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Helping women live a better, fuller and bolder life post diet culture. Mindset expert and Life Coach Stephanie Dodier combines her lived experience and coaching to teach women how to reshape their mind instead of their body. Ready? Let’s do this!

Welcome to the Top-Rated Going Beyond the Food 

Helping women live a better, fuller and bolder life post diet culture. Mindset expert and Life Coach Stephanie Dodier combines her lived experience and coaching to teach women how to reshape their mind instead of their body. Ready? Let’s do this!

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Our Most Recent Episodes

240-What Are You Hungry For?

240-What Are You Hungry For?

What are you hungry for

 

What are you hungry for? 

What are we truly hungry for? Is it food? If it was, then eating will appease our hungers. But it doesn’t. That we crave, overeat, binge we never feel full. It’s not enough and feels like it’s never going to be enough. So, if food was the answer to our hunger then we would feel full. But it’s not. 

Could it be that what we are hungry for is not food? Is it possible that we “think” is food hunger is actually a hunger for something else? 

What I’m proposing to you today in this episode is to consider that what you think is a food issue is not. I would like you to consider that hunger can be for something else beyond food. 

In this episode of What are you hungry for, we will:

  • explore two basic human needs that could present itself as hunger but aren’t need for food
  • explore how you can satisfy these basic human needs

Know that this information we share today in this episode is extremely powerful and can cause you to be upset at first… and it’s ok. It’s part of the healing process. 

 

“The truth will set you free,  

but first it will piss you off.” 

-Gloria Steinem 

 

Mentioned on the show:

Women Food and Power

Breakthrough Consultation

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239 – Her Story: She Overcame a 40-Year Battle with Food and Body Image with Ann

239 – Her Story: She Overcame a 40-Year Battle with Food and Body Image with Ann

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In today’s episode, we’ll listen to an Academy student’s 40-year battle with food and body image…

In today’s episode, I’m joined by Ann Killin, a student of the Going Beyond the Food Academy. Ann agreed to share her story on the podcast to help other women take the step forward in healing in their relationship with food and body. 

 Ann is being very vulnerable and open about her life journey. She shares how her struggle was brought on by a single comment from her father. The struggle then continued for 40 years… 

In this episode, we discussed:

  • How one single comment from a caregiver triggered a 40-year battle with body image and food.
  • The side effects of chronic dieting throughout her life.
  • How she attracted partners, relationships that match her level of love towards herself.
  • The health crisis that triggered her to do her work to heal her relationship to food.
  • The reason why reading the intuitive eating book wasn’t enough for her
  • Advice Ann would give to anyone listening that she wished someone would have told her.

Mentioned on the show:

Going Beyond the Food Academy

Get Started –Free Guide

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238- Sugar Cravings and Intuitive Eating

238- Sugar Cravings and Intuitive Eating

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In today’s episode, we’ll explore sugar cravings and intuitive eating

“Is it bad to have sugar cravings?”

“Why does our body crave sweets?”

“Is sugar addictive?”

“Why eating sugar leads to binging?”

“What is my body trying to tell me when I crave sugar?”

“Why do I crave sugar at night?”

These are all normal and almost expected questions given the current perspective of our society (read here diet culture) on sugar these days. As a result, many of my community members have been asking these questions. You likely do as well.

Fat is bad … no, no, now it’s sugar!

30 years ago, it was fat. Everyone was absolutely convinced that fat is a food of great danger. We avoided it at all costs. Created food and diets that were “low fat”.

Fast forward to today… we giggle at this moment of history. Now, we have shifted to sugar being the villain. What will we say 30 years from now?

Human loves dichotomy. It makes us feel safe. It makes our food choice simple.

Facts are: fat is good. Sugar is bad. Nutrition is not that simple. This reductionist approach to food is called nutritionism. Looking at food at the nutrient level only is inaccurate and dangerous.

