Does this sound familiar to you?
"I get really anxious when my friends want to eat out - what if there's nothing on the menu I can eat? What if I cave in and then binge eat my way through everything on the menu?"
"Stepping on the scale first thing in the morning determines how the rest of my day will go. If I've gained weight I'm miserable for the rest of the day and then eat barely anything for about 2 days afterwards and then I binge. If I've lost weight I'm really pleased with myself... but then I'l celebrate with 'treat food'. My relationship with food is so tightly wrapped up with the scale"
"I'm fed up of counting calories/points/syns, it's making me really anxious around food. Do thin people do this? I doubt it"
"I eat my feelings, I just can't help myself. I come home after a long stressful shift and I work nights sometimes so I often skip meals. I'm just so tired and stressed when I come home but I know that crisps, chocolate and wine are waiting for me. In the moment I feel better.. but the guilt kicks in afterwards.
"I'm just tired of having to 'get back on plan' every Monday, I don't know why I do it to myself every week. Weekends are my weakness"
"I'm dreading going on holiday this summer, I can't find any swim suits that look good on me and I'm worried what the other people will think of my lumpy, wobbly thighs"
Can you relate to these ladies?
I bet you've also heard your mothers, aunts, sisters and work colleagues say those exact words....
...and you've been hearing this your entire life.
All of these statements echo the messages we have thrown at us by slimming groups, magazines and social media on a daily basis.
The diet industry tells us we're out of control around food and have no willpower (and sometimes, it really does feel like that).
But here's the real kicker: it's diets that make us feel this way.
Let's be honest - dieting doesn't work. It never has.
Research shows that yo-yo dieting and weight cycling damages your metabolism, causes weight re-gain and increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation and loss of muscle. I bet these were all things you were trying to prevent in the first place, by dieting to lose weight, right?
Psychologically speaking, by dieting you’re much more likely to struggle with disordered eating, such as restriction, bingeing and even purging (which includes over-exercising with the intention of burning off excess calories).
Let’s also talk about the financial cost of dieting. You probably pay gym membership to encourage you to exercise. You may even pay slimming club fees to keep you accountable to your diet. You buy health magazines, vitamins, healthy snacks and new workout clothes.
There's a part of you that clings to the idea of finding 'the right diet' the one that will work this time...
But deep down you know that the next diet will fail too.
You’re just not sure how to escape the dieting cycle.
The key to escaping the dieting cycle is the right mindset: the Health Mindset instead of the dieting mindset.
Without the right mindset, you are just wasting money, time and energy on all that other stuff, while you're still not improving your health or how you feel about your body, and may in fact be causing more damage to your well-being.
It's time to take a different approach to your health, improve your body image and make peace with food
Includes free 6 week Programme
Sign up now to access The Health Mindset Starter Kit, for free.
Here's what you'll recieve in the Starter Kit:
6 Week Video Course
Made up of short, to the point, videos and a workbook, on the topics of Diet Culture, Body Acceptance, Body Awareness, Emotional Eating, Intuitive Eating and Health Beyond the Scale. You'll easily be fit these videos lessons into your busy life.
I'll send you two emails a week during the programme, the first one will introduce the area of focus for the week, and the second will be diving deeper into a particular issue. These emails will help you stay on track with your recovery journey.
Bonus PDF guides
As a bonus, I'm also including a welcome guide, which contains useful info and space to record notes and insights you'll gain throughout the Programme. I've also included my guide to recommend resources for taking your recovery journey further.
Imagine a life where...
- You no longer log your foods or track your calorie intake.
- You eat out with friends without the food guilt and anxiety.
- You no longer binge eat, skip meals or restrict certain foods or entire food groups.
- You confidently wear a swim wear on the beach.
- You can cope with difficult emotions without turning to food for comfort.
- You no longer delay dating, holidays or weddings because you're waiting to become the 'perfect dress size'.
- You're able to tune out from the noise of dieting and body shaming.
- You discover the joy of movement and gentle nutrition, and improve your physical health without resorting to dieting and fitness bootcamps.
Here's what we'll cover in the 6 week programme
About The Programme Director
KAren Oliver, BA, MA
Her award-winning blog and coaching programme is based on the Health at Every Size ® approach to health and draws on the principals of Intuitive Eating, the Body Positivity movement, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Positive Psychology and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), in order to help busy women tackle disordered eating, overcome emotional eating and recover from long-term dieting via a holistic, research-led online coaching programme.
A former Social Worker, Karen comes from an academic background of Psychology and Sociology. She holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology, specialising in health and society and a Masters degree in Social Work. She has trained in Counselling skills and Psychotherapy-based approaches such as CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing, and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Professional Nutrition.
When she's not working or studying, she can be found either running after a very active toddler, watching Netflix with her husband, painting with a glass of wine in hand, or in the gym, where her passions are weight lifting, swimming and yoga. She is also a carer for her father, who has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and her mother, who struggles with her mental health and suffers with Anorexia Nervosa.
Karen has successfully reversed hypertension and pre-diabetes and overcame her childhood and teenage eating disorders. She credits a huge change in mindset for being able to do this, which was her inspiration for launching The Health Mindset Programme™.