Like so many others, I was indoctrinated into the world of dieting at an early age. I went on my first formal diet at the age of 10, attending weekly meetings and being told what I could and could not eat. At 11 years old, I participated in a clinical trial to test out a new weight loss drug for children. Yes, you read that right.
While I did lose a few pounds, I didn’t achieve the desired result of losing “enough” weight and keeping it off. I did however learn how to distrust and hate my body. I also learned how to restrict my food intake in front of others and binge eat when I was alone. Those behaviors, as well as others, became more severe over the years, developing into an eating disorder. Whenever I felt out of control in my life, my eating disorder voice would get louder and send me right back to the restrict-binge cycle of dieting. You name the diet, I’ve been on it.
I also experienced a full life of friends, activities, going to college, relationships, raising a family and building a career. I know what it feels like to be living a double life, presenting a happy, successful, put-together version of yourself to others while at the same time feeling like an imposter in your own body.
I spent nearly 40 years living with the secret and shame of my eating disorder. When I finally decided I wanted to be free from the constant battle with food and my body, I sought help. Throughout my recovery I slowly began to acknowledge and speak about my eating disorder out loud and learn how to challenge my beliefs. It was hard work, but in doing that heavy lifting my life started to feel lighter.
I love working with individuals who are ready to tap into their own potential to create the life they desire, and the life they deserve. My coaching is focused on helping you get to know and understand yourself better through self-compassion and self-discovery. Amazing things start to happen when you learn to trust and love yourself. I embrace Health At Every SizeⓇ and Anti-Diet approaches in my work, believing that all bodies are beautiful and worthy of living in this world.
Through my own recovery journey I discovered that a life of food obsession and self-hatred didn’t have to be my story and it doesn’t have to be yours.
I know that food and body challenges affect other areas of our lives and we tend to push our dreams to the back burner until that magical day when we feel good enough in our bodies. You don’t have to wait any longer for your life to start. It starts now.
Joni is an intuitive and compassionate person. She can really tune into your needs and wants to help you on your journey. She never tells you what to do, she asks the right questions and nudges you gently so you come to a conclusion yourself, which is, in my opinion, the BEST way to learn and grow! I not only trust her because of her great credentials but because she has so much lived experience. She’s been where I’ve been and she made me feel safe. You can talk to her about anything, she is accepting and wise. Working with Joni has helped me grow and become the person I want to be. Thank you, Joni, for being there for me!