The things you’ve been trying to solve your eating struggles are making it worse (and it’s not your fault).
– Cassie Christopher, MS RD
All or Nothing Dieting, where you either have to “eat perfectly” or “what’s the point?”, has eroded your trust in yourself and your body so you end up using food to soothe when times are tough and blame yourself when the All or Nothing Diet ultimately fails.
Breaking free from All or Nothing Dieting requires the Courage to Trust.
The Courage to Trust that:
- Food isn’t the problem (and neither are you).
- You can hear and respond to the cues your body is giving you, instead of eating to numb or restricting for control.
- You can mindfully indulge AND consistently make nourishing choices.
- You are worthy of care and love, just as you are, even while pursuing weight loss.
Healing the effects of All or Nothing Dieting and re-learning how to sense and care for your needs without indulgent eating gives you the Courage to Trust so you can create a supportive relationship with food, your body, and your health so you can eat with joy instead of eating to seek joy.
I discovered the Courage to Trust after a stressful time in life where I used chocolate to manage my anxiety…
In grad school, like most grad students, I was stressed. I was working on my Master’s in Nutrition and to deal with my mounting to-do list, I would go to the school convenience store to buy an artisanal dark chocolate bar.
Dark chocolate is a healthy choice after all!!
The chocolate gave me pleasure. It made me feel better. Rewarded. It allowed me to zone out from all the stress.
Soon, the chocolate bar-a-day habit led to weight gain. Like a good student, I decided to practice what I was learning.
I’d either eat perfectly and think, “what a fabulous dietitian I am going to be,” or difficulty would arise in my life, and I’d stop at Whole Foods on a break, buy a tub of guac and freshly fried tortilla chips, and eat the whole thing!
Why couldn’t I be satisfied by kale and sardine salads like my classmates who looked like nutrition goddesses? I wondered what was wrong with me.
The truth is there was nothing wrong with me. I was a victim of All or Nothing Dieting which undermined my ability to trust myself around food.
No matter how much knowledge I had about food this pattern would ultimately sabotage me because All or Nothing Dieting removed the one coping mechanism I had to deal with life’s difficulties (chocolate, guacamole, cupcakes…), and didn’t replace it with something better.
I sought help from counselors, other dietitians, naturopaths, and the latest in science to heal the impact that All or Nothing Dieting was having on my body and how I was using food to cope.
Through the work I did with my team, I started to develop the Courage to Trust myself again.
And this led me to the work I do today, helping women cultivate the Courage to Trust their own bodies to create a supportive relationship with food so they can eat with joy instead of eating to seek joy.
By now, I’ve helped over 100 women eat with joy in my virtual practice. – Cassie Christopher, MS RD
- As an experienced Registered Dietitian, I stay up to date with advances in Medical Nutritional Therapy, eating disorders, and weight management, so you can feel confident you are doing everything you can for your health.
- I am an expert in Emotional Eating and I draw from research on self-compassion, shame, and trauma, and my nutrition knowledge to support my clients.
- Fun fact: I’m a proud Pacific Northwest gal, although I’ve never quite acquired a taste for black coffee (oat milk, please!)
“Now I can eat with joy instead of eating to seek joy.”
“I had a hard time untangling myself from All or Nothing Dieting at first…
I struggled to believe the concepts like:
- Not being tied to a scripted meal plan.
- Not talking tough to myself like “no excuses” or “don’t be lazy”.
- Not weighing every day.
- Not giving up ice cream or tortilla chips forever.
- Not believing I would have to pay lifetime membership with Company A, Company B or Company C to lose the weight forever.”
“But Cassie Christopher’s skills and strengths carried me to a better understanding of why I eat my emotions along with foods that make me feel sluggish, depressed, or not my best self.
My favorite takeaway from this experience (which is tough to choose because there are so many) is that NOW I speak kindly to myself, whether I’m looking in the mirror or the refrigerator, while remaining supportively curious about what I am eating or craving and when.
I have lost 13 lbs without feeling deprived or obsessively tracking and I am confident that my body will continue to release the weight.
Now, I can eat with joy instead of eating to seek joy.”
-Former client: Debbie
“[I loved] working with an RD that did not make me feel judged and like a failure!”
“Cassie Christopher’s approach is SO refreshing. If you want to eat something, eat it and really enjoy it! Wow! That is completely freeing. Absence of judgment and deprivation work so well for my well-being!!
Cassie’s style is relaxed and understanding and she’s been there so has the personal understanding, but also the credentials to help. But she is unlike any other RD I have ever met and that made a huge difference to me. The structure of the program combined with the calls as well as the group just covered all bases. It’s like coming at this struggle from all angles with an amazing guide.”
-Former client: J