By Jodi Harris, Public Relations and Communications Co-Director
As 2017 gets underway, we were pleased to welcome health coach Katheryn Gronauer for a new and interesting perspective on the food we eat.
A lifelong yo-yo dieter who struggled with weight and body image, Katheryn started by inviting us to connect with her own experience. She shared the ups and downs she faced over the years, along with the ongoing feeling that she could never quite find the answers to create the body she most wanted.
She then asked us, in an activity, to reflect on our own eating habits, assumptions about food and our general state of health. It was fun to hear the conversations around the room as we each contemplated our own relationship with food.
We learned that moving to Japan was a catalyst for Katheryn to rethink her previous beliefs about food. In Japan, she was presented with so many new perspectives and observations – from the perplexing, “Why don’t you take a bath?,” to the most enlightening, “I think I’m eating and exercising like a sumo wrestler.” With all this new information coming in, Katheryn began to consider that perhaps there was more to food that she’d been taught.
The culmination of these life-altering discoveries sparked Katheryn’s interest in food energetics – the concept that understanding the nutritional and chemical make-up alone of food is not enough to teach us how to eat for our unique bodies and situations.
We were treated to a perspective on food that was quite different from what many of us had learned in the past. Katheryn demonstrated three major concepts including: the difference between expansive and contractive foods, the role of temperature in creating healthy balance and the importance of rate of digestion in meal planning.
What a delight it was to consider these new and different concepts! We were given the opportunity to think outside the box, to consider a new way of looking at our health and to reflect upon what may or may not be working about the way we eat.
Katheryn was an energetic and thoughtful presenter. We were pleased to have her and thrilled to have the chance to learn something new.
You can learn more about Katheryn’s work here.
September Strategic Partner News
Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners here! Our Strategic Partners are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. And go to our Strategic Partners page to learn more about all of FEW’s Strategic Partners, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services […]Published on 4th September 2017
July Meeting Recap: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern The 2016-17 FEW year ended with our monthly meeting on July 13, where we were joined by guests and members to hear about the endeavors of longtime FEW member, Melanie Uematsu. Melanie was born in Germany and studied fashion design in Berlin and London. Fascinated with Japan, […]Published on 3rd September 2017
June 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Mentorship and Networking
The FEW Women’s Start-up Club wrapped up the year on June 29, with a timely presentation on mentoring and motivation for entrepreneurs by Patricia Bader Johnston. Patricia’s career in Japan has spanned the public sector, including the Canadian Embassy, and the private sector, including positions at Goldman Sachs and Japan Tabaco, corporate decision-making as a […]Published on 1st August 2017
Event Recap: Few & Mirai no Mori Concert For a Cause
What a night! On behalf of all of us at FEW, a great, big thank you for joining us for Concert For a Cause! On a balmy, summer night, FEW members, friends and performers got together at British pub 2nd Half in Takadanobaba for a night of music to raise funds for Mirai No Mori, an NPO providing […]Published on 14th July 2017
How I Got Here: Joanna Sato
I look through the windows of my Japanese home at the cityscape of Tokyo and I see how my life has been a series of navigating varied landscapes. The landscape I inhabit now is very different from the one of my hometown in the south of Poland, where my journey began. I first left home […]Published on 30th June 2017
Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Petit Marché Roppongi
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Le Petit Marché in Roppongi!
Share Your Passion
Do you run your own business or are you thinking of starting one? Join the first FEW Women's Start-Up Club of 2017-2018 to share your projects and passions and connect with other like-minded when who may be able to help you in your entrepreneurial journey.
Make the Connection: Practical Networking Strategies that Work for You
Join us for an interactive workshop with Helen Iwata, Founder of Sasuga! Communications, to learn about the benefits of networking, and gain insights, practical tips and strategies for connecting with confidence, conviction and purpose.
Japan's Path to Multiculturalism
At our October Monthly Meeting, we’re welcoming a panel of speakers to discuss multiculturalism in Japan today, including what steps organizations and individuals are taking to help expose people to multicultural environments and develop a more inclusive society.