Testimonials

After way too much out of control eating during my holidays (and probably the preceding 48 years of my life) I decided it was enough. I found Xen and the Art of Mindful Eating on Facebook and her approach resonated. I made an appointment and have not looked back. This is the answer for those of you that struggle with food and all that surrounds it. Xenia said that I could make peace with food and it seemed at the time like an impossible dream. Turns out it isn’t. I recommend Xen and the mindful eating / intuitive eating approach unreservedly. If you have any questions about my experience, please get in touch. Thank you Xen. My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

— Michelle

The greatest gift Xenia has given me is a sense of peace around food. I went on my first diet when I was 11 years old and lost, regained, lost and then regained, and gained some more, several times throughout my life. I can’t believe it took me so long to realise that was not the way. I found Xenia when I was on the post-diet upward spiral of weight gain and felt completely out of control. Every time I got on the scale, I wanted to cry and thought “I can’t do this again!”. Then I happened to come across the “Intuitive Eating” book and it made such perfect sense. I was so thrilled to find out that Xenia, a certified Intuitive Eating counsellor, practised in my home town!

Through Xenia’s coaching, I have come to understand clearly how that pattern of dieting and restricting my food was not serving me and how listening to the body’s infinite wisdom and accepting is really the only way. I have managed to halt the rapid weight gain and for once feel like I may have a chance of losing some weight without going through the painful, miserable dieting process and all the accompanying self-flagellation. I still have a long way to go until I can truly say that I accept my body and eat intuitively most of the time, but at least I feel like I know how to get there and am not riddled with anxiety around food and my body as I used to be. The difference I have experienced so far has been amazing. Xenia, I cannot thank you enough. You really are a fantastic coach and you have helped me so much!

— Marie

The three greatest lessons I have taken from my coaching with Xenia –  is to listen to my body, sit with my emotions until they pass and to be kind to myself.  Such small lessons really, but they make a fundamental difference to the way you approach living your life; feeling your emotions and judging your actions (note, not failures, just actions).  Xenia came to me in a time of emotional turmoil, and 2 years into my quest to lose the horrific amount of baby weight I gained.  I jumped into coaching quite thoughtlessly, but once I read Brooke’s book, I was hooked on the concept of listening and being guided by your own body.  Xenia thoughtfully yet firmly steered me through the labyrinth of emotions driving my need to eat…..and drink. I have learnt so much about myself, lost some weight, and continue to try and apply the lessons in everyday life.  Listening to my body, and feeling my emotions, is still something that I find challenging but I continue to strive…..in a kindly manner.

— Kim

Xenia’s coaching helped me gain awareness for the reasons I overeat and gave me tools to learn how to stop eating and identify why I am overeating. She helped me distinguish the difference between real hunger and emotional eating. I loved her no nonsense approach yet still felt the genuine care she feels for me as a client. This is not a quick fix and the 2 biggest take aways I have are that guilt and beating yourself up doesn’t help you lose weight or achieve anything!

— Marussia

Over many years I had been flailing through fogging and storming which weighed me down heavily: emotionally, spiritually and physically. I realised what the triggers were, but knew without a doubt that a diet was not the answer. I finally moved my body and asked for help. Xenia was a walking, living, breathing example of what can be done. I laughed and cried my way through a short course in this fascinating and invigorating programme with her, and have gained . . . a designer tote full of coping skills that go way beyond containing kilogrammes. I feel infinitely lighter. I am doing this for me and, yes, you can do this for you too! And believe me, I’m cynical!

— Diana

Xenia, I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for meeting up with you. You definitely played a huge role in restoring my faith in myself, helping me regain my energy, and making me aware of what I want.  I’ve been working again with such focus and it has given me much joy.   I have a much better awareness of what and when I eat as well.  The journal has helped.  So thank you.

— Karen

My food issues proper started at university, but it was only when I started working that the lose-weight-regain-weight cycle became erratic and frenzied. I am a testimony that any diet works if you follow it, I lost weight on every single diet I tried and I tried many. I also regained all the weight I lost on every single diet I tried.

I remember feeling incredibly embarrassed and ashamed whenever I regained the weight and almost had to go into hiding from friends because once more I had failed. My journals are filled with me begging God to just let me ‘get’ this weight thing. I could not understand why it just wouldn’t click, why I could not get this area of my life under control.

I made an appointment with Xenia at a point in my life where I was at my biggest and feeling helpless. An acquaintance had said some things to me about me being disorganised and not ‘together’. It was a lie, but when I looked at myself in the mirror I believed it. I was overweight and to the world and me at the time, the extra weight represented sloth, greed, gluttony, lack of self-control, laziness, basically an out of control life. The proof was in the mirror, I was all that I thought. Through the work I did with Xenia, I came to a place of having compassion on myself and went to the root of my weight and food issues.

I realised I used food for many things besides physiological hunger. An example would be that instead of speaking up and using my voice when I was unhappy, I would swallow down my anger or disapproval etc. by eating. By using the tools Xenia taught me during coaching, especially learning to put up boundaries and learning to say no and to speak up instead of running to food I lost around 17% of my body weight

I love that I lost the weight, but what is more important is that I learnt life skills to help me deal with the real issues why I would abuse food. It would be misleading to say that I never overeat any more, I do and that is normal eating (as an aside that is why I think diets fail, they demand perfection and that is impossible). I now just have the skills to dig deeper in those times where I do find myself overeating and getting to the real reason for my behaviour and then meeting the real need that I have instead of eating.

I am so glad I met Xenia when I did, I am physically and emotionally lighter, I am kinder to myself and at a peaceful place with food and my body. My war against myself has finally stopped. The peace I gained is invaluable; I wish it on every frustrated dieter out there.

— Busi

“The banquet is in the first bite...”

- Unknown -

“Seldom is the last of anything better than the first...”

- Irish Proverb -

“If hunger is not the problem, food is not the solution.”

- Brooke Castillo -

“Someday society will doubt the wisdom of dieting rather than the willpower of dieters...”

- Unknown -

“In eating, a third of the stomach should be filled with food, a third with drink and the rest left empty...”

- Unknown -

“If you are invested in security and certainty, you are on the wrong planet...”

- Pema Chodron -

“The only journey is the one within...”

- Rainer Maria Rilke -

“Right in the difficult must we have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out. There for the first time, we see how beautiful they are.”

- Rainer Maria Rilke -

“Wellness isn't about deprivation and it's not about perfection. It is about pointing yourself in the direction of growth, training yourself to get comfortable with your highest potential and then taking small steps to support that shift. It is about showing up for yourself day by day and then one day finding that you have undergone a transformation.”

- Kathy Freston -

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