People don’t eat nutrition, they eat food. – Margaret Mead

Our brain wants sugar

The human brain is what drives food choice. Not intellectual knowledge around nutrition and health.

Human brain loves sweet flavor for one good reason: sweet food is typically food that is dense in calories. Calories to the human brain mean fuel and survival.

We dig deep into this notion in the podcast.

Sugar addiction

The concept of sugar being addictive is not supported by science. Science is clear that the addictive behavior in rats around sugar is only present when sugar is restricted.

We will unpack this complex topic in the podcast.

Sugar and inflammation

The last segment of this podcast episode is around the fact that sugar is a pro-inflammatory food and therefore should be avoided. At least this is the argument of the wellness and health industry to make us fear sugar.

But is it? We will explore this on the podcast.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode about sugar cravings and intuitive eating:

  • Why human love food dichotomy
  • Nutritionism
  • Why the human body craves sugar
  • The state of sugar & food addiction
  • Sugar cravings good or bad
  • How intuitive eating engage with sugar cravings

Mentioned on the show:

Get Started –Intuitive Eating Guide

Conquer & Thrive Program

Mentorship Program

Referral Podcast Episodes: 

199- Dichotomy of food

209- Hormone and inflammation

229 – Diabetes and Intuitive Eating

Stephanie Sugar Addiction Assessment

Studies cited in the show:

1 – Sugar Addiction

2 – Nutritionism: (trigger warning- Obesity and BMI)

3 – Relationship between added sugar and Chronic disease

4 – Sugar and inflammation study

5 – Body Dissatisfaction and cortisol

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237- #1 Enemy to Intuitive Eating – Internalized Fatphobia

237- #1 Enemy to Intuitive Eating – Internalized Fatphobia

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In today’s episode, we’ll explore the #1 enemy to intuitive eating, internalized fatphobia

“You are so beautiful Stephanie! …. It’s ok for you to be bigger but not for me.”

Not that I hear this statement a lot when I meet women but most often when we have known each other for a bit.

This statement or something similar will be shared typically when my students are struggling with their journey in becoming an intuitive eater. These women try really hard but something is just not clicking. It’s like something is holding them back to fully engage with their internal nutritionist.

Internalized Fatphobia

What is holding them back is their own fear of fat. Their internalized weight stigma after years of being exposed to diet culture. Their own phobia of being fat; internalized fatphobia.

That’s the #1 enemy to their journey of becoming an intuitive eater.

And it’s normal. To some degree, completely expected considering the society in which we live in. Western societies are fatphobic societies. Modern societies are sizist societies laden with sizeism, the discrimination based upon a person’s body size.

We have been conditioned from a very early age to fear being fat. We’ve heard comments about people’s body size, our body has been commented on, we also commented on other people’s bodies; all along thinking this was “normal” behavior. To some degree, “justified”.

Until one day, you realize that you have become your own oppressor. You have bought so deeply in society sizeism that you have become your own abuser. It’s when you have convinced yourself that you do not deserve the same things, the same treatment that thin people get.

Intuitive Eating and Internalized fatphobia

When you live in a mind that is fatphobic, the fear of being fat will stump your ability to release food rules and experience food freedom. The fear of being fat is greater than the love for being free.

Intuitive Eating requires unconditional permission to eat. That’s the sticking point with internalized fatphobia. When your fear of being fat is greater than the love for being free, you will not give yourself full permission to eat. Point.

Working through your internalized fatphobia then becomes the next step in your journey.

Intuitive Eating: Teacher Body Size

The unspoken truth is the unconscious impact of your intuitive eating teacher’s/ therapist’s body size on your internalized fatphobia.

If you are in a large body and your teacher is in a small body, you may have an unconscious aspiration that intuitive eating will deliver a smaller body for you as it did for your intuitive eating leader.

In fact, many women who live with undetected internalized fatphobia will select their teacher/ therapist based on their body size. That choice will fuel their internalized fatphobia and keep them stuck in their intuitive eating journey.

