One main reason clients work with me is they feel out of control around food. They are all-or-nothing with eating, exercising and, often, life itself.
Part of our work is discovering what I call Option C, choices between the “I can’t keep this up” (all) and self-hating and self-doubt (nothing).
A food example of this is no sugar or all the sugar. Or, we can learn how to be moderate with sugar. And yes, most people can learn this.
The more we feel in choice (versus control), the more food is easy. No white knuckling required.
Why Am I Eating This Now, the Live Group, with a special Post-Quarantine theme, opens for registration May 10. I often describe this as the warm-up for Truce with Food, which teaches how to discover a sustainable and effective, Option C.
Being in choice doesn’t require being in control; it’s a much more practical skill set 🤪. Especially when it comes to birth.
Kristy from the Pure Nurture podcast (and many of you) asked me to share my birth story. Here’s the interview where I share how I used the Truce with Food, Option C practice for an empowering birth:
- The self-reflection and ah-ha that reduced the pressure I placed on myself to do an unmedicated birth and the fear I had of an epidural.
- How I planned for a non-hospital, minimal-intervention birth, yet had to have a hospital birth and chose to be induced (but not with Pitocin). And, how I stayed in choice when things were out of my control for an empowering birth.
- Why I opted out of routine hospital interventions like B-strep antibiotics, antibiotic eye-ointment, and other non-traditional choices. I share the evidence-based resources I consulted to make these choices (spoiler alert: American hospital births are not rooted in evidence-based medicine and there’s no one answer for each birth).
- The key support that enabled me to be in choice about my labor and birth, collaborate with the hospital medical staff and feel empowered about my birth experience (including why I ended up loving being in the hospital!).
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Birth research shows it’s not what choices a woman makes that determine her birth experience, but did she feel safe?
That is being in choice.
In birth and life.
When we aim for choice instead of control, we leave room for awe. This is how I want everyone to feel when we meet and/or bring our babies Earth side.