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The Breadth of Intuitive Eating, the Holidays, Referrals, and Specialties

Hello all,

Here are two posts from my Instagram recently that I figured I would share over here for anyone not on IG or not following me over there: 

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sometimes eating is -sacred- you savor every bite, pay attention to the eating experience, and are grateful for your food. sometimes eating is -utilitarian- you shovel down whatever is available to satiate hunger now or overdue hunger/skipped meals due to busyness or to prepare for hunger and a lack of availability of food in the future; it doesn’t matter if you’re multitasking or calling 3 different kinds of chips a meal; the goal is simply to get some fuel in your body to keep going because eating is the last thing on your mind in your busy life at this moment. and sometimes eating is -fun- maybe there isn’t even hunger or responsibility involved, but you just want to eat a lot or a little of something fun and carefree just because. AND ALL OF THESE TYPES OF EATING ARE OKAY AND NORMAL. likewise, sometimes you will stop eating right when you are no longer hungry/reach satiety, sometimes you will keep going far beyond that, and sometimes you will just stop before you’re full because you’re otherwise satisfied. The goal with intuitive eating isn’t to ALWAYS eat until you are perfectly full (or 80% full or whatever other bogus food rule) or to always eat exactly what you think would make your body feel physically best in that moment; it’s to find food freedom, to realize that you can eat because you’re upset or bored or stressed sometimes, so long as you’re not using food to avoid or mask the underlying issues indefinitely. It’s to realize that food isn’t scary but that our diet culture around food IS. Much of what our society sells you as health is a lie. If this rant resonates with you, and you live in the Charlottesville area, come join @curiouscoachpam & myself this Saturday from 9am-12noon at acac Albemarle Square for our second Intuitive Eating workshop. We would love to have you join us in making eating enjoyable again. #EPBeatsalot #EPBfit #ACEhealthcoach #IntuitiveEating #acacHealthCoaching #IntuitiveEatingacac

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Sometimes eating is -sacred- you savor every bite, pay attention to the eating experience, and are grateful for your food.

Sometimes eating is -utilitarian- you shovel down whatever is available to satiate hunger now or overdue hunger/skipped meals due to busyness OR to prepare for hunger and a lack of availability of food in the future; it doesn’t matter if you’re multitasking or calling 3 different kinds of chips a meal; the goal is simply to get some fuel in your body to keep going because eating is the last thing on your mind in your busy life at this moment.

And sometimes eating is -fun- maybe there isn’t even hunger or responsibility involved, but you just want to eat a lot or a little of something fun and carefree just because.

AND ALL OF THESE TYPES OF EATING ARE OKAY AND NORMAL.

Likewise, sometimes you will stop eating right when you are no longer hungry/reach satiety, sometimes you will keep going far beyond that, and sometimes you will just stop before you’re full because you’re otherwise satisfied.

The goal with intuitive eating isn’t to ALWAYS eat until you are perfectly full (or 80% full or whatever other bogus food rule) or to always eat exactly what you think would make your body feel physically best in that moment; it’s to find food freedom, to realize that you can eat because you’re upset or bored or stressed sometimes, so long as you’re not using food to avoid or mask the underlying issues indefinitely. It’s to realize that food isn’t scary but that our diet culture around food IS. Much of what our society sells you as health is a lie.

If this rant resonates with you, and you live in the Charlottesville area, come join @curiouscoachpam & myself at one of our next workshops on Intuitive Eating or Intuitive Movement. We would love to have you join us in making eating and movement enjoyable again.

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With Halloween now behind us, the start of the holiday season is now fully upon us. And with that comes a lot of stress about “staying on track” for the holidays and not “overindulging.” My one goal for the holidays? To remind everyone that eating and moving should be done with JOY! Don’t move just to make up for calories consumed; move because you want to to reduce stress and have fun. And if trying to fit movement into an already overpacked schedule is causing you stress? Just move it to the back burner. Taking care of yourself mentally, which means reducing stress however you can, is also an incredibly important piece of the puzzle of your total health. So is enjoyment & relaxation & social connection! So chill. Movement will still be there when you have more time and bandwidth for it later. You have nothing to make up for or feel guilt or shame for missing a few workouts. Do you have anyone in your life (yourself included) who could use some help learning to move more joyfully and to not stress about their exercise routine so much? I’m looking for some referrals for some morning slots on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays that I just had open up, so if you know anyone who could use some gentle guidance and fun in their movement routine, send them my way! I specialize in: -helping clients with body image and disordered eating concerns -clients with an outdoor lifestyle or outdoor athletes like hikers, cyclists, runners, etc. -older adults who want to continue to move well for years to come, especially those looking to improve balance and mobility -those looking to prevent or continue recovering from an injury, especially through stretching and mobility work I welcome all ages, ability levels, and bodies! Every body is a good body deserving of love, and bodies can be healthy at all sizes & shapes! Shoot me a message if you have questions or have someone in mind who could benefit from working with me! #EPBfit #ACEhealthcoach #HAES #acacHealthCoaching @acaccville

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With Halloween now behind us, the start of the holiday season is now fully upon us. And with that comes a lot of stress about “staying on track” for the holidays and not “overindulging.”

My one goal for the holidays? To remind everyone that eating and moving should be done with JOY! Don’t move just to make up for calories consumed; move because you want to to reduce stress and have fun. And if trying to fit movement into an already overpacked schedule is causing you stress? Just move it to the back burner. Taking care of yourself mentally, which means reducing stress however you can, is also an incredibly important piece of the puzzle of your total health. So is enjoyment & relaxation & social connection! So chill. Movement will still be there when you have more time and bandwidth for it later. You have nothing to make up for or feel guilt or shame for missing a few workouts.

Do you have anyone in your life (yourself included) who could use some help learning to move more joyfully and to not stress about their exercise routine so much? I’m looking for some referrals for some morning slots on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays that I just had open up, so if you know anyone who could use some gentle guidance and fun in their movement routine, send them my way!

I specialize in:
-helping clients with body image and disordered eating concerns
-clients with an outdoor lifestyle or outdoor athletes like hikers, cyclists, runners, etc.
-older adults who want to continue to move well for years to come, especially those looking to improve balance and mobility
-those looking to prevent or continue recovering from an injury, especially through stretching and mobility work

I welcome all ages, ability levels, and bodies! Every body is a good body deserving of love, and bodies can be healthy at all sizes & shapes!

Shoot me a message if you have questions or have someone in mind who could benefit from working individually with me or through my Intuitive Eating and Movement groups with Pam!

-EPB

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Every body is a good body, and my goal is to help you feel your best!