How HealED Coaching Works
Meet The Coaches Who Speak From Experience
What really sets our coaches apart is that all our coaches have suffered with an eating disorder in their past and have fully recovered. They have personally been there. They have fought the battle and won the war. They speak from a place of experience and insight. From a place of truth.
We believe this is what makes our coaching program so successful. You will be sharing your journey with someone who truly understands what you are going through, knows what to watch out for and who deeply understands the process of recovery.
We’re are very proud of our team of coaches.
As a client you will be in great hands.
- Founder/Director of HealED
- Best-Selling Author of The Binge Code & The Bulimia Help Method
- BA (Hons), Anthropology & Sociology
- Certified Nutritional Therapist Professional Diploma Level 5
- 200 RYT Yoga Teacher
- Special Needs Yoga practitioner
- Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness for PTSD
My name is Ali Kerr and I suffered with bulimia nervosa for 10 years and at its worst I was binging and purging over 10 times a day.
Recovery was a challenge. Real help was hard to find. Everywhere I turned people told me recovery would be a “life-long battle.” Frustrated, I took matters into my own hands and spent 15 months researching testing and questioning everything that was known about binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.
During my journey to recovery, I learned a great deal about biochemistry, nutrition and the mind-body connection. I documented my findings in my books, The Bulimia Help Method and The Binge Code. To date they are amongst the highest rated recovery books on Amazon and are recommended by experts, doctors and eating disorder charities. Now as a nutritional therapist I spend my days helping coaching clients from all arounds the world to end their eating issues.
When I think back to where I was in 2004 when I had just begun my journey, I struggled to find real help and support. Back then, I would have loved to have just one place where I could “plug in” and get all the support and training I needed in one place to resolve my food issues. So that’s what I’ve created here for you.
I created HealED Coaching to provide you with the specialist one-to-one support that I know so many of you desperately need.
My goal, and the goal of all of us at HealED is to help show you exactly HOW you can recover from your eating disorder. That is, to help you get to a place where your body no longer craves or wants to binge or purge on food. Where food becomes just food and nothing more.
This is very achievable and we’re committed to helping you any way we can.
- Ph.D. in Public Health Nutrition
- Certified Health Coach through Institute for Integrative Nutrition
- Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor through (AFAA)
Dr. Laura Hutchinson Christoph is a personal health coach as well as a professor of nutrition. She has gone through extensive training in diet theory (including traditional and modern diet protocols) as well as traditional nutrition science training.
She struggled with bulimia and compulsive over exercising for over fifteen years before recovering through HealED, and is passionate about helping others free themselves from bulimia as well.
Her mission is to empower her clients to reach their full physical potential and give them the guidance they need to develop a healthy lifelong relationship with food and fitness.
- Founder of Beyond the Smile (coaching teens and adults through recovery from eating disorders)
- 2018 IronMan 70.3 World Championship competitor
Hi, My name is Kimberly and I’m a coach with HealED.
I am passionate about helping improve the lives of people. My current career path and life passion is working with improving people’s relationship with food, recovery from eating disorders and education about nutrition.
My story began when I was a developing teen and avid competitive runner & cyclist. I started to struggle with food and self image. Initially it was a dislike of my athletic build that began a cycle of dieting and excessive exercise in my late teens.
It evolved into bulimia and the ensuing years were crippling. By 23 I was recovered from binge eating and bulimia yet my nutrition and understanding of what fueled my body was still greatly skewed.
After Medical School and Residency, I began to compete again in running races and triathlons and it was here that I discovered my enormous deficit with fueling my body.
In addition, as a practicing Pediatrician, I saw a huge gap in the community for young girls who struggled with their body image and eating disorders.
Now, I have engulfed myself in the study of nutrition, am actively working on a certificate in fitness nutrition and have begun to incorporate this into my business. I want to help empower young women and adults alike, to accept their bodies, nurture their bodies, and fuel to perform at their peak potential.
An intricate part of my own personal journey of healing was my faith. Through prayer, worship songs, inspirational scriptures and devotionals, I found hope and healing.
