What made you want to become an Eating Psychology Coach?
I have struggled with chronic dieting and overeating since I was 12. Working in the intense and stressful world of the film industry for over 10 years made it nearly impossible for me to heal and recover. At age 32 my health was a mess, ranging from immunity issues to an ever-increasing weight gain. Even though I knew what I had to do in practice, I found it nearly impossible to put myself first, and I knew there had to be something deeper going on that was preventing me from losing excess weight and loving myself and my body. Having worked with an Eating Psychology Coach, I finally started making strides and was inspired to learn more. I developed a passion for the material and have made it my mission to help relieve others of the same frustrations and challenges so they can live lives that they love and share their light with the world.
What do you love about being an Eating Psychology Coach?
There is nothing more rewarding than feeling the space that opens when my clients feel the freedom that comes from breaking through and letting go of debilitating stress, negative beliefs about themselves, and fear in taking action – be it around food and body or loving themselves and expressing their passions and purpose.
What does your practice look like?
My practice is holistic, heart-centered, mind-body life coaching. I find with most clients, to facilitate lasting shifts in health, there is a lot of healing and developing new strategies around relationships, work-life balance, and ultimately, developing a practice of self-care and self-love. I tend to work more with women, but welcome male clients as well – mostly in their 20s and 30s. I am available in person as well as by Skype and phone to clients all over the world.
I host an open Facebook group called The Self Love Survival Guide, and online and in-person groups by the same name. In the fall, I’ll be leading and curating a full-moon glamping retreat on a beautiful 20 acre property near Joshua Tree National Park that will include coaching, yoga, meditation, nourishing meals, and more.
How did your education at the Institute prepare you to work successfully with clients?
The Institute for the Psychology of Eating offers so much more than typical health coaching programs. There are oodles of distinctions, techniques, strategies, and resources to offer a deeper level of support, beyond nutrition, to clients around their health and relationships with their bodies and themselves. Ongoing support through Facebook groups and conferences not only helps us to evolve and learn along with the wellness industry, but offers a community of coaches for support, collaboration, and lifelong friendship.
What was your favorite aspect of the Training?
Definitely the end-of-year live event and graduation! I loved all the audio material and calls, but connecting in person with classmates and especially Marc and Emily, really solidified my passion and purpose. It left me feeling grateful, connected, and more importantly fired up!
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted your professional life/financial well-being?
This work has rekindled a passion for learning and pointed me in directions where I could further work on myself. The self-development courses I took and coaching I received have taken my life to a new level. I have a whole new perspective on the importance of stress management, self-care, creating boundaries, and more. I’m able to show up more powerfully in any area of life – from coaching to consulting in film marketing.
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted you personally?
Studying the material and putting it into practice has not only changed the way I relate to and connect with my body and myself, but as a result, I’m showing up more authentically and expressing myself better in all of my relationships. I love my body more than I did 50 pounds ago. I feel empowered to heal my body and develop optimal health not to look a certain way for anyone, but so that I can be here, on this planet, and serve for as long as my body will keep me here. I have better relationships with my parents, other women, and friends. When it come to dating, I hold much higher standards of communication and respect for my body than I ever did before.
What do you see for yourself in your future as an Eating Psychology Coach – where is your work evolving towards?
There are so many high-achieving beautiful hearts in this world stuck in both external and internal stress. Stress from jobs, debt, and cruel, self-hating voices. My mission is to help as many people as possible break out of the prison of hating their bodies and selves, so they can be free to shine their light in the world. Combining my two areas of expertise, I want to create media and films that help wake up not just thousands, but millions of people to the magic that they really are. Ultimately, I aim to help turn the tide against the destruction of this planet.
Why would you recommend the Training to others?
Marc and Emily are on the cutting edge of wellness. If you’ve ever wondered how to figure out how to help people make the choice to live healthier lives in a way that is lasting and positive, they have the magic formula. They’ll give you tools to not only help heal bodies, but minds and souls as well. Shifting the conversation from punishment, deprivation, blame, disconnection, comparison, and shame to nourishment, pleasure, connection, love, vitality, and optimal health in body AND soul, is, I believe, vital to healing not only ourselves, but also the planet.
I am so honored to have the opportunity to hold a space for healing and connecting with your bodies and yourselves. I’m grateful to Marc and Emily for creating this program, and I am so excited to see the impact that all the Institute’s grads have on their communities and the world at large!
NAME: Natalie Baack, Mind-Body Life Coach
BUSINESS: Natalie Baack
BIO: As a Certified Eating Psychology Coach and Mind-Body Life Coach I am passionate about empowering people to love and care for their bodies and selves so they can release pain and stress and be free to live a life full of vitality, passion, and purpose.
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