Your body is not your enemy.
Food is not a weapon.
Let’s end the war.
Why choose the non-diet approach?
If we focus solely on physical health, especially our food and exercise, we often miss the BIGGER picture.
My deepest desire is to help people expand their lives. To say yes more. Add more things IN. Live from a place of authentic joy and quiet contentment. This work starts with food and body but often gets BIGGER.
Restriction, guilt, fear, and shame will never be effective long term motivators. Kindness, self compassion, and body respect is what creates lasting change.
I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, working with a weight-inclusive framework, to help those struggling with:
restrictive eating behaviors (more on physically vs mentally restricting here)
over-exercise and under-resting
chronic busy-ness, a side effect of perfectionism (more on the gifts of IM-perfection here)
"emotional eating" (not the problem we have been led to believe, hear more here)
negative body image or body image obsession
Does this story sound familiar?
I've struggled with body image since I was a child. As a teenager I picked up some not-so-healthy ways to manipulate my body and relied upon these "tricks" to give me the things I actually longed for: admiration, love, and control. The longing for these basic human needs was masked by a preoccupation with my body and food.
At the end of the day I just wanted love, peace, and true belonging.
As I became an adult, and continued to push my body beyond her comfort zone her messages eventually got loud enough for me to hear:
I interpreted my body’s signals as a failure, that I needed to “double down” on my efforts and just TRY HARDER. This belief is so SO common, even being praised and rewarded by our well-meaning friends and family, and almost always causes harm, not healing.
When our bodies ask for more food, more rest, or more pleasure it is not a failure. It' doesn’t make us weak, it makes us human. Our bodies are working exactly as they should be. It’s our diet culture conditioning that interprets these messages as “wrong”.
After years of trying and failing to rid myself of my chronic ailments I was ultimately accepted some hard truths.
The intense pain, frustration, anxiety, and overwhelming fatigue were messengers. Was I willing to listen and tune in? Or continue to tune-out and live half a life?
Through the help of trusted professionals, a formal education, and my own trial and error, I can now honestly say:
"I try my best to accept my body/weight as it is today. I commit to treating my body with kindness and respect and I can fully trust myself, my body, and my intuition."
“You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn for yourself.”
— Glinda The Good Witch, The Wizard of OZ
I work with those who are:
Done with the dieting game
Sick of trying the trends
Tired of feeling like it's their fault
Curious if there is something BIGGER that they are missing
We are more informed about ‘health & nutrition’ than ever before... And YET people still seem desperate for the "answer".
What’s the disconnect?
I believe it is because of: a lack of social justice for ALL bodies, the inability to practice self-compassion, and the harmful belief that "health" is about how much we weigh, what others think of us, and our ability to be endlessly productive.
of people who intentionally lose weight will RE-GAIN the weight (oftentimes more) within 3 yrs. Diets simply don’t work.
of American women would be classified as engaging in disordered eating behaviors
There are over 90 published studies on the benefits of Intuitive Eating
Want to learn more?
If you are curious on what to do next, need to take some action right NOW, and finally shift your efforts from upholding diet culture to fully engaging in diet culture recovery, then you are invited to join me! Simply click on the link “Work With Me” at the top of the page to schedule your totally FREE, no-obligation phone consultation.
In addition to the abundance of free and easily accessible non-diet and body positive resources out there MANY people find it helpful to utilize a one-on-one coach. If you decide you want work with me you will be provided totally personalized support and deeply compassionate care every step of the way.