Hi, I'm Elizabeth.
My mission is to support women as they free themselves from diet culture and to offer shelter to women struggling with food and body anxiety.
Too many women believe that dieting is going to solve their problems, when in reality, dieting is distracting us from living fuller lives.
There is another way to live and I help women explore the freedom that moving away from diet culture brings.
I also help women learn how to be resilient to the pressures of living in a world that values unattainable ideals and stop harmful behaviors before they infect future generations.
Read on for more of my personal story.
Girls do not decide to hate their bodies, we teach them to.
I went to my first nutritionist when I was 12 and wanted to lose weight before high school. That was when I first started counting calories, measuring 1/4 cups of cottage cheese, tracking my activity level, getting praise for the changing shape of my body, and oh yeah, melting butter in a pan with brown sugar and eating it straight.
Messing with your food, messes with your mind.
Society and our culture teaches us that we are flawed if we aren't a certain size and shape. I wholeheartedly bought into this myth and from an early age started on a path to fix myself that would dominate the landscape of my life (and body) for the next 30 years.
Yet, the harder I tried to control my food, the more out of control I became.
One summer, I realized I was not the only one who struggled with diets and suffered from a Jekyll and Hyde relationship with eating. Eventually, I learned that it wasn't me that was the problem, it was the diet. When I relaxed my attempt to control my food, I started to build a new relationship, first with food, and then with myself. This new relationship was based on allowance, permission, self compassion and trust.
Oh I admit it - I was hugely skeptical at first. I was tired of eating the frosting off of a box of cupcakes and hiding the box in the garbage, but I feared what would happen if I stopped counting calories, weighing myself, reading food labels and counting my steps. You know what happened? I also stopped eating the frosting off of a box of cupcakes and hiding the box in the garbage.
I had discovered that it's not our bodies that are flawed, it's society's messages. Don't let it take you 30 years like me to learn how to live free. You can start today, let me save you some time.
I am a Mind Body Eating Coach, an Intuitive Eating Facilitator and a soon to be Certified Body Trust Provider. My work has been informed and influenced by:
- Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch and their book Intuitive Eating
- Linda Bacon and her book Health at Every Size
- Rachel W. Cole- Feast
- Isabel Foxen Duke -Stop Fighting Food
- The Institute for the Psychology of Eating
- Tracy Brown RD
- Christy Harrison's podcast Food Psych
- Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant of Be Nourished (I will be participating in their Body Trust Provider Certification Training in the fall of 2017)
When I am not reading a book on body image or weight science or listening to a podcast on binge eating or self care, I can be found walking my dog, eating a meal with my family or napping on the porch. These are the things that fuel me to do the work that I love and I am grateful that I have learned how to nurture myself in this fashion. By putting on my own oxygen mask first, I am able to show up for my family and appreciate my life more than ever before, and you can too.