THE MAKE PEACE WITH FOOD PROGRAMME
90 days of strong and compassionate support to help you stop bingeing and start enjoying food without guilt.
MAKE PEACE WITH FOOD
Make peace with food is a 1:1 coaching programme for women like you, who hit rock bottom when it comes to food and dieting.
> You know there’s more to life than food and counting calories. And yet, you can’t seem to stop thinking about food, eating and planning your next trip to the shops.
> You’re starting to see that diets don’t work for you. You notice there’s something inside that’s pushing you in front of the fridge, but you’re finding it hard to grasp it and you need help to explore it.
This program takes you:
FROM bingeing and overeating on a regular basis, feeling defeated and guilty afterwards.
TO living a life where food is not an obsession anymore and you can enjoy it in ways that feel good and kinder to your body.
There’s no amount of food
that can feed a hungry heart!
ARE YOU STUCK IN THE DIET-BINGE CYCLE?
From time to time, we all experience painful feelings and stressful situations which are difficult to deal with.
For you, this might be creating the urge to eat, which hits you like a wave. It pushes you eat a large amount of food in one go. Probably that same food you normally don’t give yourself permission to eat.
Your blame yourself badly for overeating, you feel guilty, ashamed for giving in to food one more time.
To make up for overeating, you try and restrict your food intake. But it causes even more emotional distress, leading you to another binge.
And the cycle repeats itself again and again.
The good news is it’s perfectly possible to break this cycle.
What if you..
> Could deal with your emotions instead of running from them and finding comfort in food?
> Let go of strict rules around your food choices?
> Ate mindfully, savouring your food, and not ended up overeating all the time?
> Fully enjoyed all the social events involving food with no worry, restriction or compensation afterwards?
> Stopped worrying about what others think about your body or the food you eat?
> Trusted your body when making your food choices instead of looking for guidance in a diet book?
> Felt comfortable in your skin and open to new life and career opportunities?
These are the 4 areas I help you with
In the 90 days we’ll spend together we work at turning the ‘what ifs’ into reality by focusing on:
1. GET CLEAR ON THE ROOT CAUSES
Becoming aware of how you have used food and dieting to cope with problems can be life changing.
The lasting change brought by awareness of what’s really causing the issue, is far more important than the actions driven by mere habit change.
We focus on why you’re using food the way you’re doing, so that you finally stop going back to your old ways time and time again.
It’s the first step in your healing journey. The groundwork which will reap many more long-lasting benefits than a diet program ever will.
2. LEARN OTHER WAYS TO DEAL WITH EMOTIONS
When you don’t know how to handle difficult situations, and the feelings that come with them, you might have learned to just go for food.
Bingeing and overeating have come to the rescue by distracting you from the problems in your life.
We’ll sit together to identify the other ways you can deal with the stress and the overwhelm in your daily life.
You’ll be able to explore practising self-compassion in a safe and non-judgmental space. This way, you will stop using food as an emotional crutch or feeling bad about the way you eat all the time.
3. DEVELOP KINDNESS FOR YOUR BODY
Accept your body and treating it with kindness is another fundamental step in your healing journey.
You like to be kind to others and encourage them to take care of themselves. But, are you practicing the same kindness toward yourself and your body?
We’ll look at the mindsets holding you back, and create a practical plan to help you prioritise your mental and physical wellbeing.
You’ll also learn how to let go of some very stubborn beliefs that come from a diet mentality (for example, that ‘beautiful body= thin body’).
4. BECOME A MINDFUL AND MORE INTUITIVE EATER
If you binge and overeat, learning to eat more mindfully and to listen to what your body tells you is a skill for life.
And it’s like a muscle that can be built and strengthened day after day, meal after meal.
I help you build your own toolbox of mindful practices you can draw from at any time in your daily life.
Among many other things, you’ll learn to:
> Read the body signals of hunger and fullness;
> Slow down and enjoy the food you like with all your senses;
> Stop labelling food as good or bad.
“At the start of the Covid lockdown in 2020, I went to my Doctor where I had a very honest conversation about my eating habits and more importantly my binging habits.
