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Women, 

Food,

& Freedom

Sophrology - your pathway to a healthier relationship with food and with yourself

Welcome to Women, Food & Freedom

- the start of your journey to freedom with food and with yourself

What is the Women, Food & Freedom journey?

The Women, Food & Freedom is about exploring what it means to be you - using the lens of our relationship with food to better understand who we are, and ultimately start to love ourselves more rather than the food on our plate. Through this lens we begin to see how our relationship with food relates to how we view ourselves and our world. 

Using Sophrology we take the journey back into the body; we begin to stop thinking and obsessing so much about food and we simply come home to the wisdom of the body. Your body's wisdom holds everything you need in relation to the right foods to eat, when to eat, how to eat, what is healthy for you. It is a case of listening and to listen we need to inhabit the body fully, not just the head. 

It is about discovering why you learn't to eat in a certain way, your habits, your culture and environment, your beliefs around food and also your beliefs in life in general, you may see how they are closely linked. It isn't always an easy journey, nor is it necessarily quick, but it can be one of the most rewarding journey's you will ever take. 

When you start this journey towards seeing clearly your relationship with food, you:

  • Learn how to tune in to your relationship with food

  • Begin to come home to the body so you can listen to what it truly wants

  • Discover the difference between physical and emotional hunger

  • Identify the reasons why you turned to food in the first place (you’ll realise that it’s actually a very intelligent reaction)

  • Acknowledge food patterns and how to make changes

  • Explore beliefs around food and how they may have shaped your experience

  • Learn techniques and tools to help you break habits that no longer serve and re-direct your energy

  • Begin to treat yourself with kindness and re-shape the inner critic

  • Begin the process of the return to love, to self-love

Empowerment

Self-Love

Trust

Awareness

Courage

Mindfulness 

Gentleness

Compassion

Honesty

Acceptance

Some of the qualities and strengths that we develop on this journey?

Embodiment

Sophrology is the science of consciousness in harmony

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Sophrology helps us to see things as they really are. It helps us to become radically honest with ourselves as we begin to shift, transform and grow into our highest potential. Letting go of what is no longer serving us. 

We begin to let go of the control and see ourselves, and the world around us through fresh compassionate eyes. We see abundance rather than lack, love rather than fear, strength over weakness. It is truly transformative.

The Women, Food & Freedom Pathways

The Women, Food & Freedom journey is different for everyone depending on where you are now and where you would like to be.  Some people prefer to journey on a one-to-one basis whilst others like the support and the reflection capabilities that a group offers, whilst some people like to do a bit of both. So the choice is yours. I offer a free 20 minute discovery session to find out more.

 

I currently offer help on a  on a one-to-one basis, with a group pathway coming soon. In the meantime if you would like to join our 'Women, Food & Freedom' retreat at Cober Hill Hotel, on the North Yorkshire coast in October 2021, you are more than welcome - please see the retreats page for further information.

Individual Pathway

With individual sessions you will:

  • Receive a thorough consultation to understand where you are now, to gently begin to explore your relationship with food, and understand where you would like to get to.

  • Begin to become more aware of who you feel you really are, and what might be standing in the way, helping to identify any blocks and self-sabotaging activities. 

  • Be introduced to Sophrology, the history and benefits, and to begin to learn some of the foundational practices to start using to help you in your day to day life, developing more; focus, clarity, motivation, compassion, mindfulness, awareness etc.

  • Begin to understand how your relationship with food can impact your self worth, health, and relationships. Understand when we give food so much meaning we give away our power, you will learn what meaning you have given food.

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  • Understand the gut-brain axis, how neuroplasticity works - how we can re-wire the brain, the reward pattern that keeps us going back for more, how your environment can be a help or a hindrance, the importance of self-talk and the effect on the body, and other information that will help put your relationship with food into a greater context.

  • Be gently guided in each session using Sophrology exercises to gradually develop a feeling of embodiment, re-discover strengths and capacities within you, and ultimately moving towards meeting your highest potential.

  • Assess yourself against your own milestones that we develop within the process.

  • You will be gently guided into your past to discover what beliefs you may hold about food and life, what food eating patterns you had as a child and perhaps even any old wounds or trauma that may be keeping you stuck. 

  • For some people as you journey you may begin to meet parts of yourself that could have been hidden from you within your psyche, often for very valid and functional reasons - it is a journey of self-discovery and self-reclamation for many, becoming whole again.

  • Learn the most effective Sophrology tools to help you not only with your relationship with food but also to help you manage stress at work and home.

  • Receive support - email support and with the opportunity to join our Facebook group in the future to obtain inspiration, tips and connect with other like minded women. 

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Are you fed up of all the knots we tie ourselves in to look a certain way, to weigh a certain weight, and you are sick and tired of the control, and you feel totally ready for the freedom that can be found when we take this journey, then this journey might be for you. Within the freedom we find joy and the pleasure in life from just being alive, we find that we are enough after all. 

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviours that negatively impact our health, emotions and our ability to function in important areas of life. Typically a person with an eating disorder has a complex relationship with food, and with themselves, and it usually displays as a symptom of something painful inside that goes much deeper than the eating issue. 

 

We all experiment with our diets from time to time but an eating disorder goes much deeper and is a psychological disorder. It is ultimately due to a skewed perception of the relationship we have with ourselves. Although eating disorders affect more women than men, men are still affected. 

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Types of Eating Disorders

The 3 most well known types of eating disorders are; Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. There are however some more less known:

  • Merycism (Rumination Syndrom)  - which is characterized by effortless regurgitation of most meals following consumption, due to the contraction of the muscles around the abdomen.

  • Potomania - this is characterised by a massive consumption of liquids.

  • Cibophobia (Fear of Food) - this can often happen after a traumatic experience with food (food went down the wrong way) or for people living with autistic syndrome.

