10 Steps to Undoing Deprivation Mindset

In May, I had the pleasure of seeing Becca Clegg, author of Ending the Diet Mindset, speak here in Asheville. Becca is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker and offered a lot of helpful information. I highly recommend her book for anyone wanting to reclaim a healthy relationship with food and body.

As a culture, we are waking up to the damage created from diet mentality. In my practice, this process is the first step my clients take on a journey towards learning about themselves, why they have focused on food and body throughout their life, and moving towards healing the trauma and attachment wounds focusing on food and body have been attempting to regulate.

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How Embodiment Heals in Binge Eating Recovery

When you struggle with emotional and binge eating, it is often a sign that you are disconnected from your body. Your body becomes a battle ground and you lack a sense of safety and trust in your own skin.  

Learning to embody yourself is a long journey, but will have a lasting impact on your ability to heal from emotional and binge eating. Embodiment is the intersection of body with the contents of who you are as a person.

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Body & Food: Helping Without Harming

Sitting in session with a therapist many years ago, I confessed my frequent desire to visit the Krispy Kreme drive thru on my way from my therapy sessions back to my life. We did a little exploration of this emotional eating urge to self-soothe, and then she led me through a meditation that included her subtly shaming this choice by saying "Of course, you know the doughnuts are not good for you." From my perspective, I knew that there were times when I intentionally choose to self-soothe with food, and as long as I was doing this action with conscious awareness, it was an action I viewed as neutral. Her bias about doughnuts came through, I felt misattuned to, and she no longer felt like a safe person for me to explore my food and body issues with.

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I Like to Move It Move It

I truly believe in the power of movement to help us remember our true selves. for me, it is an essential part of a Reclaiming Beauty practice. This is why I am so thrilled to let you know about a women’s fitness experience and sisterhood circle, that my colleague and friend, Lizzy, is offering.  

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My Vagina Resists Self-Objectification

This year marked the 20th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues, and local activists were invited to speak about what or why their vagina resists as a part of the performance. I was honored to be invited to participate, as the Vagina Monologues has been an important part of my personal grief process, liberation and celebration of my vagina and my feminine power.

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