My role is not to tell you what to eat, when to eat, or how much to eat. My role is to help you understand how your life experiences and social conditioning are connected to your food choices and the way you feel about your body.”
-Michelle Viña-Baltsas
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My Goal

Hi, I’m Michelle. Since 2012, I’ve been a Certified Intuitive Eating Coach and a Certified Holistic Health Coach located in the Hudson Valley, NY passionately supporting women who crave to overcome challenging food and body image struggles so they can live the peaceful and joyful lives they deserve without the constant preoccupation with food.

My primary goal when I coach is to help my clients know that they have a professional ally in their anti-diet journey. Rejecting diet culture often fosters feelings of isolation which can be discouraging and cause old, dysfunctional behaviors to persist or resurface. Coaching helps to bridge the gap between dieting and food freedom and body satisfaction by providing support and guidance.

My Training

I hold a B.A. in Communication Studies from S.U.N.Y. Oswego. After many years of working in corporate America as a medical technical writer, I took my passion for nutrition and holistic living and channeled it into becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach. To further my personal recovery and to help my clients who struggled with food on a much deeper level, I became a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor where I received training and supervision from both Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch the authors of the book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works.

I’ve successfully completed body image training courses from The Body Positive and from some of the top food and body image professionals in this field. I continually receive training in disordered eating, eating disorders (ED), mindful eating, and body image as a member of a supervision group. I’m also a professional member of the The Center for Mindful Eating where I receive periodic training in various topics. In addition to my ongoing training, I’m also supervised by a registered dietitian who specializes in disordered and eating disorder recovery.

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My Story

While I’ve always loved food, my relationship with food was imbalanced and obsessive for most of my life. I started dieting before I started elementary school and by adolescence, I developed binge eating disorder (BED) which I struggled with for several decades. In addition to BED, I also had a love hate relationship with my body which significantly affected all my relationships.

While looking for another diet book, I stumbled (I believe it was divine intervention) on the book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works and my life changed forever. While I was skeptical that I would be able to follow the 10 principles and experience the freedom the authors described, I was desperate to try stop trying so hard and instead try something different because my life was completely unmanageable! After all, I now had a child and I knew I couldn’t be the mother I wanted to be because I was constantly consumed with my weight, my body and what I was eating. It was exhausting and I just couldn’t do it anymore.

I thought I’d be able to embody intuitive eating on my own but I struggled to integrate the principles into my life. Over the years, I’ve learned that this is a very common problem for people. This is one one of the reasons why working with someone who is certified in intuitive eating is so important, especially in the beginning stages. I craved freedom, so I sought out the professional guidance of certified intuitive eating coach. It was one of the best investments I ever made. Working with a coach gave me the tools, practices, guidance and confidence I needed to finally recover.

The difference between spending money on diet and spending money on incorporating intuitive eating into your life is that with intuitive eating, you only have to do it once.
— Kathleen Bishop, LCSW, Body Peace and Liberation

I’ve had a long road to recovery, but I wouldn’t change any of it because it’s made me the person I am today. Now I celebrate my body for all the amazing things it does for me every day. I celebrate food for its ability to nourish, comfort and bring me joy without stressing or feeling guilty about my food choices. Now I’m finally at peace with my eating and my body which is what I craved for so many years and sought in every diet I tried.

If my story resonates with you and you want to discover peace in your relationship with food, I’d love to connect with you. I believe recovery is possible for everyone. It’s usually more peaceful and less stressful when you have professional supporting and guiding you in your journey. Let me show you how.

Ready to take the next step? Schedule a connection call with me today!

Me and my beloved dog, Lily Disney

Me and my beloved dog, Lily Disney