If you would like to incorporate your Christian faith into the journey to recovery, I can incorporate a faith-based coaching style to your recovery journey.
- HealED Recovery Coach
- Diploma in Nutritional Therapy with Naturopathic Approach (DipCNM)
- Full Member of BANT and CNHC
Hi, my name is Milda, I’m a HealED Recovery Coach and also a Nutritional Therapist.
My own story with disordered eating lasted just over 10 years, ranging from dieting, bulimic behaviours to binge eating. Although I have spent my teenage years being a very active child and even spent a few years training and competing vigorously, I’d still wake up EVERY MORNING hating and scrutinising my body and my looks. I was constantly trying out new detoxes, diets and fads, yet I’d always come back to bingeing, shame and self-loathing.
Recovery for me was very gradual and took a couple of years, partially because I was still resisting the fact that I really needed help. I’ve followed the principles of Bulimia Help Method that I heard there and there, however finding the book has really opened my eyes and made so much sense of why, what and when- if only I found it earlier!
Yet, I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason and in the right time. The lessons I learnt along the way to recovery have been invaluable. I’ve immersed myself in meditation practices, teachings of yoga and wholeheartedness that helped me reconnected to my body, people around me and helped me find my identity lost for so many years.
Always interested and passionate about natural living and healing properties of food, after recovering I have qualified as a Nutritional Therapist and practice with a naturopathic approach. I passionately believe that the body is capable of healing itself, if we only give it tools to do so. I am thrilled to share my personal experience and nutritional knowledge in helping others get their life back too!
- HealED Recovery Coach
- Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology (HNLP)
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner (NLP)
- Olympic weightlifting champion (national records in Croatia and Western Australia)
Hi, my name is Milijana and I had bulimia for 13 years (from the age of 12 till 25) and still remember the moment it started. I was a fat child that was bullied by other children and my family. I believed that I wasn’t lovable because I was too fat. As a result I developed a dysfunctional relationship with food and hated my body. After I was ridiculed for eating too much I decided to purge it… I thought I discovered a clever trick to finally lose weight. However I still stayed chubby.
During my bulimic phase I was an athlete and became Croatia’s kickboxing champion in 2004 (we can do incredible things even with bulimia, no doubt about that). I exercised more out of self-punishment and being terrified to gain weight. At the age of 14 (after a traumatic life event) I lost 12 kg in 6 months because I ate very little, purged, ran/over-exercised every day and became a vegetarian. My hair became thin, started falling out and I was empty from the inside.
At the age of 25 I was at a very low point – still carrying trauma from the war (I was a war refugee in Germany during the ex Yugoslav war), very low self esteem, felt deep sadness… I was just in so much pain and in darkness and I didn’t know the way out.
The moment that changed everything for me was the willingness to find the answers to the questions “Can I be happier? Can I begin to like myself? Can I ever be healthy and free from bulimia?” So I started looking for ways to help myself. I was willing to be helped.
I firmly believe that it takes lots of courage to ask for help and guidance. It’s the moment where we can say “If I really was able to overcome it by myself, I would have already done it.”
I started eating more regularly, five to six small meals throughout the day. I chose to follow my dreams and become a fitness instructor. I worked with a HNLP coach to help me also overcome my traumatic memories, limiting beliefs and low self-esteem. And then one day… I just caught myself that I have forgotten to binge and purge! How can you forget that?!
Since I recovered fully 7-8 years ago I created a healthier me. I became champion in two additional sports – Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting. I even hold the title “strongest woman in Croatia” two years in a row. I’m an international HNLP and NLP coach, Kundalini Reiki Master, have spiritual certifications, am a personal trainer and feel beyond blessed to help those who are going through the same as I did. I know it’s possible with the right support. I’m just a few steps ahead but we are on the same journey.
I now see my ED as a blessing and gift because I can guide others overcome it. I know exactly what they are going through and know it’s possible to overcome it.
It’s time to realise that we are normal and our body is just fighting back with urges due to yearlong restrictions. This knowledge gives us proven ways to move into full recovery. The freedom and peace of mind are worth the invested time. It’s for life, a better life!
