Your relationship with food and your body has a significant impact on your emotional and physical health
When you consider your relationship with food and your body, how would you describe it? Do you believe that if you can lose enough weight you will finally be happy? Are you always on a diet, restricting the amounts and the varieties of foods you have access to? Would you characterize yourself as having an eating disorder? Do you feel that you are only worthy of love if you are a ceratin size?
For many, our relationship with our bodies and food often became distorted at a young age as a result of outside pressure and role models who were constantly trying to lose weight or “be healthy”. We might have been put on diets ourselves as children or ridiculed for our weight. Research proves that fat shaming and bullying by parents, siblings, peers and even medical professionals decreases our health outcomes and increases our size. The rollercoaster of dieting, restriction, bingeing, purging and/or overexercising ravishes our bodies and souls. Where food was once an enjoyable comfort, it has become the enemy, something to beat. The message today about being thin is wrapped up in “health” at all costs.
Everyday in my practice I help people just like you learn to love themselves, just as they are today and to let go of body anxiety. I help you learn to trust your body’s natural hunger and fullness cues to guide your eating. I help you end the shame and diet cycle once and for all.
I offer the following for people interested in working on improving their body image and anxiety:
Learn to identify where you learned negative messages about your body and why they are so hard to ignore
Bring awareness to the triggers that affect you currently and keep your anxiety active
Become educated about new, gentler ways to approach health and your relationship with food and exercise
Develop new ways to communicate with others that will promote your self esteem and self confidence