“You can’t be what you can’t see”Victoria Welsby

In today’s episode, we welcome Victoria Welsby. Victoria is a world-leading expert on body image and confidence, TEDx speaker, and best-selling author. She went from being homeless, abused with self-esteem that was achingly low into the courageous fat activist and change maker she is today. Victoria helps people fall in love with themselves and is dedicated to shifting the way society views fat bodies.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • What is internalize fatphobia
  • Determine if you are fatphobic
  • What to do with fatphobic thoughts
  • The interplay between fatphobia and intuitive eating
  • The body size of your intuitive eating teacher influences your own fatphobia
  • Intersection between feminism & internalized fatphobia

Mentioned on the show:

Get Started –Intuitive Eating Guide

The Intuitive Eating Project

Fierce Fatty Podcast

Victoria Ted X Talk

Connect with our guest:

Website

Instagram

Facebook

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236 – 5 Stages of Intuitive Eating

236 – 5 Stages of Intuitive Eating

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In today’s episode, we’ll talk about the five stages of intuitive eating

The journey of becoming an intuitive eater is very different than the one of dieting…here we will look into the five stages of intuitive eating.

We have to understand that becoming an intuitive eater is a process. It’s a process of restoring a safe of trust with our bodies that were rob from us when we became a dieter. Furthermore, it’s a process of healing.

Healing is not linear. It’s filled with ups and downs.

Self-compassion is at the root of intuitive eating. It’s the foundation of all practices of intuitive eating and the attitude that will allow you to successfully make peace with food and your body.

Therefore, intuitive eating is about rebuilding a relationship of trust and respect with our innate body wisdom.

The stages of intuitive eating

Your willingness to see your journey with curiosity instead of judgment is the key process of navigating these five stages of becoming an intuitive eater.

  1. Readiness
  2. Exploration
  3. Crystallization
  4. Intuitive eater awakening
  5. Intuitive eater

 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode about the five stages of intuitive eating:

  1. The stages of any transformation
  2. Signs you are ready to start the journey of intuitive eating
  3. What to consider as you start your journey of intuitive eating
  4. Five Stages of Intuitive Eating
  5. The duration of each stage

 

Mentioned on the show:

Get started with intuitive eating– Free Guide

Non-Diet PRO – Get Started

Intuitive Eating Project

Intuitive Eating Resources

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235- Intuitive Eating for the Family: Successful Integration with Dr. Jillian and Sally

235- Intuitive Eating for the Family: Successful Integration with Dr. Jillian and Sally

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In today’s episode, we’ll explore intuitive eating for the family, successful integration with Dr. Jillian and Sally  

“The last thing I want to do is to pass my food issue to my kids”- This is a quote of many of my new clients and students.

The majority of women in my community share my story of being introduced to the world of dieting at an early age. And for years we believed that it’s the way to go to control our eating and improve our body image.

Until such time, we finally realized that diet doesn’t work. It’s just a band-aid solution to something that needs a permanent solution.

We don’t want to pass this kind of relationship to food to our children.

We don’t want them to live their whole lives restricting, which actually brings about more craving.

Instead, we want them to practice intuitive eating and learn to be competent eaters as they grow up.

But how do you raise your kids to become competent eaters and body confident?

How do you undo years of restrictive eating with your kids and family mindset?

In this episode of the podcast, we have two guests to help you with these questions:

Dr. Jillian Murphy, a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine focused on family and children eating patterns. She uses up-to-date eating psychology, clinical insight & guidance around diet culture, health, and weight to teach individuals WHY they stay stuck in negative patterns around food and constant body dissatisfaction.

Sally Glaspie, a mother of 3 who recently became an intuitive eater after years of dieting. She studied in our Intuitive Eating Project 5-week program where she learned how to become an intuitive eater.

