Welcome and allow me to formally introduce myself, I’m Serena Benali, a dietitian and food relationship expert.
And this is Cecil my Pomeranian, he loves walks, sun bathing and going for drives.
I struggled with my relationship with food for the majority of my life, up until my early 20’s, when I decided enough was enough.
I started dieting at a young age, name the diet and I’ve probably done it! The toxicity of this really escalated in high school and my late teens, as my dieting became more extreme so did my food obsession. This cycle continued with one fad-diet after another, at the same time my joy for life and mental wellbeing was deteriorating.
My turning point…
I was missing out on experiences and had a profound knowing that I wasn't living the life I was meant to be living because of my relationship with food and my weight. I was constantly tired, my thoughts obsessed over food and weight and I was finding it hard to keep up with daily activities and participate in activities I wanted to.
I knew that that there was nothing I could do but stop dieting and heal my relationship with food. I stopped the diet cycle, the restrict, binge, repeat cycle and reclaimed my life.
Long story short, I made enormous shifts in my mindset and food relationship. I learned how to nourish my body and mind for total wellbeing while getting to a healthy weight. I reconnected with the true pleasure and satisfaction from eating and my body so that binge eating, overeating or eating beyond the point of comfort became impossible.
Through this journey I found a new joy for living, a truly renewed me.
Serena is specialized in eating disorders and disordered eating.
Serena is a member of: Dietitians of Canada, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation
Serena completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and completed a 1200 hour dietetic internship at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario.
Serena launched In Good Nutrition in 2019 to help women develop healthful, freer relationships with food, body and self.