If you’re tired of dieting for two weeks only to blow it on a one-bite brownie and fall "off the wagon," let me show you what it’s like to eat in the driver’s seat.
I struggled with restriction, bingeing, horrible body image, and over-exercise for 15 years and probably wouldn't have believed me, either.
I understand what it's like to feel extremely uncomfortable in your body, dread picking out clothes, workout just to feel "normal", and spend all of your free time counting carbs/calories/fat grams/macros/what is it now and meal prepping. My body size determined my happiness for a long time.
Personally, I had a tough time embodying the principles of Intuitive Eating. I believe we don't change when we know better. We change when we feel safe to change. I knew needed a different, more integrative approach to fully make peace with food and my body image.
You can feel less awful in the body you're in...even if you hate it.
"I reached out to Sarah when I was finally at the point of no longer wanting to diet. My experience with her was life changing."
"Sarah has a way of making you feel safe along this lonely journey. She is intuitive, authentic, wise and the perfect partner in healing your relationship with food. It was the best choice I ever made. I was nervous I was always going to want to eat every dessert in front of me and it would never end.
I trusted her and I am so glad I did. After 35 years of watching everything that went into my body I can finally say I found freedom. I eat what I want and stop when I do not feel like it anymore. I never thought I would get to this point. I believed something was wrong with me and that intuitive eating was only for other people.
I can now say I have made peace with food and enjoy eating all foods.”
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• Bi-weekly coaching calls (up to 90 mins)
• Unlimited email and text support in between calls
• 6 equal payments of $500
• Bi-weekly coaching calls (up to 90 mins)
• Unlimited email and text support in between calls
• 3 equal payments of $600
• 12 Group Coaching Sessions
• Next enrolment date: December 2021
• Lifetime access to the module content
from constant food and weight obsession so that you can be present to all of life's meaningful moments.
Life Goals Magazine | Best Health Magazine (May 2019) | Canadian Living (August 2021) |
The Next Level with Mike Serbinis | Beyond the Food Podcast
Devoured Podcast | BANA Podcast | Quit Dieting for Good | Rethink Breast Cancer
The Nourished Podcast | Alpha Female Podcast
During my own recovery process, I realized most of the gurus and experts I followed had emotional eating and binge eating all wrong. For years I was convinced there was something inherently wrong with me. I had an "addictive personality", poor willpower, and just liked food "too much." But the truth is, I didn't need more rules or nutrition education. What I needed was to learn how to actually "eat intuitively" (which is a lot more complicated than simply learning the principles of Intuitive Eating), do the deep body image work to separate my worth from my size, and unlearn the many myths I'd been digesting (totally intentional pun) about food, weight, and exercise.
Now I’m passionate about helping women and non-binary folks just like you—people who struggle with emotional eating, binge eating, and general "food controls me" feelings— do the same. I’ve helped dozens of women transform their relationship with food and body, arming them with information, strategies, and shifts to create the groundwork for food freedom and body acceptance.
In my practice, I combine the Intuitive Eating model and non-diet theory along with a slew of counselling techniques to help you find peace with food and your body.
The process looks like this:
1. Schedule your complimentary 30-minute call and fill out the application form.
2. If we're a good fit, we'll schedule your Intake session.
3. From there, I'll come up with a plan for our time together (3 months or 6 months.)
4. Throughout our time together, we'll explore your patterns with food, body, and movement. I'll help you to see where you're getting stuck, what's missing, and what you need to know to build a positive relationship with food and your body.
The goal of this work
To stop worrying about food and weight.
Say it with me: mental real estate.
unrestricted, satisfying, and fulfilling life at and away from the table.
Sarah is one of the sweetest and most empathetic human beings you will ever meet! She never made me feel judged for my struggles, instead she would gently help me peel away the layers to get to the root of what I was struggling with. She isn’t going to tell you WHAT to eat, or that one food is “good” and one is “bad.” She helps you understand that eating should be a joyful experience! I enjoy food now, more than ever, but I no longer feel out of control around it. I highly recommend working with Sarah, if you want to stop the restrict-binge merry-go round! She has truly changed my life for the better.
"I struggled with disordered eating for as long as I can remember."
Sarah was an incredible nutritionist who patiently supported me in breaking down years of control, rigid rules, and anxieties that I had towards eating. Sarah made me feel heard, understood, and validated throughout our entire time together. I finished seeing her a year ago and I still use the strategies she gave me on a daily basis as guidelines to continue to be free of the overwhelming burden of disordered eating
"I am very grateful for Sarah’s help."
