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Self-Compassion in Your Intuitive Eating & Body Image Healing Journey

Self-compassion (showing yourself the same kindness you’d show a friend) is a game-changer for the individuals I work with. At first, however, it’s something that feels totally foreign and weird. In my experience, practicing self-compassion is an essential tool in your healing journey with food and your body. Because you can’t make peace with food and your body, if you’re constantly at war with yourself. You just can’t. The good news? You can start practicing self-compassion anytime – even starting now. Again, it’ll likely feel weird and uncomfortable at first, ...

How to Let Go of Your “Ideal Body” So You Can Accept Your Now Body

If you’re here, reading this, that might mean you’re beginning to look at your body, and your (exhausting) efforts to try and change your body (or lose weight) differently. You might be realizing that all the dieting, restricting, working out, and counting calories or macros is not working. That it’s not worth it. And in fact, all this focus on trying to lose weight, control your body, or “get fit” is making you unwell – mentally, emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually. And, maybe you’re feeling hopeless in your journey to lose ...

You’re Going to Make It

The other day, I was on the phone, talking with my little sister. As we were catching up, Madelynn, my now four-month-old baby, started crying. As her lip did her sad, exaggerated upside down frown (who knew she could literally get her mouth to frown like that?!), I sang her favorite little mantra: It’s OK. You’re going to make it. You’re going to survive. It’s OK. You’re going to make it. You’re going to survive. It’s OK. You’re going to make it. You’re going to survive…   And slowly, Madelynn started ...

Feeling Envious of Someone’s Body Shape or Size? Read This.

I’ve been doing nutrition counseling work for almost 10 years now and one thing that almost always come up – whether in my 1:1 work or through one of my group programs – is the issue of comparison. Usually, it’s about comparing body size or “attractiveness” to someone else’s body size or level of conventional attractiveness. But since you’re a human and I’m a human, we both know that comparison doesn’t stop there. We compare ourselves to others happiness, income, relationship status, professional accomplishments, material possessions and the list goes ...

Body Love?

I’m officially 38.5 weeks pregnant, as I’m writing to you, and I’m a feeling it. I also can’t remember the last time I washed my hair (so that’s likely a sign to wash it – HA! – you think?!)… And I just had this “growth” frozen off my face the other day that’s now starting to blister. SO… Let’s just say I’m not feeling so hot and am officially ready (as ready as I’ll ever be that is) for baby M to come out, and every Mom out there, I ...

The Fear of Giving Yourself Unconditional Permission to Eat & Intuitive Eating

Have you ever experienced really wanting pizza? But you make yourself eat a salad? And then you find that there’s pizza sitting there on the countertop – late – after everyone has gone to bed and no one’s really around? If you’re anything like most humans I know, if you ate the salad and really wanted pizza and the pizza is sitting there, you’re going to eat some of the pizza… Or, maybe all of the pizza… And can I just say that that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong ...

Is Intuitive Eating Giving Up?

Is letting go of dieting and the relentless desire to look a certain way giving up? Let me explain. The other day, a client asked me if the non-diet approach is giving up? Is it just a new trend? A new set of rules for women to follow? A new way for folks to “eat Oreos and feel good” about it? Ahhh…. I LOVE this question! It’s SO real and raw and honest and important to address. Those deep dark lurking questions (and fears) in the back of your mind… ...

You Just Can’t Avoid This… (Sorry)…

Over the last 8 years, as a registered dietitian + food and body image coach (and more recently, as a successful ex-matchmaker turned dating coach), one of the most damaging things I see in the world of healing, coaching, programs, and so on is the belief that there’s something wrong with you because “you’re not there yet.” The belief that feeling pain, suffering, guilt, shame or whatever uncomfortable emotion means that there’s something – again – not right about what you’re doing. BUT… What if the uncomfortableness was a part ...

Self-Connection & Why You Want It

What does connection mean to you? More importantly, what does a connection with yourself mean to you? Connection – or rather the lack of it (not only with others but with ourselves) – has been a running theme this week with clients and in my group programs. We all want more of it… But, we all have a hard time feeling it and finding it… While I don’t have all the answers (who does?), I do have some thoughts on how we can get more of it. But first – ...

When You Want to Give Up Dieting & Feeling Controlled by Food BUT You’re Afraid of Gaining Weight…

As women, we’re taught or rather conditioned to believe that being smaller is better. That the smaller we are, the happier and more fulfilled our lives will be. But when you begin to peel back the layers, I mean really peel back, the above ideal is something to question. Is the size of your body – something that is literally designed to change as you age and move through different stages of life – really going to determine your happiness? And if that’s the case, are the controlling, obsessive food ...