If not diet then what?
Intuitive Eating is your innate ability to respond to your needs. Instead of relying on external rules and guidelines, you seek guidance within. Intuitive Eating teaches you to understand and respond to your inner cues, to know when to eat, what to eat and when to stop always leading you to pleasure and balance.
How will I control food?
Years of reliance on external rules left you with very little trust in your body guidance. It's not your body that is broken, it's the diet mentality that made you believe that there is something wrong with your body if it doesn't look or act in a certain way... You don't need to use willpower to control yourself around food, what you need is to build trust in your body...
Hormonal health is the essence of women's happiness. When our hormones are affected we may feel down, depressed, our self-regulatory system will be affected and we may see symptoms such as bloating, fluid retention, weight gain, hair loss or fatigue. But the majority of hormonal imbalance is caused by restrictive eating, starvation or chronic inflammation caused by stress...
How dieting affects your body...
Your body can’t tell dieting apart from actual food scarcity and starvation, so to compensate for the shortage of calories, your metabolism slows to try and conserve energy. You become more efficient at doing more with less. In other words, your body becomes really good at storing fat.
OVEREATING AND BINGING
Dieting leads to bingeing. It’s science. Say you skip breakfast to try and be ‘good’. Your brain is pissed. It sends out neurotransmitters and hormones like ghrelin and neuropeptide Y – both of which are super potent orexigenic, meaning that they stimulate appetite. So as the day goes on, these guys build-up, you give in (to your normal biological urge to eat) and once you pop you can’t stop. Sound familiar? Yup.
Your weight can go up higher than your original weight – I mean, doy! How many people do you know who’ve sustained weight loss over long periods of time? Now how many of those people are content and not furiously counting calories or going beast mode *shudders* at the gym? Right, so everyone else is probably heavier than their original weight and feeling pretty shitty about that (because that’s what society has decided they should feel), and now they’re trying to figure out the next diet they’re going to attempt.
You can’t stop thinking about your next meal, when you’re allowed to eat again, you spend hours picking out recipes on Pinterest and trawling Instagram from #foodporn figuring out how you can make ‘healthy’ gluten-free, sugar-free, low-cal substitutions. You have no mental bandwidth left for living your life.
You know when you were a kid and your mum told you not to do the thing, so you did the thing? Yeah. I see this all the time with my clients. They say certain foods are off-limits, foods they enjoy eating but deem ‘bad’. They do without it instead of satisfying their craving for it. Next thing they know they’re shoulder deep into a bucket of Phish Food, feeling sick and guilty. And the next morning you’re skipping breakfast to ‘make up for it. Rinse and repeat.
They undermine your own innate ability to recognize hunger and fullness:
Think about it; if you’re following a diet plan down to the letter, you’re relying on someone else to tell you what, when and how much to eat. THEY DON’T KNOW YOUR LIFE.
Relying on someone else to tell you what to do can so easily result in eating too much or too little: Let’s say you’re doing one of the points systems. You’ve used up all your points for the day, but you’re still hungry? You either go hungry or you beat yourself up for going over. Neither of them sounds like good options to me. Likewise, if you have some points left over, you’re probably not going to let them go to waste, even though you’re not hungry.
If not diet then what?
Intuitive Eating is a series of tools and skills designed to help you move away from rigid external rules, and learn to eat according to your body’s natural appetite and physiological cues.
It’s an approach developed by dietitians which have been shown to help improve body appreciation and satisfaction, attunement to internal cues like hunger and fullness, psychological flexibility (no more black + white thinking), self-regard and optimism, exercising for enjoyment and dietary variety.
It can also help improve physiological markers of health like blood glucose control, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Finally, it has been shown to reduce the binge/restrict cycle and help people move away from diets.
How will I control food?
The powerful connection of the body to mind will help take over any control needed to improve your health and body that was genetically designed for you. You may have been reliant on external rules for a long time, to tell you when, what and how much to eat but we have been born with a self-regulatory system that knows exactly what you need at any given moment.
