What drives your attitude towards food? Do you sometimes resort to stress eating or emotional eating? How can we become intuitive eaters? Nutritionist and emotional eating coach Rachel Molenda shares her knowledge about all these and more in today’s podcast episode.
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Rachel Molenda is a Toronto-based Certified Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) who specializes in Disordered and Emotional Eating. Through the work that she does, she helps women overcome their struggles with food and their body to ultimately find their food freedom, become intuitive eaters and love the skin they’re in! Rachel’s approach is non-restrictive and emphasizes the nourishing abilities of whole foods, or what she refers to as #RealAssFood. You will instantly feel at home and comfortable with Rachel’s gentle and fun approach to health and self-love!
Topics Discussed in this Episode:
- Why we need to understand the emotions that are driving our behaviors towards food before we tackle nutrition
- Why intuitive eating is the most sustainable eating style
- The steps towards intuitive eating that Rachel implemented for herself
- Where to begin to address emotional eating
- How Rachel brings the nutritional aspect to emotional eating in her practice
- Why chasing a number on a scale is detrimental
- Enjoying food while traveling
- Steps that you can take towards practicing body neutrality and intuitive eating
- People have a deeply-rooted emotional connection to food, and until we unlock what’s actually driving our behaviors towards food, treatment plans aren’t going to matter.
- The problem with nutrition sometimes is we’re either doing it right and we’re being healthy, or we’re doing it wrong and we’re being unhealthy. No one makes room for the in-between or that flexible zone, which leads to a lot of negative reactive behavior.
- Emotional hunger can be anything from needing more socialization or needing more fun or needing more stress-relief.
- Intuitive eating disregards any restrictive diet plan that’s out there. It’s ultimately saying to push those diets aside because your body knows what is best.
- Weight loss as a measure of health doesn’t make sense. There are so many other determining factors of health.
- Become an intuitive eater, find your food freedom, and eat in a way that makes you feel good, that doesn’t feel restrictive or makes you feel crazy about food.
- Move away from using food as a crutch and understand how you’re using it.
- If you’re an emotional eater, get coaching support.
- Keep a food journal or a diet diary.
- Find foods that you genuinely enjoy.
- Practice self-love and self-compassion.
“If body love or body positivity isn’t accessible to you on any given day, practice body neutrality. Which is essentially saying you don’t have to love the crap out of your body right now, but let’s not hate it either… Let’s start on a foundation of self-love and respect.”
“There’s a lot of pressure from maybe social media… you know, that comparison is very much there. But comparison is also the thief of joy.”
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As always, if you have any questions, you can ask me over on Instagram, @holisticwellnessfoodie, or submit your questions for future Q&A episodes over at https://holisticwellness.ca/contact/. Also come hang out with me in my Holistic Wellness Private Community on Facebook.
Links to things we talk about in the show:
- Rachel’s Sweet Potato Pad Thai
- Rachel’s Free Guide
- Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
- The Food Freedom Body Love Method by Jillian Murphy
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