My name is Amy (Lamm) Larson. I am a Mind Body Eating Coach dedicated to encouraging women like you to invest in yourselves and in a healthier lifestyle.
My path to becoming a Mind Body Eating Coach began when I became a stay-at-home mom. Having two daughters of my own, I observe at close watch many young girls who are very conscience of their weight. It is distressing to know that elementary-age kids—who should be focused on what time recess starts or where their next play-date will be—were concerned about weight of all things! At the same time, I found myself becoming increasingly occupied with my own appearance and weight, always comparing myself to others, and gradually becoming more self-critical.
Eventually, this feeling grew into an obsession that took its toll on my relationship with my daughters and their own self-images. My life was filled with agonizing thoughts about the challenges they were facing, which affected my health (I suffered from insomnia for 15 years), and prohibited me from cultivating an emotional life of my own.
Soon enough, I reached emotional rock-bottom and knew I had to make a change in my relationship with my daughter and with myself. Our ideal of what we want the body to be leaves us in suffering and stimulates transformation—pain and suffering is (always) an invitation to healing and transformation (high drama!) I began taking small lifestyle steps to help myself. Likewise, my energy and mental state improved and I thought more and more about reaching out and helping others who were like me. So in 2012, I took the next big step toward health and wellness and completed a certificate program in health counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City. During my certification, I gained cutting-edge tools and learned protocols that enable me to work with weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, and a variety of nutrition-related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and others.
Over the years, I have come to develop a healthier relationship with food and my body; a feat that I am truly proud of. That being said, I know what it’s like to struggle with eating—it limits us from realizing out potential and finding our light. Unfortunately, my former understanding of what it meant to be a ‘health enthusiast’ involved restricting food, which, plain and simple, wasn’t good for me and isn’t good for anyone. I went through periods of excessive and obsessive exercise, which only fed my obsession with body image. That was me then.
Now, having studied at IIN and, most recently, the Institute for the Psychology of Eating (IPE), I have honed the skills necessary to create my personal health plan which focuses on mindful eating and enjoyable exercise. I understand, now, that good health is more about adding healthy food than restricting it. Physical exercise can be the same. I do yoga, walk in nature, and exercise with my very active dog. These are my new and improved forms of workouts these days! I’m in my early fifties and have never felt better! I believe each person can find their own personal “plan” that works for them so they can feel their best.
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I am thrilled to offer such an exciting, unique approach to healthy living. My work uses Mind Body Nutrition to create a program that effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition related concerns. I don’t see your eating challenges simply as a sign that “something is wrong with you”, but as an opportunity to more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food choices, weight, and health.
Body image is conditioned by a collection of factors, including our culture at large. For far too long, we have been inundated by negative messages about food, weight and diet. We’ve been told that we’re willpower weaklings and the majority of nutrition experts promote conflicting advice. Body image is a battle for mind. Shame is part of human experience and is very powerful. A concept of “less than” is introduced and we buy into it and it controls us. The result is people are confused about what to eat, and how to have a happy relationship with food.
How is my approach different? In my professional practice, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and mind body eating. By eliminating all the “should and shouldn’t’s”, I focus on what’s right for your unique body. As we work together in this way, eating and health challenges that drain life force stop being the enemy. Instead, they become opportunities for growth and self-improvement through strategies that nourish your healthy lifestyle.
To all of the women out there who struggle to feel good in their own skin, I’ve been there. My personal experience has inspired a passion and dedication to supporting women of all ages who want to make healthy living work by finding balance and joy in life! Click here to read more about my approach.
MORE ABOUT ME
My practice of wellness counseling and mind body eating coaching is open to all women interested in improving their health and vitality.
I’m a married mom of two beautiful young adult daughters. One lives on her own and one lives with us. After twenty years in New Jersey, my family and I relocated to Lake Bluff, IL in 2016. I have a degree in art history from the University of Virginia and, likewise, my friends and family certainly enjoy my company at museums! My early career included editorial work for trade organizations as well as sales and merchandising work in the interior building finishes industry.
After moving across the country with my husband, having our first daughter, and adopting our second daughter from India 7 years later, I focused primarily on raising my daughters and relocating for my husband’s career. I held part-time and intermittent jobs in sales and social services. I also had an enduring interest in health and wellness which led me to a certificate program in health counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (endorsed by State University of NY Purchase College) in New York City in 2012. I continued my education by completing an additional certificate program in Mind Body Eating coaching at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating (IPE) in 2014. Recently, I’ve also completed the Conscious Relationship training offered by IPE.