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This is a course for anyone who often thinks or worries about food and weight loss, or whose eating behavior feels unhealthy, out of control or unsatisfying.  Using the principles of Intuitive Eating and consistent practice of mindfulness, old habits weaken, making space for new ways of relating to food and the body.

40 Center Street, Suite 3

Northampton, MA  01060

Mindfulness-based Intuitive Eating

PRIVATE SESSIONS with Leslie Smith Frank, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor 

If you're ready to get off the diet roller-coaster, stop obsessing about food, and learn to trust your body, you've come to the right place.

Through support and practice, its possible to for you to enter into a healthy relationship with food and your body—so that you have the energy and mental space to focus on all the other important relationships in your life. 

As a certified intuitive eating counselor, I'll help you reclaim your ability to honor your body's individual needs, including hunger, fullness, satisfaction, and pleasure. I bring my  training and experience as a physician assistant and certified mindfulness meditation instructor to support you in finding the way to stop dieting forever and develop a balanced approach to food and movement. 

We'll work together to identify unhelpful beliefs about food, which will become less problematic as you learn to trust your inner awareness and non-diet nutrition wisdom.  You'll be surprised how good you can feel!

WHAT I THINK AND HOW I WORK 

Our society is full of conflicting nutrition information and media images depicting impossible standards of beauty. The barrage of diet products is nearly constant, so it's no wonder many people struggle with eating and worry about weight. We live in an incredibly body-negative world that thrives on convincing people their bodies aren't good enough. These marketing tactics serve to keep us caught in a struggle that is very hard to escape. If you're battling these issues, know that you're definitely not the only one.   

As we work together, you can learn to recognize and reject diet culture in all its forms, tune out the constant noise about nutrition and health, and tune in to your body's intuitive wisdom about hunger, fullness, movement, and rest. I use the principles of intuitive eating combined with mindfulness practice to help you make peace with food—which means that no diet will ever be suggested nor will I encourage weight loss, whatever your size. Instead, you'll live into authentic health by focusing on your body's needs, not its appearance.  

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUR WORK TOGETHER

In my private counseling program, you'll learn to recognize and challenge harmful beliefs about food and your body.  You'll become reacquainted with your body's messages of hunger, fullness and satisfaction with food.  As you incorporate compassionate self-talk and behaviors that promote sustainable whole-person health—you'll become more tuned in to emotional well-being and your relationship with food.  It will become so much clearer why you choose to eat.

In sessions that are tailored for your needs, I’ll provide gentle support as you move through this process.  You'll have access to scientific studies, worksheets and tools to help you recall and build on our work between sessions. If you need additional support, you can access me via email.  There is also an amazing online community of Intuitive Eaters that you can join.

When we begin our work together, we’ll get right into exploring how the diet mentality is showing up for you in subtle ways, and how to recognize a mindset of deprivation versus one of self-care and permission.

I’ll help you make peace with even the foods you consider off-limits.  Ultimately, you can have any food in the house and not be afraid of losing control.

As you learn to make peace with your body, you may discover that its possible to be physically active just because it feels good - not to burn calories.

If you are willing to take time, on a regular basis, to practice the capacity of mindfulness, you may find that your habits and patterns are changing and dissolving.  

Together, we will explore how its possible to choose nourishing foods without needing willpower or control. You will choose food you actually like!  Ones that leave you feeling satisfied and whole.  Over time, your relationship with food will become just another aspect of your life, not the obsession it may be now.  

This is not an overnight transformation.  The habits and patterns of a lifetime can be strong.  Its helpful to allow time and patience, as you gently relearn trust in your body.  To begin, its helpful to allow a series of 6 sessions, spaced over at least 2 months, to give your mind and body a chance to recalibrate.

If you're wondering about the cost of this work, please go to EVERYTHING ELSE TAB AND CLICK PAYMENT, where your questions about that will be answered.

I hope you'll be in touch so we can find a time to meet.