But after years of listening to external rules, the connection between our body and mind weakens and get silenced.
Learning to listen to your inner wisdom will provide you with the best tool to understand your body needs and to reach your natural weight range and best possible health state.
The best way to control is to give all the control back to your body.
Hormonal health is the essence of women's happiness. When our hormones are affected we may feel down, depressed, our self-regulatory system will be affected and we may see symptoms such as bloating, fluid retention, weight gain, hair loss or fatigue.
But there is not one thing you can do to improve your hormonal balance. Your hormonal system is complex and reliant on each other.
Hormonal health requires a holistic approach to your health starting with helping your body get rid of psychical and metabolic stress, both most likely caused by weight cycling, restrictions and malnourishment from following various diets.
Your body thrives on balance and abundance and where is a restriction or famine it needs to take measures to survive causing stress, inflammation and hormonal imbalance.
Food Freedom for Life Mastermind
A 5-month support program that includes both group & 1:1 coaching!
This is the perfect program for you if you are looking for individualized support and connecting with a community of amazing humans that are working towards food freedom!
Food Freedom for Life MASTERMIND includes.
Lifetime Access to the Food Freedom for Life Course.
Ten Live Group Coaching Sessions (two a month)
Five Healing Ceremonies (One a month)
Private Support group facilitated by Vera Prazak, Intuitive Eating Nutritionist
1:1 coaching calls for additional support
Is for you if you:
You feel guilt associated with food and eating
You feel out of control around food and go through periods of restriction and binging
You now in your heart that you don't want to diet anymore but the idea of leaving dieting feels very scary and you have no idea where to start
You are ready to create health-promoting behaviors that will impact your health in a positive way!
You are ready to live a life of food freedom!
Private Mentorship is designed to support you through multiple seasons of life. If you have been dieting for years on end, it will take time to break free from dieting and find food freedom! We are here to support you every step of the way!
Food Freedom for Life ONLINE COURSE
The food Freedom for Life course was inspired by the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, evidence-based self-care eating that allows you to regain trust with your body!
This course includes:
Nine lessons with 20+ videos working through the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating
100+ pages of workbook, guides and worksheets with reflective journaling exercises and practical advice
Food Freedom for Life MASTERMIND
Lifetime access to Food Freedom Online Course
10x coaching call
5x Healing Ceremony
Private support group
Monthly payment of $497.00 NZD
Paid in Full (5-month access) $1997.00 NZD
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Paid in full price or your first month.
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DIET & BODY
Body Image Distortion
Gentle Movement and Exercise
Vera will help you with the following:
KIDS & FAMILY EATING
Baby lead weaning
Preventing Picky Eating
Early Age Nutrition
Raising Intuitive Eaters
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake
Food Fears, Anxieties, and Avoidances
Mindless or Disconnected Eating
Obsessive, Compulsive, or Ritualistic Eating
HOW DO I KNOW THIS IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Suppose you don't know how to eat anymore. If you feel like every day is a war between you and food, the food somehow always wins. If you tried every single diet, cleanse, detox, lifestyle change or "system" out there to help you lose weight but it eventually finds its way back in.
If you feeling that despite you barely touch junk food, don't even drink alcohol or coffee and yet the number on a scale is constantly rising then this is it, this is the thing that will change your life, forever.
If you are constantly thinking about what you can and want you to wish to eat, are done with variations of tasteless salads or with spending a half-day on the toiled due to that cleanse that supposedly meant to help you to restart your body and metabolism, then you are at the right place.
If eating out with others makes you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed or when someone brings in your favourite food but you are on a diet, this is for you. If you are done with faceplanting in a cookie bowl every time you are trying to process emotions or feel better after a long stressful day, this is for you.
Intuitive eating is not a weight loss program but it will certainly change your life and give you life-long energy and happiness. Intuitive eating will help you simplify your life and help you to reach your healthier self in the body you have been born with. You will never see food as a problem anymore, food will become a nourishment, source of energy, joy, pleasure and connection. You will no longer feel traped inside of your body.