Wellness in the Workplace. Here we are (Tracey Woodward, CEO of Aromatherapy Associates) and I, running a workshop at the PURE Matters conference in Marrakesh this past weekend. This is… instagram.com/p/BnuIiPSBul-/…
I first started working with Yvonne Wake in 2013 with a view to losing weight and to get in shape. Having known Yvonne personally for years now, I was a little unsure of what to expect when embarking on a client/nutritionist relationship. Would she be strict? Would she be judgemental? Pushy even? Any fears I may have had were assuaged as soon as I stepped into our first session and was welcomed with a warm hug and a cup of peppermint tea. As we began to shape the goals I wanted to achieve in our coming sessions, Yvonne listened with the kind of ear that assured you that you had support, guidance and friendship. That isn’t to say that Yvonne will tell you what you want to hear, but that is one of the best things about working with her. She manages to give no-nonsense support and reinforcement throughout a process that, for many people, is hard work and dedication. Her boundless energy, warm sense of humour and seemingly endless expertise makes her an ideal ally to kick start a new, healthy way of life.
After trying every fad diet going and with each failed attempt I ended up being heavier than when I started I decided to give The B a try. Yvonne supported and encouraged me through my journey on The B and her words of encouragement really made me determined to stick to the plan and exercise regime. Yvonne is not only very knowledgable with years of experience but her bubbly, caring nature made it very pleasurable to attend weekly consultations with her and stick with the plan. She re-educated me about food which made me really evaluate the poor food choices I had been making and it helped me understand why I had been putting weight on. Each week I lost weight and I found the group walks and discussions I had with Yvonne and other ‘B’ members helped me stay on track. One of the main reasons I went to Yvonne for help was I wanted to get healthy before I tried for a baby. I lost 1 stone 10lbs and I fell pregnant straight away after losing the weight. Yvonne is the most motivating lady I have ever met! her approachable, bubbly and caring nature makes her a unique teacher! Why does The B work? It works because it makes sense! If you are looking to get healthy and lose some weight then I would highly recommend you get in touch with Yvonne Wake. I cannot thank Yvonne enough!
It was a few weeks before Xmas 2012 and a colleague was suddenly brimming with energy and looking unbelievably healthy. I was tired, overweight and struggling to fit everything in. He referred me to Yvonne. My job involved working between London and Aberdeen – food on trains and planes, no time to shop for either house and a boyfriend that treated any time at home as a cause for celebratory dinner and drinks! My diet was out of control. Yvonne gave me control back with ‘The B’. Her sympathetic approach to my situation and her pragmatic, easy-to-follow advice has had an amazing effect. I lost 9lbs in 2 weeks and got my energy (and wardrobe) back. Since then, we have been working on fixing longer term issues so that I can continue to cope with the daily demands. As well as the evening and weekend ones. A warm and friendly person who doesn’t judge, I can’t recommend her highly enough.
I am a mother of three and one of my kids is an extremely fussy eater. I have seen many people about this issue which caused many concerns in my life. One day I met Yvonne at my son’s school where she came to give a talk about healthy diet and so on. I loved Yvonne straight away. She communicated with the large audience with so much passion and charm. I emailed her that same night and soon she came around our house to meet our son. We all clicked with her immediately. She is just great: friendly, happy, charming, charismatic and very professional at the same time. I felt like I was having professional help from a close friend. What a great combination! I could carry on, but if I had to describe Yvonne in a nutshell I would say she is a truly special person and a delightful to have around.
Prior to attending The Health Retreat, I had read about mindfulness, but found it difficult to put into practice. For someone who worries about things that have already happened, or might happen in the future, listening to Yvonne's inspirational words about mindfulness really helped me to see what a huge benefit mindfulness would have for me. The Retreat allowed me time to fully relax, and to just be in the moment. By the end of the week I was feeling so much healthier in my mind, as my body. I have continued feel the benefits of mindfulness, and am grateful for the advice on how to use it every day.