Collaborating with others with the same goal, working to help people towards food and body ease, supporting Nutriri as a not for profit organisation are all reasons I want to be a facilitator here.
What was your lived experience of diet/judgement culture?
Growing up in the 1980’s, diet culture was rife, thinness was the goal and extreme measures were taken to get there. I remember the time when my Mum fainted from the Cambridge diet and exercise was for weight management. I obsessed over food; it was a massive form of pleasure– it became part of my identity “Sally Loves her Food” being a common saying. I loved cooking sweet treats from an early age, food was my friend and comfort at boarding school (soothing the homesickness at the tuck shop and evening toast with butter instead of parental hugs). I studied food at university, got my dream job of being a food taster and then retrained to be a food teacher.
After years of working with and teaching food, healthy eating & lifestyle change to children and adults, dishing out advice such as ‘move more and eat less’ and concentrating on what to eat, I began to realise it isn’t that simple. I knew there must be a missing puzzle piece as I was still obsessing with food and weight – despite being ‘slim’. I was also still seeing loved ones yoyo diet and be slaves to the scales and slimming clubs with no long-term ‘success’. I had friends and clients who hated their bodies and restricted their lives, activities, and wardrobes because of their size and what they thought they should or should not be doing or wearing.
I stumbled across HAES® and then studied eating psychology and putting this into practise with compassionate intuitive eating has helped me and others transform our relationships with food and our bodies. I now feel less guilt, shame and judgement and am more at ease and peaceful. Old habits die hard, but I am definitely on the right road.
What made you decide to facilitate for Nutriri?
Collaborating with others with the same goal, working to help people towards food and body ease, supporting the not for profit organisation are all reasons I want to be a facilitator for Nutriri. Knowing that we are stronger together and that there is so much to be learnt listening to others, hopefully enabling positive change. Personally, I love the weekly group sessions, it is great to chat to like minded people who have the same struggles. Reminders of how to install helpful habits are really useful and its good fun too!
What are your hopes for the future?
Where every -body is respected and treated with compassion and kindness.
Where we leave judgement aside and don’t determine our worth by the number on the scales.
Where our self-esteem and confidence are raised so we can learn the best ways to self-nurture. Where we feel better physically and mentally, radiating energy from good nutrition and movement, enabling us to live life to the full.