Hi! I'm Amy and I'm a registered dietitian nutritionist. I specialize in helping people end their wars against their bodies and food. Studies show that 95-98% of diets fail given five years -- why are we still trying to lose weight then? It is because diet and pharmaceutical companies make millions of dollars each year on our belief that being thin is the only way that we can be healthy - it's simply not true. I have been treating people with eating disorders, disordered eating, yo-yo dieting, and compulsive exercise issues for the past 20 years, both at the New England Eating Disorders Program and my private practice. One hundred percent recovery is possible given the right tools!
One of my first memories is of being a little girl getting weighed at my annual doctor's appointment. Afterwards, my doctor soberly told my mom that if she didn't "watch out" that I would end up being "overweight". As I was a sensitive kid, I remember being very sad and confused in the car on the way home. That experience coupled with the media and society's message that thinness equals attractiveness lead me to start trying to lose weight at age 9. Throughout my later childhood and early adulthood, I repeatedly lost and regained 10-15 pounds, which made me gain weight over time. In my early twenties, I joined the no-fat diet craze and started exercising regularly. I lost a significant amount of weight, my menstrual cycle stopped, and people complimented me almost every day. Even my doctor commented on how much she admired my muscular legs, knowing that I had no menstrual cycle. I felt that I was eating enough calories because it was the number that most "experts" suggested, but I still found myself overeating/bingeing and being obsessed with food. I felt so much pressure to keep doing because everyone told me how great I looked, but I still wasn't happy. What was I doing wrong?
I started reading about a way to normalize the way that you eat, called "intuitive eating". There was no real structure as to how to do it at the time, so I developed my own way. I was absolutely terrified but I kept at it. It took awhile, but I have been an intuitive eater for at least 20 years and I am so grateful for my journey, mostly because I completely understand my clients' confusion, shame, and self-doubt. I have been in the same place and I was just really lucky to get the right information at the right time. These days, I love to cook, eat, and move my body in a way that I truly enjoy. Food is just one fun part of my life and I feel so grateful to have found the path to freedom.
Fortunately, there is now a road map on how to "do" intuitive eating. There is a structure and steps and most people make progress very quickly. It can be difficult for people who are using certain eating disorder behaviors to jump into intuitive eating at first, due to hunger and fullness cues being off-kilter, so sometimes some sort of eating structure is necessary to begin. There is hope for absolutely everyone! Please feel free to call or email me if you want more information before making an appointment.