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! 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.
So how did I stop that cycle? Well, I got help. I stopped suffering in my own little solitary cell. Now, 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” did you not understand?
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. Cue heavenly chorus!
I lost over 70 lbs and it has never come back. 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 3-month or 6-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. Technology is truly amazing and outstanding!
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 Holistic Health Counselor, 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.
PERSONAL QUIRKS: 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 I love all things food related, I do have a few other hobbies. I run. A lot. Yes, just for fun! I’m a massive bookworm – everything from juvie lit to historical fiction but no more books about the Holocaust, please. Strangely, I like doing laundry and feel compelled to list it as a “hobby” because I do it more than I do anything else. I would like to blame it on my two messy sons, one active husband, and one smelly dog, but we all know it’s really my over-abundance of dirty gym clothes…. Laundry aside, I am positively bonkers over human potential, transformation and growth and am constantly seeking to maximize my own.