Julie Chiu, RN, MS,CHC,IC® helps clients unlock their inner wisdom to change self-sabotaging eating habits in order to regain a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food, mind and body.
She helps women, men, adolescents, and children find pleasure in eating and movement without guilt or deprivation. This naturally leads people to achieve a healthy weight.
She is a pioneer of mindfulness-based health coaching and weight management in the Asia-Pacific region and the managing director of Mindful Living Network and Mindful Eating Lifestyles Limited. Julie is Hong Kong’s only Certified Health Coach (National Society of Health Coaches), Intrinsic Coach®, Certified Intuitive Eating Pro® Weight Management Counselor and Mindful Living Behavior Specialist. She also serves on the professional advisory board of the National Society of Health Coaches.
She has personally struggled with an eating disorder, yo-yo dieting, emotional overeating, weight gain and losses too many to count, poor body image, boarder-line depression, lack of motivation to exercise and was able to overcome it! Now she shares what she’s learned over the years with others so they can overcome their struggles.
Julie is known as the “How To” Lady on breaking free from unhealthy lifestyle habits and helping clients achieve personal success and freedom through creating positive behavioral changes in their lives through individual coaching, corporate seminars, and group workshops. In addition to coaching clients, she writes for online and print media and conducts lectures and workshops on mindful eating, weight management, stress reduction, changing limiting thought patterns, law of attraction, and evidence-based health coaching.
She is also a Registered Nurse since 1998 with a board certification in pediatric critical care and informatics (health care information technology).
Julie obtained her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from State University of New York at Binghamton (New York, USA) and a master’s degree, with honors, in informatics from Columbia University School of Nursing (New York, USA).
Julie has a love of learning personal development techniques and helping people. She has a strong interest in the evidence-based health coaching, mind-body connection, quantum mechanics, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, neuro-linguistic programing, and being in the present moment. She also studied under best selling author, Michael Losier, to become a Law of Attraction Facilitator, Seminar Leader & Trainer.
She enjoys swimming, dancing, reading, food, wine, traveling, photography, running, yoga, mahjong and spending quality time with the people she loves, especially her husband.
Julie provides mindful eating group workshops and private sessions in Hong Kong and internationally via Skype.
If you are interested in a mindful eating workshop and/or free health coaching consultation please contact her.
I’m Julie, a Korean-American expatriate living and working in Hong Kong. I’ve spent most of my life in America (30+ years) but consider Hong Kong my new home.
To the right is a picture of me at a wedding on July 2010 after losing 7.3 kg (16 lbs) by embracing mindful eating strategies and exercise.
To the left is picture a year before at another wedding on June 2009. I was at my heaviest at 144lbs (65.5 kg). Two weddings … one year apart…WHAT a Difference a Year Makes!
Bulimia, Compulsive Overeating, Emotional Eating, Boarder-line Depression and Lack of Consistent Exercise
From an early age, I learned food equaled love which lead to an unhealthy relationship with food. Then during my teen years, a negative self image and the pressure to “stay thin” created an even more dysfunctional relationship with food.
This dysfunctional relationship continued into adulthood. I have always been of average weight but would mindlessly eat my way into the “overweight” range more times than I would have liked (BMI equal to or greater than 25…to calculate your BMI click here.
Most recently in the beginning of 2009 I found myself yet again “overweight” and was frustrated with the number of times my weight fluctuated up and down. Whenever I would go on a diet the weight would come off only to come back when I got off the diet.
Why did this keep happening over and over? I’m a nurse, how come I can’t figure this out? Why are there so many overweight nurses in the US? We’re all healthcare professionals why are so many of us overweight?
Then one day, I told myself, “there has got to be a better way! How do I get a healthy relationship with food again?” Around the same time I was unhappy with my life situation so I started reading. I read books about eating behavior, food, happiness, meditation, and several other types of self-help books.
I was first introduced to the concept of intuitive eating by my doctor. He recommended Intuitive Eating by Tribole & Resch. I wasn’t ready at that time to accept the message and change.
Discovering How to Eat Mindfully
Fortunately, when I was ready for change and searching for an answer to my unhealthy eating problems, a friend introduced me to Dr. Michelle May’s Am I Hungry?® principles.
I was surprised to hear there are no “bad” foods and it wasn’t a “diet”. I can eat whatever I want (have my cake and eat it too) as long as I was hungry and stopped when satisfied.
How revolutionary! No wonder my thin friends and husband eat whatever they want and stay slim!
This time everything clicked, I studied to become a licensed weight management facilitator under best-selling author, Dr. Michelle May. I then studied under Kathy King, RD and Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. I took more mindful eating courses with Skelly Publishing and Ellen Glovsky, PhD, RD, LDN and read several books on the topic.
With lots of practice and patience I started to become more mindful around food, the weight started to come off, and I became a firm believer! I am so grateful for all the mentors and teachers and of this mindful living journey. I soon learned that incorporating mindfulness in eating and living brought a sense of peace, happiness, and health I’ve never had before now.
Discovering the Love for Exercise
In the past, I would exercise only when dieting and trying to lose weight. I had negative associations with exercise because it was something I HAD to do not something I enjoyed or WANTED to do.
So I started focusing on forms of enjoyable activity. I enjoy hiking with friends, swimming, dancing and yoga.
Truthfully, I used to dislike running but started running regularly in June 2009 for the reasons I normally practice any form of strenuous exercise…to lose weight.
However, this time I started to enjoy running, because I made an effort to change my thoughts and feelings towards it. This once sweaty, boring and grueling form of exercise became a stress-relieving, endorphin pumping, ego-boosting activity.
I participated in the Borneo 10K Race in October 2009, Angkor Wat half marathon in December 2009, and Hong Kong Standard Charter 10K in February 2010. I discovered the love for running and racing all from changing my attitude towards it. You can too.
Practicing Yoga w/Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee
***If you want to change a result, behavior, or feeling towards something it all starts with turning your thoughts into more positive ones.***
Discovering Happiness by Following my Passion
My journey towards healthy mindful eating, mindful stress reduction, fitness and living has inspired me to become Hong Kong’s first and only Mindfulness-based Trainer, Coach & Consultant, Certified Health Coach (with the National Society of Health Coaches), Intrinsic® Coach, and Certified Intuitive Eating Pro® Counselor!
In the process, I’ve learned that following ones passion in life brings joy and happiness.
My sincere hope is that by reading this story you come to realize that if emotional eating, binge eating, compulsive overeating, eating disorders or any other type of unhealthy eating is a challenge you’re facing, you’re not alone.
And most importantly, there is a solution beyond dieting.
Thank you for taking the time to visit Mindful Eating HK and on behalf of everyone involved with our company, I look forward to hearing your personal success story.
To your happiness and health,