Casey came into my office yesterday to ask me a few questions for a video series that she is working on. Her questions were so good! The video will be out soon but I want to give you a peak into what we talked about:
1. Who do you serve? How do you serve them? Why do you serve them?
I work with women who are struggling with emotional eating. They often know what to eat but still don’t eat that way, or know they should be exercising but something stops them from making changes on their own. Sometimes a medical condition which has driven them to make changes. That's where I come in.
I give my clients their power back, the power to re-create their own lives. Peace of mind comes from the confidence that you can and will take care of yourself, and have the freedom to do so.
We streamline what you know about food and build your relationship with your intuition. They love my sense of humor and playfulness, and they love the emotional work we do together.
I use tools, like writing exercises and meditations to encourage you to stretch for what you truly desire, and together we create space for self-compassion and curiosity.
2. How did you get started at Ideal Nourishment?
I started a small pie company right out of college. I had so much fun exploring food systems, working with local food producers and connecting with my community. But after three years, I realized I was running myself into the ground. I was on a terrifying blood-sugar roller-coaster, and my first thought most mornings was "I can't do it."
I had a customer who taught at a nutrition program in the city, and she got me hooked. I borrowed all these books on sugar cravings and emotional eating and protein deficiencies (I was a vegetarian at the time). School taught me about balance and bio-indiviuality, the idea that we are all unique and there is no "one-size-fits-all" diet.
I moved to Colorado and started doing nutritional coaching. I worked with a few women; we would get into the zone, and an hour would go by, and we hadn't talked about food at all. It worried me, but those were the clients who were seeing the most improvement.
I realized that self-love is at the core of all of our choices. If we can tap into that unwavering respect for ourselves; it's much easier to choose green things, drink water, go outside— whatever you need to do. So "Ideal Nourishment," is about nourishing yourself in all of the ways, food being just one part of the process. It's really about loving and trusting yourself.
3. Who has influenced you and your work along the way?
Oh my gosh, so many people. Most recently I've been assisting Charley Cropley, who is a transformative teacher and Naturopath. I also adore Diane Whiddon, a visionary business coach. Christine Arylo is the self-proclaimed "Queen of Self Love," and I use her workbooks with clients. Geneen Roth wrote a book called "Women, Food and God" that really hit the nail on the head. I'm also dating a fantastic law student who has taught me how important it is to ask good questions.
4. You say "There is more to health than food and exercise"? What else is there?
I think that health means feeling good to your core. Another word for that might be contentment, or even happiness. Good food and movement definitely contribute to this, and so does being self-expressed, having a balanced spiritual relationship, having a career that lights you up, having relationships that are inspiring and loving. All of the pieces of a good life blend together, and that's health.
5. You also talk about healing our relationships to our bodies? How did we wound that relationship in the first place and how can we heal it?
I think there are two ways we get hurt— some of us had a acute moment where we stopped loving our body; maybe in fourth grade a girl you looked up to called you fat. Or it was the slow steady process of being socialized; you learned that teeth are supposed to be white, thighs are supposed to be lean, hair is supposed to be blonde. Over time, you came to conclusion that your body is not okay the way it is, and you better start changing it.
How do you heal any relationship? You listen and you try to understand. You practice trusting your body and loving it unconditionally. You do whatever it needs to feel better. You honor and respect with your choices.
6. What does listening to and loving your body mean? How can we uncover our innate healing power?
There's a couple different levels of listening to your body. First, there's the voice that says "I'd like some more butter on this toast," or "I deserve a drink, it's been a long day." The next layer of voices say "I'm sad, I want someone to come hug me," or "I'm so happy in this moment, nothing matters, I'm going to have that cupcake!!" Those impulses are totally valid, but they are not messages from your body.
Listening to your body means going to bed when you get tired, and drinking a glass of water when you feel off and can't figure out why. It means eating what will make you feel really good rather that what is easy.
The relationship you have with your body is the most intimate relationship you will have, ever. Show it love and respect, listen to its intuition. That's your innate healing power. Your body wants to be well. Listen to what it's asking for.