Hala El-Shafie is a consultant nutritionist with over 15 year’s clinical experience as a registered Dietitian in both the NHS private and corporate sectors. She completed her training at University College Hospital London.
She has a unique understanding of the emotional and psychological issues often associated with food, and has created a successful holistic client-centered approach that has brought her an extensive and loyal following, including a number of high-profile and celebrity clients.
Hala's passion is to enthuse people to eat better for health whilst supporting a positive body image, helping them become free from the emotional attachment of food. As a result of this Hala has set up body positivity workshops, designed to empower, and leave participants with a changed perspective.
Hala is also in high demand both as a health writer and consultant, she has written regular nutrition columns for an international medical journal and is regularly asked to contribute to some of the UK’s leading lifestyle publications such as Grazia, Red, YOU Magazine, The Times and The Daily Mail.
Hala’s dynamic approach has led to media recognition and she has previously worked as resident Nutritionist on ITV1′s Flag ship show This Morning and has recently returned to ITV, appearing as an expert on the channel’s Tonight programme.
The year sees Hala team up with Xand van Tulleken to front a new Channel 4 series called "How to lose weight well ", which aims to help dieters hit their target weight for a special event.
Hala is a member of the British Dietetic Association.
Hala's Emotional Eating Workshops. Food, with all its complexities, can be one of the most emotionally charged, and most secretive of all our relationships.
If you’re an emotional eater, you might not be able to enjoy eating without feeling guilty. You may medicate your emotions with food, leaving you with feelings of guilt and shame the following morning leading you to then skip breakfast to compensate. You might eat because you’re stressed, bored or anxious but not necessarily because you are hungry.
Or you could have fallen into the cycle of perpetual yoyo dieting, always waiting for Monday to restart anew. And why doesn’t this work? It’s simple- your body senses deprivation and basically fights to make sure you don’t starve to death and ensure you eat. So you find yourself thinking about food, wanting food, obsessing about food. You then eat, and then eat some more, regaining any weight you might have lost when not eating properly, leaving you feeling helpless and full of shame yet again.
If eating for you has less to do with physical hunger, and all about a means of coping, or rewarding yourself, you might be an emotional eater.
When you team this with poor self-esteem and a negative dialogue from which so many of us suffer, unpicking these habits take time. We need to relearn normal and naturally intuitive eating behaviours. This is where I can help.
As a psychology of eating expert, I have helped thousands of women completely heal their relationships with food and their bodies. You too can become free of the emotional relationships with food and learn what it means to nourish love and respect your body, and never have to diet again!
Every woman deserves to feel amazing in their own skin, instead of the constant cycle of jumping on and off the scales, desperately waiting to lose that last bit of weight for their life to begin.
Well life begins now!
To find out more about body positivity workshops or private coaching sessions via Skype or email get in touch here: I want to hear from you!
Wondering what emotional eating actually is? Read Hala's article on the Huffington Post
Hala's Body Image Workshops. As a psychology of eating and body image expert Hala's goal has always been to encourage women to eat better for health whilst developing a more positive body image.
Want to view the latest list of Hala's upcoming body workshops? If you want to find out more about Hala's body image workshops please use the contact page to get in touch.
Hala's Cookery Classes. Eating healthy can be difficult, the time it takes to prepare meals, knowing what to actually cook & finding what you like can be a struggle. Another problem many people have is having an intolerance to certain foods, this can discourage a lot of people from pursuing a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind Hala has started cookery classes, specially for people with intolerance.
These sessions also offer the opportunity for you to ask Hala questions in the nice friendly social environment with people who may be suffering the same challenges as you.