Have you ever felt trapped in diet culture?
Felt stuck in a cycle of body-comparisons?
Restricted food or over exercised in order to change your body?
Exhausted from not feeling “good enough?”
Are you still experiencing this?
Yep. I feel you. I’ve been there, too.
I’ve been there, too. We live in a society that praises women for looking one way; and a very unrealistic and generalized way. We also live in a society that seems to praise “sticking to a diet” and in a society that operates on the thought that “thin is better.”
This is SUCH a destructive mindset for women! It’s teaching women over and over again that their bodies need to be “fixed,” and that to do so, they might need to take drastic or extreme measures. This makes it so hard to define who we actually are SEPARATE from diet culture and SEPARATE from societal expectations.
My story actually led me to first working as a Therapist in Chicago, IL, and ultimately to creating my own coaching business. Let’s back track even a bit further here: I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa when I was 15 years old, was involuntarily admitted to treatment, and ended up relapsing 3 years later because the underlying reasons why I developed anorexia in the first place went unresolved.
Where am I today? Living a life that is free from restriction and free from malnourishing my body. No, it’s not always “perfect,” but I’ve come to accept that this is part of what makes me human! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and use my experiences in the counseling realm to help structure what coaching looks like. I also am an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, and emphasize the importance of both mental and physical health.
This brings me to the work I do with each of you babes.
Together, we acknowledge that the number on the scale or how your body appears does not determine your worth. We identify all the other valuable things about you as you rebuild your sense of self. We focus on nourishment versus [restricting] calories, and exercising for health versus exercising out of obligation. We find ways to reconnect with not only our minds and bodies, but also with the food we’re eating.
What would it mean for you to have a healthy relationship with your mind + body + food?
What would it mean to truly respect yourself, and your health?
These questions aren’t answered in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. The healing process is not a linear journey, or necessarily a “quick” one. It’ll take not only time, but more importantly: self-compassion. And a lot of it.
You’ll have me to remind you of that 😉