My top three goals upon starting the program were to learn how to eat in order to fuel my body for the level of physical activity I enjoy, to understand and to reduce my cravings for sweets and processed foods, and to improve my sleep.
Safia was able to help me work toward these goals by first listening to what I said I needed in order to achieve my goals and transform my relationship with food. She gave me a weekly planner and simple, delicious recipes for home cooked meals. I emailed her almost daily with food logs or with emotions that I was trying to unpack surrounding food. Safia was patient. We implemented big changes when I felt confident (such as home cooked meals, trying different foods I had developed irrational fears of, etc.), and sometimes, we pulled back to simplify, to process and to re-calibrate.
The biggest tangible change I have noticed since beginning the program was stopping my caffeine intake immediately. It was interesting, because it wasn’t one of the goals I had anticipated before I signed on with Safia with a full 6-month program. I had to be honest with myself, and I realised how much coffee cause my moods to go up and down, how it affected my appetite, and how negatively it disrupted my sleep. If I was even going to try to tackle the issues I had with food, the coffee and caffeine had to go.
The most significant overall change I have noticed has been I’m not afraid to cook, and the food I make for myself satiates me! And I am less rigid with my beliefs surrounding food. Safia taught me that food is secondary, that the primary foods in my life are my relationships, my career, spirituality, and exercise. Furthermore, after the program ended, I realised I needed a higher level of care to tackle my interrupted sleep patterns and depressive moods. Since I did everything in my power to regulate myself, I was open to trying psychotherapy and accepting a medicine that has truly been a miracle. It’s a miracle – I sleep now.
I didn’t expect Safia to be as effective as she was in challenging my beliefs surrounding food. She is so sweet and pretty and kind and patient, but Safia is also clear and assertive. I once emailed her, panicked, about a very large portion of sunflower seeds I had just mindlessly eaten. What was I to do about it? Her response was perfect in that it didn’t play into my emotional mind. Logically, she responded simply with something to effect of “Nothing. Drink water.” Safia taught me that my body was a perfect system, and that given a chance, it would process everything I put in it and would be restored to balance and health with real fuel and self-love!
I would recommend Coach Safia to anyone. She met me exactly where I was. She listened. She helped be transform my life.