"After 30 years of yo-yo'ing and keeping life on hold - I now get to make these experiences mean something, by creating Nutriri with such wonderful co-facilitators!"
What made you start Nutriri?
I was fed up with paying out to groups that had little to no interest in actually seeing me 'succeed' enough to no longer need their services. Oh, and the way the group leader seemed to scan me up and down, in the street, was annoying too!
I had no real answers back in 2015; just an inkling to create a meet up group and ask what others needed from a group that was interested in us all finding ease around food and our bodies.
What has been your lived experience of diet/judgement culture?
I truly feel that had I not started messing with my food; restricting intake to retain my teenage body, I wouldn't have yo-yo'd so vastly over so many years. I can remember teasing about my big bum at age 10 - from my school's country dancing teacher!
Getting stretch marks around age 13 and seeing 80s magazines clearly telling me that these were unacceptable; along with cellulite - my changing body just wasn't on trend!
What are your hopes for the Nutriri Self Nurture Movement?
To co-create, using everyone's lived experience, the end of diet and judgement culture.
By helping individuals find their own version of food and body ease; we help society (us) know and understand body acceptance, weight neutrality and compassion generally, so that we are better able to self nurture.
Let's all acknowledge that the 'war on obesity' isn't working. And that fresh thinking is needed to create a self-nurturing and connected culture that includes every-body.