Last updated on February 15th, 2021 at 09:23 amW
hy “The Mindful Broccoli”? Having access to an abundance of research and information about health and nutrition, can trap you in an endless search of the perfect diet – not to mention the perfect physique. Ironically, the quest for health can morph into an unhealthy mindset and an unbalanced lifestyle.
Today we are exposed to an abundance of food (substances) which are pushed upon us – and dazzling bodies to which we can compare ourselves. It is not hard to lose our minds and lose track in this multidirectional pull. Somehow not so few of us end up disordered in this society. There is hope though – it is possible to live a healthy life through awareness and mindful choices.
Being mindful of the body’s cues, the mind, and psychological needs, is essential to having optimal health and live a good life. Health has many aspects, and biological health is only one of many. Through my experience, research, and education, I am convinced that being mindful of these aspects is crucial to living a balanced and fulfilling life.
My keen interest with food and nutrition began seventeen years ago when I got the opportunity to work at major food chain in the northern part of Norway. Years later, after having moved to Oslo, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences.
Working with individuals who wished to eat healthy (and lose weight) made me realize how difficult it is to make lasting lifestyle changes and maintain weight-loss. I felt just as helpless as many of my clients. In order to help these people as best as I could, I decided to upgrade my counseling skills with courses in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, health pedagogy, and coaching.
In addition to this, in 2018 I began volunteering as a counselor in an organization that work to spread information about eating disorders and help individuals who suffer under the weight of this stressful condition, as well as their family members. 2018 was also the year I started on my training to become a certified mindfulness and mindful eating instructor through The Center for Mindfulness at The University of California, San Diego.
In 2019 I did research for my master’s thesis on the subject of mindfulness-based approaches to changes in lifestyle and health promotion. Alongside I led a couple of 8-week mindfulness and mindful eating programs based on Mindful Eating – Conscious Living by Jan Chozen Bays (MD) and Char Wilkins (LCSW).
In 2020-2021, I’m propelling towards a career as a Clinical Nutritionist/ Registered Dietitian.
If you want a copy of my CV or in case you have any questions, please don’t be a stranger. Contact me using the form at the bottom of this page.