Michelle Yandle specialises in empowered eating and through her business has helped many men and women take control of their eating once and for all. We are are lucky to have her speak at the conference as we feel it is an incredibly important topic to cover!
We interviewed Michelle so you can learn a little bit more about what she does:
I have to say, I became involved in it quite unintentionally when I was about 9 years old as I grew up in a family of dieters and obsessed about my own weight until I was a teen. I can remember reading nutrition textbooks for fun in my teenage years and often obsessed about weight loss and the latest diet. Later in life I changed obsession into passion and turned the focus from weight to health. Now I help people to achieve their health goals using a gentler approach that doesn’t involve restriction or deprivation. I was working as a school teacher but decided to turn my education skills towards another topic and not long after, signed up for HPN, which is one of the best choices I’ve ever made.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love being able to teach people how to eat again. We all know WHAT to eat (for the most part) but it’s making it happen that can be difficult. By tuning into our own instinctive eating abilities we’re able to become empowered. I love seeing the release people feel when they realise the wisdom is already in them.
How would you describe your philosophy about being fit and healthy?
My philosophy is one that is based on the teachings of my own indigenous ancestry. Everything I teach revolves around the medicine wheel – a teaching tool passed on for generations which explains that for total health we need to include emotional, spiritual and intellectual health, not just physical. It’s about tuning in and going back to basics with food and lifestyle. There is just too much confusing info out there and people are not only forgetting what to eat but how to eat as well.
What’s your typical meal for…
First thing upon waking: Coffee with coconut oil
Morning: Usually one of three things, buckwheat porridge with CLP and peanut butter, Mikki Williden’s pumpkin loaf or some form of pumpkin or avo pudding with coconut yogurt. I’m all about the sweet breakfasts!
Lunch: Usually lunch is on the go, so I try to pack a smoothie or go out for a super salad or soup.
Dinner: I love to cook, usually I stick to the “meat and 3 veg” kind of scenario. Lately, I’ve been loving Nadia Lim’s cookbooks and almost everything from Pete Evans Family Food.
Snacks or sweets: I don’t really snack, but I will have a small meal between lunch and dinner. Lately, it’s been greek yogurt with flax oil and brazil nuts. I almost always enjoy some dark chocolate after dinner. Because, why not??
Do you have any daily tips and strategies you recommend your clients implement to keep them living at a lean, fit and healthy body composition?
I work with a lot of women who struggle with disconnected and emotional eating. Body composition is the least of our concerns when we are focusing on breaking old habits and becoming in charge of our eating habits. These things are important yes, but mainly I want people to be able to feel in charge again, and begin to respect themselves enough to want to nourish and feel amazing. Only once we get there can we start to look at being fit , happy and healthy. And, if their healthy body size is to be lean, then we’ll help them get there too.
What do you do in your everyday life that is key to your success?
Listening to my body. I bring full awareness to my eating, meaning I wait until the physical signs of hunger to arrive before eating something (most of the time). I eat the foods that make me feel good, usually that’s veggies and good proteins and fats but sometimes, that’s chocolate and chips. One life changing question that I always ask myself before eating is simply “Am I Hungry?” and it can really open up a lot of awareness for you.
Do you have any piece of advice for our readers who are struggling with their nutrition and body image?
In regards to body image, it's difficult when an entire society/culture is telling you that you are not good enough. I recommend to all my clients that they do a “newsfeed cleanse” and get rid of everything that sends them the message that they are not enough. Then I suggest finding sites that are gentler, that lift you, make you smile and motivate you to take care