- HealED Recovery Coach
- Diploma in Eating Disorders (Dio.e.dis)
- Certified Precision Nutrition Coach
Hi my name is Cat and I am extremely passionate about helping others recover from bulimia and binge eating. After struggling with anorexia, binge eating and bulimia for far too many years, I know what it is like and that full recovery is possible.
I like to work closely with my clients and give them the individual support that they need. Every person is unique and I tailor my approach to suit the individual and find a recovery path that works for them. I love helping my clients build new healthy habits that can help them in all areas of their lives and guide them on their recovery.
I have studied and continue to study nutrition as well as having a diploma in eating disorders and training through Heal-ED.
I suffered for around 8 years and tried therapy, hypnotherapy, detoxes and everything else going. I know what it feels like to be anxious around food, not to trust yourself, to feel scared, alone, trapped and worthless. I had almost given up hope until I came across the ‘Bulimia Help Method book’ and realized I wasn’t mad or crazy and I could recover. I implemented the methods and worked with a HealED coach myself.
It wasn’t easy, there was ups and downs, pushing myself out of my comfort zone, building new habits and learning to trust myself again. With help I made a full recovery and it made me passionate about helping others who are struggling and wanting to give them the help and support I got.
I’ve been there but with help and support I’ve come out the other side, there is hope and you can get better and I would be honoured to support you in your journey to recovery.
- B.S. in Health and Wellness Promotion (Honors)
- BA (Hons), Nutritional Therapist, 200 RYT Yoga Teacher
Hi 🙂 my name is Olivia and through my recovery from bulimia and anorexia I learned the true importance of listening and taking care of our body and mind as a whole.
I believe in the methodology written in the Bulimia Help Method and in The Binge Code, and I have a passion for helping others that are struggling. I am thankful for my own recovery and how it has uniquely given me a space for connecting with others in a way that better supports them through their own recovery.
Beginning in my late teens and on through the beginning of my college career I struggled with what started out as a diet, that turned into anorexia, and then snowballed into bulimia.
It stuck with me for years, and even though it didn’t look like it from the outside, I was slowly killing myself and what I wanted as a life. I hated what I was doing to my body. I was ashamed. I wanted to stop, but had become so addicted to having bulimia there as my bad friend. It wasn’t until I had finally fessed up and found accountability for myself to get better. I wanted to be well. I wanted heal. I was ready to surrender to the process and recover for the life that I desired to have, without my eating disorder. I was ready, and I did it. I took my life back. And I know that you can too.
As I was going through recovery, the further I went through the more I knew that I wanted to help those struggling with an eating disorder, because I know how dis-habilitating and sucking away from life it can be.
When I recovered, I went to a new school and got a degree in Health and Wellness Promotion in Asheville, North Carolina. The main emphasis for me was the importance of a holistic way of health. Stress reduction, food as medicine, and the mind-body connection has become one of my main principles of living.
I have conducted research studies focused on eating disorders among athletes and issues about negative self-image and have learned the prevalence of this disorder out there and want to benefit this area and de-stigmatize the way that eating disorders are often seen in the public eye.
I have a 200 hour Yoga Teacher certificate and am passionate about mind-body practices in how they can aid recovery and carry you on through the rest of your life. I deeply believe that we should look at wellness holistically from the physical and physiological ways of our bodies to our mental and social wellness as well.
I find joy in traveling, experiencing different cultures, cooking, creative expression, being outside, and being active whether on my yoga mat or in the gym. I believe that activity fuels our states of being well as long as we fuel our bodies well.
I am here to guide you through the methodology of the HealED, be a listening ear, and a support during this journey. I can provide you with my own unique coaching style so that you can connect with someone that has been where you are, and I can fit what your needs are for helping you through your journey. I am looking forward to working with you!
- HealED Recovery Coach Since 2011
- PgCert, MSc, MBPSs, BSc (Hons),
- Trainee Health Psychologist
Hi, my name is Catherine, I’m a trainee Psychologist working towards chartership and I have been using the HealED Methodology to successfully coach people to recovery from bulimia and binge eating since 2011.
