About Eliza Kingsford
MA, LPC, NCC
Healthy, happy, healing.
Starting in my teens, I struggled to find peace with my body shape and size. I had internalized messages that my body shape and weight was directly connected to my self-worth (although I didn’t realize it at the time).
I have a vivid memory of leafing through a “teen” magazine in those days and reading an article about how to reduce “back fat”. I gasped. Up until that day it hadn’t occurred to me that I would need to worry about fat on my back. After all, I couldn’t see it in the mirror, so how would I ever know?
As a teenager and into my early college years, I was consumed with controlling my weight. Even though I was arguably very “healthy” on the outside, on the inside my weight and shape took up far too much of my headspace. I trained hard, I monitored my food diligently. I read all the books, tried all the fads, but nothing seemed to make me feel better emotionally. I knew I wanted to feel better about my body from the inside out, but how…………..?
In graduate school I was drawn to work with eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors. I studied counseling psychology and began helping others (right alongside myself) learn how to have a better relationship to food and their bodies.
I was a behavioral coach, then clinical director, and finally executive director of an obesity and weight management summer program for teens for 10 years. During that time, I sat on scientific advisory boards and had the incredible privilege of being mentored by some of the greatest researchers in the country on obesity, weight management and food addiction. I began to solidify my passion for combining the science of nutrition with the psychology of eating.
I wrote the book Brain Powered Weight Loss in 2017, highlighting the brain-weight equation and how our weight is impacted by the relationship we have with food, and not just the food itself. Also, in 2017, I founded Empowered Wellness, a nationally recognized health and wellness company teaching teens and young adults to accept themselves from the inside out. This, alongside my coaching business, is what lights me up.
My superpower is quickly and accurately SEE-ing you, your struggles and giving you tangible, sustainable tools to be able to overcome them.
Won’t you join me on this incredible journey?