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I recently had the opportunity to meet Britt Laine, and her field of work immediately caught my attention. She is a nutritionist and Certified Eating Psychology Coach. Now, if you’re like me, you might wonder exactly what that means. So I asked! And then I asked if I could interview her for this blog, so that I could share the answers with YOU.

Please tell me a little about you – Where do you live? In a relationship? Kids?

I’m a born and raised North Vancouverite (still live here), love the mountains, love the ocean, can’t see myself living anywhere else. I’m in a long term relationship with a wonderful man, who happens to be a wonderful chef. I don’t have any kids yet, but do foresee that in my future.

What is your exact job title?

Certified Eating Psychology Coach. Nutritionist.

Okay, what exactly does that mean?

What that basically means is that I help women who are struggling with weight to heal the emotional root causes of issues with food and body, so that they can lose it once and for all. I work with women who have certain blocks when it comes to losing weight such as negative body image, emotional eating, compulsive eating, overeating, binge eating and chronic dieting. You can tell someone what to eat, but if you don’t address the underlying issues of WHY they have gained weight in first place, it is hard for any success to be sustainable.

Brittany-49-croppedHow did you discover the world of Eating Psychology?

I discovered the world of Eating Psychology by chance. I remember after holistic nutrition school about 7 years ago, always being frustrated when clients wouldn’t follow through with anything I had told them to do. For some reason I always seemed to attract people that had problems that I had no idea how to deal with, like emotional eating, binge eating, body image and intense food perfectionism. So I stopped practicing nutrition because I thought I wasn’t any good at getting through to people. Well, the passion for changing peoples’ lives with food never ceased, but I knew there was more to it than just the food. After contemplating studying life coaching, I happened upon The Institute for the Psychology of Eating while searching the internet , which was the exact missing link to helping people on a deep level around health, food and body. I applied right away, was accepted and the rest is history.

How has this changed your own attitudes and ideas about food?

My attitude about food is in the best place I could imagine. My relationship with food was once confusing, punishing, restrictive and frequently disappointed me. Now, I just love everything about food. I trust it, I eat what I want, I don’t eat what I don’t want, I’m nourished by food, I allow for pleasure from food, am relaxed around it and am in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I takes some internal work to get to this place, but it is very freeing.

Brittany-21-croppedWhat are some of the most common roots or causes of a person’s challenges with food?

In my opinion, some of the most common roots of a persons challenges with food come from negative body image and a lack of self worth. To keep it really simple, negative body image will cause someone to stay in the chronic dieting cycle of restricting food so they can lose weight, which causes them to eventually overeat, which causes them to stay stuck or gain even more weight. So the cycle repeats itself. In terms of lack of self-worth, if someone doesn’t have a strong sense of this, it’s pretty hard for them to want to look after or nourish themselves properly.

Different life stressors play a huge role in a person’s challenges with food. From money worries, to career problems, life purpose concerns to relationship and intimacy issues. If these are at the root, it makes sense that someone would want to check out and emotionally eat. These need to be addressed and worked through if someone wants long term success.

What can a new client expect from a first session?

A first session is a 90 minute extensive intake. I ask as many specific questions as I need to understand someone’s life, and where their food issues may be coming from. The later portion of the session is an extensive dietary intake, so I can understand how much of their problem can first be addressed with simple mind body nutrition techniques. At the end of this session, I offer a couple simple techniques and suggestions to lay the foundations for our journey together.

How long do sessions typically last? How long does the coaching relationship last?

The subsequent sessions last 60min. The length of the coaching relationship depends on how much internal emotional work the client needs to work through. I start with a 90 day program that includes 8 private sessions. This is the minimum amount of time I need to really get to the root of the issues and implement changes that will be long lasting.

How can my readers learn more about you and your services?

Readers can learn more about my services at www.brittlaine.com, or can feel free to contact me at britt@brittlaine.com to schedule a complimentary 30 minute Body Breakthrough Strategy Session.