Hello! My name is Kate Danchin and I’m a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Health Coach and Life Coach. I created ‘Slimming with Love’ to help women escape from the misery of yoyo dieting, sugar cravings and obsession with food. I care deeply about my clients – how they feel, what they think and what they need is my priority. I care because I understand how it feels to be thinking constantly about food and your weight, to want to change so badly but find yourself trapped on what feels like a never ending rollercoaster. I empathise with what my clients are going through, because I have been there!
The women who are drawn to working with me are kind, caring, nurturing women. They are strong and resourceful (although they may not see themselves that way) and they are always there to support other people in their lives – family, friends or work colleagues. They tend to focus so much on others that they put their own wellbeing on the backburner, sometimes for many years. They may be a wonderful mother and homemaker, or successful in their career, or even attempting to do both. They are happy ‘on the outside’, but they want more for themselves. They deserve to have more and they have made a decision to prioritise themselves and their own needs.
They know they can give the most to others when they are the best version of themselves. They want to experience the best of everything that life has to offer – to be fit, healthy, free from excess weight and free from a life of dieting and obsession with food. My clients are often nervous about change, but they are ready and willing to take chances and to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.
I was a competitive swimmer throughout my childhood and early teens. Slim, fit and healthy. At the age of 15, I stopped competing and within a year I had developed an obsession with food and dieting. I felt trapped in my body and I didn’t escape until I was 40! Half of my life was swallowed up by a binge eating disorder, exercise addiction and self-loathing. I was either overweight, depressed and defeated or dieting, starving myself and pretending that I had some level of control over my health and my body.
For over twenty-five years, the shape and size of my body was how I measured my life – my happiness, my attractiveness and my self-worth.
In April 2000 I was scuba diving with my husband on a remote coral reef in the Red Sea and our boat left us behind. We were abandoned in the middle of nowhere, left floating in mid-ocean! We both survived to tell the tale but, as always, I ate my emotions. I developed PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and within a year I was bigger than I’d ever been before. I had hit rock bottom.
I stayed at that size until 2005 when a visitor came to our house. It was someone I hadn’t seen since immediately after the diving incident. I opened my front door and he looked at me, looked up at the house and looked back at me in confusion. He clearly thought he had come to the wrong property. My face burned with shame and I wanted the ground to swallow me.
Enough was enough! I could not live this way any longer!
Have you ever heard the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results!
I was done with being fat, done with eating disorders, done with dieting! I chose to do something different. It was the best decision I ever made in my life and I thank my 40 year old self, from the bottom of my heart, for being brave enough to set me free!
I went on a journey of self-discovery and turned my life around. I discovered NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming – see FAQs under ‘Work With Me’) and that was the beginning of my recovery. I learned how to stop the self-destructive habits and replace them with new healthy habits. Many of my beliefs about food and about myself, my body and my weight also needed to change and I chose new beliefs that helped me to grow and to heal. I discovered the secret that had eluded me all my life!
I learned how to live, eat, think and behave in exactly the way that naturally slim people do.
I’ve now been a healthy weight for over fifteen years. I’m slim, fit, healthy and happy. Even with an underactive thyroid that slows my metabolism, I have more energy than many women half my age. I live in the most beautiful part of England, surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and wildlife. I spend every possible moment doing what I love most – hiking in the Lake District fells – and I can’t believe how lucky I am!
Having spent twenty-five years obsessing about food, my body and dieting. I know how painful and difficult that kind of life is, and I know that nobody is destined to live that way. We can learn to tolerate that level of pain for a long, long time but, eventually, it becomes unbearable. It took me years to find a solution and when I found it, and it worked….and kept on working….I had to share what I know with all women who are still suffering in the way that I did…so that they don’t have to suffer any more! I want EVERYONE to know how to stop the hunger, the cravings, the compulsive eating, the starvation, the self-hatred, the frustration and the sadness.
I don’t pretend to know your pain or your challenges because we are all different. Your story is not the same as mine. Your life is different, your body is different, your thoughts, feelings and beliefs are different. I do know how to help you though. I know how to guide you away from where you now, to a place where you will be so much happier.
My personal recovery was a long, slow process, but I’m grateful for everything it taught me. My own life’s journey, together with many years of training in Psychology, NLP, Hypnotherapy, Health Coaching, Nutrition and Weight Management, has enabled me to put together a simple, step by step programme that I’m now sharing with other women who are feeling the way that I used to feel. The programme includes twelve sessions of personal, one-to-one support and guidance from me – to help you change, forever, the way that you think about food, dieting and your body. Choosing to work with me could be the best decision you ever make. Are you ready to change your life?