourself rather than against yourself. It’s about gaining a renewed sense of trust in your body, developing new habits and patterns of thinking, and regaining a sense of ease with food, life and self so that you finally find the peace you've been craving.
What is binge eating?
Binge eating is defined as eating larger amounts of food in a set period of time than most people would in a similar time period and similar circumstance. Binge eating is also identified by eating faster than normal, eating beyond fullness, eating alone or hiding the amount of food eaten, and feeling guilt, shame, or depression after a binge has happened. Bingeing can feel like you're eating against your own will, and that you have little control over your actions.
What is overeating?
Although not all overeating is problematic, for the purpose of the work I do, overeating is defined as eating more than necessary for your body's needs while also feeling powerless to stop this pattern. Overeaters may not identify as a binge eater- eating large amounts of food in one sitting, but may find themselves repeatedly eating more than they desire, feeling out of control around specific foods, turning to food to comfort themselves during emotional and stressful events, and often feeling guilty over the choices they made, aiming for 'fresh starts', diets or restriction to regain a sense of control.
How does coaching help?
Coaching for food issues is a wonderful merging. Coaching is a partnership that focuses on accomplishing goals and moving you to where you want to be. My job as a coach is to help you gain more personal awareness over your actions, beliefs, and thoughts so you can work to change what's not serving you. Coaching creates a layer of support, holds you accountable, gives you tools to use, and helps you create the mindset and perspective you need to change from the inside out. My one-on-one coaching is designed to support you in making peace with food much more efficiently than you could do alone.
Life coaching is not locked in one framework or style. Coaching is flexible, and does not put too much emphasis on the past, or issues far out of context from the goal. Instead it focuses on the client as a whole and worthy person with infinite potential, needing support to accomplish a goal. It focuses on taking you from your current state, to a more empowered and positive one so you can move toward the future you've always envisioned for yourself.
With the tools and support of coaching, energy techniques for addressing challenging emotions, plus personal experience, knowledge, and expertise of the science of binge eating, overeating and food struggles, it is my job to lead you past what's holding you back, to break old patterns, and to develop a mindset that will consistently move you forward to where you want to be- at peace.
"If you’re struggling like I was, I highly recommend hiring Andréa as your coach to get you to a better place with your relationship to food."
K.Z., North Carolina, USA
"Having a coach is so valuable. Being able to come back to this [work] in a slow and steady process weekly has helped me make subtle shifts that are really changing my life."
More about me...
My struggles with food started in high school. After moving cities, I would pass the time at lunch alone, nibbling on snacks, then satisfy my hunger and emotional discomfort with food when I got home. In time I gained weight, felt uncomfortable in my body and struggled with body image. I turned to diets, weight loss plans, and working out which only exacerbated my unhealthy relationship with food. To compensate, I began purging.
These struggles followed me to university. Throughout my first 3 years of schooling I oscillated between bingeing, purging, and restricting, sometimes with everything lying dormant, and sometimes with it consuming my life. In the summer before my final year of school I had restricted so much that people were asking me if I was okay. Though I was finally lighter, I was bingeing more than ever, and the symbolic weight of my struggles with food was too much to bare. I opened up about my challenges, and this was the start of my recovery journey.
I sought help from a counsellor, my doctor, and two therapists, but I didn't find anyone who understood my struggle with food. Instead I made a personal commitment to finding a way to feel normal around food. I stopped purging, I put my 'ideal body' aside, and I allowed myself to gain weight as I focused on ending the bingeing. I let go of the idea that any more diets or food plans could heal me and I surrendered to not knowing what was next. After university I worked and travelled and slowly I saw the end of my food struggles finally disappear. I had my last binge on a mountaintop in China (literally), almost 2 years after committing to finding peace with food, my body, and myself.
Why I'm qualified:
I've been living with food freedom for almost 15 years, and I've been where you are.
I'm a Certified Strategic Intervention Life Coach through the Robbins-Madanes coach training program, a graduate of the eCornell Plant Based Nutrition program, and certified as an Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner.
I have a Bachelors of Arts, with a major in Sociology and minor in Women's Studies from Acadia University, and am working toward a Masters of Counselling (2023).
I'm passionate about supporting women to end their struggles with food and finally find physical, emotional and mental peace.
Personal Cheat Sheet:
I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada, but I grew up in Ontario.
I'm a mother of a 6 year old boy, who is the sweetest.
I've been vegetarian since 1996 and vegan since 2001.
I love horses, hiking, and cooking.
My partner is an ocean guy- studies it, surfs it, and photographs it.
Before coaching, for 10 years I taught English to newcomers of Canada. I also had a vegan food blog at FullofLife.ca.
My favourite movie is Dan in Real Life.