Testimonials from Clients and Colleagues
Here are some "gratitude nuggets," so that you might get a sense of my work. I am honored and proud to share the thoughts and thanks from some of my very hard-working clients. After receiving these clients' words unsolicited and by email, I asked their permission to publish them here -- and have used first names or pseudonyms to protect their privacy when desired.
"Thank you for all the time you spent working with me to get well again. I still sometimes think of those jeans that I gave to you and remember how extremely difficult it was to hand them over! I think of that person and I truly feel like a new individual. I no longer have any jeans that I "check" myself with, and my relationship with food is so much easier and carefree while still healthy. I honestly wasn't sure I would ever get to this place but I have! I couldn't have done it without you." ~ Sarah, Client
"I am happy to report that my disordered eating patterns have significantly decreased. Much of my progress is thanks to you. I no longer feel nervous or anxious when in the presence of food. I am no longer tempted to 'secret eat' when I am alone with food. I have become a more natural, intuitive eater -- which has enabled me to identify foods I like/dislike (compared to when I used to want all foods because I felt like I wasn't allowed to have any foods!). Now I can turn down a cupcake or a piece of pizza because I know I do not want it at that time, and feel no sense of deprivation . . . I binge eat much less. I would say my last veritable binge was a few months ago, which is the longest stretch in recent memory. There are still times where I might feel a slight urge to overeat out of stress or anxiety, and sometimes I feel overwhelmed by a large spread of food options, but I now know how to react to these feelings." ~ Helen, Client
"If ‘thank you’ came in different colors — or flavors — I would definitely be sending you a glowing rainbow tutti-frutti one!” ~ Peg, Client
Testimonials about my Book Nourish from colleagues and readers:
“In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, you’ll discover a powerful way to let go of ‘dieting’ and awaken an intimate, intuitive connection with your body, mind, and spirit."
~ Tara Brach, Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“Nourish is like no other book I’ve read, and it is a gift to the health field and the world in general.”
~ Hannah Saxe, LICSW, Eating Disorders Specialist
“This is literally the only nutrition book I feel safe recommending to my clients.”
~ Marci Evans, MS, CEDRD-S, LDN, cPT, Food and Body Image Healer
“So many of Heidi’s statements about recovery will stick with me forever. This book was a joy to read, and I will be recommending it to all of my clients.”
~ Beth Mayer, LICSW, Executive Director of MEDA, The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
“This book provides a clear understanding of how our clients recover and, more importantly, offers the tools for anyone to begin their journey. This will be a nourishing staple for clinicians and clients alike. Bravo!”
~ Lisa M. Pearl, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor
“Heidi has met the challenge of putting her nutrition-counseling techniques into written form, allowing the ripples of her work to spread far beyond those lucky individuals who get to meet with her in person.”
~ Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD, Founder of Eating Disorders Boot Camp
“Heidi is a dancer and a storyteller at heart, as well as an artful nutrition therapist. If you don't have the good fortune to work with Heidi live, then read her book.”
~ Lauren Manasse, LICSW, CEDS-S, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor
Amazon Reviews from Readers:
"Words cannot express how much this book has helped me."
"I'm thrilled to be able to recommend this resource to my clients as well as my colleagues!"
"This book is such a blessing. My daughter has anorexia and Heidi Schauster hit the spot with this."
"This reaches beyond eating to so many other areas of life."
"I read this book in a day because I couldn't put it down."
And my favorite reviews thus far that remind me why Nourish wanted to be written:
I wanted to take a moment to send you a small note of gratitude! I struggled with bulimia for nine years and reading Nourish was like having a light switch turn on. It is invaluable on my journey toward wellness and whenever I am confused by the "noise" of the diet/exercise industry, I turn to your book to stay grounded. You have truly changed my life and I could not be more appreciative of your eye-opening book.
Hello! I want to thank you for writing your book. I am from a small town in Manitoba and finding resources is hard! I grew up with a lot of trauma and I keep it mostly to myself because of the way some small town people can be so judgmental and rude. I feel very secluded and fat-phobia is extreme where I live. I have come a long way with my recovery from childhood, extreme yo-yo dieting for 26 years(started at 7) and my spiritual practice. Your book ties it all together perfectly. I did most of my healing through online resources. It is so important for small town people like myself to have these options. It makes me feel so not alone in this movement when swimming against the tide in my community. Thank you so, so much.