We both came from two extremes.
Kristi – I grew up not knowing much about what balanced or healthful eating looked like. There were many processed and sugary foods in the house. We rarely cooked and instead ate convenience items or went out to eat. If I felt I needed to lose weight, I simply ate less or worked out harder (crazy to think how much has changed with my approach to eating and overall body image!). I’m not sure I knew how to recognize my body’s natural hunger and fullness cues. It wasn’t until college that I really began to cook. If I’m being honest, the foods I eat now…I didn’t know what half of them WERE in college.
I love that I now have confidence around my eating habits, even when out to eat or at a family gathering. What I’ve found is sustainable. I’ve really learned to pay attention to the hunger and fullness cues my body gives me. I’ve learned about why balanced, nutrient-dense meals contribute to satiety and sustained energy.
NOW I love sharing my story and the many things that I’ve learned over the years with clients. I’ve seen where intuitive eating has been a turning point for many. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of so many health journeys!
Erin – I grew up in a health focused home. As I moved into my teen years, health became more of an obsession which lasted into my early 20’s. I was driven by appearance, fitness, and ‘clean’ foods. I had rigid thoughts and routines which were unsustainable and stole from the enjoyment of eating. Extremes were all I knew.
On my journey I realized that the only way to care for my body and soul was to turn inward and listen. I learned to lean into my body’s wisdom and honor its requests. I no longer push myself to do exercises I don’t enjoy or am too tired to do, and I eat foods because I love the way they taste and make me feel. I have the freedom to choose to nourish my body in a way that I can trust.
NOW I help clients find and trust their inner wisdom. We throw out the food rules and diet handbooks that created an unhealthy relationship with food and replace those with the principals of Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating. We work towards developing healthy behaviors that allow for a happy and joyous life.