Diets are a losing battle.
It’s time for YOU to have a Truce with Food
A personalized online coaching experience to make food and life infinitely easier
There you are, out to dinner at a trendy restaurant with friends. This place is known for the gourmet pizza they stream out of the kitchen like sizzling saucers. You want a pizza so badly. Yet your fork is perched over a salad.
I’m being good ordering the grilled chicken salad, you mentally monitor.
Crunch, crunch, more mental math.
You can already tell this salad won’t satisfy you.
You try and focus on the conversation when suddenly, the server brings some just-out-of-the-oven bread to the table.
The steam rising off the bread is like a smoke signal that your good eating is about to go up in flames. Here we go again.
Your damned if you eat the bread. You’re damned if you don’t because you’ll end up going home and devouring the gluten-free, organic cookies.
Either way, you realized you aren’t going to win. You’ll be left unsatisfied.
Believe it or not, this moment is actually great news.
When you feel the most frustrated is when you’re truly open to change. Plus, the dieting industry has conditioned you to believe food has to be harder than it truly is.
If you’re like my clients, you know you weren’t put on this Earth to diet. You suspect food shouldn’t be this hard. You have big, important stuff to do and this food and weight “thing”, holds you back.
How do I know this?
Because dessert trays and my weight distracted me for 18 years.
At the age of 11, I had already bought into Weight Watchers. There was a constant focus on calories in, calories out. Was breakfast really four points? I bet it was only 3.5 and I can have an extra Snackwells now…
And the worst part is that no matter how much I went over and over it like some Rubik’s Cube, I couldn’t figure it out. Dieting was the biggest, most wasted time and money pit of my life.
Before we dive deeper into how I stopped making food the enemy, let me introduce myself.
I’m Ali Shapiro. I know diets are a losing battle. As a full-time health coach for the past ten years, I’d love to save you the time, frustration and lost potential from dieting failure. These “failures” aren’t your fault.
What I know is that people who are smart, driven and achievers never find a Truce with Food through discipline and a focus on the food. In fact, this approach makes food much harder than it has to be.
Clients are always asking me, “Why can’t I fix this?”
Will you step into the time machine with me?
Fourteen years ago, I was struggling with asthma, allergies, acne, depression and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and 25 extra pounds. Even with all the physical pain, the worst pain was the constant battle with food and being held back by my weight. I thought I was confident except for my weight. Little did I know I was holding myself back in other ways too…
When you struggle with food, you struggle with life.
Looking back on my life, I have so much compassion for how long I struggled. I didn’t have the right information. I didn’t know what foods were right for me and I didn’t know an old emotional story I didn’t even know I had was what made me wake up everyday with my very first thought, “today I’m going to be good.” That “gearing up” approach was all I knew.
And I definitely didn’t know it was so much easier and powerful to heal that story. As a side-effect of my physical and emotional healing, I reversed all my diagnosis and lost 25 pounds I easily keep off today. Most importantly, I’ve created life on my terms and know, deep in my bones, I can make the impact I want to make in my life.
There’s no reason to struggle any longer. There’s no reason to make food harder than it needs to be. Right now, right here, you can call a Truce with Food®.
Truce with Food starts with three-months of expert coaching, tools and resources so you start to see food and yourself as you really are, not the version you know as a result of years, maybe decades of battling food. You’ll start a brand new chapter in how you view food. You will see the story that makes a cookie so much more than a cookie and is holding you back in ways that make food and life much harder and less fulfilling.
The Truce with Food program
This three month life-changing program shows you:
- What foods work best for you
- How to feel completely satisfied from your food
- How to stop feeling like you’re “on” or “off” to make food and life easier and simpler
- How you’re being held back in ways you aren’t even aware of and to transform into the most powerful version of yourself to live the life your meant to live
Truce with Food enables you to discover what foods are healthy for you and how to transform the story that snaps you back into the downward spiral that makes you feel like nothing will ever change.
Truce with Food is different from other diets, coaches, boot camps, and challenges. It teaches you how to learn your own pitfalls while also helping you learn how to balance your blood sugar so temptations disappear. I’ve lost two dress sizes, my skin is glowing and I no longer feel like I’m “on” or “off” with my eating. Who knew how much easier it would make eating and my life? Life changing! I love this program.
