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.
February Strategic Partner News
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January Meeting Recap: Reinvigoration & Reinvention: Color Your Life
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How I Got Here: Jodi Harris
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February Midweek Lunch Mixer
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering. This time, the mixer will be at Parisian-style salad bar, Citron, in Gaienmae!
Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinner: Mindfulness for Work, Life and Leadership
Join us for the first of our new Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinner series exclusively for FEW members! This month, Jodi Harris of World Tree Coaching, LLC., and Yoga Instructor and Holistic Wellness coach Ann-Katrin van Schie will answer questions on how to find balance and incorporate mindfulness into your daily professional and personal lives.
The Essence of Belly Dance
Join us for this interactive workshop where oriental dance instructor, Sara Amira, will take you on a journey of the origins of belly dance and help you rediscover your roots and spirit through movement and dance.
Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku
Join us as Megumi Ishimoto of NPO Women's Eye and Dr. Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist, share how diverse young women are serving as grassroots agents of progressive change in Tohoku as they #PressforProgess.