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Intuitive Eating Counselling2020-10-01T20:39:03+00:00

INTUITIVE EATING COUNSELLING

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Want to learn how to stop dieting and eat in a way that feels peaceful, nourishes your body and shuts diet culture up? Come on in.

Is any of this familiar?

  • Are you constantly on/off a diet?
  • Obsessed with food?
  • Suffer from fatigue, brain fog and poor sleep?
  • Have unexplained gut issues, IBS or food intolerances?
  • Do you fear food and avoid or miss out on social events involving food?
  • Avoid socialising because of body image?
  • Make and break meal plans?
  • Scared of bingeing?

Take a look at the 10 Intuitive Eating principles below to see if you might need some help moving towards a more healthy way of caring for yourself:

The Intuitive Eating Principles

REJECT DIET MENTALITY

Get angry at the mis-sold promise of diets

Quit diets and breathe out

Unsubscribe from trackers and quit sad diet food. Now’s the time to get angry at the joyless restriction that had you losing and gaining the same lbs endlessly eating away at your own sense of wellbeing and bodily agency. No more. Draw a line and begin on a clean slate.

HONOUR YOUR HUNGER

Hormones, neurotransmitters, gut bacteria and coping styles

The physiology and psychology of hunger

Learn about hunger science, from a physical and psychological perspective and then learn when you’re hungry too. Understand why signals get messed up and how to slowly listen again.

MAKE PEACE WITH FOOD

Understand why binary labels such as 'healthy' v 'junk' are harmful

Level the playing field

There is no ‘toxic’ food except poisonous foods, non-foods or spoiled foods. Understand how food narratives create shame and overcompensation then make peace with food, for good.

CHALLENGE THE FOOD POLICE

Be your own best friend and shut down bullies

Silence the inner (and outer) critic

The food police come in many forms: political, unsolicited advice masquerading as concern, friends on diets, public health shaming  – learn how to notice shade and throw it out of your space.

GET SATISFIED

Intuitive eating is not hedonism

Full up v satisfied

Eating intuitively invites you to notice your bodily cues of hunger and deal with anxiety in fullness. Make sense of bloat and normal fullness.

INTERPRET FULLNESS

Intuitive eating is not hedonism

Full up v satisfied

Eating intuitively invites you to notice your bodily cues of hunger and deal with anxiety in fullness. Make sense of bloat and normal fullness.

SELF-COMPASSION

Showing up for yourself

Silence the inner bully

Things we think about ourselves are not always helpful. We can choose to curate our sense of self more compassionately and stage an intervention on the inner critic.

RESPECT YOUR BODY

Not just thinking, but feeling your way

Same team. Same. Team.

Striving to meet unrealistic expectations involving the body, disconnect you from sitting with reality. Accepting body diversity and making sense of discourses of the body help you to develop more respect for your self. To cultivate self-love.

JOYFUL MOVEMENT

Exercise science but without all that shit

Free your inner child

Before exercise got all moralistic and life got sedentary, we didn’t need to prescribe a state sanctioned 10,000 steps in order to feel like a decent, responsible human. Make sense of exercise and do what feels good to your inner child.

NUTRITION

Health anxiety versus actual risk

Progress, not perfection

 Gently following principles of useful nutrition science and integrating them into your life realistically, loosens up on the joy killing perfectionism and health anxiety.

Non-diet approach

Bespoke advice

Evidence-based

Sustainable

INTUITIVE EATING COUNSELLING

There is freedom from the cycle of dieting and bingeing. A revolutionary program that works to make peace with food and your body – for good.

Just imagine a life free of dieting or bingeing – it’s here waiting for you.

INTUITIVE EATING PROGRAM FAQ

Can I book a single session?2020-10-01T09:27:12+00:00

Yes and sometimes we weave the principles into existing work. Don’t expect to get to grips with Intuitive Eating in less that ten sessions.

Knowing if you’re ready, if I’m the right therapist, if it’s the right way to go for you, can all be sorted out in a discovery call.

 

What is Intuitive Eating?2018-08-31T20:03:53+00:00

Intuitive Eating is an approach to food and eating that is everything a diet is not. It taps into innate biological cues of hunger and fullness and intends to undo the damage caused by diet culture, dieting, negative body image and weight stigma. The physiological and psychological damage of dieting is repaired along with other concerns about body image and nutrition beliefs.

The Intuitive Eating framework has 10 principles that challenge negative internal and external thoughts and feelings about food and eating, and support a more interoceptive, positive approach to nourishing yourself.

I don’t live in the UK, can I still work with you?2020-10-01T09:28:03+00:00

Yes. The majority of my work is online with UK and international distance clients. Intuitive Eating online sessions are arranged over Skype/FaceTime/Zoom/Google Hangouts.

How much is it?2020-10-01T09:27:41+00:00

My fees are on the appointments page.

How long does it take?2020-10-01T09:28:55+00:00

Like all new skills it takes practice to rehearse and embed until we attain mastery and our new skills become an automatic response. How long it takes really depends on where you are in your journey. If you’ve had a long history of disordered eating it might take some time, and many months perhaps years of ongoing or intermittent support to maintain a healthy, relatively positive relationship with food, eating and your body. 

There are options to pay for bundles of individual appointments to extend by one, four, eight or twelve sessions.

If I eat intuitively won’t I lose control?2020-04-02T23:25:00+00:00

There is a common misconception that Intuitive Eating is a hedonistic journey into the larder. It is not. Research shows that Intuitive Eating actually improves insulin response, blood pressure, blood glucose, general wellbeing and allows bodyweight to settle without yoyoing. Imagine being able to eat what you need without having to second guess it. It is possible. 

This feeling of being out of control with food is a direct consequence of a restrictive mindset. Getting out of this is not easy and takes some strategy. It takes an understanding of the psychology and some of the metabolic and physiological processes that determine appetite to realise you cannot outsmart biology without paying the price. 

Once you let go of the idea that you can or need to micromanage your body and health, you can learn to develop body trust, attune to the softer, interoceptive cues your body is offering, and develop  a deeper understanding into your own health and wellbeing. It is next level self-care.

Will I lose weight by eating intuitively?2020-10-01T09:30:03+00:00

Maybe, maybe not. Intuitive Eating is not a diet and does not use scale weight as a measure of health, wellbeing or success.

The outcome of Intuitive Eating is that you find a place where your relationship with food is edging toward harmonious. You find a way to eat that honours your body’s needs based on internal, not external cues, and in this the evidence shows that with Intuitive Eating there is improved blood sugar stability,  reduced weight cycling,  improved dietary quality, improved body image, improved mental health, higher self compassion and increased engagement in physical activity for enjoyment. There is emerging research on cardiovascular risk and waist circumference that also shows promise.

Extensive research tells us that the majority of diets don’t lead to sustained weight loss, but to weight gain. We also know that the biggest modifiable risk factor leading to disordered eating is negative body image and dieting behaviours. 

A good way to ask yourself if you need to learn to eat intuitively is to reflect on how much of your life you’ve enjoyed without it depending on weight loss, successful dieting and how much of your life you’ve spent trying to get a body you think is “ideal’. If you realise that much of your life has been devoted to micromanaging your body, don’t you think it’s time for a change?