Are you ready for Truce with Food? What does “ready” mean?
This program is tailored to those who are idealists, achievers and trailblazers. Signs that this is your time to call a Truce with Food:
“I get so pissed off when people say it’s as simple as “eat less, exercise more. It’s just not that easy.”
“I’m so over the magic bullets that never work. Those quick fixes don’t work when real life gets in the way.”
“I hate scare tactics, extremes and this idea that there’s one way that will work for everyone. They just make you go crazy.”
“I know I am not contributing what I’m capable of because I feel held back by my weight.”
You do need to know this program isn’t for you if you’re on a “need to lose 15 pounds for a wedding” in June type of deadline. I know that place well. There’s no judgement. This program is designed to get to the root of the problem and avoid another cycle of self-sabotage and pain.
So what does calling a Truce with Food involve? What will you experience?
YOUR 12-WEEK PROGRAM SYLLABUS
Phase 1: Reboot Your Mindset
Week 1: X-Ray you’re Good Girl Mindset to identify the story that causes you to eat what you don’t want to be eating
Week 2: Identify how you keep your story alive, which disconnects you from your most powerful self and discover your metabolic type so you know what proteins and amounts work for you
Week 3: Connect to your most powerful self and the healthy fats and amounts for your metabolic type
Week 4: Identify new metrics for success and the healthy carbs and amounts for your metabolic type
Phase 2: Make The Healthy Choice: Build a Boss Mindset
Week 5: Start-up mode is never perfect so learn how to navigate imperfection and learn the foods that keep you calm
Week 6: Beta-test your new story to make healthy eating natural and add this #1 missing food to smooth your stomach!
Week 7: Learn to evaluate, not judge yourself to heal your story faster and what healthy “bad” foods help now
Week 8: Bet on yourself so you continue to find your path to success and learn the gold standard for figuring out food sensitivities and allergies
Phase 3: Create Your Lighter, Powerful, Beautiful Life
Week 9-12: All Bosses know you have to test and evaluate your new ideas (in this case, your new story). Welcome to the “go to market” of story transformation. I’ll be there each week to support you in creating this new, lighter life!
For three months after the program ends, our group will have a monthly call to check-in. I’ll continue to coach you to help you solidify all the change and answer new questions that arise with your new Boss mindset.
This program is essential because…
- Every time you try something else that doesn’t work, there’s more doubt things can change. You get more entrenched in battling food.
- The dieting industry underestimates you. But I do not. I bet on your greatness.
- This isn’t a diet, it’s about knowing what to eat for your body to thrive
- Truce with Food provides the education and resources to feel satisfied from your food
- Truce with Food makes food and life easier, not harder, so you can make the impact you are meant to make in your life
- We need your powerful voice to contribute to healing our fractured world
Truce with Food is not a plan, but a lifesaving journey. Candace G.
Now imagine you’re at that same pizza place. You didn’t think about food all day. So when you sit down to order, you don’t already feel worn out. And your coming from work which is more fun as you’re contributing in ways that feel aligned with your truth and power.
You check in with yourself and feel like pizza and a salad. You order two slices with free-range chicken and spinach on top and get a salad with extra dressing so that your blood sugar stays in check. You know when your body is balanced, portions are easy.
The bread basket comes. And. It’s just a bread basket.
The night ends and so does your eating.
You have organic cookies in the house but don’t even stop in the kitchen because you don’t feel like them. You get an amazing night of sleep and awaken refreshed to engage with your life in new found, powerful ways. Food and life are more fulfilling on ways you didn’t know where possible.
And while you’re grateful food doesn’t hold the weight it used to, you’re even more grateful for yourself and who you’ve become to create that ease and power.
I feel empowered to choose to do things differently instead of life just happening to me.
Truce with Food helped me uncover the unconscious story that drives my eating and how I show up in the world. With this new awareness, I feel empowered to choose to do things differently instead of life just happening to me. It’s not easy work but very, very useful. So important that I’ll continue this work so I can have even more choices in how life unfolds.
