What is Body Neutrality?

What is Body Neutrality and how is body neutrality going to help me ? That one of the most frequent question from client inquiring to work with us. before I answer this let’s consider the following statistics…

In Glamour Magazine study found that 97% of women are “cruel to their bodies” every day.

Research released by Dove, for their ‘Self-Esteem Project’, found that 96% of women in the UK reported feeling anxious about the way they look, compared with 86% in China, 72% in Brazil and 61% in the US. Only 4% of the women in all the countries surveyed would consider themselves ‘beautiful’, and by the time girls reach 17, 78% will be ‘unhappy with their bodies’.

In fact, current media ideals are achievable by less than 5% of the population – and that’s only if we’re thinking about weight and size. When we add shape, face, muscle tone etc into the messed-up mix, it’s probably going to be around 1%. 1 percent

Are you a statistic?

I was for years until I discover Body Neutrality.

That’s a question I receive very frequently… we are somewhat used to term body positivity but body neutrality not so much.

What is body neutrality?

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What is body neutrality?

Body Neutrality empowers you to embrace yourself as you are, including the parts you don’t like about yourself.

Its focus is to avoid self-hate while simultaneously reliving you from the pressure of having to love your body.

The goal is to respect and accept your body for what it is – and that’s it.

Body Neutrality recognizes that not everyone is going to love every part of themselves all the time because that’s  an unrealistic expectation to say the least.

The reality is that some days you’re going to look in the mirror like ‘Dam it, yeah, thank you legs for letting me travel, thank you arms for allowing me to type this inspirational post and thank you belly for creating life!

And then there’ll be those days where you stand in front of the very same mirror, focusing on that cellulite you hate or the wrinkle that suddenly seems so obvious.

Body neutrality versus body positivity

Embracing Body Neutrality over Body Positivity allows you to experience negative feelings about yourself, but without the pressure that comes with having to be positive all the time.

In other words, it’s a middle ground between positivity and negativity (shaming) – that’s neutrality.

Body Neutrality is the safe bridge between body shaming and body positivity. It’s about being grateful for your body and everything that it does for you because it does a lot. You are alive right now right!

So Body Neutrality is centric to the process of accepting your body.

Body neutrality & intuitive Eating

For many of us we’ve have years of suffering thru body shaming and along the way we’ve picked up coping behaviours to neutralize the pain the pain associated with body image struggles.

Being the victim of body shaming, most of it from our own mind, is difficult to say the list so now wonder that many of us have become along the way emotional eater or binge eater. 

Combine the suffering that comes along with body shaming with the notion that food is the gateway to “loving our life and body” food has become this enemy that we need to control in order to end the suffering. 

Healing our relationship to food is necessary in order to make peace with our body. Intuitive eating is the way in which you can achieve both: body neutrality and peace with food.

 Intuitive eating teaches to respect your body.

 Intuitive eating teaches to respect your innate body messages such as hunger and fullness so you can have a healthy and respectful relationship with your body.

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and well-researched self-care eating framework that makes YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

Food isn’t good or bad

Food isn’tt good or bad… it just food.

Think of food as the raw material to build your “house” aka your body.

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Food isn’t good or bad

It’s the same with our food choices. Diet Culture wants us to eat perfect food all the time so we lose weight. Wellness Diet wants us to eat perfect food all the time so we achieve optimum health⠀⠀⠀⠀
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That was a hard lesson for me. A lesson that caused my body a lot of undue stress and activated in me, disordered eating behaviours.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The stress associated with the need to be perfect in eating only healthy food caused more damages to my health than I wanted to realize. I was so deeply invested in the need for perfection as the solution to finally lose weight.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Going Beyond The Food nutrition model takes away the complicated rules around food. It informs us to eat food that grew, flew, ran or swam most of the time. That’s it. Most of the time and the rest of the time focus on living your life!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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 Rid yourself of the food police!

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and well-researched self-care eating framework that makes YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

Exercise & Feel the difference

Exercise & Feel the difference.

Why we exercise guides how we exercise.

How we exercise determines and guides what we feel when we exercise.⠀⠀

Exercise should bring pleasure, not pain.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

If you are a listener of the Going Beyond The Food Podcast ( we have 100’s of episodes ready for your listening pleasure)  you know I have started a new series recently title: She’s Beyond The Food where I share my personal journey going beyond the food. Episode 183 I shared my life journey with exercise which has been for most of my life one of “burning calories” not one of pleasure.⠀

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For many of us who have had life long journey of dieting, exercise is something we use to lose weight. Over time that relationship became really painful and in some cases traumatic. I call it “exercise trauma”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My relationship to exercise was a source of trauma until I came to Intuitive Eating. Just like an abusive relationship, exercise caused me a lot of pain (in all 4 bodies).

