I BELIEVE that our bodies are precious and house our most cherished possessions…our souls. With the proper support and willingness, we can learn to accept and respect them no matter what their size or shape. When we do this, we will discover genuine unconditional peace and joy in our lives. Indeed, a tall order, but it is possible.
I BELIEVE that we all eat for emotional reasons sometimes (“emotional eating”). When we start to understand that emotional eating is often our bodies way of calling attention to something in our lives that needs attention, we are less likely as shameful about it.
I BELIEVE strongly that all foods (unless there is a medical diagnosis like celiac disease) and bodies can fit despite what we are told daily in the media. Research indicates that food extremes like eliminating all processed foods, sugar, or specific food groups has a negative effect on a persons relationship with food and body and may even causing long-term emotional damage.
I BELIEVE the way to discover a healthy relationship with food and body is by practicing Intuitive Eating. We’re all born with the innate ability to know what food our body needs and when we’re satisfied. Unfortunately, due to outside influences like family, friends, health professionals and the media who often dictate what we should and shouldn't eat, we lost touch with or quieted that inner voice. With intuitive eating, that inner voice can be reborn.
I BELIEVE that stress plays a significant role in a persons overall health and can effect nearly every aspect of our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. In truth, when we’re in a constant state of fight-or-flight, we cannot make decisions that serve our greater good.
I BELIEVE that it’s very difficult to be on this journey alone. It certainly can be done alone, but there is often a an high emotional price to pay. Feelings of isolation, frustration and consistently wondering if you’re “doing it right” surface which often make these transitions longer and more difficult. In order to heal your relationship with food and body, patterns need to be identified and reversed, resistance to change needs to be addressed, and self-compassion needs to be cultivated. These components are not easily identified independently or without proper support.
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