(It's not) About the Food
Have you ever felt like you had to do everything perfectly?
That you must have your best face on your best foot forward, you know "have it all together?" Me too! When I was really new to being a dietitian I was consumed with prescribing the perfect diet to help people lose weight. One evening at our company awards ceremony, I had an eye opening experience. I went to the dessert table, chose two different types of cheesecake and casually headed back to my table. As I walked by some of my colleagues, they said to me "oh my gosh! Kelley, you are our dietitian, you are going to eat THAT?!"
I immediately felt judged
And maybe like I should go put it back, but you know what? I really like sweets, so I replied with a smile and "yes, I am and I hope you can enjoy some, too." That was the beginning of my attempts to ditch diets. They really don't work! So, I began exploring this world called "mindful eating" or "intuitive eating". I went on to become a licensee to facilitate the 8-week program "Am I Hungry?" and I am currently working through the credentialing to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and to obtain the status of Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian.
Really, it is about you
Taking charge of YOUR health, YOUR food choices, YOUR exercise choices. You drop the rules of eat this not that and tune into your body, how it feels, it's own hunger and fullness rhythms, it's own desire for fun movement. You begin to respect your body for what it can do for you which turns into you taking better care of you. Then, you realize that you don't have to focus on weight loss, but focus on health. When you do this, you really make lasting behavior change, you feel great, not deprived, you choose foods you really enjoy and you are able to cope with life stressors in a more healthy way.
Hello Sister, I'm Kelley
As we journey together
I will learn a lot about you and your relationship with food, your body, and with God. So, I'll break the ice and go first! Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, don't you agree? Well, first and foremost I am a Child of God. I don't always act or think like I am, but I do KNOW that I am and I am a work in progress.
I am a wife and a mother
To three sweet darlings that God has blessed me with. Professionally, I am a registered dietitian who seeks to help women break free from the bondage of food, body and weight obsessions. However, I am really starting to see that I am truly a....TRANSFORMER! You heard correctly. :) My God given superpower is to help women break free from the bondage of dieting & eating disorders and empower them to boldly walk in God's Love and embrace who they are in Christ.
You see, I have always been passionate
For helping others and trying to make others happy (though my mother may dispute this a little bit). Has there ever been anyone in your life that made you want to do something to help? For me, it was my daddy who had diabetes. I chose a path of nutrition to help others manage their diabetes and live their best life! Well, guess what?! God had another plan and ultimately He landed me here!
By way of a postcard in 2008
God sent me to work at Remuda Ranch in Milford, Virginia. At the time, this was a Christian based program for treating eating disorders. Can I tell you how terrified I was?! I did not know too much about eating disorders and I was not real comfortable in my faith yet, including praying. BUT, that was a major part of my job description! I did not grow up in church and only came to know the Lord when I was in college, yeah back in 2001. A dear friend convinced me to go with him. I did. I accepted Jesus and the rest is history. Well, not really! I actually wound up moving more into sin than more into God. Crazy, huh?! I know I am not alone in that story. Thankfully I serve a Mighty God who saves and forgives! Really, when God sent the postcard in 2008 was really the beginning of my closer walk with him. He equipped me to be a mighty prayer warrior, an intercessor and a fighter for His Kingdom.