The Wellful is a virtual private practice is dedicated to uprooting diet culture and helping you to honor your health and eat without guilt. We work with humans who want to recover from disordered eating, chronic dieting, and improve their relationship with their body.
If you feel like your relationship with food or your body is interrupting your life, you deserve support, and you don’t have to do it alone.
It’s really hard to see how powerful and far-reaching diet culture is when we’re in it. It normalizes disordered eating and overall not feeling “enough”. Diet culture and years of trying to control food and your body, can make you feel like there is something “wrong” with you for not being able to stick to your diet or feeling obsessed with food.
We’re here to help you relearn your relationship with food so you can feel empowered in your choices, and have those choices take up less of your brain space. So you can put your brain space and energy towards the other things in your life you’d like to focus on.
Do you believe:
Adolescents & Students
Does your child express distress in their body? Do they express desire or engage in behaviors to change their body size? Have you followed certain food rules for as long as you can remember? Do you find yourself wanting to change that, but have a hard time knowing what you actually want to eat and how to incorporate those choices in a healthy way?
Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! Our clients often come to us because they are tired of feeling like they spend all their energy and brain space dedicated to making food choices. They felt like vacations, holidays, or social gatherings were always so anxiety inducing, and wanted to do this work as a gift to themselves. We’ve worked with them to stop letting food thoughts & being anxious in different food situations take their brain space + energy away from the things that are important to them.
Food Allergies + Intolerances
Living a full life does not require first taking up less space. It is not a prerequisite, but diet culture passes on this narrative that you first need to check off the box of being smaller or fitting a mold. How are we all going to achieve those big, scary, amazing things we want to do, if we are constantly trying to take up less space?
We do acknowledge and hold space for the fact that – our culture does treat people differently based on body size, appearance, and whatever the “standard” of beauty is. You may have lived experiences that also support these messages and make it difficult to navigate taking care of yourself and your body. We’re here to tell you that you are worthy of a full life, just as you are. Your body will go through changes, you may not look like you once did, and your clothes may fit differently, but that will never change your worth.
Your body is not the problem, diet culture is.
Do you often:
Is the way you feel about your body conditional on how it looks from certain angles?
Your body is not meant to take up as little space as possible. If you are looking to move towards body neutrality + acceptance, or navigating what can feel turbulent around body image, your relationship with food and disordered eating, let’s chat!
Have you gone your entire life with little to no education around what you should be eating to nourish your body other than diets that have been passed down from generation to generation? Have you gone from one diet to another and then back again for your entire adult life? Did you discover that your daughter has disordered eating and it made you look at your own relationship with food and your body?
Dieting is not a new thing, but not dieting is.
You might have years of experience dieting, restricting & binging, not listening to your body, eating based on a meal plan or calorie number, going long periods of time without food, or sucking in your stomach. You have tons of practice at those things. So it makes total sense that rebuilding your relationship with food, your body, and yourself would be challenging and unfamiliar. BUT you don’t have to do it alone.
Do you resonate with any of these?