Mind Body Eating Coach Journey Update

I’m so thrilled to be far enough along in my education at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating that I can put this up on my site!

My education at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating has been more than I could have ever imagined. It has vastly increased my existing knowledge of disordered eating, emotional eating, binge eating, eating psychology, and has added to it information about biology, chemistry, nutrition, and more.

I will be a Health At Every Size (HAES) practitioner, meaning my goal is not weight loss, but instead to empower each individual to harness the incredible power they already hold, as they are.  Of course if weight loss is a journey that you would like to explore, let’s explore it together!

There are so many components involved in healing one’s relationship with food and with the body. Often this healing journey can seem overwhelming, and the pressure from society & the diet industry can become too much to bear. I agree, it can be too much to bear- alone. I am here to help you peel back the layers of your specific eating concerns, while also providing scientific data and solid strategies to begin to heal.

I am not a practitioner who puts someone on a meal plan and send them on their way. I truly want to get to know each client- what truly nourishes you- not only physically, but emotionally, spiritually? What gives you pleasure in life and how can I help you create a life in which you do more of that? Food is emotional and physical, which is what makes it so complex. However, the tools I am gaining give me the ability to dive deep and create personalized sessions based upon each individual’s unique needs.  I like to call it “embodiment through empowerment”.

I can’t wait to continue to share the information I am learning, and to begin to implement it with clients. I have some exciting things to offer in the near future so stay tuned! Let’s become empowered together!

The light in me honors the light in you.

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Empty Calories Don’t Exist

Empty calories don’t exist. All calories exist to provide us with energy, to give us life.

The only thing that’s empty when we label foods in this manner is our relationship with our body. We end up feeling empty and depleted when we label foods as “good” and “bad”, resulting in us continuing to reach for more food as comfort.

By relaxing into all food options, by surrendering to our body’s infinite wisdom and honoring our cravings, we can begin to feel whole again.

Relax. Take some deep belly breaths. What is your body asking for? How can you honor your body right now?

The light in me honors the light in you.

Earning Food: Mindful/Intuitive Eating

How often do we feel guilt even before we’ve started to eat certain foods? For some of us these foods are carbs, or chocolate, ice cream, even fruit- the list is never ending.

I am reflecting on the concept of “earned food” as I savor a piece of dark chocolate with blueberries. Years ago, before I learned mindful eating/intuitive eating practices, I would have devoured this chocolate, perhaps reached for more without pause, and then berated myself mere moments later- demeaning myself for my lack of willpower and loss of control.

This is what we’re taught to believe: that eating “forbidden” foods is a sign of weakness. The diet and fitness industry has made millions of dollars on the concept of good carbs and bad carbs, good starch and bad starch, good fruit and bad fruit. I call bullshit.

When we are out of tune with out body, we are reactive in nature. Have an uncomfortable feeling? Reach for the brownies. Got rejected? Unload a bag of potato chips. It doesn’t have to be this way. By introducing practices such as meditation into our lives, we begin to gain the ability to become an observer of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, as opposed to being a slave to them. When we gain the ability to view our thoughts as simply additional information, we can then view them in a more holistic way. Sometimes they may still mean you reach for the brownie, and that’s great! The difference is this time you’re fully aware of why you’re craving that particular food, and you can eat it more mindfully, with gratitude for what it’s providing to your body in that moment. Then when you are satiated, you can be done eating and move on. It truly can be that simple.

Food is not something to be earned, it is an energy source to be consumed and utilized to allow us to live our lives to our fullest potential. How incredible is that?! The next time you have an overwhelming craving, perhaps take a moment to breathe into it. Ask yourself where the craving is originating and if that’s truly what you need. Perhaps you need a nap, a bath, or a hug instead. Listen. And then proceed as your body is directing. Continue to practice this as you can and see how your relationship with your mind, body, and food evolves.

 

I would love to hear your experiences with mindful/intuitive eating!