So there she was, at midnight in her car with cookie crumbs in her lap, hovering over the steering wheel, tears streaming down her face, feeling alone and totally out of control. My client didn’t need another protocol or customized diet.

Three days of cookie abstinence, three days of misery, three days of withdrawals and headaches had driven her to the brink. For most of her life she felt helpless around food. Cookies were her kryptonite. She ate cookies when she was happy. She ate cookies when she was sad. She ate cookies when she felt all of the emotions in between. Coping with life without cookies had nearly done her in. That’s when she found me.

I had seen this before. Over and over, client after client, all facing the same problem. Of the 4-5 million Americans who try to diet each year unsuccessfully, I had seen my fair share of them. Fortunately, I had been there myself and knew what she was going through.

I shared with her the very first strategy I learned that had set me free from emotional eating. I saw the flicker of hope, the flicker of understanding that perhaps she might have some control after all and that her greatest strength and resources may not lie in her ability to manage her food intake.

Over the course of 6 weeks she began to implement the strategies I had shared with her: the toolbox of empowering resources that had helped myself and countless others reach their goals. I watched as she gained confidence in her skills and ability to fend off the Cookie Monster, no matter what cookie she came in contact with.

I thought for a moment of my upcoming speech at the NTA Annual Conference. I thought about how the theme this year is Nutritional Therapy: From Theory to Practice, and how I would share my most valuable strategies with my fellow NTP’s so they too could facilitate lasting change in their lives and the lives of their clients.

With the endless protocols available, one of the most common challenges we face as NTP’s is not customizing a diet for our clients, but helping our client implement that diet in ways that bring lasting change. So make sure you attend the morning breakout session on Friday, March 18th at 10:30am to discover some of the simplest, yet most effective strategies you can use in your practice to facilitate lasting growth and change. The Cookie Monster doesn’t stand a chance!

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Conference Information:

Topic: Emotional Eating: Why We Do It, and How To Overcome It.
Date: Friday, March 18th
Time: 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM
Book Signing: Friday, March 18th @ 11:30 AM