Food and Body Image
Are you sick of being at war with food and your body?
If you struggle with disordered eating, you’ve probably tried everything to get control of your eating and your weight. You know diets don’t work so you’ve tried going gluten free, sugar free, paleo and keto. Each plan works for a while….until it doesn’t and you fall off the wagon, eating foods you swore you wouldn’t touch. You feel terrible about yourself. You’re scared of the scale, the mirror and the jeans hanging in your closet.
When you start a new weight loss plan, you feel great and ready to once and for all get your food problem and weight under control. When the plan stops working you blame yourself, thinking you have no willpower or that you just can’t control yourself around food. You wonder if you're too weak, too emotional or if you're addicted to certain foods.
And then the next shiny new weight loss plan comes along, often couched as a healthy lifestyle or wellness plan, and you are on the wagon again.
What if you never had to get back on the wagon again?
What if the wagon (trying to control your food and weight) itself was the problem?
Our therapists use the principles of Intuitive Eating, Health at Every SizeⓇ, DBT and RO-DBT to help you never get on that wagon again.
Intuitive Eating helps you access your body’s wisdom to guide you in making choices around food, exercise and nutrition. Instead of using your head to make decisions around food (I should eat this, I shouldn’t eat that), you’ll learn how to listen to your body to make decisions around what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat.
More information about Intuitive Eating.
Health at Every SizeⓇ
Health at Every SizeⓇ is a framework that recognizes the pervasive negative impact weight stigma plays in the formation and maintenance of disordered eating. Health at Every SizeⓇ celebrates body diversity and offers a way of pursuing optimal health that isn’t focused on weight loss.
Upwards of 98% of people who intentionally try to lose weight gain it all back within 5 years. Two-thirds of those people will gain back even more weight. If this has been the case for you, this doesn’t mean you are a failure, rather, the diet paradigm has failed you.
Information on the science, research and social justice theory behind Health at Every SizeⓇ.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, can help you learn skills to manage your emotions so you don’t have to over or under-eat to deal with painful emotions. Restricting and eating emotionally can both be ways to manage challenging life experiences. We incorporate skills from both DBT and RO-DBT to help you learn creative and effective ways to soothe yourself when you're in distress and to loosen the reins of control.
Ready to stop food obsession and body hatred?
Contact us to see how we can help.