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(Coaching with Gillian was) A full 360° change in my health and mindset, from feeling like I had hit a total dead end and now had to come to terms with what my age 40+ body looked like because every fad diet I had tried only worked short term and then the cycle started again – I really thought I’d tried everything! To the point I’d emptied my wardrobe of clothes I thought I might fit into again one day (I’m gutted now!!). Little did I realise that my biggest issue was actually my engrained ‘diet’ mindset I’d developed over 30 years that was stopping me feeling and looking so much better! Gillian helped me start chipping away at this and looking at my nutrition from a whole new angle.
I had no idea that Gillian’s simple structure would literally change my life! …and I look forward to wearing a bikini again on the beach this year after resigning myself to being a swimsuit wearer for the rest of my life 😉
‘For the first time in my life I am eating what I like, I am NOT on a diet… and I keep losing weight. Without restrictions… just making better decisions about my nutrition and paying attention to my body.’
When I got in touch with Gillian it was because I had reached a point of “cry for help”. I was the typical, start again on Monday dieter, and was not aware of all the habits that were weighing me down. With Gillian I have found freedom in my own choices, I have learned and continue to learn about mindfulness and the importance of listening to my own bodies needs.
I feel free for the first time in about 20 years. Eating is such an emotional thing for many people, but it doesn’t have to be, it can be mindful and pragmatic. Now when I have a not so easy day I dont beat myself up about it and feel guilty, I use the great phrase “life happens”, and continue to work on developing good healthy habits.
A big challenge for me was always the number on the scale, but actually I have learnt that that is not so important, as it is how you feel in yourself, your clothes and your movements that really count. This has been a tough but really important learning journey for me, Unearning a lifetime of worry about the ups and downs of a number that no one ever really gets to know anyway, seems absurd. And now I feel freer in this way too.
‘Working with Gillian allowed me to reset my relationship with food. Before, I didn’t enjoy eating, which made it impossible to reach my fitness goals. Everything related to food seemed boring, and it seemed impossible for me to eat enough for my CrossFit and yoga workouts.
With her, I was able to analyze the internal and external issues that held me back, and she guided me to create new habits to help me enjoy food and eat what I need to to reach my goals. Six months later, I am so happy with my progress, the people around me have seen my mental and physical evolution and I feel better than ever.
I recommend coaching for anyone that needs a change in this part of their life!’
‘I had worked with nutritionists in the past, but the main difference here was the focus on habit change. Its fine to have someone give you a weekly meal plan, but its totally different when you learn to do it yourself. The guidelines that Gillian helps with and the help she offers during the process is amazing. Changing the way I see food and the feeling it gave me are the biggest achievements I saw during this process.
Everything changed.. this process, accompanied by exercise, a more balanced diet and better sleep, I found a mental and physical balance that I had never felt before. All of my habits and the changes I made with Gillian are still in place over a year later.’
‘I had done quite a few diets in the past, but they were all generic and not personalized at all.. and they didn’t work in the long run because of all the foods I wasn’t allowed to eat on them.. in the end I would ‘fail’ by eating everything I wasn’t supposed to, and I was stuck in a cycle of trying to eat less, binging, feeling terrible, gaining weight and then trying to start over.
With Gillian, I wanted to change my habits, but in a way that would last in the long term. Not just eating habits, but lifestyle habits.. stuff that until you have someone like Gillian to talk to and work with to fix it, its hard to make it a reality. A lot of the time we need that person that motivates you or gives you alternatives that you wouldn’t think of yourself and they end up helping so much. The changes that I saw were exactly what I expected, and what we planned together.
I lost 5 kilos from eating better, exercising more consistently and sleeping better… and I learned to manage stress so much better. All of this has helped me improve my quality of life, and since its all easy stuff to include in my day to day life.. I’ve been able to maintain the changes no problem.’
“Gillian is super POSITIVE and REALISTIC. She doesn’t propose unreachable goals, they are always progressive changes that you can easily make in your day to day. She’s always available if you need anything, and she gives great lifestyle and eating advice. Aside from that, she never ‘gets mad’ or ‘scolds’ you.
Changing habits doesn’t include punishment for doing it wrong.. its about making real changes in your life. If you can’t take on something new right now, you can do it little by little. This is something I learned from her… this, and at the same time, keep progressing!
“This was my first experience with a nutrition coach, and honestly I am 100% satisfied. I already ate well but I would have occasional binges, almost every week and then I would feel super guilty afterwards.. like I had thrown away everything I did until then, and it would put me in a bad mood. I was able to overcome these binges and learn how to regulate my own body!¨
Finding Gillian changed my life. I had spent years trying to lose weight with different diets, without ever reaching my goal. Gill helped me change my relationship with food with her way of teaching things fro ma totally different perspective, without having to feel like you’re on a ‘diet’ all the time. It has helps me so much, I’ve lost 10kg and I feel better in my own body.. and this is reflected in my relationships with others as well!
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