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.
Lumina Learning Recap: Powering Up for Women’s Leadership Program
By Akane Ochi, FEW Member The Lumina Learning Powering Up for Women’s Leadership Programme (PUWL) was held on September 26 and September 27. PUWL is a two-day training program that encourages Japanese women as authentic leaders through enhancing leadership abilities and raising confidence. 6 Japanese women attended the bilingual program (English and Japanese), facilitated by Elizabeth Handover […]Published on 22nd November 2017
November 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 31st October 2017
November Community Services Feature with Charles McJilton of Second Harvest
By Tia Haygood, Community Services Director With Winter and the holiday season around the corner, many of us are mapping out our plans for the upcoming thanksgiving dinners, bonenkai, Christmas celebrations, and the like. As we make merry in our end-of-year celebrations, we should still be mindful that in Japan there are 20 million people […]Published on 31st October 2017
How I Got Here: Aya McCrindle
In my life, I’ve experience five personal ‘tsunamis’ that threatened to leave me broken, but instead gave me strength and led to the creation of the Find Your Element Workshop, a 12 week creative evening program that takes participants on a step by step journey of self-awareness and exploration. I was 24 when the first […]Published on 30th October 2017
Strategic Partner Spotlight: Sarah Furuya Coaching- Celebrating 5 Years in Business
As I write this, it is 5 years to the day since I quit my job, hopped on a plane to NYC and went to a three-day event called ‘Rich, Happy and Hot Live’ with 500 entrepreneurs and the world’s finest soulful online entrepreneurs. It was a brilliant way to enter my entrepreneurial life and […]Published on 29th October 2017
Women's Start Up Club: Marketing with a Purpose
Strategy and Implementation Consultant Zsuzsanna Jarfas of Japan Creative Enterprises will demonstrate the basic tools of marketing with purpose and how WSC participants can apply these tactics to their own businesses.
November Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Pain Quotidien Roppongi
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering. The mixer will again be at Le Pain Quotidien at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi!
Tokyo Run for the Cure
Join FEW at the Run for the Cure/ Walk for Life Marathon around the Imperial Palace on December 2nd! More details coming soon.
FULLY BOOKED! Radical Boundaries: How to Say No to Make Way for YES
Join us for an exclusive workshop with Sarah Furuya on developing techniques to say 'no' in order to devote your time and attention to the things and people you truly love.