My mental gymnastics around food have decreased
Truce with Food is unlike anything I've experienced before. It gets to the heart of any challenge around food. It's extremely freeing to identify my story and understand what causes my food habits. My mental gymnastics around food have decreased and I now have the tools to ultimately have a Truce with Food. Ali is extremely supportive and never passes judgement. I can't recommend the program enough! It is a life changer!
Ali is an incredibly insightful and nurturing coach who will guide you no matter where you start out
Truce with Food is truly special, both in terms of its unique content and the high level of commitment Ali provides to her clients. You won't hear the same old boring diet cliches; this program is based on the latest medical and adult development research.
Most importantly, Ali is an incredibly insightful and nurturing coach who will guide you to a healthier relationship with food, no matter where you start out. The coursework is challenging and surprisingly emotional. The rewards go beyond better physical health: as the course progresses, you'll learn more about your whole self, especially what you want and need in life, and how to get it. The program is likely to exceed your expectations in every way, and is well worth the cost.
I have more ease and freedom around food and with myself
Truce with Food was SOOO helpful for me. It offers a refreshing different/holistic approach to emotional health as it relates to food and my relationship with food. I have more ease and freedom around food and with myself. I no longer get out of bed in the morning with my first waking thoughts centered around what sort of rigid "plan of attack" I'm going to have today to "get through" food. I have clarity around my triggers and will continue to practice, learn and re-learn when it comes to the "reset" button:)
Participating in Truce With Food brought me closer to myself than I've ever been
Participating in Truce With Food brought me closer to myself than I've ever been. I've gained incredible clarity and insight into how I am blocking myself from the health, relationships and life experiences I most deeply yearn for.
I am learning to trust my inner knowing and to believe in my power to change and, maybe even more importantly, to create. This program is a culmination of all of the tools I've tried and refined through years of self-exploration through yoga, meditation, Reiki, etc. I'm willing to love and nurture myself more deeply than ever and want to work with, not against, mySelf. Ali’s support, encouragement and wisdom are a true gift along my path of self-discovery and healing.
The results are so worth it.
Truce with Food is life changing. It's hard work, but the payoff is it really reshapes the way you will approach life for years to come. The results are so worth it :)
I discovered you have to be a little rebellious to shift those stubborn pounds for good!
The relentless cycle of dieting and self loathing had consumed me for over twenty years. I also had seasonal allergies, a sluggish thyroid and painful IBS. Truce with Food was an internal journey challenging my patterns and behaviors. Ali gave me tools to concede perfection doesn’t exist and I discovered you have to be a little rebellious to shift those stubborn pounds for good!
By learning what foods are right for me, I’ve banished seasonal allergies, glide around the supermarket listening to a loving inner voice advising me on healthy choices and I get to dinner without devouring the entire contents of my fridge! I’ve dropped a dress size and feel an overall better sense of wellbeing!
I found a new way of eating that is enjoyable, healthy and sustainable and relief from chronic depression
After years of a war with food, peace was elusive despite the abundance of information and help available. That all changed with Truce with Food. I found a new way of eating that is enjoyable, healthy and sustainable, relief from chronic depression, a renewed sense of curiosity and adventure and a body that feels better both physically and image-wise. Most significantly, I now possess the tools that are needed to maintain feelings of hope and clarity which ensure that the peace will last.
Has it been a smooth, easy ride? No. Have all of my issues (both with food and emotions) disappeared? Not even close. Did I drop 30 pounds magically within 3 months? No way. But, I am losing weight in a sustainable way. And the truth is even if I never lost another ounce, I’d still be thrilled. I’m forever grateful. Thanks from the bottom of my heart Ali!
Meals are now, just that. A meal
I am someone who seems to have it all together except this one area of food, weight, and body issue. I enjoyed this program beyond belief! I came to Truce with Food seeking moderation and to eat less sugar. I succeeded in both and learned how to find peace. Before, every meal seemed like a battle. Meals are now, just that. A meal. Truce with Food is a paradigm shift to find freedom with yourself. Ali gives you the tools to work on the food and all it represents. It is worth every penny and I am so glad God brought her into my life.
The difference in how I look and feel is amazing
Ali’s step-by-step approach opened my eyes to the other aspects of my diet that needed to be adjusted. The difference in how I look and feel is amazing. If you’re serious about changing your life through what you consume, I cannot recommend Ali’s program highly enough.
