Success Stories

“Working with Nina is a cross between coaching, therapy, nutrition counseling, support and stress reduction

mom2Nina works on the premise that when we struggle with food, we are not only struggling with food—there’s something underneath. Working with her is a cross between coaching, therapy, nutrition counseling, support, and stress reduction.

— Julie Bailit

“Nina understands the emotional side of eating as well as the health and wellness side.”

Every book and every professional I’ve consulted and every program I’ve tried (and there have been a lot of them) has basically been the same, “Eat this, don’t eat that, use portion control, push yourself away from the table, eat x number of meals, etc. etc.”

Nina listens, she is very intuitive, and she knows these things don’t work. She offers gentle suggestions for one thing to do based on MY personal situation. She understands the emotional side of eating as well as the health and wellness side. She knows about the neurobiology of food and how food can be the answer, not the problem! Nina knows how the negative cycles and belief systems we get into with food or with relationships or with work ALL have to be addressed if we are ever going to gain our health back. She is teacher, coach, mentor, and friend, all in one!

Nina works with each person where they are. The problem is not just about needing to lose weight or have more energy, although these are the things we usually want. She sees beyond those “presenting issues” and gently points out the bigger picture—the connections in our life between food, health, energy, relationships, self-care and happiness.

— Joan Comeau

“I love the way I eat, I love the way it makes me feel, and I love that my kids are eating healthier than they ever have been.”

Lisa-photo-150x150Before I met Nina Manolson, I felt like I was having trouble just keeping up with after school and weekend activities, driving everyone around, and meal times. I felt stressed all the time. I felt fat because I couldn’t always get my workouts in, and I was always grabbing the quickest, easiest, and really un-healthiest meals or went through a drive thru where we would gulp down our dinner while driving.

I couldn’t get it all done, and I would forget to eat healthy and exercise regularly. I was tired all the time. Then I noticed I was gaining weight and my PMS each month was AWFUL. My moods were swinging wildly, and then, even my kids started getting sick more with stomachaches, and my older son would experience migraine headaches.

Since I met Nina, I exercise regularly, eat green smoothies every day, meditate, and take relaxing baths. My kids are eating healthier and don’t get stomachaches or headaches. I’m keeping my weight where I want it, and I have tons more energy. She taught me how to slow down, and how to plan meals. She led me through one of her detoxes where all the unhealthy food was eliminated. I felt what it was like to clean out my system without the use of medicine or trying to stay on a liquid diet. On the detox, I ate all the time and was satisfied.
Nina congratulated me at the end. She said “Congratulations! You have experienced an entire month of your life without meat, dairy, wheat, or sugar. How do you feel?”

I didn’t even realize it. I had more energy, less joint pain, and developed new habits that I can’t imagine living without, all thanks to Nina. I’m happier, my kids are happier, and we eat much healthier.

I love the way I eat, I love the way it makes me feel, and I love that my kids are eating healthier than they ever have. That’s huge. We’re not perfect yet, but I know Nina has more tools and tricks up her sleeve and I can’t wait to get them. Nina made it easy to change my fast paced, unhealthy life style. She told me exactly what to do, she provided 100% support and accountability all the time. She introduced me to a community of women who had some of the same problems as me and we worked on them together. We are an amazing, strong group.

I love having Nina by my side to keep me on track, and I always learn new recipes, tips to help me spend less time in the kitchen, and most importantly, I spend a lot of time on my self, which makes me better for everyone else. I could not have done this without Nina. You can’t do everything, and you certainly can’t do it alone. Nina is my major support person. She’s like my best beauty secret.
— Lisa Natale

“I find great joy in experimenting with new recipes and how good it feels to know what foods are right for me.”

Quite simply, working with Nina has changed my life and shifted my deeply held perspectives about self-care and nourishment. I cannot express fully enough the break-through experience this has been for me. With Nina’s incredibly sage guidance during the last several months I have actually been able to achieve the change in my life that I have been seeking for many years. After working with various therapists, weight loss programs, and diets, Nina has mentored and coached me in a practical, pragmatic, meaningful, and brilliant way that has yielded the results I have been seeking.

