Stop bingeing and overeating. Immediately.
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(Which is totally not your fault! That’s just all diet culture has to offer: Methods that don’t work and never will.
And then when you fail at the impossible, it blames you. Nice.)
Or like those "anti-dieting" books that tell you that you can eat as much as you want of all your favorite foods and never diet again and then it turns out that your "favorite food" is ... fruit. And occasional nuts. <- Uh, that is so a diet!
YES. There’s a better, faster way for you to get free of compulsive eating and get into a body that lets you feel like yourself again. I can show you how to dissolve food obsession so that you can quit bingeing, quit starving, quit obsessing and get to your ideal weight.
Even if you feel like you've tried everything and you are just about out of patience for trying things.
Even if you are highly sceptical and thoroughly sick of being faked out by diets dressed up as "Never diet again!"
And even if you're at the highest weight you've ever been, and down to just about your last existing shred of hope.
If you’re like most people, you’ll need a little support applying that information.
That’s our coaching work, together.
I've worked as a life coach and consultant since 2010, and was trained and certified by Martha Beck, PhD.
Before that, I was a software project manager, which means I see the big picture and make it manageable - that’s what I help my coaching clients do, too.
I have a BA in English from Wellesley College. I chose Wellesley because it’s a feminist hotbed of women who want to 1. Lift up other women and 2. Make a big difference in the world. That’s who I am, and who I usually work with as clients, too.
My approach to eating, weight and habits is informed by the work of
Gillian Riley, who created the simplest, most effective way of eating in recovery I have ever come across. This way of eating is virtually identical to the way any thoughtful, non-compulsive person eats. It can be sustained as long as you need it without ever feeling like a burden. It’s virtually undetectable, and invites no ridicule, criticism, or sabotage from others. It eliminates the chaos and confusion of intuitive eating, the anti-social difficulties of mindful eating or rigid plans, the weight gain of dieting, and the unsustainability of restrictive eating. This is the foundational habit that we use to replace chaotic, addictive, out-of-control eating. It results in instant success.
Jeffrey Schwartz and Kathryn Hansen, who explain how habit and compulsion work in the brain. They showed me the fastest, easiest way to short-circuit addictive thinking, permanently.
Susie Orbach, who wrote Fat is a Feminist Issue back in the 70s. This miracle of a book helped me see that being overweight wasn’t just my personal failure and shame to bear. Susie shows that there’s a huge, rigged system we’re all caught in: diet culture.
Traci Mann and Janet Tomiyama, whose definitive meta-study proved diets cause weight gain and are always a waste of time, The End.
Gretchen Rubin, who knows many smart and proven ways to make building new habits easy.
Cheri Huber and Byron Katie, whose simple awareness tools can really shorten the path to our goal.
Paul Campos and Megan Dietz, who undo the twin myths of obesity and thinness - myths that keep us locked in shame and self-hatred. Change always comes faster when we do it out of love.
I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and went to a little hippie boarding school in the Four Corners. Now I live with my husband in a 300-year-old house built by a pirate in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a Colonial-era village on the coast. My other favorite places in the world are London, Paris, Oakland, and northern New Mexico.
My go-to comfort food is Charlies Angels: Full Throttle. But it didn’t used to be.
I started bingeing and eating compulsively in middle school. I gained so much weight between 7th and 8th grades classmates didn’t recognize me in September. By the time I was in my 20s I weighed nearly 200 lbs - I’m 5’3” - and did most of my eating in secret. (Like drinking my roommate’s maple syrup out of the jug, telling myself I’d replace it before she woke up. I was totally lying.)
Like you, I tried a bunch of diets. I think I lasted three days on Weight Watchers <- my dieting personal best.
The work of Geneen Roth, Evelyn Tribole, Elyse Resch and others set me free from the lie that dieting would ever solve my problems. (So grateful!)
But not dieting, by itself, wasn’t enough to end my suffering. I struggled for years trying to “eat intuitively,” which just meant I negotiated for the right to eat every meal, binged from time to time, and stayed a bit fat a lot longer than I would have liked.
It was when I found the practical approach of Jeffrey Schwartz (the latest brain science) and the "Eating Less" work of Gillian Riley (the perfect foundational habit), and married the two that I completely stopped bingeing, stopped overeating, stopped making myself earn every meal and ultimately stopped obsessing about all of it, including the proverbial "last 10lbs."
Now I help my clients do the same. Many of them break their worst habits after one session, and quickly start to build better habits.
They also notice their jeans start getting loose pretty quick, too.
This is our work together.