About the Program Creator & Your Guide
I combined my background in functional medicine and holistic nutrition to create Truce with Food™, an innovative health coaching program while at the University of Pennsylvania earning my Masters degree in Organizational Dynamics. I also resolved my own 18-year battle with food and am a 25-year cancer survivor.
I’m the cohost of the Insatiable podcast and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Shopping, Huffington Post, Redbook Magazine, Cosmo, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Magazine. I was also a regular health contributor to the NBC 10! Show in Philadelphia.
My curiosity and quest for truth shape my life. I love to read and scheme up ways to make the world a more hospitable place to women. I love to dance and to discuss BIG ideas.
And 90% of the time, I’m laughing with my incredible husband Carlos. We recently moved back to my hometown of Pittsburgh after 18 years away! I still miss my adopted hometown of Philadelphia and all the amazing clients and wellness practitioners I know there!
Diets, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and candidly, most other health coaches, focus on the food. Rather than tell you to chew 20 times or don’t bring trigger foods into the house, Truce with Food focuses on you. How do you become the person who feels powerful around food (versus having to resist it?)
Truce with Food is also an adaptive program. Ronald Heifetz, change expert at Harvard, explains that the biggest mistake when trying to change is to try and solve adaptive challenges with technical solutions. Most diets and health coaching programs are technical solutions. Truce with Food corrects this mismatch, which makes it radically different (with the results to prove it!).
New price for 2018 coming in January.
Great question. I’ll break this into two parts. First off, do people show up and do the work? 80% of people show up and do the work. This is far above average than most programs.
This question also implies how many people have sustainability after the program. Both of these are important questions. If you’re asking: can I do this, can I show up, can I do the work? Can I continue to make the changes in my life? Yes. I assure you you can do this. This isn’t a diet. This isn’t a plan. This doesn’t require willpower like you imagine.
This is for anyone who wants to stop the insanity of fighting food and get off the merry-go-round. Truce with Food is a completely new orientation to how you think, act and respond to your relationship to food. The change is self-evident and creates a desire to continue to do the work because you’re finally getting results from the effort you put in.
The number one thing I look for is exhaustion. Have you tried enough solutions like Shakeology or Weight Watchers, gone through the roller coaster of “yes, this time will be different” and come down and realize, nope, it’s not? My weight is still weighing me down.
With the exhaustion, there’s usually a simultaneous fear and excitement at the idea of joining Truce with Food. Many of my clients say my approach resonates. And they’re up for the internal challenge.
This program is not girlfriend advice to buy flowers or steps to upgrade your life – although you will. It just won’t be all puppies and rainbows like some coaches promise…and then tell you “you’re blocked by self-limiting beliefs” when that doesn’t work.
Being comfortable won’t get anyone the results they really want, like freedom and sovereignty with their body. Like anything meaningful in life, this will be challenging and rewarding. But it’s not about willpower or discipline but rather, the challenge to stay open, curious and experimental.
This is not a weight loss program. It can be a side-effect of going through Truce with Food. Our culture tends to put the cart before the horse, thinking life will begin once we lose weight. But, we need to put life first to effectively approach weight loss.
However, I do acknowledge that your weight is weighing you down. I’m not going to tell you you shouldn’t want to lose weight. However, we focus on what foods and emotional shifts will best support you to eat in alignment with your weight loss goal.
As a result, you feel empowered instead of defeated. And, after Truce with Food, you know what foods and tools will best work for you for a customized approach rather than feeling overwhelmed with so many choices. It’s why clients who still want to lose more weight post-Truce with Food will say, “I still have more weight to lose but I know it will happen without me worrying about it anymore.”
Truce with Food takes the stance that one serving of your favorite foods, once in awhile, is no big deal. What we transform are the reasons you eat two, three or four servings of your favorite food. When you legitimately heal your relationship with food, you no longer are caught in the extremes of all or nothing. Yes you can eat your favorite foods again – and without guilt or fear that one piece of cake will turn into two, three or a week of bad eating.
