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Nourish Your Body

A down to earth introduction to Intuitive Eating 

Do you feel stuck in a diet culture where the main goal is always to aim for "less"?

Eat less, sleep less, weigh less, take up less space?

 

You are in the right place if you want to aim for MORE! More nourishment, more rest, more body satisfaction -- while allowing your brain and body to take up the space that they deserve. 

 

Led by Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Cristina Luibil, join Down to Earth Nutrition as we guide you through the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, all while learning to build trust and self-compassion. Everyone's Intuitive Eating Journey is different and totally their own - start yours here. 

 

Sessions are held the first and third Mondays of each month from 7-8pm EST on Zoom, starting January 2023.
 
Cost is $35/session + a one time purchase of The Intuitive Eating Workbook
Please check out the FAQs below!

Frequently Asked Questions:

​Why did you start Nourish Your Body?

Nourish Your Body started with two RD college friends who wanted to bring Intuitive Eating to everyone who wanted to learn about it, at an accessible cost and format. Read more about Cristina's RD bestie here

 

We both knew from our lived experience navigating Intuitive Eating just how beneficial and liberating it is. Intuitive Eating truly is life changing! 

 

We both wanted to provide a group support program for those just discovering or rediscovering Intuitive Eating; something educational and comprehensive, but also low-key enough for busy lifestyles. Cristina now brings Nourish Your Body to you through Down to Earth Nutrition. 

The Nourish Your Body program is based on a 2020 study by researchers C.B. Burnette and S.E. Mazzeo. We reached out to the author to get permission to use the methods and educational framework, and she was more than happy to allow it and provide us resources.

Are there any special benefits of this specific program, since it's adapted from a research study?

Yes, there are many benefits! Since we are incorporating the methods and intervention of the published experiment, we have data and outcomes! 

This study's typical outcomes included a reduction in:

🪴 Disordered eating behavior, such as (but not limited to) rigid rules around food

🪴 Being dissatisfied with your body

🪴 Weight-bias internalization, aka negative beliefs about yourself due to weight or body size

This study's typical outcomes included an improvement in:

🪴 Appreciation of your body

🪴 Intuitive Eating

🪴 Satisfaction with life​

To us, these sound like AMAZING typical outcomes! Keep in mind, outcomes or results can never be guaranteed. We do not guarantee results. There is a good chance, based on this research data, that you may experience the same positive effects after completing our Intuitive Eating program, we just cannot guarantee it.

I get that Intuitive Eating is not a diet, but what if I still want a smaller body? Can I still join?

Yes, this program is definitely for you. It is normal in our society to want a smaller or different body, because that is what we are conditioned to believe is "better" from diet culture

It is totally normal for those who start an Intuitive Eating Journey to still want to change their body in some way. We will learn in this program, with the support of others going through a similar experience, that we are not healthier if we diet and shrink our body size. We will use self-compassion and other coping techniques to help us.

 

With Intuitive Eating, we use emotion, instinct and rational thought to guide us to a better relationship with food (and this definition of a "better relationship" is likely different for everyone). Intuitive eating is so liberating from the aforementioned pervasive sense of mental, emotional, and physical restriction. You will have such a sense of pride once you are on your own Intuitive Eating Journey. 

Who is this program for?

If you are someone who:

🪴 just discovered or is rediscovering Intuitive Eating;

🪴 wants to stop dieting;

🪴 is overly preoccupied with the "healthiness" of food;

🪴 wants to improve their relationship with food;

🪴 wants to let go of diet culture, but doesn't know how;

🪴 is open to being free from the constraints of yo-yo dieting;

🪴 wants a life free from rigid food rules;

🪴 feels apprehension around eating and making food choices;

🪴 wants to feel satisfaction with food and eating;

🪴 is ready to challenge the food police thoughts; and/or

🪴 wants to make peace with their food, mind and body

then this program is for you!

I'm very intrigued! How does it work?

Because there are 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, Nourish Your Body will run in 10 bi-weekly sessions (first and third Monday of the month) starting in October 2022. This means to complete the entire Intuitive Eating Workbook in a support group setting led by an RD, you can do so in 5 months if you join the sessions consecutively. The program starts over from the beginning once the 10 sessions are complete, so you are free to join at any point in time if that works better for you. 

 

Between sessions, you'll have the option to join a private community for Down to Earth Nutrition clients only, called "Staying Nourished" (hosted on Facebook).

Here are the easy steps to join and complete Nourish Your Body:

Step 1. Click the link below to purchase your first session and set up an account in the Down to Earth Nutrition secure portal (called Healthie). You'll be able to select the date and topic of your first session.

It would be most beneficial to the Intuitive Eating Journey to start with Principle 1 to get the full experience, though we honor your decision to join whenever is right for you. Cristina will provide some information on Principle 1 (Reject the Diet Mentality) if you join anytime after this session.

Step 2. Make your one time purchase of The Intuitive Eating Workbook

Step 3. Check your email for information about your session, including options to complete workbook items before the session. We call this "Your Inside Job". You will receive an email before each session you register for, and it's highly beneficial to complete Your Inside Job prior to each session.

Step 4. Continue joining Nourish Your Body and putting in the time for YOU towards your Intuitive Eating Journey! You'll be able to easily register for sessions via Healthie.

Step 5: The BEST step! Start YOUR journey towards becoming an intuitive eater! 

All-inclusive option: If you do plan to commit to all 10 sessions of Nourish Your Body, you can do so up front and we will gift you the Intuitive Eating Workbook with your purchase. This would be $350 dollars for 5 months of Intuitive Eating support, and everything is set up for you automatically. 

Contact Cristina for additional details.

Please note, because this is a group program, we need 4 attendees per session to host each week. So please grab a friend!

Cool! Is there anything else I should expect?

We expect all program participants to be under the routine care of a physician.

A mental health provider, such as a therapist or counselor, is also a beneficial addition to a health care team. We encourage program participants to have an open mind if they feel they want or need to talk with mental health professional. 

NOTE: if you are currently suffering from and/or are in early recovery from an eating disorder, please consult with your treatment team (therapist, RD, MD) before joining, as participants may be reflecting on their own lived experience during the group sessions.

Got it! So, if I join, does that mean I can talk to Cristina about personalized nutrition issues?

Joining Nourish Your Body only means that you are joining this group support program. It does not mean you have an individualized nutrition counseling contract with Down to Earth Nutrition. Complete details are outlined in the Terms of Use.

If you are a Maryland resident and would like information on individualized nutrition/intuitive eating counseling, please click here.

Are you ready to liberate yourself from diet culture?

 

Are you ready to navigate towards a better relationship with food?

 

Are you ready for self-compassion?

 

Are you ready for Intuitive Eating?

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Check out what past Nourish Your Body participants are saying!

 

Are you still unsure if this is the program for you? Contact Cristina and let's talk about it! 

Read more about Cristina and her qualifications here!

“I enjoyed working with a small group and hearing other people's experience with diet culture and how they were also working through it, and it was great to hear that other people were going through a similar journey as me and that I wasn't alone!"

Nourish Your Body Participant

“What I love about Intuitive Eating is how adaptable it is. Once you learn and can apply it, you can take what you need in the moment and leave the rest. It is not a set of rules.”

Nourish Your Body Participant

"I feel confident in my toolbox of skills to reject diet culture and treat myself kindly when it comes to my food and body relationship"

Nourish Your Body Participant