Today’s my form of exercise is walking. Walking in my own backyard or hiking in nature’s setting.

For years I thought that walking wasn’t enough. That walking wasn’t a form of exercise that was strong enough to bring me health.

I needed to sweat and have pain for exercise to be effective. If that you right now I totally get it! I mean that’s what we’re told everywhere right?!?

I just want to share with you that for me that way of thinking got me to one place: “on and off the wagon” of exercise. Meaning I would exercise hardcore for 6 months maybe 1 year and the “fall off the wagon” for 3 years.

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Intuitive Eating taught me that my intention was key to healing my relationship to exercise. I call “exercise” movement today. In part because of the trauma associated with the word exercise.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Intuitive eating recognizes the need for the movement to chase health and ask you to focus on how it makes you feel instead of the calories burned so that you can desire to move because of how it makes you feel.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Intuitive Eating inspires you to focus on the joy you find in moving. Find a form of movement that you desire to do without having to resort to willpower. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Intuitive Eating teaches us to forget militant exercise and just get moving and feel the difference.

Intuitive Eating is more than just food. It’s a self-care eating framework so yes movement is part of self-care but we seek to find joy in movement instead of calorie burning.

I choose to talk about “movement” instead of “exercise” in all of my programs since many of us have been traumatized by exercise. So simply using a new word make a big difference.

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and well-researched self-care eating framework that makes YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

Pursuing Health Beyond Weight

Pursuing health beyond weight is possible.

Chasing health at any weight is not only possible but what we should all do.

Almost everyone has experienced emotional eating to some degree, whether it’s to cope with sadness, loneliness, anger or in celebration.  I this interview I explain the common triggers for emotional eating, what we can do about it and how diet culture can be an influence.

“Our body, no matter what the size is, does not define us. It’s not an art object that we need to love…. [Body neutrality] is about realizing that your value, your self-worth as a human has nothing to do with your physical shell.”- Stephanie Dodier guest on Fill Your Cup podcast

In May 2019 I was interviewed by a colleague and dear friend and it turned out to be an amazing experience and I wanted to share with you today.  Rachel Molenda is a fellow Nutritionist and host of the Fill Your Cup podcast.

“For most of us who have shamed our body and have attempted to manipulate our body to fit society’s standard, we lived in a space of shaming most of our life… To jump over to body positivity is too big, it’s literally as scary as s**t.”- Stephanie Dodier guest on Fill Your Cup podcast

In this interview I  discuss:

  • My first and second career life and her journey to becoming an emotional eating coach
  • The challenge of being in a body that isn’t accepted by society and being a health practitioner at the same time
  • Implementing intuitive eating and Health At Every Size philosophies into your practice as a practitioner (and the importance of doing so)
  • The difference between binging and overeating
  • Is emotional eating really that bad?
  • What we can learn from emotional eating
  • What is diet culture?
  • Why people get caught in the dieting cycle
  • Diet culture as the antidote to feeling stuck in your health habits
  • How the dieting cycle keeps people stuck
  • Adopting the Health At Every Size philosophy to pursue health
  • Stephanie’s rebrand towards Health At Every Size
  • Why Stephanie continues to lose followers every day
  • Body neutrality VS body positivity?

Key Takeaways:

  • Your behaviour, including behaviour towards food, is a result of your emotions.
  • People often resort to binge eating as a coping mechanism when they experience an emotion that they want to avoid.
  • Emotional eating is normal. It’s part of human behaviour and how your brain is wired. Whether you’re binge eating or eating simply because you’re hungry, dopamine is released so you want to eat more next time.
  • The diet culture is a system of beliefs, customs, messages, and behaviours that places value and focus on weight, shape, and size over and above health and wellbeing.
  • You don’t have to be thin to be healthy. You can strive for health at any size.
  • Body neutrality is the safe bridge between body shaming and body positivity. It’s that space where we see our body as the vehicle for us to live our life.

