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 feel like they have a professional ally in their anti-diet journey. Feelings of isolation can be debilitating and cause old behaviors to persist or resurface.

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 completed my courses to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. To further my recovery and to help my clients on a deeper level, within a year, I began studying to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor where I received training and supervision from both Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. I’ve successfully completed body image training courses from The Body Positive and from some of the top registered dietitians in this field. I continually receive training in disordered eating, eating disorders (ED), mindful eating, and body image as a member of an online ED membership group. I’m also a member of the The Center for Mindful Eating where I receive periodic training in various eating and body image topics. In addition, I’m also trained in using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or “tapping”) a holistic modality that helps people manage stress and anxiety.

My Story

While I’ve always loved food, my relationship with food was imbalanced and obsessive for most of my life. I started dieting when I was eight years old and by adolescence, I had 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 affected my relationships significantly.

In my mid-40s, 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 something new because my life was a mess! 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 get the hang of 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 wanted 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 enabled me to finally heal my relationship with food and changed my professional career in a profound way. Before I knew it, I was fully immersed in the anti-diet world and studying for my intuitive eating certification exam so I could guide others to discover food and body freedom.

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.

I’d love to connect with you and see what you’d like your relationship with food and body to be like. I believe that if I could recover from my food and body challenges that anyone can. Let me show you how.

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