#367: Gabrielle Fundaro, PhD – Mindful Eating, Facilitating Health Behaviour Change & Client-centred Coaching

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Gabrielle Fundaro, PhD

Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro is a nutrition/health coach who focuses on facilitating behavior change, embodying a positive relationship with food, cultivating positive body image, and improving sport performance.

Dr. Fundaro is a former Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College and holds a PhD in Human Nutrition and Exercise. She is currently a board member of both the Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind (NCGM) and the Sports Nutrition Association (SNA).

In collaboration with Shannon Beer, she has developed a coaching framework that applies motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral coaching, and acceptance and commitment therapy-aligned processes in a client-centered alliance toward their own values-based goals. This 'Comprehensive Coaching' model facilitates long-term behavior change and flourishing health in clients.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Intuitive Eating as a framework of self-care principles
  • A skill-set within the framework of, but not exclusive to, IE is that of mindful eating
  • Necessity of weight neutrality during practice of mindful eating
  • The transition from chronic structured dieting to a “normal” eating pattern
  • Motivational interviewing – how are these skills adapted to be most useful for an individual coaching practice
  • How to provide useful feedback or make observations based on what someone has expressed, without it veering into the territory of unsolicited advice
  • Avoiding the temptation to be the “fixer;  instead facilitate change

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