Dona provided me with a safe, non-judgemental space to share with her confidentially and work through my thoughts and behaviours. She is one of very few people I felt safe sharing with. She provided me with some valuable feedback around her observations and experience and really helped me move forward through the work we did together over 4 sessions.
I feel much more confident about the direction I am now heading in and relieved to be free of the false beliefs I held from following so many diets over the years. I look forward to having another session in a few months to check in and keep me on track.”
Here is what is holding you back.
There are some common things I see holding women back from making the change they want, time and time again:
- Focusing too much on the end result. It feels like climbing like Mount Everest when you look at it from where you are now.
- Not making the time to do the inner work. The time to reflect on what’s really causing the status quo (which might not be the food on your plate or the lack of exercise).
- Trying a one size fits all solution. An approach that doesn’t take into account your unique story, needs, preferences and circumstances.
- The fear of failing, because you have tried to accomplish that same result several times. You’re convinced there’s nothing else you can do: it’s always going to be this way.
- You want things to change things faster, so you can move on to other important stuff and forget about it. Change requires time.
- Wanting to change everything all at once, which makes it impossible for you to put 100% of your focus and effort on nothing in particular.
Here is what will move you forward.
Your needs are different. So is your path to healing. This is what will help you reap you benefits that last:
- Making the change you want in the relationship with food and your body it’s a journey made of days. It’s made of little moments, simple efforts, tiny but consistent changes in your habits and your mindset.
- Every change you implement is a piece of a jigsaw to put together, day after day to create a different life.
- It’s about creating a life fueled by a different mindset and routines. Not just a different body.
- A journey where you look to change the inside before the outside. Because the puzzle is yours and, for that reason, completely different from someone else’s.
- It’s a change for life, where you get to to finally see food for what it is: just food.
- You feel free from the food obsession, the urge to eat at any time, from having to track calories, or count the minutes on the treadmill to burn off your last snack.
Details of the Make Peace with Food Programme
8 x 90 min one-to-one coaching calls
Free 30-min discovery call before we start.
Online via Zoom
Follow-up email with notes after each session.
Workbooks/Mindful Practices/Printables and other resources to support the journey.
Email/message support whenever you need me in between the sessions.
During our last session, we’ll plan your path forward.
I hold you hand. We’ll do the journey together.
(Payment plan available)
Want to know more?
I’d love to support you through this!
I’m Dona. I’m a Psychologist & Eating Coach.
I want you to know that it is possible for you to enjoy food without overeating or feeling out of control.
I spent more that 20 years of my life fixating with food and eating my feelings alive. Food was a huge source of worry and guilt for all those years. It stood as a block between me and the important things I wanted to achieve in many areas of my life. I wrote a blog article about it, that you can read here.
By developing a more mindful approach to life and learning to tune into my body on a deeper level, I managed to get out of the cage I had built for myself.
I’m here to take your hand and help you do the same.
“Before working with Dona I would regularly skip breakfast, snack on toast and tea, and basically run on empty.
During our sessions, I felt Dona held the space which allowed me to open up and to really be honest about my relationship with food. I was heard, understood, and appreciated.
I have had lots of time to think through all our sessions and while I am still learning, I am now more mindful when I eat. I think about the taste and how the food or drink makes my body feel. Slowing down and enjoying the process.
I really enjoyed our check-in’s in between sessions; this gave me more confidence to work towards my end goal. I felt the process had a natural flow. She is an exceptional coach. And I look forward to working with her again.
How many times have you said yes to another project even though you already knew it would take you extra work and take away time for yourself and the important things?
Have you tried to change yourself to please a partner or friend, because you thought that only by adapting to their tastes and interests you would gain their love and respect?
There is a usefulness in your binges, and in general in all things that are not good for you but for some reason you keep doing.
There is a part of you that think so. The one that recognizes its benefits.
It’s the part of you that uses the binge to feel free from something.
Do you feel your body is not ready to get back to socialising? Do you think you need to run for cover by dieting to get ready for it?
Here are some tips to help you challenge the diet mentality behind these fears.