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Hello gorgeous, I'm Avril.
Looking at photos of me, it’s easy to assume I’ve always had a happy relationship with my body and food. But in the nicest sense of the word I have been around the block when it comes to weight management and body confidence.
Like so many women, I have a history of dieting, deprivation and extreme exercise. It was nothing to run 100km per week to ‘work off the points’ from the tub of ice-cream, the three family-sized bags of salt and vinegar chips, the chocolates and bag of liquorice allsorts.
I tried self-loathing too. I figured I could hate myself slim. It seemed logical, if I hated my body enough, it’d change shape. It didn’t.
Like many women, I believed, “If I hate myself enough, I’ll be motivated to lose weight, and then I’ll like myself more.”
I was bulimic for over a decade.
It wasn’t until I acknowledged some of the emotional and mental debris in my head — with hypnotherapy — that my relationship with food, and my body changed.
In fact, hypnotherapy had such a tremendous echo in every part of my life, that I re-trained and became a clinical hypnotherapist so I could guide other women to make a similar transition and make peace with food and their bodies.
Like you, I have several sides. Firstly, there’s the me with make-up. It reads like the official biography in a glossy brochure. Let’s start there, shall we?
The official Avril
Avril Carpenter specialises in the psychology behind weight issues.
Her mission is to free women from diet hell in all its forms: weight gain, food obsession, low self-confidence and self-sabotage.
She believes all women deserve to make peace with food, and become their happy shape and size—no matter how long they’ve been battling.
By releasing the mental and emotional obstacles that lead to weight gain, she helps women to lose the weight, feel comfortable in their own skin and ignite their inner sparkle.
Or, their thinner sparkle.
Happily, these women discover that when they change their thoughts, feelings and habits around food—and themselves—the number on the scales takes care of itself.
Her liberating approach to weight loss draws on cutting-edge techniques from neuro-linguistics, cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and psychology.
She is a senior professional member of Hypnosis New Zealand, a senior professional member of the
Global Weight Management Federation and a member of New Zealand Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Avril will show you how to transform your relationship with food, your body, and your inner-thinner-sparkly-self, permanently.
She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her petit prince Tom, and her dog, Pudding.
The unofficial Avril. Without make-up.
I haven’t always had a good handle on my body and my self-image. I struggled with bulimia during my teens and twenties. As with all secrets, it was a heavy burden to shoulder.
I wish I’d known then what I know now. But I didn’t. And, since regret is a wasted emotion, I use my bumpy journey as inspiration to empower other women to release their own weight and body image challenges.
Before re-training and helping women with weight loss I worked in marketing in Hong Kong, the Seychelles, London and Melbourne. I’ve also worked as a jockey in Tokyo and a dive master in Honduras. If you guessed I like adventure, you’d be right.
Creating supportive communities
I believe that happy, healthy women who understand the role of self-responsibility, self-acceptance and self-love are key in creating happy, healthy communities in which we can all flourish. The world needs more of those, wouldn’t you agree?
I’m a big believer in the importance of fun, play and joy. Seems to me that one of the greatest in-authenticities in life is to take ourselves too seriously. I absolutely understand that losing weight and improving your health is important to you. Nobody said it needs to be a serious business though.
Share the sparkle
I thoroughly enjoy what I do. I believe that we all deserve to make peace with food—no matter how many years we’ve been struggling. So feel free to share with your girl friends, your mum and sisters so we can help create supportive, fun-loving, encouraging communities.