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Eat by Choice, Not by Habit: Support the Change you Want to See in the World with Sylvia Haskvitz

Being conscious of one’s eating habits can be daunting. Sylvia Haskvitz is here to make this change a positive endeavor full of growth for both you and your clients. Through experiential learning, participants will practice conscious eating, expand their vocabulary of feelings and needs related to eating behavior and learn tools to support clients in creating a satisfying relationship with their bodies and food.

Hawthorn University is pleased to welcome Sylvia Haskvitz, MA, RD who will be presenting Eat by Choice, Not by Habit: Support the Change you Want to See in the World.

Sylvia is joined by Hawthorn alumni Sapha Arias and Kira Whitham, who will role-play different scenarios to help further demonstrate how we can eat by choice, not by habit!

Participants will increase awareness about needs and develop skills to speak their truth with compassion utilizing tools to support their clients, be able to distinguish between a feeling and a faux feeling contributing to greater connection to themselves and others and be able to differentiate between a request and a demand in speaking and listening which will support joyful giving and receiving.

Sylvia Haskvitz has been doing her best to know, share and live the Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication (NVC) process since stumbling upon NVC while working as the Executive Director and Youth Director of United Synagogue of American in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1980’s. She worked alongside Kim Alison who studied with Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of Nonviolent Communication, at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After her first encounter with Marshall Rosenberg, she was sold on this work and mentored with Kim for 2 years while planting the seeds of Nonviolent Communication in the Bay Area alongside with 5 others. She became a certified trainer in 1989. She is as excited about sharing the value of this work today almost 30 years later as she was when she first encountered it.

Prior to her NVC exposure, she received her BS degree from University of Texas Allied Health Sciences at Houston in Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Once her excitement soared about sharing NVC worldwide, she completed her M.A. degree at San Francisco State University in Speech and Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication. Sylvia enjoys supporting people on their journey to sustainable health and well-being. As a client recently stated: “Sylvia care about what goes into peoples’ mouths and what comes out of them.”

Sylvia is the author of Eat by Choice, Not by Habit: Practical Skills for Creating a Healthy Relationship with Your Body and Food — combining her two passions of Food and Nutrition and NVC. She has co-written an e-guidebook to accompany Eat by Choice for both adults and children. Sylvia’s essay, Enemy Images (based on her work facilitating a Bay Area dialogue group every Sunday for a year and a half in the 90’s during the Oslo Accords) was published in the book, Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves. She is the future author of a book connecting NVC and the Enneagram.

She has directed and produced a weekly radio program (Call in a Conflict) and hosted a television show, (People Skills) both of which were based on her training in Nonviolent Communication.

Sylvia offers training worldwide — she most enjoys sparking peoples’ interest in embracing this language and consciousness as she sees the profound impact on clients’ health and well-being and those whom they touch. She now serves CNVC (Center for Nonviolent Communication) as an assessor/advocate to support the next generation of certified trainers.

She lives in Tucson, AZ with her precious therapy dog, Rico and her beloved husband, Tim.

About Our Co-Presenters:

Sapha Arias:
Sapha is a Houston based intuitive healer, women’s health and wellness life coach and yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 10 years and has found a passion in helping women shift perspective and redefine their relationships to self so they can fully step into their own power and lead thriving and uplifted lives.

Sapha believes it is within our choosing to step up to the plate and fully embody the powerful creatures we were meant to be and she uses a host of techniques, from meditation to intuitive healing to nutrition and more to help women remember, embrace and embody their feminine strength and vibrancy.

Find more about Sapha at Nourishing Paths, LLC or on Instagram at @nourishing_paths.

Kira Whitham, MS:
Kira Whitham is a Functional Nutrition Specialist who helps women with autoimmune disease simplify their health and take control of their disease. She holds a Master’s in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University, as well as additional training through the School of Applied Functional Medicine, Metabolic Healing Institute, and Institute of Functional Medicine. Kira combines the principles of holistic nutrition and functional medicine to help people bring their bodies back to their intended state of wellness. She is a firm believer in the healing power of food and helps her clients make empowered choices while gaining an understanding of what nourishes and depletes the body. Find Kira at A Nourished Life.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.