Bottom line, Nina’s “gets me.” She understands the issues with food and with self-care that have plagued me. She has helped me to understand where I need to grow in order to fully embrace my life, so that food is no longer my ‘demon.’ I never thought I would ever be able to achieve this kind of ease and peace. Powerful!

I am learning how to choose and prepare healthy, clean foods and to appreciate how good they make me feel. I find great joy in experimenting with new recipes and how good it feels to know what foods are right for me. Most importantly, I have learned how to actually listen to my body and know what it needs so that I can access and appreciate its energy and my new zest for life. What a gift!

— Linda Bernstein

“I’m craving food for hunger, not emotion.”

farahBefore working with Nina, I was desperate for nourishment. My knees hurt. My skin was inflamed. And I was neglecting myself. Nina allowed me to expand the focus – not shift it away from everything else – but expand it to include me as well.

The three most significant improvements I experienced while working with Nina:

  • The skin on my face is smoothing out.
  • I have a lot more energy.
  • I’m craving food for hunger, not emotion.

I also feel lighter! Not just in a physical sense but in an emotional one. When you bury your feelings or are not in touch with them, you carry them around with you like dead weight. It drags you down. Having the courage to say, this isn’t about food – it’s about me taking a different path. And the food tastes great too.

The great thing about working with Nina is that she has been there. Nothing you say can shock her. She knows what is happening here and she handles it with empathy and grace.

— Farrah Haidar

“I wake up with energy and I feel energetic through the day.”

I am blown away by how differently I already view food, and myself!

Being a 40-something therapist with 2 young children, a husband, and many work and school hours between the 2 of us, I found myself in a habit of deferring my nutritional and lifestyle needs–chronically. As a result, I carried weight–not just body weight but spiritual and emotional weight that made me tired and sad.

Even though I know better and pay a lot of lip service to self care, I just wasn’t walking my talk and didn’t know what to do about it! I had run through all my tricks–dieting, increased exercise, deprivation — and I knew where it landed me: right back in the same place of disappointment. I knew I wanted a change–I wanted to lighten, glow, flow in my life. When I got serious about this want, I heard about Nina.

I can’t say enough about Nina’s approach. She is all about adding vibrancy, deliciousness, sweetness and energy to my life. She is so kind and supportive. She is intuitive and balanced and her timing for new suggestions is spot on. She really gets that self care is more than food–I feel she is working with all of me, not just my diet. Her passion is contagious and so authentic! I am eating better than I have eaten in years.

Pesky health conditions–eczema, rosacea, reflux–all have dissipated. That was not a side effect I anticipated, but I am delighted! If I had to sum up what I am experiencing working with Nina, two words come to mind: energy and confidence. I wake up with energy and I feel energetic through the day. I have a deep confidence for the first time that I will get where I want to get health, energy, and body-wise, and the journey will be a wholehearted, loving and sustainable process.

— L.W.

“Here I am 5 months later feeling lighter in body, mind, and spirit. I didn’t think it was possible to feel this way. It feels a bit like magic

photo 1I called Nina because I was ready to develop a new relationship with my body centered around pleasure and ease. I’d done a lot of nutritional reading, researching, experimenting, talking, and coaching before working with Nina. I experienced success, failures, highs, and lows. I was unable to see my lows as informative and educational and I was unable to trust my highs as solid enough to last. When I contacted Nina, I was feeling stuck and wondering if I would be repeating my same nutritional mistakes for the rest of my life. I knew what to do yet I wasn’t able to follow through and consistently treat my body with the kindness and attention I deserved.

All of this changed when I talked with Nina. She described a path that could heal my relationship with my body and food. Though I was unsure I could achieve it, I knew immediately that Nina would be a supportive, encouraging, and wise guide for me. From that first phone call, Nina listened, celebrated my previous accomplishments, and gave me hope. She even gave me strategies I could use that very day. Throughout our phone conversations, Nina gave me so many gifts that I never thought I could acquire but with her guidance they have now become second nature to me. She taught me how to slow down in the moment and breathe. She helped me find, be aware of, and respond to my feelings. Nina even taught me how and why to meditate and I look forward to my end of day meditation ritual.

Here I am 5 months later feeling lighter in body, mind, and spirit. I didn’t think it was possible to feel this way. It feels a bit like magic – miraculous. I know I did a lot of work to get here. I have grown into the person I never thought I could be. I feel great on the inside and outside! I pay attention to my body, listen and feed it what it needs. I can look ahead 10 years and feel like I’ll still have the understanding and compassion for myself that Nina taught me to find.

