Client testimonial

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Yay! Scale by Marilyn Wann

My very first Health at Every Size® client gave me permission to share her story.  She wrote this testimonial a few months ago, five years after our first consult.

I would like to share the rocky journey I endured that led to finally loving myself as I am. I let go of the old me and embraced the new me, which ironically both weigh the same. My story starts the same as thousands of women. Ten years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She changed my life in every aspect imaginable. Including my body and the way I perceived myself. For years afterwards, I was on a diet, working towards the body I had before my pregnancy. After many failed diets, expensive gym memberships, hundreds of dollars on the supplement that I hoped would finally do the trick, I still didn’t have my old body.

During health week at work they were offering free medical screenings and nutrition consultations. I decided to make some appointments because maybe there was something wrong with me and that is why I wouldn’t lose weight. After the medical screening I had an appointment with Nicole the Nutritionist. “Great, here comes the usual judging” I thought. The pit of my stomach started to churn instantly. I flashed a smile and proceeded to sit down cool as a cucumber. As soon as she asked me how she could help me….I burst into tears. I had the ugly cry going as I was trying to smile and tell her this was normal while waving my arms around reassuring her and trying to blow air on my face all at the same time. Hot Mess.

It was at that moment I realized I truly hated the way I looked. I was so ashamed and didn’t want to explain or try to justify it. Everybody knows eating right and working out is the solution, the fact that I still looked like I did was my fault. Nicole handled it like a true professional, she let me cry it out and vent forever.

We started looking over my results…..and everything was perfect. I was very heathy, no concerns at all. To be honest, I was disappointed. I wanted to have something wrong with me, I literally wished illness upon myself so that I could have a reason to be fat. If that is not rock bottom I don’t know what is.

Nicole suggested something that I had never even considered. She planted a thought that began to grow and blossom into something real. What if I am fine just the way I am? The results showed I was healthy, so maybe the fact that I didn’t weigh what I did 10 years ago didn’t really matter. My weight was not affecting my health in any way. What if I focused more on my family and my personal inner happiness? What if I stopped dieting and starting eating healthy meals with my family, making dinner a happy time and not a sad miserable time because I couldn’t eat what I wanted? What if I stopped forcing myself to go to the gym, and instead I went for walks with my kids, interacted and played with them more? What if?

I left Nicole’s office determined to give it a shot. I removed the scale form my bathroom. I had a family meeting and we set an official dinner time, allowed the kids and my husband to have a say on what we had for dinner. It worked. I started reading again, began sewing and being artsy fartsy like the old me. I started walking the kids to and from school giving me a chance to interact with them more. It was a struggle but I didn’t want to be miserable any longer so kept at it.

Guess what? I am still “fat” and I am 100% ok with that. This may be TMI but my husband looks at me differently and I know it is my new found confidence. We are still having dinner at 5:30 every night and I actually look forward to it and enjoy my food. I recently went to a check up appointment and I am still as healthy as can be. I feel like a completely different person. I am happy and healthy. What more do I need?🙂

 

Nutrition Podcasts

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Recently, I started listening to podcasts on my iPhone.  I love being able to learn while walking along the river, driving in my car, or doing chores.

If you haven’t listened to podcasts before, it’s really easy.  You probably already have the podcast app on your iPhone.  All you have to do is search for a podcast and subscribe.

One podcast I enjoy, the Nutrition Matters Podcast, had mentioned Health at Every Size® (HAES) a few times, but had yet to dive deep into the topic.  I reached out the the podcast host, and she invited me to be on the show.  The episode was published last week.  Check it out!

Here are some of the other nutrition podcasts I enjoy:

LoveFood0101The Love, Food Podcast by Julie Duffy Dillon, MS, RD

In this heartfelt podcast, listeners submit ‘Dear Abby’ style letters to food. Julie responds, giving caring and compassionate insights that help listeners to work through food and body image issues. Oftentimes, Julie will phone a friend to share their expertise as well. The letters are very relatable, and the responses are warm and genuine.

cover2Dietitians Unplugged by Aaron Flores, RD and Glenys Oyston, RD

A fun and engaging podcast by my favorite blogger and her equally awesome colleague.  They discuss Health at Every Size®, intuitive eating, and body positivity to help listeners embrace their health without shaming their bodies.

