Sara - Southend-on-sea

“I’m excited to be part of the growth of Nutriri and its mission… empowering individuals to come to peace with their own bodies whilst sowing the seeds of change in institutions and organisations.”

Ask Sara...

What has been your lived experience of diet/judgement culture?

My first memory of restricting my eating is when I was 12 years old and one January I decided I would not eat any chocolate until my 13th birthday, when I would reward myself by having two cream cakes from Greggs (I love a good paradox). But I don’t really remember ever not feeling like I was bigger than I “should” be and spent a lot of my twenties in and out of various dieting attempts, putting on more weight each time. 

At one point, I even thought the dieting (or “lifestyle change”) had worked, when I lost a lot of weight and even became a personal trainer and fitness instructor. But I found myself still being hyper critical of my body and it took so much work to maintain that i became physically and emotionally exhausted. I fell out of love with the industry in part because it was all about profiting from people’s insecurities and deepening my own. 

When I put the weight back on, I decided that I wouldn’t attempt to lose weight again until I could accept myself and my body as it was, because I knew that I had to come from a place of self-love rather than self-loathing. And as I became more accepting of myself, the urge to lose weight started to dissolve as I realised I was ok just as I am.

What made you decide to facilitate for Nutriri?

In the process of seeking out resources on my body acceptance journey (which I’m still on), I discovered the book Health at Every Size (HAES®) and spotted Nutriri on the The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) website. I remember thinking “I wonder how you pronounce that?” 

Then within a couple of weeks I had one of those synchronistic ‘coincidences’ (I don’t really believe anything is a coincidence) and met Helen James, creator of Nutriri, at a FreeMind event. 

The universe continued to align things so that our paths crossed over the year, and as I followed Helen’s journey I could see how the work of Nutriri aligns with my own beliefs and principles. As I am already a trained FreeMind Facilitator and Hypnotherapist, it seemed like the perfect fit… So here I am! 

What hopes for the future?

Imagine how different the world would be if everyone loved themselves exactly as they are? 

Big picture - I’d like to see prejudice and stigmatisation in all its forms eradicated so that everyone is free to be themselves, unapologetically. For that to happen, we need to see an end to systemic and structural prejudice, whether it’s weight stigmatisation and fat-phobia, racism, ablism, homophobia or any other “ism.” 

With that in mind, I’m excited to be part of the growth of Nutriri and its mission, and help the HAES® principles to reach a wider audience, empowering individuals to come to peace with their own bodies whilst sowing the seeds of change in institutions and organisations. 

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