  • Night Eating Disorder (NED) - this is characterised by the person waking up in the middle of the night to have a compulsive eating crisis. It can happen whilst the person is still asleep.

  • Orthorexia (Obsessive need to eat healthy food) - this is about eating a very clean and pure diet as a way to control anxiety through food intakes and can also be seen with people living with autistic syndrome.

  • Food snacking - eating all day long small amounts of food, usually with a lot of sugar in and can be a result of not wanting to feel a particular sensation or feeling, for example not wanting to feel empty and using food as a way of feeling safe.

  • Chew and spit out - this is a way a person gets to taste the food and avoid the calories.

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What are some of the symptoms of an eating disorder?

Symptoms can vary depending on which type of eating disorder someone has. Some of the more well known symptoms:

  • Extreme thinnness

  • Fear of gaining weight

  • Distorted body image

  • Spending a lot of time worrying about your weight and body shape

  • Feeling dizzy, faint or tired a lot of the time

  • Menstruation being interrupted or stopping altogether

What are some of the behaviours of an eating disorder?

  • Extremely restricted eating

  • Overeating

  • Eating in secret

  • Exercising a lot

  • Constantly weighing yourself

  • Avoiding social functions were food is involved

  • Making yourself sick after eating or taking laxatives after you eat

  • Having very strict habits or routines around food

Spotting an eating disorder in someone else:

  • Dramatic weight loss

  • Avoiding eating with others

  • Wearing looser clothes to cover weight loss

  • Eating a lot of food very fast

  • Going to the bathroom straight after eating on a regular basis

  • Cutting food into small pieces or eating very slowly

Not all of the behaviours are listed here - eating disorders can be very well hidden. 

Full recovery is possible - 'freedom from the cage'

Full recovery is possible, however it does take a multi-faceted approach, Sophrology being just one part of that. Care needs to be taken of the body - possibly medication, eating supervision, the right food and nutrition, medical or GP supervision and the mind - psychological sessions and adaptive sports activities.

My approach to helping with eating disorders:

It follows a similar approach to the Women, Food & Freedom Individual Pathway as shown above, although it uses a different Sophrological method - it is a very gentle, progressive (each session building on the last). the focus initially is building trust in the therapeutic framework and within the client herself, the client slowly begins to trust herself and her body - being gently reunited with it again, it typically takes longer to reach a state of full recovery and requires a multi-faceted care plan between the other Health Care Professionals involved in the  patients recovery.

 

 

 

 

Getting a diagnosis

If you are unsure if you have an eating disorder the first place to start is to contact your GP to get a diagnoses. Your GP will ask you about your eating habits, how you are feeling and check your overall health. You may then be referred to an eating disorder specialist or team of specialists (Healthcare Providers). You may be given the contact details of eating disorder organisations that could help you to talk about it such as Beat - Adult Helpline on 0808 801 0677 or the Youth Helpline on 0808 801 0711. 

If you are worried about yourself or worried about someone you know then please reach out and contact me on 07884 101164 to start finding help and support. Contact me either by phone, email at info@beinharmony.co.uk or the use the Contact Us form on the home page to find out more information or book a session today. 

Remember you are not alone - we all heal together. Within this journey back to ourselves we find we can have freedom, flying from the cage we have put ourselves in, we find joy and the pleasure in life from just being alive, we find that we are enough after all. 

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Like the Women, Food & Freedom Individual Pathway the transformation comes from within to change the outer behaviour - when we regain a clearer perspective of ourselves and what we have been doing, then change is possible. We can begin to look in the mirror again and find love instead of hate.

Women, Food & Freedom Package of Care for Eating Disorders

For women or teenage girls with eating disorders the Women, Food & Freedom journey involves one-to-one coaching and facilitation, allowing you to progress through the process of healing, unfolding, and awakening to who you truly are at your own speed.  

 

Sessions are usually weekly to begin with and then gradually space out as and when you feel ready. After the initial session, a minimum of 6-12 sessions is required to begin this journey so that you get a good understanding of the journey, begin to better understand yourself, to start to get glimpses of what might be beneath your relationship with food and how Sophrology can help you, to start to see and feel the difference it makes. 

Sessions last between 1hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on what needs to be addressed on the day. It is advisable to schedule 1hour 30 minutes for your session. 

Initial Session £80

Block of 6 Sessions £450

Block of 12 Sessions £900 

Prices includes email support between sessions. 

For more information or a free 20 minute consultation please contact Carla on 07884 101164, email info@beinharmony.co.uk or use the Contact Us form on the home page. 

Let yourself be gently guided back into a state of balance using Sophrology 

Women, Food & Freedom Package of Care

The Individual Pathway for the Women, Food & Freedom journey involves one-to-one coaching and facilitation, allowing you to progress through the process of unfolding and awakening to who you truly are at your own speed - slowly letting go of the chains of control that tie us up within the process of restrictive and compulsive eating, dieting and overeating. 

 

Sessions are usually weekly to begin with and then gradually space out as and when you feel ready. After the initial session, a minimum of 6-12 sessions is required to begin this journey so that you get a good understanding of the journey, understanding yourself and what is beneath your relationship with food and how Sophrology can help you, to start to see and feel the difference it makes. 

Sessions last between 1hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30minutes, depending on what needs to be addressed on the day. It is advisable to schedule 1hour 30minutes for your session. 

Initial Session £80

Block of 6 Sessions £450

Block of 12 Sessions £900 

Prices include email support between sessions and if you undertake the Individual pathway a 10% discount off any Women, Food & Freedom workshop, course or retreat. 

For more information or a free 20 minute consultation please contact Carla on 07884 101164, email info@beinharmony.co.uk or use the Contact Us form on the home page. 

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