Life today is one constant busy season. Especially for those who tend to gravitate towards Truce With Food. However, your life is your classroom. In other words, you’ll be experimenting with meals you’re already eating and new ways of being in your life. It’s not “separate” from your life.
And This program is designed for the on-the-go lifestyle. It does require about three hours per week for maximum benefit. Two hours for the content and Q&A calls (all recorded so you can listen at your leisure), and about an hour on “homework.” Many participants have said this program actually creates time for you by learning the foods to give you more energy and clarity.
Absolutely. In discussing digestion and blood sugar, the two foundational systems of the body that influence all of today’s chronic conditions, you’ll do that. And, being healthy isn’t just about being free of disease. It’s about emotional well-being, which Truce with Food focuses on heavily.
No! I’m actually referred to as the lazy chef’s guide to cooking. All the recipes are really simple (no exotic ingredients) or long prep times and can be cooked in big batches to last for multiple days. Plus, you’ll learn how to eat out and make the right choices so you don’t need to cook all the time.
I call myself a bad joiner myself so I understand your hesitation. Most of my clients are “bad joiners” or non-dogmatic people.
I’ve had some people stick to themselves and get incredible benefits. However most participants are impressed by the caliber of women in the group and want to participate and get incredible value from the support and ideas of these other intelligent and caring women.
Truce with Food completion rate blows other online programs out of the water. Second, all instructional materials are yours for life—so even if your schedule happens to change, you can still get the full value of the program when you’re ready.
However, if after fully participating for 30 days of the program, including listening to the lessons and completing the experiments, you find the program isn’t working for you, I’ll refund you your tuition. You must commit for the first 30 days to be refunded.
If you have an FSA or HSA account, most likely. I’ve written dozens of receipts for participants’ FSA and HSA accounts. Most plans reimburse for any type of nutritional counseling and coaching. I recommend checking with your plan specifically for an exact answer. I’m happy to write you receipt.
Yes. Once you enroll in the program, you’ll have the choice to purchase 4 additional private sessions at accessible rates to be used during the program.
No problem. We can help. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll get you all set up.
I totally get this.You trust me, not yourself.
So many programs promise to be different and yet underneath, they’re all different ways to cut calories or give you a formula (often not based on research) that create more restriction that only leads to rebellion.
This is a process you can’t fail. It doesn’t require willpower in the traditional sense. In fact, the imperfection is actually built into the material and expected so we can research what’s happening. Most science and life breakthroughs happen when we learn from what isn’t working.
Having said that, this process is challenging. But the challenge is being willing to be a beginner and continue to show up when you’re new (i.e. not the best at) at building a new skill set. This can be uncomfortable for perfectionists and those with an all-or-nothing mindset. It’s about being devoted to yourself.
Many clients express it’s “uncomfortable in the most freeing way”. That might seem paradoxical. But paradox is truth. Once you can be with your emotions, you feel powerful and free. You get the kind of results that make you willing to become devoted to challenging yourself. Our emotions control us whether we understand them or not. So to finally have choices other than eat in discomfort, is life-changing liberation.
If you can commit to showing up when you feel imperfect, this process will work for you. There’s not a formula for success or failure here. There process meets everyone exactly where they are in their self-awareness and lifestyle. It’s the opposite of having a bunch of rules to follow that only fuel the battle and a sense of failure.
What Participants of Truce with Food are Saying…
I had tried everything from Weight Watchers to Shakeology/work outs 7 days per week. Each plan worked for a short period of time. Eventually, my self-trust broke. Truce with Food gave me the tools to understand what foods work best for me. This was such a huge breakthrough for me; once I started to trust myself, eating the “right” foods for me was easy. It’s now what I want to do, not what I feel like I have to do to be “good.”
Truce With Food also gave me the tools to understand why I tend to eat or drink to comfort myself. Ali’s approach helps me help myself by digging in to get to the root of what’s triggering my behaviors. The process wasn’t easy or fun. But through it, I learned how to manage difficult emotions rather than use food or alcohol to numb out and ignore them.
