A’amina Arnoth, MA, M.Div, CHHC, CEPC
A’amina is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Eating Psychology Coach, and a Spiritual Healer. She has a M.Div. from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and Certifications from Institutes of Integrative Nutrition and The Psychology of Eating.
Through her deep insight, knowledge, and gentle way, she has helped many people experience the deep healing they needed to transform their struggles with food, weight, body, health, emotions, and other challenges and live a healthier, more meaningful, divinely inspired and connected life.
A’amina loves supporting women:
- develop a healthy, loving, peaceful relationship with food, their bodies, and their weight, and themselves
- discover the gifts that lie underneath their challenges
- move toward weight-loss and healthy life style goals
- She helps her clients learn to care for themselves and move towards their goals in a step by step way that results in lasting sustainable transformation and growth
A’amina’s Story of Transformation With her Relationship With Food:
Each one’s life story is very complex. There are many stories within one’s life. This particular story of my life focuses on my transformation with food because that was where my biggest struggle was and where I found the door to discover the deeper truth of whom I am.
In my life today, I have a sense of freedom, appreciation, peace and gratitude when it comes to food, my body, and my life. It connects me to the Creator, to myself and to all life. I love preparing and eating healthy and delicious food and sharing it with my family, and friends. I listen to my body wisdom and deeper knowing for what to eat without counting and calculating.
But, it wasn’t always this way…
I grew up as a healthy, energetic, active kid in an overweight family.
According to the outward model of success, I had everything. We lived in a safe, ideal town in a nice neighborhood in Idaho. We spent summers at a lake-side cabin in the mountains. I spent much of my time snow skiing, water skiing, boating, riding my horse, hiking, picking huckleberries and loving the splendor and solitude of nature and the wilderness.
My life seemed perfect on the outside, but inside, I was struggling.
My struggle with food and my body began when I was a teenager.
This is when I began to deeply explore and search for a deeper meaning in life. I couldn’t communicate my thoughts and feelings with anyone around me and it seemed like no one noticed. I felt alone and confused and I didn’t know where to turn. In my discomfort, I found myself sneaking food and hiding to eat where no one could see me.
Food began to control my life and even though I felt terrible about it, I felt powerless to do anything about it. I kept trying to make deals with myself, saying, “Just this last time, then I’ll stop”, but I couldn’t no matter how much I tried.
I didn’t know what was happening to me. I didn’t understand that food was giving me comfort and that it was covering the feelings that I didn’t know what to do with.
For the next 35 years, I was immersed in a struggle with food and my body and found myself in the continuous cycle of losing weight followed by gaining it back, each time weighing even more. As the struggle got worse, so did my guilt, shame, lack of confidence, and low self esteem. They seemed to be all tied up and feed off each other. I didn’t understand that my efforts to control and limit how much I ate would predictably cause the opposite of what I was trying to achieve.
My passionate quest to find meaning in life brought me to a lecture on meditation when I was 16. I immediately felt that I had come “home” and found a source of inner peace that I was looking for that gave my life meaning, direction, and focus. Since that time, I have regularly practiced some form of meditation and spiritual practice, which continues to be a daily source of inspiration, peace, and healing for me.
I met my husband when I was 18 and we have been together ever since. Meditation and spiritual living was the foundation of love and guidance that we needed to navigate through the joys and challenges of married life and raising our two daughters.
In so many ways, my life was beautiful and full of many adventures and blessings…
However, at the same time, my struggle with food and my weight was getting worse. Even though continuously dieting, every year I weighed a little more. I did the math and I could see where it was going. I really didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of most of the members of my family.
Finally, when I had nearly all but given up hope, things finally began to turn around when I enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Spiritual Psychology at the renowned University of Santa Monica where I learned numerous heart-centered communication and counseling skills. I explored and evaluated every aspect of my life, and beliefs.
I received healing in every area of my life and I received the support I needed to begin healing the underlying causes and reach my fitness, strength, and weight-loss goals.
I had so much energy and felt so light from releasing the extra 35 pounds of physical and emotional weight I had been carrying around. Having a body was a joy again, I felt confident I would never feel so overweight and stuck again.
However, I still struggled with food and my weight. I gradually gained some of the weight back and found myself in a more mild, but familiar cycle.
Finally, I enrolled in the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, where I found the deeper healing that I longed for. I completed a second Masters degree, and started a Healing Practice where I help people find healing for physical, spiritual, and emotional challenges in their lives.
Next, I attended IIN, Institute of Integrative Nutrition and became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. I studied many different dietary theories and learned from many of the world’s top health and wellness experts.
I experimented with many different ways of eating and learned to desire and choose foods by listening to my inner guidance and body’s needs. I began to love and appreciate food – its beauty and its endless variety of colors, textures, tastes and smells.
Next, I became an Eating Psychology Coach at The Institute of the Psychology of Eating. I deepened and broadened my understanding about the complexities and connections of mind, body, and weight, and learned numerous tools for working with binge eating, overeating, chronic dieting, body image, digestive and mood challenges.
This new approach looks at WHO we are as eaters is as important as WHAT we eat. As an Eating Psychology Coach, I look at how stress, relaxation, thoughts, emotions, pleasure, our personal story, eating speed and rhythm, awareness, etc. impacts our digestion, assimilation, calorie burning and all nutritive functions in the body. We are not simply a calorie in – calorie out machine.
I live in southern California, where I love the eternal spring-time weather, and the abundance of year-round fruits, veggies, flowers, and farmer’s markets. I love to travel, walk on the beach, hike in the mountains, ride bikes, roller blade, kayak, stand-up-paddle board, play frisbee, meditate, remember God, write, study, learn, teach, play with my grandson, and get together with friends and family.
I feel blessed to be in a happy, loving marriage with my husband of 40 years with my 2 wonderful daughters and their families, living nearby.
My Education and Training
Certified Eating Psychology Coach Certification Program: 2014 Institute for the Psychology of Eating (IPE)
Board Certified Health Coach: 2010
Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)
State University of New York Purchase College (SUNY)
Masters of Divinity in Ministry and Sufi Studies: 2007
University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism (USHS): Student advisor and assistant teacher from 2006-2012 Teacher Internship Training: 2006 USHS
Masters of Arts in Spiritual Psychology: 2003
University of Santa Monica
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health: 1998
Boise State University where I learned about nutrition, disease, and how environmental factors affect our health.
Additional Training: Many various conferences and workshops on spiritual healing, relationship healing, heart-centered and NVC communication, health and wellness, living, raw foods, superfoods, tonic herbs, and longevity, taught by many of the leaders in the health and wellness fields.
Are you ready to stop struggling with food, your body or your weight?
The first step is to schedule your private Loving Weigh Breakthrough Session, to determine the best approach for your success.