I specialize in providing recovery coaching via email and I have been blessed to be a part of so many incredible recovery success stories over the years. I’ve worked with clients from 18-68 years old and this has taught me that no one is ever beyond help, no matter how long they have suffered for.
It’s safe to say that coaching others through recovery is my one true passion in life, however, my connection with disordered eating runs much deeper still. Before I became a HealED Recovery Coach, I had personally battled with disordered eating for most of my life.
I began binge eating and dieting in early childhood and I went on to suffer from Bulimia for over a decade before finally achieving full recovery thanks to the HealED methodology.
One of the things I love most about coaching here at HealED is that I get to share the exact same recovery methodology that I personally used to recover with my clients. This is the program that literally saved my life and I believe in it 100%.
If you are ready to start living the life of freedom that you truly deserve then I am here and ready to believe in you 100%!
As a coach I work hard to ensure that I create a recovery environment for my clients built on trust, compassion and honest communication. I know that opening up about your eating disorder to someone else can be one of the hardest things to do but I when you’re talking to someone who really understands what you’re going through you will quickly come to realize there is absolutely nothing to fear.
Having finally broken free from disordered eating I would be both honoured and delighted to use my experience, knowledge and expertise to help you continue on your journey towards full recovery.
- HealED Recovery Coach Since 2013
- Master Degree In Social Work (MSW)
- 15 year yoga & mindfulness practitioner
Hi, my name is Jen Knaebel, a recovery coach for Heal-ED. I’ve worked with Ali and Richard for nearly half a decade as a recovery coach.
After my own recovery, I went on to earn my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. I believe that my own struggles served to prepare me for helping others, which gives me clarity and a sense of peace about my painful past with bulimia.
I’ve developed a unique coaching style that combines elements of my formal training with aspects of my own recovery. I fully understand that each person is unique, so what works for one person may not always work for everyone. During coaching, I collaborate closely with each client to tailor your recovery plan to your own unique circumstances.
Having a baby and a toddler at home, I’m very familiar with the challenges that parenthood presents in recovery. I’m also very passionate about body image and the role that media plays in our self-image. My other passions include yoga, skiing, hiking and mountain biking, and I value the use of physical and creative outlets to benefit overall well-being.
I encourage my clients not to wait for recovery to be the person they want to be, but go ahead and start living and enjoying life now! I also believe that you are more than just ‘a bulimic’ but a complex person who happens to have bulimia, and are fully capable of recovery. I consider it a great honor to be part of so many recovery stories!
- BSc Nutrition and Dietetics
- MSc Metabolism
- MSc Public Health
- PhD Nutrition (in progress)
My name is Marcela, a very passionate dietitian, HealED Recovery Coach and ballet dancer.
I am excited to guide others to find the best version of themselves, loving and enjoying life. I enjoy giving guidance to develop a healthy and friendly relationship with food, that is why I have dedicated so many years to study nutrition. During my journey, I have learned that all food groups are needed and a balanced diet includes all types of food.
I am passionate about accompanying people to reconnect with themselves and others, having food freedom, becoming mindful and practicing self-care. All of us have struggles, but I believe we can learn from them and become stronger if we know how to handle them.
My goal is to encourage people to have a positive lifestyle, full of joy and light. Each person is unique and I know we all have something amazing to bring to the world. My coaching will be according to each person’s needs, as all of us are different physically and emotionally. I am here to support you and listen to you in your journey of getting control over your life and finding the beauty inside you.
It would be a pleasure to get to know you and share the HealED recovery method. Decide to start today if you haven’t done so! Every step you take now, no matter how small, brings you closer to your goals.
Here Are 12 Ways HealED Coaching Can Help You Overcome Binge Eating and Bulimia.
Over the years HealED coaching has proven to be remarkably effective for bulimia and binge eating recovery. We are honoured by our high success rate.
Here are 12 reasons why we believe HealED Coaching to be effective:
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