Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is intuitive eating & is it just another diet?

Intuitive Eating (IE) is a non-diet approach to health that teaches you to reconnect with your innate ability to feed your body through self-love and body attunement. Through IE, you learn to eat and live without judgement, guilt, or shame. IE moves to discard diet culture and regain trust in ourselves to best take care of our bodies. It does so through 10 established principles which can be found here. It's not a diet. It's a life-long journey that lets your retake control over your body and stop letting food rule your life.

2. Can I still lose weight/aspire to lose weight in this program?

Yes, however, weight loss is not the main focus; wellness is. Through learning to respect your body's wants and needs, you are more likely to make choices and take actions that best serve it. Throughout this program, we'll work together to take the power and focus off of the scale and onto feeling good in your body. It is quite possible that these cumulative positive choices could result in weight loss. However, your body will settle in a weight that is optimal for it's funcitoning and your health! 

3. Do I have to be interested in outdoor activities to work with you?

Absolutely not! I will happily work with anyone interested in intuitive eating.

4. Can I eat intuitively if I have food allergies, intolerances, or restrictions (religious, ethical, or moral like vegetarian or vegan)?

Yes! Mindset is a huge part of this. Some people don't include animal products in my diet due to ethical and environmental concerns. This mindset falls in line with intuitive eating. The moral and ethical concern is so strong, the desire for and taste of the food is completely adverse. I categorize this as a food preference, along with taste, textures, and preparation methods. For some individuals, these restrictions could come from a disordered mindset. Avoiding animal products, gluten, etc due to the false belief that those foods are "bad" for you or that they contribute to weight gain is disordered eating. We'll work together to reintroduce these foods into your diet and dismantle this false belief system learned from diet culture.Taking into account how foods affect us not just physically but mentally and spiritually is an important part of intuitive eating.

5. What is diet culture? 

It is a system of societal beliefs that we must lose weight and be thin in order to be healthy, worthy, and happy. Diet culture demonizes certain foods and lifestyles while praising others. Diet culture promotes a life-long focus on weight and appearance rather than health-promoting behaviors or wellness. 

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