BodyLove Intuitive Eating Circle
Begins November 11, 2019
A phone-based circle open to women anywhere in the country!
Are you ready for a relationship with your body or food that feels less like a struggle for control and more like a peaceful, pleasurable partnership?
Would you like to feel more energized and able to focus on what matters most in your life – from creative projects to life purpose – rather than draining energy from eating too much, too little, the right/wrong kind of food or movement, or simply resisting the conversation altogether?
How about living in a way that honors you just as you are, with full and loving acceptance? Followed by making small changes that align with your own creative soul. Maybe that looks like eating more mindfully and writing a haiku about what you are eating to become more present in a fun way? Or loving your body so completely that she wants to move for the joy of it? If this sort of compassionate approach to eating and moving — where the shift happens from the inside-out — resonates with you, then consider joining us!
What is it?
This is a space where we set our own (not one size fits all) goals around our relationship with our bodies, then use tools of journaling, noticing habitual patterns, compassionate curiosity and making small daily changes to get us there. It’s easy to get a great idea, jump in and go until you lose steam… and quit. Instead, this is a group where we take realllllly small action steps, done consistently, so they become habits.
We meet you exactly where you are, and moving forward is FUN rather than restrictive. That makes our relationship with food an adventure rather than an unpleasant trudge. Overall – big picture ideas, small daily baby steps, group support and inspiration.
What this Circle is NOT
This is not about dieting, telling you what to eat or not eat, health advice, holding you accountable through punishment or external focuses. This is about you getting more in touch with what brings you joy and pleasure related to food and body movement… and moving that direction.
What might be some typical “baby steps?”
You choose your goal and baby steps. These may be a mix of the concrete (I don’t want to eat past 7 p.m. unless I’m truly hungry), the mindful (I want to eat with full concentration and fully experience the first three bites of each meal) and the experimental (next time I’m grazing when I’m not hungry, I’m going to pause and see what I REALLY want). It also may not be around food at all, but more around relationship with the body (I am going to look in the mirror with full appreciation X times a day or I am going to move my body in ways that she LOVES for at least 5 minutes every day).
Carolyn’s Habit Change Journal Entry: “I am noticing that as I stick with my positive habits/routines – even as small as they are! – I actually feel inspired to do more. Each small success is like a burst of energy/inspiration that then fuels me for more and greater creativity around this process and moving forward. Even better, the forward movement is fueled by inspiration, not push. Even when it’s “hard,” it’s more yoga-stretch hard than horrible hard. And the “hard” is aligned with my goals, which makes me feel good. It is my wise self taking over, versus my inner child who just wants what she wants, when she wants it.”
What is the structure?
Typically, each call includes a short centering meditation, exploratory journaling prompts to take us deeper, optional sharing on celebrations and “noticings” (this is NOT a “I done wrong, beat me up for it” group, but a compassionate noticing group), a discussion topic and intention setting for the upcoming week.
What Carolyn brings to the calls
I bring years of successfully facilitating and creating safe, inspired Circles for women and my training as a life coach. Similar to my other Circles, this one will pull in creativity, journaling, self-awareness, radical self-acceptance, humor and compassion. In addition, I have a personal passion for creating a more peaceful, authentic relationship with food for myself and others.
What materials are used?
The small habit change structure is detailed in the book “Master the Day: Eat, Move and Live Better with The Power of Daily Habits.” In addition, I will pull in short readings around intuitive eating and similar topics.
What is Intuitive Eating?
Although there are no “shoulds” here, the inner focus of intuitive eating aligns with this group. As Jennipher Walters says, “Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re full. Don’t see food as “good” or “bad.” Eat what you want, when you want. It kind of sounds like the best “diet” out there, right? Except, it’s not actually a diet. It’s truly a way of life — an intuitive eating way of life.” In a nutshell, it is eating based on internal cues rather than external rules.
When: We meet via phone 3 times a month for a 60-minute call on Mondays starting at 3:30 p.m. central time.
Each Circle will go for three months. Dates for the first Circle are November 11, 18 and 25, December 2 and 9, and January 6, 13, 20 and 27 (note: due to the holidays, there is a December break and that extra session is added in January)
Cost? – $59/month for the 3-month Circle ($179 total)
What is included in the cost?
- 9 live group calls
- A private Facebook group for sharing celebrations and resources
- A “buddy” for the entire 3 months
- Relevant articles and book excerpts (note: you have the option of buying books and I will recommend some, but it is not required)
Carolyn founded and hosts the Creative Soul Community, where women in the second half of life gather to create lives of greater purpose, vitality and creative expression. She is an award-winning author, life coach and mentor. Her style is intuitive, lighthearted and nurturing as she leads popular writing retreats, weekly writing circles, women’s circles and private coaching. She is the author of “Backyard Pearls: Cultivating Wisdom and Joy in Everyday Life,” has worked with national and international magazines and has studied various creative/spiritual practices for more than 30 years. Among the places she has presented are Story Circle Women’s Writing Conference, International Coach Federation, Esalen Institute, Seton Cove, Eremos, Unity Church and the National Speaker’s Association writing group.