What made you want to become an Eating Psychology Coach?
In my nutrition practice I have always been drawn to working with people on the mental and emotional level. I feel that nourishing the mind and soul and helping people resolve the stresses that are often at the root of their eating and weight challenges, are significant components to helping them make long-lasting change. I’ve done a lot of work over the years with many clients, but was never formally trained in eating psychology. Becoming a Certified Eating Psychology Coach was an exciting opportunity that I knew would further my education, skills, and confidence as a Nutritionist.
What do you love about being an Eating Psychology Coach?
I love getting to the real heart of why people are having challenges with food, weight, and body and working with them to resolve those issues. To me, this is where the the most important work really is. These are the areas that most people don’t explore, but they are often the keys to helping people make transformational shifts in their lives and in their relationship with food. I love creating a safe, comfortable, and trusting space for my clients to share and express what often has been repressed for a long time.
What does your practice look like?
I typically work with women ages 30 to 65, although I do work with some men as well. I am most drawn to women who have struggled with their weight for years, have yo-yo dieted, and are looking for something different and new that will help them resolve their issues with weight and put to rest their food challenges once and for all. I also customize therapeutic nutritional programs for people with health conditions or who are looking to optimize their overall health. I work with clients one-on-one in my home-based practice, as well as through long-distance telephone and Skype consultations. I also love to lecture.
How did your education at the Institute prepare you to work successfully with clients?
It gave me the confidence, tools, questions, and insights to help my clients work through their eating challenges and weight issues. It enhanced my knowledge and also made me certain that I am on the right path and to trust my intuition when working with clients. The Training also compelled me to explore my own relationship with food and body and by doing so, I have been able to help others work through similar challenges.
What was your favorite aspect of the Training?
I loved the Training!! The videos were so interesting and full of love, humor, and wisdom. I devoured and looked forward to each and every one. Marc David’s teachings are so beautiful, unique, and truly refreshing compared to all the other nutrition information available on the market. The live teleclasses with Marc were also very helpful because we were able to get our questions answered real time and hear about what others in the Training were experiencing.
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted your professional life/financial well-being?
Having the Certified Eating Psychology Coach title has certainly added value to my credentials and my sessions, and allowed me to raise my fees. I believe that more and more people are seeking a nutrition professional who can offer something unique and bring a deeper conversation to the table versus just simple dietary recommendations. I am drawing in more of the type of client that inspires me and people who truly want to make a shift in their relationship with food, body, and self.
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted you personally?
The Training offered me so many insights on my own relationship with food and body. My relationship with food is freer and more relaxed than it ever was before. I have shifted the way in which I exercise and draw more Feminine energy into my life. There are times when I still struggle with my belly image, but I have the tools and insights to better understand why and how to work through those feelings when they arise.
What do you see for yourself in your future as an Eating Psychology Coach – where is your work evolving towards?
I want to continue to nourish the body, mind and soul and work with people to truly shift their relationship with food, body and self. I see myself continuing to work with those who want to move away from the chronic diet mentality and awaken their nutritional consciousness. As my children grow and start school full-time, I see my practice growing as well. I know I have a gift to help others and I am so excited to share that and truly make an impact in the world.
Why would you recommend the Training to others?
There is nothing else like it in the nutritional world. Marc David is a nutritional sage and if you are looking to work with people on a deeper level and truly get to the root of their eating and weight challenges, then this work is for you. It is exciting, original, educational, soulful, and deeply nourishing on so many levels.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I am grateful that I have had this Training and that I am a part of the Certified Eating Psychology Tribe. I feel there is a global shift in the way we “do” food. People are seeking something bigger than generic meal plans and weigh-ins. People want heartfelt, authentic, and honest conversations about their relationships with food, body, and self and as a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, I am inspired and honored to be on this journey with all those I work with.
NAME: Amy Bondar – Amy Bondar, BSW, MASc., NNCP
BUSINESS: Amy Bondar – Nourishing Body, Mind and Soul
BIO: Amy Bondar is a Nutritionist, Author and Speaker, who helps her clients rediscover the joy of eating, while creating lasting improvements in their health, eating habits, and weight. She is a trusted and compassionate expert whose nutritional wisdom and counseling techniques have helped people overcome health and weight issues for over 12 years.
P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our FREE information packed video series – The Dynamic Eating Psychology Breakthrough – you can sign up for it HERE. It’s a great way to get a better sense of the work we do here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. If you’re inspired by this work and want to learn about how you can become certified as an Eating Psychology Coach, please go HERE to learn more. And if you’re interested in working on your own personal relationship with food, check out our breakthrough 8-week program designed for the public – Transform Your Relationship with Food™ HERE.