Cookies. Candies. Chips. These cravings and more are undeniable. Holistic nutrition and wellness coach and certified Pilates instructor Chanelle White just may have the solutions bad eaters crave.
On Oct. 13, the Cape May County resident will present her Deconstructing Cravings workshop at Margate's Breathe Studio Pilates. "There are other options than grabbing that piece of cake," White said.
The coach, who teaches Pilates classes at the Downbeach location, has been in the business for nearly seven years.
After receiving her comprehensive Pilates training from Physical Mind Institute in New York and receiving a background in nutrition from Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she lives to help others find a healthy balance, especially in terms of diet.
The focus of her workshop will be to create healthier lifestyles for people by determining what they crave and why, and how to end the vicious cycle that these foods tend to create. The reason behind cravings can be anything from food deficits to lifestyle decisions, the wellness coach explained.
For instance, people who are unhappy with their careers or relationship status may make unhealthy decisions, such as starving, bingeing, deprivation or other harmful food-related choices, White said. She stresses the importance of trusting the body and paying attention to the messages it sends.
Participants will learn what causes cravings, how to identify the different types of cravings and what they mean, and the importance of giving the body what it needs, among other tips, White said.
Her hope is to help people live a healthier, more vibrant life. "It's important because by making the wrong food choices, people don't feel and do their best, not only in terms of physical health, but with their lifestyle choices as well," she said.
"The day will be very interactive … people will be sharing their own cravings stories," White said. The workshop will also include food demonstrations and food samples and information will be given away as well.
The 8500 Atlantic Ave. Pilates site, which has been open under the operation of Margate resident Marlena Eger since 2007, is not new to hosting wellness-related workshops. But this will be the first concerning nutrition specifically, said the owner, who admits to having a sugar fetish herself.
Eger is very excited to have White, whom she hired to teach Pilates at her studio this summer. "We try to make wellness more available (to everyone)," Eger said.
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Deconstructing Cravings workshop by Chanelle White
1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 13
Breathe Studio Pilates, 8500 Atlantic Ave., Margate
$15 per person