Like all living systems, nothing exists in isolation, and changes in one part of the system will influence other parts. Dr Annelie thus believes that nurturing and healing must be approached holistically. Our relationships, stressors, emotions, thoughts and behaviour, including eating behaviour, have an influence on one another.
Dr Annelie has a special interest in working with people suffering from obesity and eating disorders. It is recognized that when a person loses the mind-body connection, they lose the ability to self-regulate their eating. As a Mindfulness teacher, Dr Annelie found Mindful Eating an effective practice in bringing back the balance between eating healthily, reducing stress and fulfilment in daily life.
After twenty years of working with people who have lost control of their eating habits, she found that the mechanism for binge eating has little to do with food, but is grounded in a person’s feelings and thoughts. Her theories are supported by her PhD in Psychotherapy awarded by the University of Pretoria with the title of her thesis “Binge Eating: A Study of a Group of Binge Eaters in South Africa.” Dr van Breda is considered a specialist in the field and has contributed to articles in the media and is a regular speaker at conferences and universities.