About

As your Coach, it will be my honor to guide you to discovering what truly nourishes your body, mind and spirit. This will lead you to achieving your health and fitness goals.

My services and techniques are rooted in the dynamic eating psychology teachings and mind-body nutrition connection (for more, see FAQs below).

The tools, habits and techniques you’ll be taught, once learned and put into practice, have the power to be sustainable life long because they lead you to Unlock Your Healthy Self.  The “solution” or keys to unshackling yourself from your food, health and fitness woes are within you already, you just need a guide like me as your Coach to bring them into your conscious awareness.

I will teach you doable habits, strategies and solutions unique to YOUR goals and aligned with YOUR personal definition of the ideal health you desire. You are unique, so the coaching you receive will mirror your uniqueness.

I do not offer cookie cutter, quick-fix-for-the-masses “solutions” because they simply don’t work. You’ve likely tried them, so you know what I mean.

Moreover, I promise you, if I’m privileged to work with you, we won’t waste time using the proven tried-and-failed diet systems like counting calories, good food/bad food lists, weekly weigh-in’s, or eating less and exercising more. These failed approaches have negatively impacted millions of people for far too long, yet these approaches are still being used to brainwash people into believing they will somehow lead to sustainable good health even though the science and statistics prove over and over that they only lead to poorer health overall, more weight gain and a ton of personal misery.

My hope is that you are ready to get started with me and you’ll contact me today. Let’s get started working towards achieving your health goals and living your best life.

Appetite is Natural

My Story – Why Do I Coach?

Food and the experience of eating are meant to be both nourishing and pleasurable. Sadly, this was not my experience most of my life. Instead, food and my resulting excess weight and poor body image was a constant source of pain, self-loathing and self-doubt. All of which was shrouded in secrecy and shame.

I routinely put on a happy face on the outside, but my inner world was a mess. For added insult, I was successful at nearly every other thing I put my mind and effort into. Yet, no matter how many other accomplishments I achieved in life, and there were plenty, my self-worth and confidence stayed tied to my weight and what I saw in the mirror.

I desperately wanted to be recognized for my beauty, but I didn’t fit the mold. I wasn’t thin. At my peak, my BMI reading was more than double what was deemed normal/average weight. Fear of living the rest of my life like that, and the cascade of awful health problems I was sure to become plagued with, drove me to make some dramatic decisions.

Gratefully, since 2008, I’ve made significant and transformational shifts in my relationship with food, fitness and self-acceptance that have not only radically improved my health, but more importantly gifted me with unconditional self-love at all stages of my life, regardless of what a scale or BMI chart says. I’m free!

Back then when I started my journey towards health, I wasn’t aware of the dynamic field of Eating Psychology and didn’t have an Eating Psychology Coach, but I wish I had. It would have accelerated my efforts.

My journey is ongoing and a continual work-in-progress, but I never again have to feel like my self-worth is tied to my weight or what I look like in the mirror. I know like I know the sun will rise tomorrow, I am just right just as I am.

And, I now find myself in a place in life where I can use my own life experiences and struggles, successful business background and my training as a certified Eating Psychology Coach to help others transform their lives also. What an extraordinary blessing!

It’s important to understand, I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all way of eating, nourishing, exercising or leading a balanced life. What works for me may not, and likely won’t, work for you – because you’re unique and your goals are likely different than my goals.

Fortunately, there are numerous paths to health, different shapes and sizes that are healthy and vibrant; different ways to feel embodied, beautiful and powerfully confident. It all depends on the individual and what they define as their best self, what nourishes them and what gives life meaning.

That is why I give my clients attentive, individualized coaching experiences that are tailored to meet their unique needs and goals.

The most significant thing I’ve learned in my journey towards health and living my best life is: the key to Unlocking Your Healthy Self starts and ends with unconditional self-love and self-acceptance.

Food choices and unwanted eating habits, especially those that you consciously know are harming you and limiting your life, are keeping you stuck and away from your best life. But it’s not too late to develop new habits, new cravings and new patterns of thought.

With an open mind comes the power of transformation, first in the mind, then in the body. This shift will empower you with an unlimited supply of determination and an unshakable trust in self like you’ve never felt. It’s a knowing for certain that you have the power of choice to change your relationship with food and body and achieve your health and fitness goals once and for all!

Exercise to feel alive


Frequently Asked Questions:

When Did You Start Your Coaching Practice?

Upon graduating as a Certified Eating Psychology Coach in early 2014, I founded Rusti Q Health Coaching for the sole purpose of helping others achieve a healthy and pleasurable relationship with food, weight, body image, digestion, energy, mood and fitness.

My intention is to help adult men and women not miss out on their birthright, that is, to have a meaningful and pleasurable life experience.  This starts and ends with unconditional self-love and self-acceptance.

