I grew up on Oreos, Cheerios & Instant Breakfast.
I also spent most of my first 25+ years dealing with anxiety and depression. Sure I had great friends, did well in school and my family loved me. BUT I WASN’T HAPPY. I just felt, messed up. My anxiety reached a point where I couldn’t eat. The simple act of putting food into my mouth made me sick to stomach and often ended up with me losing my lunch. Then I started to avoid food so I wouldn’t get sick. Depending on what time of day people saw me, they assumed I was bulimic or anorexic (of course I couldn’t convince people otherwise – most people don’t ADMIT to having an eating disorder). But I had an anxiety disorder.
Then I decided to do something about it.
Medication was a key stepping stone for me. I did more yoga. I started meditating. I CHANGED HOW I THOUGHT ABOUT THINGS. But I still had bad days, really bad days. One time, on a really bad day, I had a Sonic Burger (well, it wasn’t the only time I had one, but this was a special burger!). Fifteen minutes after my tasty burger I FELT NORMAL. That was it. My light bulb moment.
The food I eat affects how I FEEL.
Sure a Sonic Burger isn’t great food, but I hadn’t eaten ANYTHING that day and it taught me a great lesson. For the next six months I rediscovered my body. We learned to get along and love each other, to communicate and learn about each other. It was a brand new relationship! I could affect my body by changing what I ate. I went back to school and got a master’s of science in human nutrition while becoming a certified health counselor. If food could make such a big difference for me, there must be other people out there who feel the same way.
I can’t be the only person who felt totally crazy and wanted more but didn’t know how to get there.
Now I take all that experience and knowledge, that took me years to master and I bring it to others. So many women blame themselves for how they feel, when it might really be the food they eat. It’s my mission to save women from months and years of feeling lost and out of control by teaching them that food matters and they can be vibrantly alive.
~Rachel Katz Maeroff
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What Clients Have to Say:
My office had an office yoga session and loved it! Everybody commented about how relaxed they felt afterward and how they will implement some of the techniques at their desks. It is great for a stress reliever and for general wellness as a whole!
~ Zach Shelomith, Leiderman Shelomith, P.A.
[Rachel is] Someone in whom I could confide and who respected the confidentiality of our discussions. I learned how organic and whole foods improved my health considerably, and how meditation has helped to improve my whole perspective on life. Rachel has a wealth of knowledge–from personal experience–on how to improve the quality of my life.
I loved how the sessions were not a recounting of “tell me everything you ate for the past two weeks” but rather a discussion on steps for improvement in all areas of life. The program is not only about what you eat; it is about how you live and work as well. I never expected to talk about personality types or organization or journaling with a nutritionist, but it all falls under the holistic idea of nutritional counseling. She manages to be forthright in her assessments without coming across as harsh; she listens well and provides excellent insights. Another aspect of Rachel that I appreciated was her acknowledgement that different people eat differently; when I said that I preffered to not eat meat, she accepted that and we talked about how I could eat a healthy vegetarian diet. Finally talking to a professional about food helped me get straightened out and overcome my major food issues.
One year ago in June I finished Rachel’s 6 month health counseling program. One year ago in June I began an entirely new life! My relationships with friends and family have steadily improved, but most importantly I have a new relationship with ME! She helped me to really identify where I was and where I wanted to go, and then map out a plan of action to get me there. I found that I had been paralyzed by an overwhelming fear to rock the boat and make changes, but by making small steps toward a goal, Rachel coached me to make huge changes. I discovered new interests, found my way back to old hobbies, and had great fun along the way. Rachel’s holistic approach helped me learn that I can only take care of my family after I take care of myself – and she gave me the tools to do so. Now it is one year later, and I am on a path that I enjoy, and have continued with my healthy habits and the tremendous benefits that go hand in hand. While working with Rachel I managed to shed a lot of stress, anxiety and pounds. She has a natural knack for focusing on the root of a problem and assisting in finding solutions that work – without relying on guilt! Thank you Rachel!
We had Rachel teach a yoga class at our law firm recently, and it was very well received. We all enjoyed the class and learned new techniques for stretching and working out those tight muscles. It was great because we were able to do yoga in our business attire and did not use mats. We did most of our exercises using office chairs, and I have used many of the yoga movements since then.