What we talked about in today’s episode of intuitive eating for the family, successful integration:

  1. The process to normalize food with children
  2. The division of responsibility between children and parents.
  3. The competent eater model versus intuitive eating model
  4. Words to use with toddler, kids, and teens
  5. Developing critical thinking in our children about food choices
  6. Gluten police: what happens when you stop restricting gluten
  7. How to address the sweet foods and sugar
  8. How to address nutrition education from school

Can’t wait to hear your feedback!

Mentioned on the show:

Free Intuitive Eating for Kids Podcast Series

Ellyn Satter’s Books

The Intuitive Eating Project

Never heard of Intuitive Eating and want to get a free introduction?

Get your free guide to intuitive eating here

Connect with Dr. Jillian Murphy

Website

Instagram

Facebook

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234 – Non-Diet Health Strategies Supporting Your Well-Being and Immune System

234 – Non-Diet Health Strategies Supporting Your Well-Being and Immune System

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In today’s episode, we’ll explore non-diet health strategies, supporting your well-being and immune system.

The last thing we need is more stress or fear-mongering health scare.

We need love, hope, and ease. And, that’s what I intend to give you in this episode of the podcast.

In this episode, I’ll teach you non-diet, non-restrictive health & wellness strategies for today’s situation that require no supplements or special products…and specific for women who struggle with food and body image.

These well-being strategies are compatible with intuitive eating & health at every size. These tools are part of and are grounded in a weight-neutral approach to health.

These are what you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • The one thing we must all do as women to support our health in this special time.
  • 5 tactics to support your health specific to women struggling with food and body image should adopt now. No restrictions, special products or supplements required.
  • Why “boosting” your immune system is just another gimmick from diet culture and what to do instead.
  • The real reason you are experiencing anxiety and stress and one free solution that will be a game-changer

This is a weird time sister. I’m here for you and I hope this episode will serve you and your family.

No matter what’s going on in your corner of the globe, I want you to know that I’m sending you and your family love.

No matter how this global situation has affected you and your family, I want you to know that I’m thinking of you and our community.

I’m committed to showing up in ways that contribute to this being a healing experience for all of us.

With love,

Stephanie

 

Mentioned on the show:

Free Self-Care Checklist Access Here

Free Masterclass Access Here

Free Download Podcast Roadmap Here

 

The Intuitive Eating Project  

Instructor lead program 

Support group with lifetime access 

Coupon for $50 off: PEACE50 until April 14th 2020. 

Register here: Join the Intuitive Eating Project 

 

Reference Article:

Health Beyond Dieting

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233- Coaching Diet Brain in Time of Crisis

233- Coaching Diet Brain in Time of Crisis

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In today’s episode, we’ll learn how to manage your mind and emotions in time of the coronavirus

This is a very special episode of the podcast… for the first time ever I’m sharing the recording of a coaching call from the Going Beyond the Food Academy.

I’ve never done this before… these are special times with the coronavirus.

In this episode, you will learn how to manage your mind and emotions with COVID-19;

  • The Coronavirus is a neutral event….
  • The #1 thing you can do to remain calm
  • How to process your emotions with COVID-19
  • How to use the self-coaching model in the context of uncertainty
  • Why our old behaviors & thoughts resurface with uncertainty
  • If you only do one thing do this ONE

Mentioned on the show:

FREE Emergency resource

Canadian National Eating Disorder Information Center Hotline: 1-866-633-4220

USA National Eating Disorders Toll-Free Number: 1-800-931-2237

Free Non-Diet Health Class

Free Download Podcast Roadmap Here

The Intuitive Eating Project  

Instructor lead program 

Support group with lifetime access 

Coupon for $50 off: PEACE50 until April 14th 2020. 

Register here: Join the Intuitive Eating Project

Join Going Beyond The Food Academy

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232- Stress Eating in Time of Uncertainty

232- Stress Eating in Time of Uncertainty

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In today’s episode, we’ll talk about stress eating in the time of uncertainty.

I keep thinking about a time in the future when we will be older, sitting on the porch rocking our chairs, recalling this time.

