What made you want to become an Eating Psychology Coach?
I wanted to become a Certified Eating Psychology Coach to help fill in the missing pieces with my clients and their eating challenges.
What do you love about being an Eating Psychology Coach?
I love being a Certified Eating Psychology Coach because I can better help my clients to explore the deeper meaning in their food challenges.
What does your practice look like?
My clientele includes executives, professional athletes, and men and women of all ages who are ready for a new level of vitality. I see clients in person in my Glencoe, IL office, downtown Chicago office, and in Tucson, AZ. I also offer SKYPE and phone sessions. My signature program is my 14 Day Transformation – a modified elimination food plan, that allows clients to experiment with a new way of eating and self-care. In my program, we work to create new habits, lose weight, gain energy, and form a healthy relationship with food and body. I also teach one-on-one, group, student, and corporate wellness programs.
How did your education at the Institute prepare you to work successfully with clients?
My Training at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating prepared me to go so much deeper than I ever have with my clients. In addition to a macro and micronutrient balance, I’ve learned about mood, sleep, digestion, energy, movement, binge eating, and overeating. We addressed self-care, mindful eating, and eating with pleasure. I discovered how my clients may be getting in the way of reaching their own health goals, sabotaging their weight loss efforts, and so much more!
What was your favorite aspect of the Training?
My favorite parts of this Training were undoubtedly the lectures and live event. Marc David is an amazing teacher and a pioneer in the field. He teaches in a way that is non-judgemental, open-minded, and curious. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting like-minded practitioners and made so many new friends! Emily complements Marc’s work so well and they truly make a great team.
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted your professional life/financial well-being?
Professionally, my practice is now very busy and I really enjoy my work. My clients are both motivated and inspired to try a new way of looking at food and body. Because of my Training, I have felt motivated to create a line of superfood bars, MCT Lean Protein Blends, and MCT Oil. My clients love my Transformation Superfood Smoothie!
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted you personally?
Personally, this Training was especially life changing. My marriage is stronger. I relate to my sons in a less judgemental way. I’ve let go of my own food rules and “good” and “bad” lists. I am more accepting of myself and others in general. I am really trying to see the deeper message in life’s challenges and how they may exist for a very good reason. We just need to wake up and listen!
What do you see for yourself in your future as an Eating Psychology Coach – where is your work evolving towards?
In the future, I hope to work more with groups and in the corporate setting. I am expanding my 14 Day Transformation to continue to educate clients about the science of nutrition and Eating Psychology. I will increase my volunteer work in low income communities as well as in both middle and high schools. I plan to continue to be a supporter of Integrative Medicine and aspire to help make some changes around junk food marketing to children on Capitol Hill.
I am truly grateful for the work at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and hope that someday body hate won’t exist, and chronic dieting and food restricting will be a thing of the past. Instead, I hope to see people learn to embrace their bodies, find pleasure in their meals, and create a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
NAME: Karen Malkin, HC, AADP
BUSINESS: Karen Malkin Health Counseling
BIO: Karen Malkin is an Integrative Health and Lifestyle practitioner, Certified Health Coach, and Certified Eating Psychology Coach. Her approach combines cutting edge science, the principles of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine along with the Psychology of Eating. Her specialties include emotional eating, binge eating, cleansing, managing cravings, and healthy lifestyle makeovers. Karen has appeared on several media outlets such as ESPN Sports Medicine Weekly.
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