Body Positive Mom E-Course
Inspiring Guilt Free Eating and Body Confidence for Moms!
Are you a mom with young kids?
Do you want to feel better about your body?
Do you want to eat the foods you truly enjoy without the guilt?
In my e-course called, Body Positive Mom, I help moms with young kids learn how to eat without guilt, while showing them how to develop a life changing positive mindset with food and their body size by using proven effective skills from cognitive behavioral therapy.
Let's break that down...
1. Cognitive- How you THINK = Your thoughts, beliefs and emotions
2. Behavioral- How you ACT = Your actions and behaviors
3. Therapy- Treatment to CHANGE negative thoughts and beliefs
Have you ever thought...
“I would be happier if I was thinner and I need to start a diet?”
“I know foods with carbs, like pasta and bread cause weight gain.”
Or, maybe you have…
Missed out on your family vacation because you didn’t want to wear a swimsuit in public.
Tried and failed multiple diets like keto, detox and cleanses to lose weight to try to get back to your pre-baby weight.
Listed above were some examples of negative thoughts and false beliefs that led to negative actions. A negative mindset and false beliefs holds us back from living life confidently and enjoying our life experiences. Unfortunately, so many of our thoughts and beliefs about food and weight are completely false. And it’s not even your fault!
From Netflix documentaries urging you to go on a juice cleanse, to the fit Instagram moms asking, “what’s your excuse” while posing with their kids in a sports bra, it’s no wonder our food and body thoughts have gotten all messed up. This leaves us moms feeling inadequate, insecure and down right confused.
After you change your negative thoughts and false beliefs about food and your body and replace them with positive thoughts and true beliefs you will change your mindset. You can then finally start feeling confident about how you look on date night with your husband and eat the pizza on family night out without the worry or guilt.
So how will you do this?
During my Body Positive Mom e-course, we identify, challenge and change your thoughts about food and your body that hold you back from feeling confident in four parts using worksheet along with online modules you can listen to at your own pace! You will also be invited to the Facebook support group.
My Proven Effective Framework
Section One: Intro Topics
This section is to help strengthen your knowledge on topics covered in the e-course to help with your success!
Section Two: Food Skills
You identify and create a list of foods that cause guilt, shame or worry and explore the reasons you feel negatively about those foods. I then encourage you to eat those forbidden foods to challenge your negative beliefs about them in order to change them. We will also spend time challenging the thoughts and beliefs you have about food that hold you back from food freedom. Where did your food beliefs come from?
Section Three: Body Skills
You again identify and create a list of situations or events you avoid due to poor body image. I will encourage you to participate in these avoided situations and events. For example, you might avoid wearing shorts even when it is extremely hot out. I encourage you to wear the shorts and challenge your thoughts and feelings. The more you participate in these avoided and uncomfortable body image situations, the more comfortable you will get with them over time. When you feel comfortable you can then start to participate in enjoyable life experiences and not allow poor body image to hold you back.
Section Four: Food and Body Knowledge
In addition to changing your thoughts about food and your body, you learn to practice guilt-free styles of eating so that you feel confident when going out to eat ice cream with the kids and pizza night with the family. These proven effective guilt free styles of eating have also been associated with better body image and improved self-confidence. These eating styles include intuitive eating, mindful eating, health at every size and defining what normal eating means for you.
What's Included in the E-Course?
My Body Positive Mom Worksheets
You will receive downloadable PDF copies of each Body Positive Mom worksheets that include multiple activities and proven skills to increase your body confidence, achieve food freedom and create a positive mindset. It also includes weekly planners to keep you on track with your goals and for you to see your progress.
Online Audio Modules
You will be able to listen along while I walk you through what each cognitive behavioral therapy skill of my Body Positive Mom e-course. In the modules I give more encouragement and support with the activities. I will also provide further examples of the activities. Start, pause and listen to the modules at your own pace!
Access to the Body Positive Mom Facebook group
You will receive an invitation the Facebook support group with moms that have taken or currently taking my Body Positive Mom course. This is a supportive community of moms taking my course to ask questions, share ideas and give/receive support while practicing the skills from the course. I will be in there to give support, create content and provide encouragement.
If you are ready to transform from confused to confident looking in the mirror and with your food choices, enroll in my Body Positive Mom e-course today!
Like many women, I have struggled with poor body image and food guilt for much of my life. Though my body has continued to change throughout the years, it seemed no matter what stage or age I was at in my life, my body never felt good enough and my food choices never felt perfect enough. It was these negative feelings that lead me to study food and nutrition and become a registered dietitian nutritionist. I thought that after I became a dietitian I would finally be able to figure out what foods were “good” and “bad” and how to finally get in shape so that I could feel closer to perfect.
After college graduation, I spent my first year as a registered dietitian nutritionist working with pregnant and postpartum women one on one and giving them nutrition advice. I soon realized telling women with young children to decrease calories and eat specific foods to lose weight felt forced and I wasn’t making the impact I would have liked.
After working in the field as a registered dietitian nutritionist and forcing weight loss messages, I knew I had to change my line of work to stay authentic to my belief system. In order to find myself and reflect on my career path and my message in the world, I joined the Peace Corps and lived in Nepal for over a year working with a food and nutrition program. Although I was feeling confused about my career path, I was certain I did not want to spread nutrition messages that caused guilt and shame with food. I knew I wanted to use my voice to empower women with my nutrition messages.
While I absolutely value my experience in Nepal and am forever grateful for the opportunity, the difference in how women were treated abroad really stood out and affected me. Seeing women only able to eat after their husbands were finished felt disturbing. I remember feeling sad and confused when women were menstruating and not allowed in the kitchen or in the house at all because it was seen as “unclean.” Additionally, seeing women covered up in extreme heat while men wore shorts and tank tops felt completely unfair.
Additionally, witnessing the effects of extreme poverty and starvation while living amongst unfair gender rules as a woman, caused a significant increase in anxiety and depression for me. During my time in Nepal I became pregnant with my first daughter. For many reasons, that mostly include cultural norms and gender rules, the relationship with my daughter’s Nepali father could not survive. Due to Peace Corps rules on pregnancy while serving, I did have to return home shortly after becoming pregnant.
Because I was so closely affected by this experience, I promised myself I would focus my life’s work to empowering women with my nutrition messages as a registered dietitian nutritionist. I would give women skills to transform their thought patterns and refuse the harmful societal and cultural messages about how women should look and what they should eat.
After returning home, I gave birth to a healthy half Nepali daughter Kyrah, now 3 years old. After Kyrah was born, I was a single mom working full time at a behavioral health hospital with patients struggling with eating disorders. When Kyrah was just 10 months old I met Adam, my American husband, and shortly after I had our second daughter Luna, who is now 1 year old.
I now manage my anxiety by using cognitive behavioral therapy along with medication. I pull from my personal experience and nutrition background to help women from around the world overcome their anxiety, accept their bodies and reframe their thoughts so they can also live a more confident life. My clients have told me that I provide a comfortable and accepting environment during our counseling sessions while also using humor and midwestern kindness.