6 years ago I was trying to figure out what to do, and read about intuitive eating online. I emailed some coaches, signed up for classes through a local place - nothing worked. People didn't return my emails, the classes were cancelled after I sent my money in - it was incredibly frustrating. I ended up going to an eating disorder treatment center, and it was not great, either. I wanted to get this enormous issue fixed. To get over this deep flaw. And now I feel there is no pathology to fix. I am not worried about gaining weight; I may still, but I’m not worried about it. Mostly, though, I have a feeling like I no longer have an eating disorder. I no longer have this thing wrong with me I need to work on.
- R. A.
"I have been so fortunate to work with Sarah on several aspects of my eating and body image, including binging, emotional eating, and learning how to be compassionate with myself."
see some of their stories...
B.A.H. & M.A. in English Lit & Creative Writing
Registered Holistic Nutritionist + Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor
Professionally mentored by Isabel Foxen Duke: October 2021 - Present
ACT for Beginners — March 2021
Digestive Disorders and Eating Disorders: A Complicated Mix (Marci Evans, CEDRD-S & Lauren Dear, RDN)
Nutrition Counselling for Eating Disorders (Marci Evans, CEDRD-S)
Body Image Training: The Missing Piece of Whole Body Healing (Marci Evans, CEDRD-S & Fiona Sutherland, APD)
Group and Individual Supervision: July 2017 — October 2018, The Kyla Fox Centre, Kyla Fox, RSW MSW
Group Supervision and Continuing Education: May 2019 — May 2021, EDRDPro
Non-Diet Counselling Skills - September 2020 (Tracy Brown, RD)
Individual Supervision: May 2020 — Oct 2021, Tracy Brown, RD
Advanced Trauma-Informed Counselling Skills / Somatic Counselling Skills — February 2021 (Tracy Brown, RD)
Featured in Canadian Living + Best Health magazines
Guest of various podcasts, including Ditch the Diet, Devoured, Going Beyond the Food, and Chronically Healing
Presented for or facilitated workshops for various companies, including RioCan, Starbucks, eOne, Women's College Hospital, BMO, FlightCentre, MaRS, League, and more
CSNN Holistic Nutrition Awards - nominated for the Trailblazer Award
a few of my credentials...
I work with folks living with eating disorders on a case-by-case basis. To work with me, you must be medically stable, in therapy, and under the supervision of a doctor or other licensed healthcare provider. I often work alongside Registered Dietitians.
Do you work with active eating disorders?
frequently asked questions
I’m a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor with significant training in disordered eating, eating psychology, trauma-informed nutrition counselling, and body image.
I am also trained in various models of therapy within the context of nutrition and body image (e.g. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Polyvagal Theory/Window of Tolerance, Mind-Body Centering, Internal Family Systems/Parts Work, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Structural Dissociation, and so on.) I apply these models to my work with food, body, and movement. Many call this process “nutrition therapy.”
What are your credentials?
I work mainly with adult women and non-binary folks who struggle with the following concerns:
• You want to stop dieting — but aren’t sure how to eat without a diet to follow.
• You’re preoccupied with thoughts of food and your body and struggle to take a rest day or eat something “bad” for fear of what it will do to your body.
• You’re on an eating disorder meal plan or have a history of an eating disorder and would like to transition to Intuitive Eating.
• You identify as an emotional eater or binge eater and you want a strategy other than keeping trigger foods out of the house.
• You’re in Overeaters Anonymous or Food Addict’s Anonymous and are curious about Intuitive Eating.
• You’re in Eating Disorders Anonymous and are looking for more support.
• You’ve tried Intuitive Eating in the past and may have worked with other coaches, but still worry if you’re doing it “right.”
• You have a healthy relationship with food, but struggle with negative body image.
• You have a trauma history and struggle with food and your body image.
• You’re looking for a sustainable way of eating that considers your health and taste.
Who is a good fit for your services?
This is a loaded question! I believe many of us were never taught how to eat and feel lost when it comes to grocery shopping, meal planning, and making food decisions. For many of us, we've only known about "nutrition" within the context of diet or wellness culture. I want to offer you the chance to explore.
A lot of the work I do involves helping people to learn how to eat “normally.” Sometimes this involves counselling, while other times it may involve an experiential exercise: having a meal together over Zoom, going grocery shopping, an in-home cooking session, or meeting up at a restaurant.
Will you teach me how to “eat healthy”?
Many people, for ethical, environmental, cultural, or religious reasons, may adhere to a plant-based diet. While it’s true that plant-based eating can mask eating disorder symptoms, this is not universal. I will work with you to advance your recovery while keeping all of this in mind. I’ve also helped some folks adopt a more flexitarian diet or add in more vegetarian meals without sliding back into an all-or-nothing mindset with food.
