It's all about feeding souls, not dieting

May 27, 2001|By NEWSDAY

Although eating habits are what Holly Anne Shelowitz's clients come to talk to her about, they may be surprised to learn that her focus is less on scales and food plans and more on the big picture.

When people come to her complaining of yo-yo dieting, sugar cravings, coffee and tobacco addictions, she gently probes into other parts of their lives -- relationships, families, workplaces and careers.

"We could talk about food for six months, but if we're not dealing with the underlying issues, it [a solution] isn't happening," says Shelowitz.

Her job as a holistic health consultant is to discover a client's "primary food," she says -- "that which feeds the soul." It's personal for everyone. It could be stronger family ties, writing or woodworking. "It's some other place in their lives where they are really hungry," she says.

Shelowitz trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan (www.integrativenutrition.com). Now she runs HA! (www.nourishingwisdom.com).

In the workplace, she says, people are burdened with food stresses, along with toxic relationships, deadline pressures and unhealthy eating temptations.

She suggests drinking more water and keeping healthy snacks on hand.

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