What is it?
The term body positivity is a hot-button issue at the moment, with some people claiming BoPo and fat acceptance are just an excuse for people who are too lazy to lose weight, an excuse to binge, to eat whatever you want and not care about your health. This is obviously not how I see it. I fell in love with this term, as I find it very descriptive of what I want to achieve. I literally want people to feel positive about their bodies.
I do not believe in diets. I do not believe in calorie counting. I do not believe in a good versus bad dichotomy when it comes to food. All of these things can help you achieve short term weight loss, but more often than not they also lead to weight cycling (yo-yo dieting) and to seeing both your body and food as the enemy. This is not a healthy, happy place to be.
What I propose to help you do is to make peace with food and with your body, and even to begin to appreciate and love your body.
Our bodies are actually really good at telling us when they need food, when they’ve had enough, what kind of food they need or want – we just have to (re)learn to listen. Many of us find this difficult after years of dieting and cultural and societal pressure teaching us that our bodies need to be whipped into shape, be controlled and are not to be trusted. After years of being taught that our weight is something we should be ashamed of. But I am here to tell you it is not. Your weight is just a number, it does not define you nor make you less worthy of love and respect.
How does it work?
I work with principles from Intuitive Eating and HAES (Health at Every Size), so you can learn to listen to and trust your body and reach a balance where you naturally eat food both that you enjoy and that is healthful. Food can nourish both your body and your soul. I do not want to take the joy out of eating – rather I want to reinstate it.
From my studies as a weight consultant I also have knowledge of nutrition, dietetics and anatomy, so for those who feel they need to learn about how the body works and how it reacts to different food, I can definitely help you with this too. However my initial focus will almost always be on getting back in touch with the body, listening to hunger and fullness cues, noticing what foods feel good to eat in regards to pleasure, energy levels and overall well-being. We’ll also explore what kind of movement your body enjoys (I’m personally partial to dancing around the house like a madwoman).
I am a firm believer in the fact that every body is different and one size definitely doesn’t fit all (both literally and figuratively), so I am here to listen to your needs, your specific issues and together we can create a plan that works best for you. I have assessments and exercises ready for you depending on what you most want to focus on. And I’m here for moral and emotional support. I am your cheerleader.
I also work with Modern Energy Tapping (also known as EFT) in order both to discover underlying issues, to help with motivation and get the positive energies flowing. Modern Energy Tapping can be used for a myriad of other issues besides those relating to body confidence and is amongst other things also a very effective tool for stress management and general relaxation, inspiration and creativity.
Who is it for?
Body positivity coaching is for anyone who struggles with disordered eating* and/or body image issues. Anyone who is having a hard time accepting their body. Anyone who needs a little help, a little guidance and support while starting the very worthwhile journey to self-acceptance.
I want you to know that whatever your issue is you will face no judgement from me, I am eager to help you and truly believe that all bodies deserve love and gentle care. If you’re interested to hear more, please contact me for a free introduction (approx 15-20 minutes).
*If you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder or think you may have one, please see your doctor and/or therapist.