Here I am, on the other side of the six months and feel incredible – LIKE A BOSS! I wouldn’t have believed that I would be feeling this way if you told me in the beginning of the program the physical and mental impact would be this broad. I’ve dropped a dress size, my body (and face) are less bloated, and my energy is probably the best in my life. – Linda, Philadelphia
Truce with Food is such an insightful program and, so far, I’ve lost 44 pounds that I know won’t come back. Ali leads you through the steps in such an encouraging way that it doesn’t feel hard or scary. It just fits! She gives you the tools and understanding to pick the path that works best for you. There’s no one way to do things or rules. It’s the best time and dollars I have ever invested!
As a result of working with Ali and her Truce with Food approach, I have made peace with food. My body feels so good, there’s no way I could fill myself up with the foods that make me feel sluggish. When I cut gluten out of my diet, my crippling PMS went away. And this one is my favorite: I found the courage to leave a job that was toxic and limiting. Now, I have much more energy to give to the people in my family and community. I am calmer. I am kinder. I am more adventurous. I trust myself. (And I thought at the outset that we were just going to talk about calories!) My time with Ali was life-changing.
I took Truce with Food to help me break years of bad eating habits. I knew the proper way to eat but haven’t been doing what is necessary to keep myself healthy. I also felt I needed help with behavior modification. This program ended up being much more of an emotional evolution about how I see myself, others, and the world around me. A side-effect of this evolution was after a long absence from exercising, I began exercising again to strengthen my body, to feel more confident, and to keep my eating in check. Next, I started dating again. I was telling myself that at this weight, I wouldn’t be attractive to the opposite sex. Through the program, I realized all the unhealthy little myths like this that I told myself for years, just aren’t true.
Before Truce with Food, I found myself bingeing while I was on the road for work. I knew what healthy habits I needed to follow—I’d been trying for YEARS. This program was eye opening and enabled me to figure out what was really going on. Since Truce, I have not binged at all—not once! I now recognize and honor the challenges of traveling for work and rather than binge, I find other ways to take care of myself. I am much more kind, gentle, and at peace with myself. I’m on a quest to bring my own radiance to life and this program brought this need and desire to light. Ali and the whole group have helped me find my radiance that was buried for years. I am forever grateful.
Before Truce with Food, I had a long history of food and weight struggles. I lost 60 pounds but wasn’t motivated enough to lose the rest of the weight and figured out how to ‘work the system’ at my current weight. I constantly asked myself why I kept working the system, was frustrated, knew what I needed to do but found myself preoccupied by food.
Truce with Food was what I was looking for but didn’t know it. It is absolutely amazing and takes a different approach to anything I had done (or heard of) before. My cravings reduced significantly and I no longer need to eat 5-6 times a day. Once I started to understand the stories and could see them play out, the pull to food started releasing using the tools Ali provides. This program has changed my life in a way I never expected.
Yes, I could have focused on just the food but it was much, much more than food. Emotional triggers came into play that I never realized would have such an impact. The support from the group really helped me to better understand and accept these emotions and the toll they were taking on my health. The best part is the program offered a really well thought out and balanced approach to making peace with your emotions along with strategies to live the healthiest journey you can live. It’s changed my outlook and I’m now on a better path.
In Truce with Food, I have solidly learned that food is not my issue. Since about week 4, I put down my sword and quit fighting with that imaginary demon. As a result, I stopped thinking about food at all—until I was hungry—and then made the best choice available. Yet, I haven’t eaten out of packages, mostly, and have stayed away from gluten, eaten my biggest meal at lunch, a lot, and pretty much avoided sugar. Even on a cross-country road trip, I chose a banana at rest stops where healthy choices were minimal! This has never happened to me in my life. I have not gained an ounce and now, have lost my scale. Most of all, I have learned/discovered that on my new journey I do not have to DO anything, but I need to FEEL everything.
The questions Truce with Food raises were excellent at helping me analyze parts of my thought process I had never questioned and beliefs I hadn’t realized I was living by. A huge weight has lifted from my shoulders and the way I look at food has changed dramatically. It doesn’t hold all the power it did before.
I signed up for Truce with Food thinking I had finally found the thing that would “fix” me. Instead, I embarked on a journey of health and wellness, and realized there was nothing to be fixed, only to be understood. I understand the remarkable impact my food choices actually have on me, witnessed the inner critic at work, and discovered I’m not alone in this process. Ali sticks right alongside you with beautiful and wise insights, and the other women celebrate and support you in all your ups and downs. My journey is far from over, but I left Truce feeling better equipped to find ways to work with, celebrate, and support myself. This program is more than just food…it’s about life!
