Are you as frustrated with dieting as I am? I’ve spent most of my life suffering body image issues, which meant I’ve been totally obsessed with food and dieting. Based on memory, which means I could be forgetting some, I’ve been on all of the following diets at one time or another, some more than once.
* Whole30 * Atkins * Weight Watchers * Nutri-System * SouthBeach * 10 Day Detox * Cabbage Soup * Clean Eating * Spark * Carbohydrate Addicts * You on a Diet * SlimFast * Diet Pills * Herbalife *
Although I didn’t start gaining weight until after I had babies, I was in junior high the first time I thought I was fat. Even though I didn’t need to lose weight, I remember taking some kind of over-the-counter liquid diet suppressant. Why liquid? My immature body and brain hadn’t yet mastered the skill of swallowing pills.
It was only a few years later, when my boyfriend broke up with me, that I developed my first eating disorder. Not necessarily because I thought he’d like me better if I was skinny, but because I was so miserable and hated myself so much. I didn’t feel like I deserved nourishment.
Years later, in my 20’s, I was diagnosed with bulimia. I didn’t really have bulimia, but since I purged they called it that. What I actually had was a combination of anorexia and bulimia. I would starve until I couldn’t take it any longer, eat just enough to take the pain away, then purge. At that time I truly believed if I was smaller, I’d have a perfect and happy life. That wasn’t true.
Not too long ago I ended my last diet. I was lucky. I lost some weight while on that diet, but was able to catch myself just as I was about to give up and binge on all the foods I’d restricted for nearly a year.
I’m done omitting foods from my life. I’ve learned to love my body and through intuitive and mindful eating, I’m able to listen to my body signals around food preferences and quantities. I feel like a badass jumping off the diet roller coaster and gaining power and control over food. At the same time, I’m totally secure with my body, how it looks, and what it can do.
However, early in my journey I felt so defeated after I ate an entire package of Pillsbury Cookie Dough in 2 days, and I really wanted someone to talk to. Someone I could go to and say, “I’m new to this Intuitive Eating thing ,and it’s hard. I’ve messed up, what do I do?” I didn’t have anyone to go to. I didn’t know anyone who had travelled and could help me. Intuitive eating is a journey and you don’t have to do it alone. I have a master’s degree in Health and Wellness Coaching. I’m also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.
I can help you become a badass and change your relationship with food gain control of your eating – for good!