"I help my clients create a healthier relationship with food using a weight-inclusive approach to health."
Hi! I'm so excited you are here
Are you looking to take care of your health but aren’t quite sure how? You’ve done the “weight loss journey” thing and haven’t made progress toward your health goals. Instead you have been yo-yo dieting and weight-cycling.
Ask yourself this: Of all the dieting and weight loss attempts I’ve tried, have ANY been successful AND sustainable?
I have done my time counseling in a weight loss clinic (and even working with people wanting bariatric surgery) and I know from personal experience that DIETS DON’T WORK for weight loss! In fact research shows that over 95% of intentional weight loss attempts fail.
That is why I practice Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) through Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size. I make evidenced-based recommendations to support a wide range of diseases without telling you to lose weight.
Weight-inclusive counseling means I do not judge your health based on your weight or BMI. I truly believe that a person can be healthy at any body size.
In our sessions together, I teach you the basic principles of intuitive eating and help you reject diet culture so that you can make behavior changes that help you reach your best health. I help you dig down to the root of your health problems, show you gentle nutrition and movement practices, and celebrate your success!
Schedule a free discovery call with me and learn more about how I can help you.
What is INTUITIVE EATING?
Intuitive Eating (IE) is a set of 10 principles.
1. Reject the Diet Mentality
2. Honor Your Hunger
3. Make Peace With Food
4. Challenge the Food Police
5. Discover the Satisfaction Factor
6. Feel Your Fullness
7. Cope with Your Emotions with Kindness
8. Respect Your Body
9. Movement - Feel the Difference
10. Honor Your Health With Gentle Nutrition
IE involves becoming attuned to how your body is feeling to figure out what it needs and how best to take care of it! Diet culture (which is a part of our society that tells us being in a bigger body is bad, and that thinness is healthy and beautiful) can interrupt our natural intuitive eater and dissociate us from our bodies.
Even under the guise of health and wellness, diet culture introduces food rules or boundaries on us, such as "I only eat between the hours of 8am and 7pm" or "I can never eat fast food because it's unhealthy." When we banish these types of food rules and choose to listen to our body again for when and what to eat, a number of things happen:
*Strong cravings can diminish
*Intrusive negative self-talk changes
*Food isn't constantly on your mind
*Emotional or binge eating can be lessened
Intuitive Eating is a research-based approach to help repair disordered eating & eating disorders. By following the principles of IE, the body is allowed to reach a set-point-weight which is the weight your body automatically reverts to when you don't try to intentionally alter it. While diet culture demonizes bigger body sizes, research shows that people at higher weights are at no higher risk for disease or death than a smaller bodied person.
Take the quiz below to see how often you participate in disordered eating behaviors or thoughts.
How is your relationship with food?
Did you know that a 2008 study showed 65% of US women ages 25-45 exhibit disordered eating behaviors? Take this quiz to see how often you participate in disordered eating behaviors.
Indicate how often you do the following (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once in a lifetime, never):
I avoid certain foods because they are high in calories/fat/carbs/salt/sugar/etc ___
I worry about how many calories are in food ___
I track my calorie, macro or food intake down to the smallest bite ___
I tell myself I can not have certain foods because they are not good for me ___
I feel guilty after eating an “unhealthy” food ___
I choose not to go to social events because I feel out of control around food ___
I strictly follow a diet plan for what and when I am allowed to eat ___
I eat because I am stressed, angry, sad, and/or lonely ___
I eat because I am bored ___
I eat the entire thing without meaning to ___
I eat past comfortable fullness; I feel sick after I’m done eating ___
I feel guilty for eating a lot of food in one sitting ____
I eat too much and force myself to “make up” the calories through exercise ____
I eat too much and self-induce vomiting or take laxatives___
I go too long without eating and then eat everything in sight ___
I purposefully go to bed hungry in hopes of losing weight ___
I have low self-esteem and confidence because of my body size ___
I plan my future around when I lose weight ___
My thoughts about food and my body cause me anxiety and/or depression ___
All of the above statements reflect disordered eating behaviors or mindset. Book your free discovery call with me to see how I can help!