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"I have no idea what to eat anymore"
Nutrition has become unnecessarily confusing.
Why would someone want to hire an intuitive eating coach?
The average woman will try anywhere between 61 and 126 diets in her lifetime (depending on the poll). That works out to about 17 years of her life. Seventeen years of dieting!!! What could you do with that time, energy and money?
Furthermore, of those diets that 'worked,' the average sustained weight loss amounted to an average of two measly pounds, and 40% gained back even more than they lost. Hence the reason for so many freaking diets.
Diets don't work.
Knowing they don't work isn't enough, though. If you've been dieting or eating clean for decades, how do you stop?
This is the reason why someone might hire an Intuitive Eating Coach.
Every time you look at the news, you see a new headline about food causing or curing something. One camp says butter is best, and the other says it's killing us. Coffee, wine, carbs, meat, legumes...the list is endless.
Welcome to wellness culture. It's picked up where diet culture left off. Nowadays, it's 'gauche' to talk about losing weight for aesthetic reasons. Instead, we talk about health. So when you worry about your health, it's much harder to step away from the food rules lording over your life.
What About My Health?
I'm a doctor, so health is kinda my thing. It's also important to note that I completely respect that not everyone wants to pursue health. Health is not a requirement for respect or worthiness. So if that's you, I see you. You are welcome here.
For those who are having a hard time giving up dieting because of health concerns, let me reassure you that intuitive eating has been associated with many health benefits, including:
- Improved lipids (lower triglycerides, higher HDL)
- Lower blood pressure
- Less emotional & binge eating
- Greater variety of foods eaten
- Improved self-esteem
- Better life satisfaction
- Fewer mood problems
- Weight stability (vs weight-cycling)
So if health concerns have kept you away from intuitive eating, I hope you're reassured that your health isn't in jeopardy when you choose to walk away from dieting.
Not Dieting Isn't The Same As Eating Intuitively
When I first stopped dieting, it felt liberating to think that I could 'just' accept my body and eat whatever I wanted. But I hadn't yet learned how to listen to my body until it was screaming at me.
Instead of building trust, I toggled between starving and stuffed; unconsciously restricting and guiltily eating everything formally forbidden. I knew that I couldn't diet again, but this wasn't peaceful either.
I'd like to help you spend less time in that awful limbo. Structure isn't the enemy, neither are veggies. By moving through the principles in a structured way, you can:
- Trust yourself around food - yes, keeping cookies in the house is a thing
- Be able to enjoy the chocolate or peacefully decline it
- Choose a salad because it's what would hit the spot instead of because you 'should'
- Teach your kids how to find self-worth outside of their size
- Feel good in your body - physically and emotionally
If you're considering ditching the diets, or already have, and want to talk about how to avoid bingeing, let's chat.
What's it like to work with an Intuitive Eating Coach
Giving up dieting is only the beginning. Learning to trust yourself to choose what, how much and when to eat is another thing altogether. As your intuitive eating coach, I can be your guide.
To me, intuitive eating is like learning a new language. You can learn a lot from a book or an app. But it isn’t until you start speaking it conversationally with others that you learn the nuances of the language. And those nuances are what make it beautiful.
That’s my job as your intuitive eating coach. It's to help you learn the language in a way and at a pace that suits you and your lifestyle. I take into consideration your medical background. Even if I’m not your doctor I know how your health history influences the principles of intuitive eating and how to make adjustments.
Hi, I'm Kerri.
My struggle with my food and my body started very young and it interfered with my whole life.
I know how exhausting it is to be constantly thinking about what to eat (more accurately, what NOT to eat) and how you look. Most of my school years were filled with food and body anxieties that distracted me from fully experiencing life.
When I first gave up dieting I hadn't found intuitive eating yet, and I didn't have any support. As a result, I didn't feel better exactly. I certainly didn't trust myself with food. But I knew that I just couldn't face another diet and the inevitable failure and weight regain again.
This is why I don't encourage breaking all the rules to start with. I've found over the last 15 years doing this work that people need supportive structure to their eating while they step away from restriction. By moving slowly and methodically through the stages clients find peace and power with their bodies as they rebuild a trusting relationship with themselves.
"Intuitive eating isn't about indulging every impulse. It's about learning how to trust yourself with all kinds of food."