I was getting too tired to work out after my job and my life was all about work and workouts M-F, boring. Now it’s as if Truce gave me permission’ to find ways to have fun again after work. I do not own a scale for fear of obsessing like I have unfortunately done at some point in the past but my husband confirmed, while hugging my hips, that some inches are gone. Each component, the group sharing, the recipes, the workbook, your approach, was valuable. Groups have so much power—you were good Ali, the way you gauged the group and did not let your beliefs overpower other’s that at times were different. The sharing was powerful.
I can’t believe the progress I’ve made in Truce with Food compared to 10+ years of unnecessary dieting. This program can help people with different issues (overeating, over-exercising, over-analyzing, or people who need more nutritional guidance) using relatively the same method. On the other hand, there was no one-size-fits-all approach and that was welcomed.
I used to focus on fad diet after fad diet, hoping that I would find the golden ticket to results and happiness. Ali helped me relax around food and trust that I could make my own decisions, without a diet dictating what to do. She showed me how to deconstruct my cravings and insatiable appetite by helping me understand what parts of my life needed work in order to receive joy from things other than food. Through our work, I redesigned my life to be more meaningful and inspiring. In turn I was happier and lost the need to overeat and obsess over food. Before I used to put a lid on the pot that I called “wants and desires,” now I openly embrace them. I’m living with a greater awareness around not only health and nutrition, but my life.
I couldn’t be happier that I found you and your tribe, Ali Shapiro. After decades of dieting, Truce with Food was the biggest insight and change into my eating habits. Your support in Truce with Food is invaluable. I now know myself so much better and what issues I’ve been carrying around for decades. Your insights are brave and profound and I couldn’t be more grateful. You made me feel more comfortable in my skin, know why I eat the way I do, and given me a lifetime of knowledge I can keep going back to.
I took Truce with Food because I was so sick of stressing out about food and weight. I got so much out of it! I ended a 5-year daily Starbucks habit. I discovered what I thought was emotional eating was my blood sugar crashing and now know how to prevent this from happening. I don’t see certain foods as “bad” anymore and I don’t feel guilty when I eat them (which leads to me eating less of them). And by learning how to let “bad” food days go, I now naturally want to eat the healthy, but not out of deprivation or punishment, the next day.
I did the emotional work and feel emotionally lighter. I’m able to stop negative thought patterns quickly. I know it’s not about the food for me now.
I took Truce with Food to find peace within myself around not only food, but all that food represents—emotions, safety, and peace. I learned how to identify and ‘tone down’ my inner critic—especially in social situations that would trigger me to over drink or eat the wrong foods for my body.
As a result, I reclaimed my own definition of beauty and found a sense of calm that I never had before. I now LISTEN to myself and my body so that I can make decisions about food and my lifestyle based on how I FEEL and not what I ‘should’ do/be. I’ve also taken control of my Premenstural dysphoric disorder (PMDD) nutritionally and emotionally. I have weeks of my life back!
Fed up with fad diets, point counting, and other coaching programs that only scratched the surface when it came to my food sensitivities and emotional eating triggers, I embarked on Truce with Food. Best. Decision. Ever. Truce with Food, and Ali’s positive, “isn’t that interesting, tell me more” attitude allowed me to find a new level of “here’s how I can become more comfortable in my own skin.” And that work took on many forms—comfort in explaining food sensitivity issues to friends and family, comfort in interpersonal relationships that have lots of baggage, comfort in social situations that normally would have caused stress and anxiety, and so much more.
My journey in the program was an exploration – in other words, Ali made the work fun and exciting, which led to progress, and a craving for more progress (versus a craving for food).
I am more self-reflective and now know how to reframe situations that normally would have triggered emotional eating. Now, “reframe” is my favorite word and the tool in my kit that comes out most often. Ali’s encouragement and skill at handling sensitive subjects—gave me not just the wings to fly, but also the strength to really soar. I’m so honored and humbled to call her my coach.