About Carol Cottrill
I specialize in the treatment of disordered eating. Disordered eating can result result from a combination of physiological, social, psychological, and familial components.
Eating habits that in today’s world are considered ordinary and sound approaches to weight management are actually disordered eating behaviors. More than six in ten women in the United States are disordered eaters.
Even though disordered eating behaviors don’t necessarily include potentially fatal outcomes like the more serious eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, disordered eating causes women to suffer a wide range of emotional and physical problems that compromise the quality of their lives.
Carol’s treatment plan allows you to question why you eat the way you do and to explore what you need to do to set out firmly in a new nutritional direction — on a path to living a full, authentic and free life.
A gifted communicator who offers fresh insights into the topics of food, metabolism and the psychology of eating, Carol takes a commonsense approach at the same time that she delivers the best of modern nutritional science. Her speaking topics range from Diet Debacles (dangers of fad dieting) and Beauty Foods (health and beauty foods) to Vegging Out (responsible vegetarianism) and Boning Up (osteoporosis and rebuilding bone loss).
Her speaking clients have included: Ocean Drive Magazine’s Girlfriend’s Getaway Weekend, The Wilton Library, Ladies Who Launch, Over 40 Females Groups (NY & CT), The New Canaan Rotary Club, The Atlanta Girls School, The Junior League of Atlanta, The Girls Scouts of America, The Garden Club of Georgia, The Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, Bell South and more…
To book speaking engagements, please contact:
Brittany W. Lyne
Society Public Relations, Inc.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is intended to inform readers and is not intended to replace specific advice from a health care professional.
Dealing with disordered eating begins with acknowledging and admitting you have the condition. The next step is to indulge your desire for a healthy, balanced and pleasurable approach to food, eating and life as a whole.
We will guide you through the process of building awareness about the factors that have contributed to your disorder. Together we will uncover and shift the way you think and feel about food.
In the early stages, most people—especially those who have been dieting compulsively for a long time—feel a newfound sense of freedom and joy. For example, you may be eating regular meals for the first time in many years or you may be developing a healthier relationship with your body. You might even be apt to declare, “I’ve got it. This is easier than I expected!”
While in the early stages you will undoubtedly make progress and will justifiably feel proud, discomfort tends to creep in as we move closer to unraveling the unwanted feelings that drive your disordered eating.
And after working with hundreds of individuals who have abandoned the diet craze and are recovering from disordered eating, I can tell you that the traces of a life in which food was the enemy often linger in the wings for some time. Everyone is different, but depending on the length of the disorder, shifting one’s mind-set around food generally takes considerable time, care and patience.
Eating in your likeness allows for questioning and exploring the choices that you are making…this is the path to living a full, authentic and free life. We are here to support you in your likeness.
The very act of dieting is a set up for failure. 45 million Americans are on a diet right now—and as a nation we are fatter than ever before.
Dieting does more long-term harm than good by teaching us to ignore our body’s natural internal cues around eating—about hunger or fullness, taste and preference, while replacing these instincts with the external dictates of a diet.
My desire to unravel this obsession was sparked by my own two-year stint with an overzealous fitness trainer who preached a low-carb regimen. What began as an innocent attempt to improve my diet and fitness level ended in unwarranted restrictive eating and extreme exercise. I didn’t know how to get off the treadmill- literally and figuratively.
As a nutritional consultant I’ve spent years studying dieting and the negative effect it has on hundreds of women. Every day in my practice a woman tells me that she can’t be trusted to make the right food choices for herself. What she really can’t trust is the dieting that required her to abandon her freedom, choice and happiness for a craze. A craze that left her heavier mentally and physically than when she started.
I’ve helped many people come to terms with the futility of fad dieting. It can be done, and while there is no silver bullet, there is a natural, tried and true approach to weight management, that dare I say is pleasurable- even decadent!
Can it be? Is this notion of living better, feeling in control of our lives and eating naturally without being subjugated to someone’s diet plan simply too good to be true?
There are many examples of people around the world whose culture supports an authentic lifestyle with the added benefit of longevity. In my book, The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management I zeroed in on the French way of eating as a case in point; the French adhere to a centuries old philosophy, a value system of reverence and respect around food and dining. And let’s not forget about the red wine, bread, cheese and pastries.
In my New York nutritional practice my specialty is weight management and unraveling the disordered eating that results from an obsession with being thin. I counsel clients who include celebrities from the worlds of fashion, music, medicine and business focusing on the ways that the modern day science in the psychology of eating- the science that relates the pleasure center of the brain to a more efficient metabolism, unites the time honored practices of cultures around the globe who eat better and live longer, happier and slimmer lives.
You’ll also find me contributing on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s interactive social Q & A platform www.sharecare.com as well as in the media speaking and writing nationally about ditching the deprivation diet, viewing exercise as play and discovering freedom and pleasure while eating real, delicious food.