— Deborah Bartlett

“The 3 most significant benefits for me have been more purposeful eating, increased nutritional knowledge, and recipes to support that knowledge.”

Working with Nina has taught me to value taking time for myself – to do the work with her, as well as to invest the time in eating thoughtfully and purposefully. Participating in the group coaching has created a built in support group and learning group, and the sense of connection helps when exploring new approaches to creating balance in my life and diet.

As a well educated, mostly nutritious eater, I nonetheless engaged in unhealthy binges and was struggling, like many women, to love my body the way it is. Motivated to lose weight, working with Nina became more about accepting my body, learning how to nourish it properly, and respecting the time and thought required to do that well.

The 3 most significant benefits for me have been more purposeful eating, increased nutritional knowledge, and recipes to support that knowledge. Nina is a mine of information and supports clients both spiritually and realistically!

Nina is a natural coach, counselor, supporter – whatever title you prefer. She immediately engaged in my personal struggle and in less 5 minutes, I found myself opening up and sharing what had been holding me back. And this was in a chance encounter in the bookstore! Nina is willing to share her personal understanding of women’s issues and owns the work with you, supporting you along the way. I have benefited in ways I didn’t anticipate and am interested in continuing my work with her as it has made such a positive impact on my life.

— Dawn Carney

“Nina has helped increase my awareness of how my body is feeling, what goes into my body and what goes in to my kids’ bodies.”

jenniferI have worked with Nina over the last 2+ years on one-on-one wellness coaching and bodywork, and have participated in her raw foods, Feeding Kids and Smokin’ Hot Moms group classes.

If there was one word that represents Nina’s work it would be nourish. Nina looks at the whole you, how your mind and body are nourished by your diet, exercise, lifestyle, work and the people surrounding you. Nina works with you to enhance your nourishment in all aspects of your life.

In order to nourish others and to be nourished, one needs awareness. Nina has helped increase my awareness of how my body is feeling, what goes into my body and what goes in to my kids’ bodies; awareness of relationship dynamics at home and at work. Through Nina, I have become more confident and assertive and have made both small and big changes in my life that have benefited me and my family tremendously.

— Jennifer Moran, Manager and Mom

“For the first time in 26 years I am no longer on a diet and I am no longer a slave to the scale. I am free to eat without guilt or confusion.”

Carmen Professional“I owe Nina my life. I was in a deep downward spiral full of diets and lacking in zero self-esteem. I saw food as the enemy and honestly felt hopeless about what to do or eat next. I was tired and worn down. It had become so much easier to eat crap and hate myself instead. Then my life was saved when I started to work with Nina.

For the first time in 26 years I am no longer on a diet and I am no longer a slave to the scale. I am free to eat without guilt or confusion. For the first time in years I want to nourish myself and I feel like I know how. I never ever thought I would learn how to love myself or respect my body through food.  Nina is brilliant and her work is nothing short of magical. I owe Nina my life.”

— Carmen Smith

“Increased energy, vibrancy and clearer thinking!”

karen-wyatt“Before the 7 Day Detox I was feeling sluggish and tired every day, eating chocolate and sugar and drinking too much coffee to keep me going. Within the first two days of the Detox I started feeling increased energy, vibrancy and clearer thinking.

The menu plan and recipes were easy to follow and they introduced me to new superfoods I have never tried before.

I am reinvigorated to enjoy my life and have the inspiration I need to cook healthy and simple plant-based meals for my family. And whenever I slip back to old habits in the future I know I can repeat this 7-Day Detox to get me quickly back on track. Thank you Nina for changing my life!”

-Karen Wyatt MD

“Nina gave me the gift of deep Self acceptance.”

nira“Nina gave me the gift of deep Self acceptance. Nina’s incredible warmth, humor and compassion helped me to find my way into my own innermost core of self-healing.

Nina’s personal and professional knowledge of craziness with food and her nutritional and spiritual understanding of self-healing helped me to ignite my own fire of inquiry. Nina deeply and caringly listened to me, and held up a mirror for me to see my beauty.”

— Nira Elkins
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