 

Food_Psych_Album_Cover_NewFood Psych by Christy Harrison, MPH, RD

Eating disorder expert Christy Harrison interviews other professionals on topics such as intuitive eating, body image, and eating disorder recovery.  Episode 42 is especially awesome; Christy interviews HAES leader Linda Bacon.

 

body-kindness-cover-art-FINAL-1024x1024Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield, RD and Bernie Salazar

Rebecca and Bernie guide listeners in taking good care of themselves through daily feel-good choices, big and small.  Body Kindness is a diet-free, judgement-free zone that’s all about gratitude, respect and fun.

What podcasts do you enjoy?  Please share in the comments so I can check them out!


Short on time, but still want to eat well?  Check out my new e-book, 5-Minute Meals. Featuring over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can make in less than 5 minutes.

Missed Health at Every Size®: LIVE?  Check out the event video.

Health At Every Size and HAES are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.

 

My e-book is out! Purchase your copy of 5-Minute Meals today.

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I am thrilled to announce the release of my first e-book, 5-Minute Meals.  This has been a project of mine for a couple of years now.

I love food and enjoy cooking, but I don’t want to spend all of my free time in the kitchen. I’d rather be outdoors, playing tennis or relaxing with friends. I realized that many of my clients felt the same way. So I decided to write this book, to share my favorite quick-and-easy recipes with the world.   Continue reading

Brain Over Binge 

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After six years of chronic bingeing and purging, Kathryn Hansen stopped her eating disorder independently and abruptly, using the power of her own brain.

I recently heard Kathryn’s story while listening to the Nutrition Matters podcast. Her story was powerful and her approach to recovery sounded compelling. She also sounded very bright, and she supported her ideas with research. So, I purchased and read her book, Brain Over Binge, to learn more.   Continue reading

Health at Every Size®: LIVE! this Saturday

Learn how to enhance your health through body positivity and compassionate self-care. Join me for Health at Every Size®: LIVE this Saturday, May 21 at McKinley Park.

We have an amazing panel of body positive guest speakers lined up, including Connie Sobczak, co-founder of The Body Positive and author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical inner voice!)  Her presentations have been described as life-changing.

Here are the top 5 reasons to attend this event:

  1. Reclaim your health
  2. Learn to practice intuitive self-care
  3. Cultivate self-love
  4. Declare your own authentic beauty
  5. Build a body positive community

(These are the core competencies of the Be Body Positive Model.)

Did you know that I was on TV?  Watch me explain the Health at Every Size® approach during my four minutes of fame:

Nicole Presents “Brain Training: Cultivating Body Respect”

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Do you want to feel more comfortable and confident? More relaxed, joyful, and present in the world? Your thoughts about your body can shape the way you feel. Instead of fighting to change your body, learn to change the way you think.

Registered dietitian Nicole Geurin returns to Train Hard or Go Home for the final presentation of her 3-part series on Health at Every Size.  Continue reading

Join us for Health at Every Size®: LIVE! in Sacramento

 

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Support health and well-being while putting an end to weight stigma.  Come join us for a day of fun, fitness, and health for EVERY BODY.

The event is free to attend. Donations are welcome; all proceeds will benefit the Association for Size Diversity and Health.

Event highlights:

  • Keynote speaker Connie Sobczak, author of the book Embody
  • Movement breaks led by body-positive fitness instructors
  • Presentations by health professionals (i.e. yours truly!)
  • Book signing
  • Delicious snacks
  • Raffles and door prizes

It’s going to be awesome!  To learn more, visit youcaring.com/HAESContinue reading