Action Steps:

  • Begin your journey with our Get Started Guide- Intuitive Eating.
  • Consider health beyond weight. Look beyond food and exercise and look at how you manage stress and filling your cup.
  • If you are a health practitioner, educate yourself about Health At Every Size and the diet culture.

Resources mentioned:

Body Neutrality

Body Neutrality empowers you to embrace yourself as you are, including the parts you don’t like about yourself.

The focus of body neutrality focus is to avoid self-hate whilst simultaneously alleviating the pressure of having to love your body. The goal is to respect and accept your body for what it is – and that’s it.

Body neutrality recognizes that not everyone is going to love every part of themselves all the time. The reality is that some days you’re going to look in the mirror like ‘yess, thank you legs for taking me places, thank you arms for allowing me to reach for the biscuit tin, and thank you stomach for keeping my organs where they should be’, but then there’ll be those days where you stand in front of the very same mirror, focusing on that cellulite you hate, or the belly rolls that suddenly seem so obvious

Body Respect

My physical body is a vehicle for me to experience my life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The moment I realize that I had my self-worth all tangled up with the appearance of my body is the day that my new life began.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The notion of body respect came into my life. Respecting my body was essential for me to feel better about myself. To increase my self-worth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Body Neutrality is the safe bridge between body shaming and body positivity. It’s about being grateful for your body and everything that it does for you because it does a lot. You are alive right??.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

My body neutrality journey

To say that accepting my body was easy is a wild understatement…

The act of accepting my body required of me to be courageous. To be vulnerable and lots of tears.

Choosing to make peace with my body was scary. Scary as shit to be honest!
Frightening to be a health professional in a larger body. In a fat body. In an “overweight body” as my colleagues like to categorize my body.

Nerve-racking to stand up in front of my audience and say that I no longer recommended to chase weight loss. That the most efficient path to health was thru acceptance.

Body neutrality and intuitive eating

Going Beyond The Food has taught me that courage is not the absence of fear rather the ability to act in the presence of fear. That’s what accepting your body requires in a society controlled by diet culture and the concept of thinness=happiness & health.

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Intuitive eating switches our perspective from wanting to control our body to need to respect our body. We can’t respect what we hate right?!?

No matter, where you are now sister on your path of body acceptance, know that I feel you.

I hear you. I see you. I know how you feel and the fear of what could happen…. You aren’t alone.
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Be reminded of one universal law: Love always win in the end. Not hate, shame or fear.💞

“Show up, be seen, answer the call to courage… ’cause you’re worth it. You’re worth being brave.”

Brene Brown

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and well-researched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food  empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

 

Chasing Health

Chasing health instead of weight loss is very empowering yet confusing,

What if you took care of the body you have now, instead of the one you wished you had?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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That was my coach’s question… and she added: What would happen if your weight wasn’t the problem?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I want you to ask yourself this question. Reflect. Go deep.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I know for me it changed a lot personally and professionally. It actually led me to close my nutrition clinic in Toronto.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

“…. but I need to lose weight to be healthy”

To be healthy your body weight must be in the “normal” BMI range. That was my core belief since I can remember and this core belief was validated through my training in nutrition. That’s the core of Diet Culture.⠀⠀
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Diet Culture is is a system of beliefs that worships thinness and equates it to health and moral virtue.

The facts are you can pursue health at any size. We all have the natural person around us that although they maintain their “small body weight” all their life they still are sick today. If health was caused by normal BMI weight then these people would be healthy… right?
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So I strived hard, hustled and spent a whole lot of time figuring out how to be healthy.

As my level of health knowledge evolved the purpose of my hustle change to: “Be healthy and you’ll release the weight” because a healthy body doesn’t hold on to weight. That’s the core of Wellness Diet.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Wellness Diet is the sneaky, modern guise of diet culture that’s supposedly about “wellness” but is actually about performing a rarefied, perfectionistic, discriminatory idea of what health is supposed to look like.

That just another achieve false assumption. Being healthy doesn’t mean you’ll release the weight. That’s just another form of dieting beliefs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The truth is health is accessible at any weight. There is another body work dedicated to the research on this field: Health At Every Size.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Chasing Health with intuitive eating

Intuitive Eating teaches that health is more than the number of pounds on the scale. Weight is at best 10% of the contributing factors to health status. Quality and quantity of sleep, stress, emotional stability, quality of thoughts, inflammation level, exposure to toxicity, are just some of the other 90% of the factors that make up our health.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Intuitive Eating is shifting the focus from food and weight loss to honouring your health. By releasing obsession you are creating mental and emotional space to focus on 90% of the factors that contribute to your health.⠀⠀

Intuitive Eating invites you to honour your health. To chase health in your day to day interaction with your body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Intuitive Eating teaches you to focus on behaviours that will bring you health including relationships with food, movement, stress, sleep, friends/family, etc. Not just food.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I’m healthier today than when I was 50 lbs lighter. I’m healthier today than when I consumed 20+ supplements a day. I’m healthier today than when I was Keto, Paleo or Fasting.

