Wellness Coach Deborah Kesten explains if wellness coaching can help a woman to stop overeating.
Coaching can help anybody, a woman stop overeating and minimize it, and again, by transforming her relationship to food. It is not about, just kind of, I don’t know, behavior modification techniques. You know, you always hear, “When you’re feeling a craving, walk around the block.” That’s called cognitive behavioral therapy and it’s a technique of replacing one behavior with another.
I am suggesting more than that. Coaching is really working with a person, getting into a dance with a person, and so you are really hearing all the levels and the history and the many dimensions that go on in a woman’s life, very often around food and eating, through childhood to where he or she is as a person now and as an adult with a family, grandparent, mother, wherever a woman is, and then working with that person to find out where specifically she is grappling with food issues. And, you know, in America it’s almost impossible not to grapple with food issues because, in my opinion, based on the research we have done, it’s impossible to eat normally because normal eating in this country, and healthfully, because normal, healthy eating has really become very imbalanced and a huge challenge for most of us.
About Deborah Kesten, M.P.H.:
Deborah Kesten, M.P.H., is an international nutrition and lifestyle researcher and educator, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish’s first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, and Director of Nutrition on similar research at cardiovascular clinics in Europe. More recently, she has created the pioneering Enlightened Diet, a “whole person” optimal eating and weight loss program, the results of which were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. With more than 200 published health articles, she is the award-winning author of The Enlightened Diet, Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul and The Healing Secrets of Food, a comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition program about the power of food to heal physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.