About Emily

emily segal founder of triumph wellness nutrition

Hi!  I’m Emily and Triumph Wellness is both my gift to the world and my personal salvation.

Like a lot of women, I can’t even remember a time when I thought the size of my body was acceptable.  A chubby kid, grew into a chronically dieting and binging teen, and later into 100kgs of self-hatred and round the clock eating.  I ate because I was stressed.  I ate because I was happy.  I ate because I was bored.  I ate because I was scared.  I ate because I thought I liked eating (Who was I kidding? I never even really tasted anything at the rate I was going!)

I went up and down the scale like a yo-yo, trying every diet ever created.  Somersizing anyone?  How about Blood Type? I’m AB so that means I get to eat everything, woohoo!  The list is lengthy and humorous only in retrospect.   Sugar Addiction, Binging, Emotional Eating and Hopelessness was the only diet that ever seemed to last more than a few months.

me, heavy

So how did I stop that cycle?  Well, I got help.  I stopped suffering in my own little solitary cell.   I had been to see lots of Dietitians and Nutritionists and no disrespect to them, but if I could have stayed on their 1200-calorie cottage cheese and half a grapefruit for breakfast meal plan, don’t you think I would have already done that?  What part of “I have tried every diet and none of them work long-term” wasn’t clear?

Nope, I found someone who said “There might be a reason you’re hooked on sugar. How ’bout we explore that together?”  Someone who never gave me a meal plan, but instead asked what I HUNGER for.  Someone who took my hand, made me laugh when I wanted to cry, and showed me how to cook kale.

I swore that if this really worked, and I lost the weight forever and ever, I would devote my life to helping others do the same.  Corny as heck, but true I’m afraid!

me, light

I lost over 70 lbs.  That was 14 years ago now and against all odds, I have maintained it.  So true to my promise, I went back to school.  The most excellent and extraordinary Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City was the place where I honed my nutrition skills under the tutelage of the likes of Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weill, Mark Hyman, Michio Kushi, Paul Pitchford and everyone who is anyone in the world of Integrative Medicine and Health.

Then I set out to create a safe, nourishing, and motivating private practice to guide others on their own quest to make peace with food and with their bodies.  I work with most clients one-to-one, just like I did with my health coach, in the context of a 4-month program.  I have also taught healthy cooking classes, given motivational talks, run 30-Day Detox Workshops, led a 7-Day Sugar Detox and a Group Weight Loss Program called Total Body Transformation.  I live and work in Kfar Saba, Israel.  But I have clients from all over the world who work with me via telephone or Skype.  

OFFICIAL STUFF:  I have a B.A. in Psychology from Bates College and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. I am a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach, having completed the program in Integrative Nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University in New York City. I am a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

MY EATING STYLE:   I am a life-long vegetarian, animal lover and overall tree hugger.  In November of 2009 I did a 100 Day Vegan Challenge, which I blogged about on this blog.  Since then I have stayed Vegan and never felt better!  In fact, as a vegan, I managed to double my Half Marathon distance and complete my first Full Marathon at the age of 45.

Although vegan myself, I work with all kinds of eaters – omnivore, to vegan, to aspiring vegan.  You can read more about who I work with and what we do on my FAQ page.

But above all, what I want you to know, is that although changing habits can be hard, I believe that with the right direction and support, you can accomplish pretty much anything!  Imagine what it would feel like to have someone standing in your corner, rooting for you, pulling for you, encouraging you, and helping you to laugh and love the journey as much as the outcome.  That’s what health coaching is!  I’d be honored to be part of your experience.

I also want you to know, that although you might feel some confusion about nutrition, fitness and how to make lifestyle changes, I NEVER push any agenda on you!  I listen, listen, listen, then reflect back what I heard you say, and allow YOU to be in the driver’s seat.

  • I do not expect to make changes that you can’t, or don’t want to make
  • I do expect you to buy special food or supplements of any kind
  • I will not ask you to fast or starve – quite the opposite actually!
  • I will never tell you to eliminate gluten or dairy, or anything you don’t want to eliminate. Eliminations are not necessary and generally unsustainable.
  • I believe you can eat pretty much whatever you want and still have the weight you want to have. It is portions and amounts that matter.
  • I meet every single person right where she is right now and help her move forward at the pace she is comfortable with.

Take a deep breath and book an Intro Session. We will talk. You will tell me what’s going on and where you’re stuck. If we don’t have great chemistry or you think I’m too much of a nutter or whatever, we go no further. No pressure!  But if you think, as I suspect you will, “This is the sanest nutrition person I’ve ever spoken to and yes, I do believe that with her guiding and supporting me, I can actually, finally, DO this.” then I welcome you to the first day of the BEST of your life.