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and well-researched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food  empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

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Cope with feelings without food

Cope with your feelings without food. Do you mean feel my feelings?

Food is legal… so it’s was ok for me to use it to cope with my undesired emotions.

I ate at night to cope with my complete exhaustion.

I ate when I felt lonely and bored.

I ate when I was angry with my partner or jealous.

Is that you too?

Emotional intelligence

I was emotionally unintelligent. Yes, that’s a thing.

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Emotional intelligence is the skill that guides you to be able to feel all the feelings & emotions without judgment or wanting to avoid them. Emotional Intelligence gives you the ability to see emotions for what they are… just messages. Emotions are energy bursts.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Food distracted me from feeling… I fought my emotions with food.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Cope with feelings without food

Emotional eating made my emotions worse in the long run. I still had to deal with the source of the emotions plus the discomfort of overeating. Double trouble!

Intuitive Eating taught me to feel and stop fighting. That in itself was a huge relief emotionally and physically. Allowing myself to feel reduce my desire to overeat.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Intuitive Eating made me realize that food wasn’t really the issue… my inability to cope with my emotions was. No diet, way of eating was going to resolve that.

If you struggle with emotional eating I feel you sister. My journey with emotional eating started at 9 years old with deep feelings of loneliness.

I want you to know that it’s possible to overcome…but for that, you need to see emotional eating as you ally NOT your enemy. Learn from it. Grow from it.⠀

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and well-researched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food  empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

 

Making Peace with Food

Make peace with food.

Stop the food fight… it’s just food!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

That’s what my coach told me a few years back…

Yes, even professional hire coaches. When I want to learn something new I go to a professional who is an expert at what I want to learn and I get coached. Being coach fast track learning and make sure you learn the right way.⠀⠀

When I hired my coach I was in a state of anxiety and suffering because I couldn’t stop thinking about croissant (yes I’m french 🇫🇷) and overeating nuts.

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My coach solution was simple: Make peace with food. Call a truce. Stop the war. Stop fighting. Just eat the dam donut!

If that you too: You’re not alone sister! There are me and many others as I get emails from women challenged with the exact same thoughts and suffering too frequently.⠀

You have permission to just eat the donut

Has she gave me permission to make peace with food I felt a sense of relief wash over me but next I also started to feel scared.

If I eat ____ ( in my case it was carbs) I’ll gain weight. I wasn’t buying it so I went to science because after all, that’s my background.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Shit, she’s right! I’ve got to make peace with food.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Making Peace with Food

Intuitive eating is about making peace with food. Seeing food for what it is: Food. Only a small part of our lives: It’s not life and death.⠀

Intuitive eating helps us with overeating, binge and compulsive eating by ending the restriction patterns that trigger the behaviours.

Intuitive Eating took away the power that food had over me. I’m in control because food is just food.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You can have that too! It’s available to you right now. Commit to learn, practice and embrace intuitive eating.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and wellresearched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food  empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

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Seeking Satisfaction with food

Seeking satisfaction with food is a powerful experience when you’re seeking to become an intuitive eater.

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In my quest to become or stay thin and healthy, I overlooked one of the most basics gifts of living this human experience- the pleasure and satisfaction that is found in the eating experience.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Seeking satisfaction with food

I shifted from preparing food so that I can be 100% perfect to my food rules and diet way of living to prepare food so that I can have flavour full meal that will make me feel energized, satisfied and support my body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I coined the term of making love in the kitchen as it’s the perfect expression of this process to focus on pleasure and satisfaction.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Intuitive eating allowed me to embrace the pleasure that food is meant to bring to us as human.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Intuitive eating encourages me to have fun and enjoy preparing food instead of seeing it as another thing to do on my long “to do list”

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and wellresearched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food  empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

Ditch the Diet Mindset

Ditch the diet mindset… what? No dieting?

