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Since I coach women on how to improve their relationship with food, I must not struggle anymore and love what I see every time I look in the mirror, right?

The truth is that food used to be my BFF – it was my constant companion; the center of my life. And while I have overcome many obstacles around emotional eating and body acceptance, I’m still a work in progress and always will be. This is what allows me to coach my clients from a place of understanding, because I’ve been where you are right now – and I know what your life could be like when you discover food freedom like I did. Today, I’m grateful to have the right tools, mindset, experience and strong faith to maintain a healing and healthy relationship with food and my body. But it wasn’t always this way for me. For decades, I felt severely imprisoned by food, weight, and poor body image. I tried to control all three through dieting, which I did for the better part of 30 years. Atkins, Weight Watchers, binge eating, starving myself, the list goes on. Sound exhausting? It was.

Constantly dieting, restricting, and weighing myself took up all my energy. I was always thinking about what NOT to eat. It seemed like the more I tried to control my diet the more out of control my behavior became. When I finally did reach my ‘goal’ weight, I thought all my problems would be magically solved. It never lasted long though because I know now that diets will always fail us. Even though I thought I was the failure, it really was the dieting! I hated this roller coaster ride, and I started to hate my body and myself, too. Living in this never ending cycle made me feel frustrated and defeated. I would often ask myself, “Why are the other facets of your life okay, but you can’t seem to get your act together with your food? I finally discovered the answer by learning this critical life-changing lesson: I needed to stop dieting and heal my relationship with food to experience the joy and freedom I was seeking. 

And here’s the real kicker – healing my relationship with food had nothing to do with food or a diet. The healing that has taken place in my life since discovering this lesson – my ‘why’ – has been remarkable and life changing. I want the same for you and I know that I can bring you to that place with my coaching.

When I’m not helping women discover peace with their plates and with their bodies, I’m writing compelling articles/blogs related to the benefits of living a diet-free lifestyle, hosting women’s workshops and Meetups, or fine tuning my services to make them more irresistible and effective for my clients. I also lend my expertise to several private Intuitive Eating, emotional overeating, and body positivity/acceptance Facebook groups online.

When I’m not coaching, I love spending time with my beloved son, husband and our fur baby, Lily Disney. We live in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York and love the outdoors and spending time together. We are all patrons of the arts: enjoy visiting museums + going to see shows both locally and in NYC. One of my passions is singing. In fact, I met my dashing husband singing at a wedding! One of my passions is singing. In fact, I met my dashing husband singing at a wedding! 

What qualifies me to do this intensive work? 

Michelle Vina BaltsasCertified Intuitive Eating Counselor – mentored with Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch

Michelle Vina BaltsasCertified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Michelle Vina BaltsasBody Positive Psychotherapy Practitioner

Michelle Vina BaltsasEmotional Freedom Technique (EFT or “tapping”) Practitioner

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