If you’ve heard about intuitive eating, you may be wondering what an intuitive eating program would look like, and if you could benefit from joining one.
I wish I’d had an intuitive eating program when I first learned about the non-diet approach to nutrition back in 2000. But that was before Facebook; before the internet was much more than academic sites and Hotmail! An intuitive eating program could have helped me find the community I needed to embrace a radical new approach to health and wellness. Instead, I floundered between dieting and intuitive eating; where I had given up on dieting but still had a very disordered relationship with food and my body.
Which intuitive eating program is right for you?
The answer to that will depend on where you are on your intuitive eating journey, along with your personal history*.
Listed here are the intuitive eating programs that I offer, both 1:1 and group formats.
All my offerings are wholly aligned with intuitive eating and a weight-neutral approach. Many of my intuitive eating programs do require an application to join. This is to make sure that you get the right intuitive eating program for where you are on your journey.
Not sure where to start? Book a free call here.
* If you’re actively engaged in eating disorder behaviours, then these programs aren’t for you YET. Once you’ve started your recovery, then these programs can support that.
Intuitive Eating Coaching 1:1
A new intuitive eating coaching client recently said to me, “I’m so embarrassed that I need to pay someone to learn how to eat.” She really thought that she should’ve been able to “figure it out”.
The average woman will try anywhere between 61 and 126 diets in her lifetime (depending on the poll). That works out to about 17 years of her life. Seventeen years!!! What could you do with that time, energy and money? Of those diets that ‘worked’, the weight didn’t stay gone for long. The vast majority (80-95%) of people gain at least half of the weight back within the first year, and many (60%) will gain back even more than they lost. Hence the reason for so many freaking diets. PSA: diets don’t work.
It’s no wonder that my new client couldn’t just read the book and ditch diets. Diet culture is literally woven into the fabric of our lives. And when dieting stopped being cool back in the early 2010’s, wellness culture swooped in to take its place. They used the same tools but packed them up differently. Instead of fad diets, we have detox’s and cleanses. Instead of restrictive diets we have gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, low GI, low-carb (you get the picture) lifestyle plans. PSA: diets don’t work even if it’s not called a diet.
Food has become unnecessarily complicated. Enjoying pleasure foods has been labelled emotional eating. Dining out has started to interfere with our relationships instead of strengthening them.
This is why you may consider hiring an intuitive eating coach.
Giving up dieting is only the beginning. Learning how to trust yourself to choose what, how much, and when to eat is a whole other thing. As your intuitive eating coach, I can be your guide. I can show you how the principles work together for you, right now, with what you’re facing.
To me intuitive eating is like learning a new language. You can learn a lot from a book or a course. But it isn’t until you start speaking it and conversing with it that you learn the nuances of the language. And those nuances are what make it beautiful.
Intuitive Eating Support Group
- Are you looking for an intuitive eating support group?
- Have you finished doing 1:1 work but aren’t ready to go it alone?
One of the biggest obstacles to intuitive eating is the world that we live in. At every turn, we’re faced with another headline about a superfood or a supervillainous food that’s going to make or break our health; or another wellness influencer telling us to eat this way before we drop dead and buy their product to live forever.
Adopting an anti-diet lifestyle that includes intuitive eating and self-compassion takes connection, comradery and consistency. That’s what Mastering Life as a Rebel is all about. A monthly intuitive eating support group to keep your learning alive and your community strong. It’s where we meet to celebrate and commiserate. A safe place to retreat from the grips of diet and wellness culture.
Intuitive Eating Group Program
It’s no wonder that people aren’t sure how to focus on their health goals when they’ve decided to leave diet culture behind. Many people believe that in order to give up dieting, one must also give up on health. This both angers and saddens me. It is based on the faulty, yet prevalent belief that weight and health are synonymous.
Living Life as a Rebel is a group coaching program designed for folks who are fed up with diet culture’s unrealistic expectations, unsustainable programs and ‘not enough’ messaging and who are also looking to pursue healthy habit changes.
Over the course of nine weeks, you’ll set goals that matter to YOU. Then you’ll establish the habits and routines necessary to keep those goals. All of this will be done while you listen to your body and unlearn all of the damage that diet culture has done.
Mindful Eating for Diabetes
Almost 60% of those with prediabetes can prevent the onset of diabetes by making sustainable lifestyle changes. We also know that people with diabetes can prevent many of the long-term complications through diabetes self-management. Restrictions and diets aren’t sustainable. Mindful eating puts the self in diabetes self-management.
The Am I Hungry? for Diabetes mindful eating program was developed by Dr. Michelle May MD and Megrette Fletcher RD CDE in 2012 and has been delivered to thousands of people across North America and abroad.
Mindful Meal Planning
“Can I meal plan and still be an intuitive eater?”
This was a question that one of my program participants asked me. She wasn’t sure if an intuitive eating meal plan was a thing, or that it would just be another version of a diet. The answer was a resounding yes! I understood exactly where she was coming from. When I started my own intuitive eating journey, I realized that my chaotic eating style along with my inability to notice subtle hunger cues, I kept ending up so hungry that I made choices that didn’t feel good for me. I needed to have food on hand but didn’t want to fall back into dieting mode. In the past, I used meal plans to control and restrict my food intake. What I needed was an intuitive eating meal plan.
I developed this course to help bridge the gap between chaotic eating and overstructured eating. Mindful meal planning is sensible, satisfying and sustainable. It provides a structure with built-in flexibility to withstand the ups and downs of real life, which rarely goes to plan. It acknowledges that healthy eating is as much about having a peaceful relationship with food as it is about the food itself. Healthy eating includes all foods, especially culturally important foods, and foods that you love. This is how you create an intuitive eating meal plan.
Befriend Your Body
A 14-day journey to come back to your body. This FREE mini-course will put you on the right path to reconciling your relationship with your body.