We will remember the time the Coronavirus came into our lives and made us go within.

We were isolated, became quiet.

That’s what happened to me.

I first made sure I was safe and that my loved ones were taken care of.

Then I asked myself…

How does Beyond The Food fit into this?

What is my role? How can I lead?

I turned to you and asked what you needed.

The answer came quickly: stress eating, diet thoughts, health.

So I went to work for you…

 

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:

  • Why we stress eat in time of uncertainty
  • Normalize what is going on right now with your eating
  • Explain why the desire to control and diet are coming back
  • Give 5 tools to help with stress eating
  • Answer questions submitted by listeners

 

Mentioned on the show:

FREE Emergency resource

Canadian National Eating Disorder Information Center Hotline: 1-866-633-4220

USA National Eating Disorders Toll-Free Number: 1-800-931-2237

FREE Podcast Resources

Podcast 220 – Cycle of binging

Podcast 211- The gift emotional eating

Podcast 228- 5 steps to self-care


The Intuitive Eating Project
  

Instructor lead program 

Support group with lifetime access 

Coupon for $50 off: PEACE50 until April 14th 2020. 

Register here: Join the Intuitive Eating Project

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231- Your Child’s Body Image with Katie Crenshaw

231- Your Child’s Body Image with Katie Crenshaw

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In today’s episode, we’ll learn about your child’s body image.

“How can I positively influence my child’s body image?” That’s a reoccurring thought in many mom’s minds.

Many moms will say openly: “The last thing I want to teach my daughter is to pass on my issues with food and body”.

If this is you, you’ve got to listen to this episode of the Going Beyond The Food Show. I recently discovered an amazing book that will help you as a mom to open the communication about body image with your child “Her Body Can”, @herbodybooks.

As many know, I strongly believe in lived experience and I’m not a mother so… I asked a mom to come on the show and chat about this. She’s also the author of this powerful children’s body image book.

Our guest for this very important topic is Katie Crenshaw. Katie is a mom of 3 children between the age of 3-11 years old.

Katie is a lifestyle blogger and the author of Her Body Can. “Her Body Can” is a #1 Best-selling Children’s Book of poetic self-love and body positivity declarations for all young girls.

Her book aims to encourage our girls to create a reality for themselves in which they love themselves and their bodies for exactly who and what they are, instead of learning to judge themselves and hate their bodies for what they are not.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode about your child’s body image:

  • Katie’s experience as a mom of 3 with body image conversation
  • How a former chronic dieter, now a mom of 3, engage with food with her family
  • The role of mom in the evolution of kids’ body image
  • A very important message for all moms

Mentioned on the show:

Her Body Can Book – Purchase

Body Acceptance Project

Intuitive Eating Project

Connect with our guest:

Website

Instagram

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230 – Is the fear of gaining weight holding you back?

230 – Is the fear of gaining weight holding you back?

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In today’s episode, we’ll talk about how the fear of gaining weight is holding you back.

“I’m terrified to gain weight!”

So, we did a survey a few weeks back following the opening of the Going Beyond The Food Academy and we ask women who have shown interest in joining the program and ended up not to – why? Why did they decide not to join us?

The answers were fascinating and very revealing…

  • “I can’t seem to overcome the fear of weight gain and trust the process”
  • “I haven’t FULLY been able to embrace ALL of the sides of not dieting yet.”
  • “Want to believe that weight doesn’t play a role in how I feel physically but I can’t… so I need to lose weight”
  • “In certain ways, when I get to a certain weight and physically can’t do things comfortably so I need to lose weight”
  • “So, I’m not fatphobic. It’s ok for others to be overweight. I support them but for me it’s different. I don’t feel comfortable at a higher weight so I have to manage my weight.”
  • “Terrified of gaining more weight”
  • “I am EXTREMELY uncomfortable so I need to resolve this first”
  • “I’m afraid to try a non-diet approach as I think I’ll gain weight”.