When a person’s focus and attention is pulled away on a daily basis because of unwanted weight, poor food choices, out of control habits that lead to misery, shame and fear – it’s impossible to lead a fulfilling life.

Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way…there is a better, sustainable way to achieve the level of health and the body you love. You will feel not only good, but vibrant!

It takes work, it takes an open mind and yes, it does take time. I don’t claim to offer “quick fixes” or “magic solutions” – I offer clients something so much more powerful – doable habits that lead to long-term transformational and sustainable results.

Even more important than doable habits and sustainable results, my clients are given the opportunity to become empowered to face any change or obstacle that comes their way because they’ll have the self-confidence, self-love and unconditional self-acceptance needed to overcome life’s ups and downs without returning to their unwanted food and eating habits to sooth them through it.

How Would You Describe Your Coaching Practice?

My philosophy, approach and techniques taught are rooted in the principles of Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition.

My desire in helping others achieve their optimal health comes from a place of respect for the divine intelligence of the human body – it truly holds all of the answers! That is where I got the idea to refer to it within the name of my coaching practice, that is, Unlock Your Healthy Self.

My coaching skills and style serve to guide clients to tap into their innate and unique inner body wisdom.

A person’s unwanted eating habits and excess weight, while frustrating and painful, are really messages for change and a cry for help by the body – something is out of balance.

By connecting and listening to your body, along with re-framing your nutritional beliefs and incorporating empowering, practical and proven lifestyle changes, clients finally discover how to nourish their mind, body and soul in a way that really works long-term and through all phases of life.

Having my own food, body and weight issues for nearly 3 decades of my life, not only do I possess the educational training necessary to coach others to reaching their health and fitness goals, but I have practical real life, relatable experiences that are truly priceless when it comes to this important work.


What is Eating Psychology Coaching?

Eating Psychology Coaching is an exciting and cutting edge approach developed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition related health concerns.

As a certified Eating Psychology Coach, my approach is positive and empowering. I don’t see your eating challenges merely as a sign that “something is wrong with you” – but as a place where we can more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight and health.

Oftentimes, our eating challenges are connected to work, money, relationship, family, intimacy, life stress and so much more. By working on the places that are most relevant for you, success is more easily achieved.

I will support you with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable, and that yield results.

What kind of training have you received in order to be a Certified Eating Psychology Coach?

I received my training at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating (IPE), the world’s leading school in Nutritional Psychology and received my certification as an Eating Psychology Coach.

In IPE’s internationally acclaimed program, I learned powerful techniques and protocols that enable me to work with weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, binge eating, and a variety of nutrition related health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity, and others.

My work combines the powerful new fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition.

The skills I use from this training are a combination of practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind-body science, and a positive and compassionate approach to challenges with food and health.

How is Your Approach Different?

For far too long, we’ve been inundated by negative messages about food, weight and diet. We’ve been told that we’re willpower weaklings or that we need more control.

The majority of nutrition experts promote conflicting advice. The result is people are confused about what to eat, and how to have a happy relationship with food and a healthy metabolism.

In my professional practice, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology. By eliminating all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, I focus on what’s right for your body and your personal style.

As we work together in this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth and self-improvement. In my training at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, I’ve learned to help clients reach their highest goals not by strategies that punish, but through strategies that nourish.

Who Can Benefit From Eating Psychology Coaching?

Dynamic Eating Psychology Coaching is a positive, empowering and transformational approach that’s designed for anyone who eats. In my practice I work with adult men and women.

Each of us has a unique, fascinating, and ever changing relationship with food. Eating Psychology Coaching affirms the primary importance of this relationship. It sees our challenges with eating, weight and health not as an indication that we’re broken, but as a beautiful opportunity to grow and evolve.

Previously, eating psychology has been limited to those with clinical eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia. Not anymore – eating psychology is for everyone. It affirms that our relationship with food has important lessons to teach us if we choose to listen. And it recognizes that our challenges with eating, weight and health are intimately connected to other primary life dimensions – relationship, family, work, sexuality, our search for meaning and fulfillment, and so much more.


What is Mind-Body Nutrition?

Mind-Body Nutrition is a timely new field that advances the practice of clinical nutrition by exploring the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health.

Mind-Body Nutrition goes far beyond classical nutrition by focusing on the fascinating connections between brain, body, and behavior and a person’s spirit.

Simply put, what we eat is only half of the story of good nutrition. The other half is who we are as eaters.

Mind Body Nutrition reveals how stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing and much more profoundly influence digestion and metabolic calorie burning.

And it offers practical and results-oriented strategies for the most commonly seen eating and body image challenges and illness/health issues of our times.