Two years ago, I became a Certified Eating Psychology Coach because I knew there was something so much more important than just telling someone what to eat and not to eat. Nutrition goes far beyond the ability to follow a program. Our relationship with food is so intricate and delicate. It has a story that is full of meaning, symbolism and there are many chapters with interesting characters. The story is full of wisdom, lessons to be learned and each page has incredible insights into who we are as eaters and how we relate to food. Over the past thirteen years of practice, what I know for sure and what has become crystal clear is that no two people have the same food story.
Each of us has a unique relationship with food. Some people eat to live, others live to eat. Some people receive joy and pleasure out of eating while others constantly struggle and have turmoil about what to eat. Some people restrict and others overeat. Some people have wonderful memories of food celebration and others try to forget about what their family meals were like. Some people have strong food and body image connections through their mothers while others were told at a very young age that they were fat and needed to be on a diet. Some people have eaten freely their whole lives, while others have ridden the diet rollercoaster. Some people are stress eaters, emotional eaters, eat out of boredom, others are obsessed about food and body weight. Some people are so confused and conflicted about what to eat as every single book, television show, podcast, practitioner and article has told them something different.
Exploring who we are as eaters, why we eat, where our struggles come from, understanding what our triggers are and how to overcome them, is the new nutrition paradigm. It is so evident that diets don’t work, that people still struggle with their weight and relationship with food and if following a program was all it took to get what we were after than their wouldn’t be millions of people constantly seeking the next fad, the new book, the latest and greatest “breakthrough” discovery, the magic pill and perfect one-way-to-eat diet.
It is time to move away from the quick-fixes and empty promises of how much weight you will drop. It’s time to stop saying, “I’ll start again on Monday.” We’re being called for something bigger and there truly is a global shift that is starting to take place around how we relate to food. We are forever in a relationship with food. It is the one thing that is constant in our lives. We have to live with it and experience it every single day, often many times a day. The truth is, how we do life is often reflected in how we do food. So the question is how would you love to do food? How would you love your lifetime relationship with food to change? What would your ideal relationship with food, body and self be like?
If you are someone that struggles with food and body, if you have done countless diet programs and seen numerous nutritionists over the years, if you are seeking something different and more meaningful and if you want to finally make peace with food, your body and yourself, then consider exploring Eating Psychology or what I like to refer to it as Soulful Nourishment. The teachings and wisdom are beautiful, the self-exploration is deep and powerful and the possibilities for growth and change are transformational. To book an appointment please contact me at (403)245-2611 or firstname.lastname@example.org