Testimonials

“I have been very blessed to find Xenia as my Intuitive Eating coach. I knew in reading her bio that she was the one for me out of hundreds on the website. Xen helped me to release beliefs that there are good and bad foods, as well as to learn instant forgiveness of myself when my eating goes out of control. She always brought a more positive perspective to my small-minded thinking in this area of my relationship with food. I always left our sessions uplifted and encouraged. As a result of my work with Xen, I am finding my way with food, using gratitude and Presence to counter act my old beliefs about myself and food.

I am eternally grateful to have worked with Xen and I will continue to call on her when I need her loving support.”

— Grace, Arizona, USA

“I felt hopeless and helpless in my daily struggle with mindless eating for many years. Then I found Xen which is exactly what I needed! My decision to work with her helped me to finally repair my relationship with food. It’s changing my life for the better, one day at a time. Now I have control over the food, instead of it having control over me, which is the way it should be. I highly recommend Xen to anyone who has a desire to overcome similar food struggles. Xen, thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

— Karen, Colorado, USA

“Working with Xen has been very empowering. Her approach is so refreshing from the usual. I have learned that I am in charge and that I get to choose what I put in my body and how to move my body in a way that I like! I get to make my own choices. It’s so liberating. Once you get a taste of freedom with food, there is no turning back to old ways!  Thanks Xen for guiding me along the way to freedom.”

— Heather B, Cork, Ireland

“Working with Xenia was amazing. She armed me with a bunch of tools to help me through difficult times. Xenia is the kind of person who really cares for helping you in the long run. Her work will forever have an impact in my life.”

— Daniela Velásquez, Ottawa, Canada

“Since my teens I was on and off various diets. Losing and gaining the same weight and then more weight. I desperately wanted to be “healthy” but the truth is I just wanted to be skinny. I restricted my food so much – no carbs or sugar or fat. I was permanently hungry and miserable. Of course the weight would always come back and all the compliments I would receive for the weight loss would stop and I would feel so ashamed to see people. After many years of doing this, I read about Mindful Eating and I found Xen. Working with Xen was a game changer for me. After working together for a few months my relationship with food radically changed. I no longer felt like a failure. I now have the tools to nourish my body with foods that feel good in my body. I don’t feel guilty about eating cake or chocolate, I also don’t overeat cake and chocolate. I no longer feel the need to exercise to compensate for my eating. I feel much more free around eating and I am more accepting of my body. Xen has a nonjudgmental and compassionate approach to coaching and really supports you in the process.”

— Rachel, Dublin, Ireland

“Xenia is a wonderful coach, her interest and passion for what she does shows in her work. She is compassionate for you when you share and does not push you farther than you feel comfortable to do. I found the 8 weeks very interesting and insightful. Also comforting to know that you’re not alone and can be happy in your own body.”

— Jenny, Florida, USA

“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, Johannesburg, South Africa

“Xen, thank you for an inspirational 8 weeks. It has been an introduction to a whole new perspective in terms of my relationship to food and my body. Your unconditional love, support and non-judgemental way of coaching has made the start to this journey possible. I look forward to working with you again in the future.”

— Lisa, Johannesburg, South Africa

“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, Pretoria, South Africa

“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, Cape Town, South Africa

“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, Pretoria, South Africa

“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, Vancouver, Canada

“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, Melbourne, Australia

“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, Johannesburg, South Africa

“Working with Xenia was amazing. She armed me with a bunch of tools to help me through difficult times. Xenia is the kind of person who really cares for helping you in the long run. Her work will forever have an impact in my life.”

Daniela Velásquez, Ottawa, Canada

“Working with Xen was a game changer for me. After working together for a few months my relationship with food radically changed. I no longer felt like a failure. I now have the tools to nourish my body with foods that feel good in my body. I don’t feel guilty about eating cake or chocolate, I also don’t overeat cake and chocolate. I no longer feel the need to exercise to compensate for my eating. I feel much more free around eating and I am more accepting of my body. Xen has a nonjudgmental and compassionate approach to coaching and really supports you in the process.”

Rachel, Dublin, Ireland

“Working with Xen has been very empowering. Her approach is so refreshing from the usual. I have learned that I am in charge and that I get to choose what I put in my body and how to move my body in a way that I like! I get to make my own choices. It’s so liberating. Once you get a taste of freedom with food, there is no turning back to old ways! Thanks Xen for guiding me along the way to freedom.”

Heather B, Cork. Ireland

“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, Johannesburg, South Africa

“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, Vancouver, Canada

“I don’t obsess about food like I used to. I am thinking differently about food and feeling so much more relaxed around all types of food. It’s wonderful to have pleasure and satisfaction from eating.”

Sarah, Illinois, USA

“I learned a new way of thinking about food. I have learned that food is not the enemy and that it can actually be enjoyed with no guilt.”

Sandy, London, United Kingdom

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