FOOD FREEDOM SUMMER ON-LINE PROGRAM
Do you want to:
· Feel good about what you eat?
· Accept yourself for who you are?
· Nourish yourself with food and compassion?
· Develop strategies and tools that support healing?
· Breathe through emotions instead of eating over them?
I hear these needs and more from women like you every day. My past and current clients have told me…
They want concrete knowledge and tools:
“I want to really understand what I am eating and how it affects my body. ‘Empty calories’ means nothing to me right now.”
“I want to feel like I’m in control of my choices in the grocery store, and my food-related time (re: planning, preparing & eating). I want to be armed with KNOWLEDGE and ALTERNATIVES to the bad choices I know I’m making.”
“I am interested in having the tools to employ and ”activate” when I’m feeling annoyed, bored, depressed to work through these cravings and not find solace in food”
They want to develop mindfulness and self-awareness:
“I want to be able to know when I’ve had enough, to eat less, to not feel guilty about eating too much after the fact—to enjoy food more.”
“I would like to be treating my body more kindly and to be using less judgmental internal language.”
They want to feel empowered:
“I don't want food to have so much “power” over me.
I would like to have healthier alternatives when I
feel stressed, anxious, tired, or sad and to tolerate those feelings better without needing to feel it.
would like to enjoy food without a sense of guilt.”
“I’m actually hoping that the improved relationship to food and health acts like a catalyst for other things in my life to start taking shape/hold and gaining some momentum in other areas of my life.”
Are you ready to feel free and empowered by your relationship to food and your body?
SPEND time with intimate loved ones without obsessing about your body.
FEEL your feelings and acknowledge them with consciousness and compassion.
LIVE big dreams.
USE your creative talents.
FEEL comfortable in your own skin. Well the first thing I am going to say is this:
YOU CAN BE THAT WOMAN!
This is my story.
A “failed bulimic.”
I wanted to be a bulimic.
because I was an expert at the binge part I
could never quite figure out the purge part.
I was overweight,
and I would use diets to drop 20 pounds in 2 weeks
or exercise like crazy.
Even at my slimmest I was not happy because I knew a binge--
and all those extra pounds--
were lurking around the corner.
I never thought I could go a day with thinking about food.
I ate over my emotions and saw no way out.
I tried every diet, remedy, gimmick out there.
I wanted to love my body, but I hated it.
I wanted to know how to feed myself, but I refused to be in the kitchen.
At the time I was also practicing yoga like it was my religion.
I went to yoga 6 days a week, sometimes 2 times a day.
It was the one place I felt self-empowered, calm, and connected –
especially to my body –
and truly me, as soon as I walked into the studio.
And yet it was a complete contrast to my life off the mat.
I was an aspiring actress at the time,
working between gigs as a waitress
at fast-paced Italian restaurants
in New York City.
And being around food every night had its own challenges.
The other waitresses and I would
into the bathroom
between taking orders.
One night one of the waitresses
said she had taken
the special chocolate fudge layer cake
into the 3rd bathroom stall
and to go have some
if I wanted it.
On my break I dashed to the bathroom and tore into the cake.
I was about half way done with the cake when I stopped mid bite.
Had I even tasted the first half of the cake,
felt the smooth fudge in my mouth I had dreamed of,
or even taken a breath?
I opened the bathroom stall and looked at myself in the mirror.
Who was this person?
Is this who I wanted to be?
I sat there for a while, dumbfounded and shocked.
I ended my shift and wandered home by foot at 1:00am.
Usually I would come home
and tear through a box of cereal
but that night I just sat and sat and sat.
Then a thought came:
Take the yoga off the mat and into the kitchen.
It seemed so obvious.
Eating, or rather overeating,
was the one consistent place I went unconscious.
Is this what my teachers meant when they said taking yoga into their lives?
As I sat with myself the insight felt more and more daunting.
All I wanted to do was eat.
Fortunately, I couldn’t even do that.
I started to feel scared because I knew this would
be the most challenging thing I ever took on.
It seemed like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
But the truth was
I needed to learn to climb that mountain.
So that’s what I did.
In the exact moment
I set a clear goal...
I am going to learn new tools
and commit once and for all
to completely change my relationship to food.
What would be my first step?
Oh I hated to admit it:
So I did, right in that moment. I thought I was going to die.
Then a voice instead said:
“Learn to sustain a pace that allows you to observe the impulses to overeat.
The answers are right here,
just connect to yourself and feel what is there.”
It wasn’t easy. I won’t lie.
It took strength, courage and trust.
And a huge decision and commitment to live a different life.
But what other choice did I have? I looked into my future and thought,
“Do I really want to be dealing with this food thing 5, 10, 20 years from now? NO!”
It amazes me every time I say it:
“I don’t think about food anymore.
I don’t obsess about my body
and I sometimes even forget to eat.”
WHO IS THAT PERSON?
Not the woman I was 20 years ago.
No, I am someone new.
I can honestly say
I am comfortable and love the skin I live in.
With all of this incredible change I couldn’t keep it to myself.
Even though I never thought my path would stray from performing,
I wanted other women to feel the same way I was feeling.
That’s why I have dedicated myself
to being a food freedom coach for the past 20 years.
I teach and counsel women to find their food freedom.
Any woman who suffers from
emotional eating should be and can be liberated.
Watching my clients break these chains and find their authentic,
fully expressed self brings me so much joy.
You might be feeling a lot of things after reading my story and my clients’ experiences.
Just for a minute, I want to invite you to trust me:
You do not need to be alone on this path anymore.
And the reason I know that is because the second insight I had was this:
FIND A COMMUNITY AND A MENTOR.
Not just friends or family.
While they are great and loving and they care about me, they didn’t get what I was going through.
They wanted to and with all good intentions, but I needed more.
I needed a community
that understood why I checked out and later found the box of cookies empty.
to guide me on how to listen deeply to my body.
to remind me to be compassionate and gentle with myself.
to support me to become a confident cook.
to see me and hear my truth. So, I prayed and searched and found that healing community.
That community taught me the skills and techniques I needed to
learn to go deeper and ultimately fully transform my life.
I am bringing that to you.
You will walk away from this program with:
· Concrete knowledge and tools, including an understanding of basic nutrition, meal plans, recipes, and written approaches to identifying emotions and processing with them without food.
· Increased mindfulness and self-awareness built from practices such as guided journaling, dialogues with other women, and other hands-on exercises.
· More empowerment within your relationship with food and your body based on the changes and successes you will find over the course of 5 months.
Your path to FOOD FREEDOM includes:
· Ten (75 minute) tele-classes
· Three Q & A additional teleclasses
· Private on-line forum
· Worksheets, templates, articles, meal plans, recipes and more
· A free copy of the 50 Food Freedom Favorites eCookbook
· Sister support
The FOOD FREEDOM Summer On line Program is designed to give you
the tools, skills, confidence and support you need to cultivate a peaceful
relationship to food and your body so that you can live a nourished and satisfying life.
INVESTMENT TO YOUR HEALTH:
Suggested Donation is $250-500
No one will be turned away for lack of funds
May 31, 2017 and for 9 more Wednesdays ending August august 2nd
Q&A DATES TBA
1-1 coaching session(s) with Darshana Weill
sliding scale fee available