The most crucial step of Intuitive Eating was for me was rejecting the diet mentality.

That made no sense at first… and even when I finally understood why it was so important it still was challenging.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Letting go of restriction triggered a worthiness issue. To think that I deserve to eat anything I wanted, that I no longer needed to label my way of eating was scary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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No more counting calories or macros (hello “healthy dieting”) and yes no more forbidden food groups. Yikes! You mean it’s ok to have carbs? My last diet was keto so you understand my dilemma with carbs.⠀⠀

Ditch the diet mindset


I needed to get mad at diets… diets had made me feel like a failure all of my adult life every time they stopped working. Diet Culture thrives on us feeling like a failure. It had worked for more than 25 years.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I try to eat intuitively while holding the on to a small portion of the diet mindset… like that, I could eat intuitively while being on ketosis or that intermittent fasting was my body’s expression of intuitive eating. Doing that kept me away from truly being an intuitive eater. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Truly I was holding to the idea that permanent weight loss would come as a result of manipulating my food. I had to go full out and ditch diet culture altogether. NO grey zone on this one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

What has dieting cost me?

The tipping point for me was self-discovery exercise I did to explore my dieting life… here’s a sample of the question I reflected on⠀⠀⠀

I plotted a timeline of my life and all of the diet I had done and ask myself did the diet worked in the long run. I had to get real honest on this one…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

It was tough to admit that dieting wasn’t working for me. That restricting food only sent me down the path of wanting more food, overeating and binging.⠀⠀

It costed me my sanity and my health. But then what? If not dieting then what am I to do?

Intuitive Eating is the “other” option to diet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Intuitive Eating teaches you to become the guru of your own body and for that, the diet mindset must be released. We can’t have two master sisters! 

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and wellresearched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food, empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Intuitive Eating requires that we let go of diet mindset so that we can fully embrace our body cues.

Intuitive Eating teaches to reconnect to your body so that you can feel your body cues. To trust your hunger and respect your fullness.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

Respect your fullness

Respect your fullness.

Do you mean that feeling full is ok?

Is it ok to feel full?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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That question was playing in a loop in my head for weeks when I was studying intuitive eating. Since the age of 12, I held a belief that feeling full was to be avoided and when I did it meant my willpower had failed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I held the belief that feeling full should be avoided. That it was bad to feel full.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you are a “good dieter”, just like I was, you likely did or still do hold that belief.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Just like hunger feelings, I had to learn to be comfortable with fullness feelings. I had to learn to feel the different level of fullness my body gave me and get acquainted it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Respect your fullness

Intuitive Eating teaches us how to feel our body signals like hunger and fullness. To “decode” them and be guided by these body messages. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Intuitive Eating operates hand in hand with mindful eating which is key is getting familiar with our fullness signals.⠀⠀

Respect your fulness by eating mindfully. Be present with your food and your fullness.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Next time you eat: place your utensil on the table between each bite and ask yourself: What is my current level of fullness?

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and wellresearched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food  empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intutive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

Follow your hunger

Chew gum or drink water when you feel hungry…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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That’s what my weight watcher coach told when I was 12.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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She had just weighed me and I didn’t lose any weight that week. She shook her finger at me and told me I didn’t work try hard enough. (Heads up: that’s trauma) . I told her I was hungry all the time. She told me not to listen to my hunger that it wasn’t right and instead to distract myself with gum or water.⠀⠀⠀⠀

When should I eat?

Eat when you’re hungry.

But I don’t know when I’m hungry? If I let myself eat when I was hungry I’ll overeat. My body is broken when it comes to hunger I can’t trust my body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The journey of learning intuitive eating is about reconnecting with our natural hunger signals. It’s about knowing how hunger shows up & how it feels in my body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Intuitive eating is a practice. It’s about unlearning dieting behaviours of taming our hunger and experiencing with your hunger and with time coming back home to trust my hunger

What are you hungry for?

Are you hungry for food or pleasure? Our brain reacts to food in the same way as it reacts to sexual pleasure. Just like when we have an orgasm, when we eat dopamine is release in our brain among other pleasure hormones and neurotransmitters

Our brains are programmed to seek pleasure for our survival. In case of orgasm for reproduction and food for energy to our body. We crave the release of dopamine in our brains… and IF the only way we get it is with food then guess what? We crave food.

Intuitive Eating is learning to understand what you are hungry for and nourishing all of your hunger.

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and well-researched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food  empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ).