Welcome to Sarah Berneche Nutrition — the place to be for everyday folks who know diets don’t work, but don’t know what to do without one.
Hi. I’m Sarah. I’ve lived in downtown Toronto for nearly a decade, but grew up in a small town outside of Windsor. I also lived briefly in Tallahassee, Florida, during Obama’s presidency. I’ve never met an olive I didn’t like.
Most of my life has come as an incredible surprise to me. For many years, I thought I’d teach English or edit cookbooks or pull a Salinger and secure a cabin in the woods for writing.
I’m still searching for the right cabin.
Learning — discovering — that something was off with the way I interacted with food and body was one of those surprises. Because restriction/dieting and over-exercise are celebrated in our culture, I told myself I was “just really into health.” I was lauded for my “willpower” and unfailing self-discipline. For over a decade, my food issues flew under the radar because I didn’t meet clinical criteria for an eating disorder. I understand how confusing it can feel to even admit you might have a problem, when any concern is (often) abruptly invalidated. I understand how frequently eating difficulties are missed by healthcare professionals. I understand how challenging it can be to access competent and compassionate help.
I also understand how much mental real estate dieting or disordered eating can take up (all of it). If you’re ready to reclaim it, you’re in the right place.
Something tells me you’re deeply empathetic, sensitive, creative, and intelligent.
But maybe you…
Have no idea how to stop bingeing or overeating your favourite — and even not-so-favourite — foods.
Would love to quit the measuring cups, food scale, and calorie counting app — if only you knew where to start.
Dream of feeling calm and relaxed around buffets, the office cookie jar, and restaurant menus.
Feel constantly magnetized by the latest “lifestyle change” or food plan; to be honest, you have no idea what “normal eating” even looks like, or how to tell the difference between dieting and eating for health.
No matter where you are in your food freedom adventure, you know there has to be more to life than what’s on your plate and the number on the scale.
You dream of spending your energy on the causes and interests you care about.
You would love to be fully present for the moments and memories you’ll cherish for the rest of your life, like your niece’s first words or your best friend’s wedding.
You want to travel and truly savour everything you eat — from the ceviche with fresh corn chips in Puerto Vallarta to the pasta in Rome to the baguette with cheese eaten for lunch in a Paris park.
You just don’t know how to get there.
Now, I have a few core beliefs I’d like you to know about:
I believe you have what it takes to put your food and body concerns behind you.
I believe you deserve to live a life free of disordered eating and eating disorder symptoms — and I want to do everything in my power to give you that.
I believe recovery is possible, and in the freedom to define for yourself what that looks like.
I believe weight stigma, weight cycling, and food-related stress are all worse for your health than just eating the chocolate cake.
All of this to say…if you’re ready to break free from food and body jail, I’d love to spring you.
ABOUT SARAH (She/Her/Hers)
Who am I, anyway?
I’m a Toronto-based white, cis-gender, able-bodied, queer woman obsessed with helping people foster a joyful relationship with food and body.
Although I had many interests and ambitions growing up, I never felt good enough — worthy — and I believed, albeit unconsciously, that achieving some kind of outward perfection would correct the deficiency. My thoughts became inundated with calorie counts, point systems, antioxidant values, orthorexic quotes, “superfood” powders, diets, and “lifestyle changes.” My relationship with food, body, and exercise was toxic. Food-rules and rituals dominated my life.
Until I just couldn’t take it. Wouldn’t take it. I wanted autonomy. I wanted a life that felt more alive.
Rather than pick up a diet or restrict some new food, I concentrated on the painful process of unlearning the thoughts, behaviours, and habits about food and my body, and uncovered new ways of connecting to myself and others.
I’m enormously humbled and grateful to help others find freedom with food and body image concerns.
I hold a BAH in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, a post-graduate certificate in Creative Book Publishing from Humber College, and a diploma in Natural Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I received my Intuitive Eating Counsellor training and supervision through Evelyn Tribole, RD. I was nominated for the Danielle Perreault Trailblazer Award in the 2017 Holistic Nutrition Awards.
Mental Health I (CSNN)
Mindfulness — The Neuropsycho-Endocrinology of Regulating Eating (CSNN)
Digestive Disorders and Eating Disorders: A Complicated Mix (Marci Evans, CEDRD-S & Lauren Dear, RDN)
Nutrition Counselling for Eating Disorders (Marci Evans, CEDRD-S)
Body Image Training: The Missing Piece of Whole Body Healing (Marci Evans, CEDRD-S & Fiona Sutherland, APD)
Group and Individual Supervision: July 2017 — October 2018, The Kyla Fox Centre (Kyla Fox, MSW RSW)
Group Supervision: May 2019 — Present, EDRDPro.
Sarah Berneche, M.A., R.H.N., C.I.E.C, is an anti-diet Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor who teaches folks how to feel safe around food. Her specializations include disordered eating, chronic dieting cycles, Binge Eating Disorder, body image, and a state she terms “recovery limbo.” Her approach is informed by the principles of Health at Every Size® and intersectional feminism, mindfulness, self-compassion, intuitive eating, body image research, and her own lived experience. She currently counsels clients in-person and virtually at The Health Annex, the clinic she co-founded and co-runs at 320 1/2 Bloor St. W.