Welcome to Sarah Berneche Nutrition — the place to be for everyday folks yearning to stop obsessing over food and body.
I’m Sarah, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (TM) and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor (and the boss around here.) Whether you’re in recovery from an eating disorder or looking to put a permanent end to worrying about what (and what not) to eat, you’re in the right place.
Something tells me you’re deeply empathetic, inherently sensitive to the world around you, creative, and beautifully giving.
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 — you can’t possibly go on another diet, but you don’t know how to just eat “normally.”
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, and really make your mark on the world.
You would love to be fully present for the moments and memories you’ll cherish for the rest of your life — and unburdened by disordered thoughts, food deals, and compensatory commitments.
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 you eat for lunch in a park in Paris.
You just don’t know how to get there.
Maybe you’re even stuck cycling between strict number counting to not giving a flying f*ck.
Yup, I know because I’ve been there. After fifteen years of disordered eating and chronic dieting cycles (and at times over-exercising), I got myself out— and want to help you to do the same.
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 and really #liveyourbestlife
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.
Who am I, anyway? I’m a Toronto-based, white, cis-gender woman (she/her) obsessed with helping people — everyday women, in particular — foster a joyful relationship with food and body.
I went on my first diet around the age of fifteen and cycled until I hit thirty years old. 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”, and I developed a toxic pattern of relating to food and body characterized by rules, rituals, and routines.
Eventually, the desire for more genuine and intimate relationships — and a life that felt more alive — grew roots, and broke the ground I’d walked for half my life. I quit the cycle. 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 found new ways of connecting to myself and others. When I finally felt like I’d made headway in my own work, I felt wildly inspired to help others to do the same — and proudly, gratefully, make it happen every day.
I hold a B.A.H. in English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing and an M.A. 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, where I graduated with Merit and maintain good standing. I also completed advanced courses at CSNN in mental health and the neuropsycho-endocrinology of regulating eating, the intuitive eating counselor training supervised by Evelyn Tribole, and dozens of supervision hours at the Kyla Fox Centre under Kyla Fox, MSW, RSW. I was nominated for the Danielle Perreault Trailblazer Award in the 2017 Holistic Nutrition Awards.
Sarah Berneche, R.H.N., is an anti-diet nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who helps women (and other folks!) to stop feeling out of control around food. Her specializations include disordered eating, chronic dieting cycles, Binge Eating Disorder, and a state she terms “recovery limbo.” Her approach is informed by the Health at Every Size® movement, mindfulness, intuitive eating, and her own lived experience. She currently counsels clients in-person and virtually via videoconference at The Health Annex, the clinic she co-founded and co-runs at 320 1/2 Bloor St. W.