I know I was right there with all of these women 8 years ago when I first encountered the concept of not dieting. I stayed stuck there for 3 years… painfully stuck!

The Fear of gaining weight

First thing, we all need to realize the mere fact that you have entertained the possibility of not buying into diet culture anymore as a celebration.

That you are considering becoming free from the shackles of dieting and body hatred to me is a win! So yeah to you…

And yes, you are right as you realize that in diet culture, stop restricting food and over-exercising you may gain weight. It’s a possibility. Just like not gaining weight is also a possibility, so is losing weight.

What you are realizing is that you will need to let go of control. That’s what is freaking you out. Not being in control. The freedom and the self-confidence you are seeking by being here, reading this post, listening to the podcast will only be accessible to you when you become willing to not be in control.

One cannot be free and yet be in control. Freedom means accepting to go with the flow.

And that’s scary…

Your body is in charge of your weight

Your body in all of its beauty and complication is really the one in charge of your weight. That’s why diets do not work. Dieting moves you in a false belief that if you can’t work hard enough and think hard enough about how to control food and exercise, you will be in control of your weight.

Letting go of this belief is the work…

In this episode of the Going Beyond The Food Show, we will dissect this fear of gaining weight together.

What you’ll learn when you listen in today’s episode:

  • Why it’s normal to be concerned with weight gain
  • Where the fear of weight gain comes from
  • The link between fear of weight gain and your power
  • 4 steps to overcome the fear of weight gain

Mentioned on the show:

Register for March 2020 Education Workshop

Health Mastery Program

Get Started with Intuitive Eating

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229 – Eating Intuitively with Diabetes with Rebecca Scritchfield & Glenys Oyston

229 – Eating Intuitively with Diabetes with Rebecca Scritchfield & Glenys Oyston

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In today’s episode, we’ll explore eating intuitively with diabetes.

Can you blend intuitive eating and diabetes together?

I know this may feel counter-intuitive. As a matter of fact, I hear and get this question very frequently because let’s be honest, food restriction and weight loss are what Dr.Google tells us we must do in order to live with diabetes. Unfortunately, as with most health education available on the internet, it’s not the whole truth…or the truth at all.

I wanted to create the ultimate guide to help you with your diabetes journey and intuitive eating… and I did!

This is a collaboration with two colleagues that are expert in the treatment of diabetes under the lens of Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating.

Rebecca Scritchfield is a Washington DC-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Exercise Physiologist. And, she has been practicing weight inclusive, HAES care since 2008. Rebecca is also the author of the book Body Kindness and the host of the Body Kindness podcast.

Glenys Oyston is a Los Angeles-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. In addition, she has been practicing a HAES® philosophy since 2010 and has provided extensive diabetes education for the past five years. Glenys is co-host of the Dietitians Unplugged podcast.

What we cover in this episode of eating intuitively with diabetes: 

  • Is weight-loss the solution to treating diabetes?
  • 5 most frequent myths about diabetes debunk
  • The Health at Every Size approach to treating diabetes
  • Where to find resources to integrate a non-restrictive approach to preventing and treating diabetes.

Be sure to access the full blog for all the free resources!

Mentioned on the show:

Health Mastery Workshop

The Ultimate Guide to Intuitive Eating and Diabetes

HAES care for Diabetes Program

Free HAES & Intuitive eating guide to diabetes management

Where to find a HAES health professional:

  1. https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org/
  2. https://haescommunity.com/search/
  3. https://www.intuitiveeating.org/certified-counselors/

Connect with Rebecca

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Connect with Glenys

Website

Facebook

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Welcome!

 

I’m Stephanie Dodier 

Reformed Dieter. Nutritionist and Coach. 

I help women use their most powerful organ, their brain to stop obsessing with their weight and create an unshakeable level of confidence. Feel good in your skin now!

Is the problem you or your diet? 

I asked myself this question for years…and I figure you likely have the same question so I create a assessment for you to figure it out. Take the quiz now.

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