Eating Freely is a highly structured program, combining both one to one therapeutic support and online support to help client separate their food from their feelings, and effectively deal with both – physically, mentally and emotionally.
The Eating Freely Program is unique in that employs a combination of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Nutritional Therapy, Neuroscience and Mindfulness/Self-Compassion throughout the program to give you a great toolbox of resources you can share with clients, along with online support and resources for both your clients, and you!
CBT Tools and Resources
We give you concrete, usable tools that help clients significantly reduce bingeing, emotional eating and overeating episodes. This puts the client in control of their binge eating from the get go, reducing their food/eating distress straight away.
The Program also includes two sessions with an Eating Freely Nutritional Therapist for each client. When you eat the way our clients eat over a period of years, it inevitably impacts the gut which contributes hugely to the ‘brain fog’, lack of motivation, low mood and completely skewed hunger/not hungry cues. Clients receive and individualised plan to reset their gut, body and brain, so they feel much better, physically and mentally, within as little as 2-3 weeks. Later in the program have have a follow-up session to develop their new Eating Plan for Life... and not a diet in sight!
We separate the food and nutrition work from the therapy work for two reasons:
Registered Nutritional Therapists have an extensive knowledge of all things health, way beyond what we could reasonably teach to Therapists and Coaches. Clients get significant support not only around their emotional/binge eating but also around co-occurring conditions they may have, something a Counsellor, Psychotherapist or Coach could not nor should not ever try to address. Common co-occurring conditions in our clients include endometriosis, PCOS, underactive thyroid, gallbladder disease/removal, inflammatory conditions from fibromyalgia to colitis, and others. They need specialist support, and our Nutritional Therapists can offer them that support.
We find clients can experience anything from resistance to anger after their Nutritional Therapy session(s), and they NEED a safe space to work through that - this is all part of their processing. So we believe the clients need to be able to return to their therapist / coach and work through that experience, safely and without judgement, as well as break down the changes to manageable, achievable steps.
We teach clients how their brain works and why it can be their worst enemy when trying to change or break bad, unhealthy and unhelpful habits. Clients often experience huge relief when they can finally let go of that eternal message of "you have no willpower", and understand that they can break free of both their old behaviours, and dial down that negative, critical voice in their head. It's just a matter of becoming aware of what their brain is doing, and why. With awareness comes choice.
Mindfulness and Deep Self-compassion
Mindfulness and Deep Self Compassion are critical to our client's real, permanent success. By bringing them back into the present moment, they can choose to behave differently, challenge their unhelpful thoughts, learn how to calm themselves and reduce their anxiety. This helps to reduce episodes of emotional eating and bingeing, and changes the 'mind chatter' from criticism, to compassion.
True self-love is the ultimate goal, and we may not get there straight away but for clients who are ready - the transformational change lies here. Truly letting go of what no longer serves them, leaving the past behind and moving forward with a new underlying energy of love instead of fear... this is where the magic can happen for clients. It is a privilege to witness it.
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