I’m vegetarian/vegan or want to adopt a vegetarian/vegan diet. Will you work with me?
I believe all foods can fit into a healthy diet and recognize many factors influence our ability to feed ourselves.
I do not believe in cutting out or demonizing foods or food groups, unwarranted food restrictions, or elevating some foods over others. That said, you may choose to limit or avoid certain foods due to how they make you feel (e.g. lactose if you are lactose intolerant) during our time together. I welcome conversations around this.
What’s your eating philosophy?
I practice a highly collaborative, client-centred, and radically compassionate form of nutrition counselling rooted in Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size®. I welcome and celebrate all forms of diversity. My clients have called my counselling/coaching style compassionate, non-judgmental, supportive, and sassy (what can I say.)
What is your approach?
I have a firm 24-hour cancellation policy. A full session fee applies to sessions cancelled or re-scheduled within the 24-hour window. If I cancel or re-schedule a session with you within the 24-hour window, I will provide you with a complimentary session out of respect for your time.
What is your cancellation policy?
Holistic nutrition is covered by many health insurance providers in the province of Ontario. Please note that I’m unable to offer direct billing at this time or advise on individual insurance questions. I recommend always speaking to your benefits provider regarding coverage.
My services (under “nutrition counselling”) are covered under many major insurance providers. Some of these may include Manulife, TD Canada — Flex Benefits, Great West Life, Greenshield, Sunlife — Extended Benefits Policy, and more. If you have a flex plan, you may be able to allocate some of those funds to complementary health services such as nutrition counselling.
I am not covered under counselling/psychotherapy and I do not perform mental health counselling/psychotherapy.
Are you covered by my health insurance plan?
E-transfer, Paypal, and credit card (processed through Stripe.)
What forms of payment do you accept?
Most of the people I work with find themselves in this position, which is understandable given our weight-obsessed culture!
While I am a weight-inclusive practitioner and do not offer weight loss as a service, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that learning how to stop dieting and feel at home in your body is a process — especially if you have a history of trauma. I’m committed to meeting you where you are and gently guiding you away from the trappings of diet culture at a digestible pace.
Through the process of Intuitive Eating and body image work, many people find the desire for weight loss lessens substantially. The goal of this work is to help you to reconcile this question.
I’m interested in Intuitive Eating, but I still want to lose weight.
Results vary for a number of reasons. Some folks come for a few sessions and feel much better. Others stay with me for years. 4 months to 1 year is a good ballpark estimate. This is a process of unlearning.
How long does it take to become an Intuitive Eater? To improve my body image?
Periodically (generally every 6 weeks - 3 months), we will assess how the work is going and review the goals you set with me during the intake session.
How will I know when the work is “finished”?
I almost always recommend weekly or bi-weekly sessions to start with, especially if you’re actively struggling with food and your body image. Those who experience the best results come regularly.
If budget is a concern, I recommend my intensive 3-month group coaching program. The doors open again in mid-December 2021.
Do I need to attend weekly/bi-weekly sessions?
I have completed training in trauma-informed nutrition counselling and specialize in the intersection of sexual trauma and food.
I always strive to be trauma-informed in practice, which means I assume that those I work with are more likely than not to have experienced trauma. I have some working knowledge on the symptoms of trauma, and acknowledge the role trauma may play in our interactions.
Are you trauma-informed?
Yes! I have worked with many people living with ADHD.
Do you work with ADHD?
Most likely. I invite you to discuss this with me during the clarity call.
I have a mental health diagnosis. Do you work with me?
It really depends on the condition. I invite you to schedule a clarity call or email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can discuss your situation in further detail. I may recommend you work alongside a Registered Dietitian to address the clinical aspects of your condition as we work on your relationship with food and body. I may also refer out if your needs fall outside of my scope of practice.
Do you work with medical conditions?
I’m happy to get on a call with you to discuss your situation for a fee of $130 CAD + applicable taxes. Please reach out to me directly to schedule your appointment: email@example.com.
I’m interested in becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist/Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor/working with eating disorders. Can I pick your brain?
Once you do this and complete your short application form below, I'll send you a Zoom invite.
Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive it (check junk & spam!)
During the call, we’ll discuss your reasons for reaching out at this time, any questions you have about Intuitive Eating/nutrition therapy and our services, and confirm we’re a good fit.
If your application is approved and you decide to move forward, we'll send you a) an agreement b) first invoice c) permanent Zoom link. The first payment must be received within 48 hours of booking to secure your spot.