Transform Your Relationship with Food and Body

Welcome to Transform Your Relationship With Food and Body!

Imagine the possibilities...

What would your life be if you were able to accept yourself, and embrace your body?

What if you stopped judging and comparing yourself to others?

What if you lived without beating yourself up and feeling guilty for your food choices?

What if you were able treat your body as your best friend, not your enemy?

You would feel more confident and satisfied

You would be kinder to yourself

You would find freedom in your relationship with food and body

This 6 week group is an opportunity for you to discover new ways of relating to yourself, increase self-compassion and have a better view of who you are. You will have a chance to examine how stress and body shame impacts your life, and recognize your beliefs about food. You will gain an understanding of yourself, get in tuned with your body, and re-own it!

WHAT DOES THE GROUP ENTAILS?

The group combines education, experiential learning, group discussions and personal exploration through various modalities. Between sessions, you will be able to incorporate powerful tools, skills, and insights into your daily life and break free of the expectations you put on yourself.

THIS GROUP IS FOR YOU IF YOU:

  • Compare yourself to others and consider yourself less attractive?
  • Feel guilty after eating or spend a lot of time thinking about food?
  • Are always on the hunt for a new diet to address the way you feel about yourself?
  • Often think about losing weight and changing the shape of your body?
  • Believe being thinner will solve your problems?

WHAT WILL YOU GAIN?

Each week, you will learn new skills that will allow you to:

  • Tame your inner critic, and give yourself a break.
  • Own your body and honor who you are.
  • Discover your body's inner and outer strengths.
  • Be at peace with your body.
  • Recognize and trust your body’s cues of hunger and fullness.
  • Explore how your life journey shapes who you are.

GROUP INFORMATION

DATES: Sunday September 16th, 23rd, 30th, and October 14th, 21st, and 28th 2018

TIME: 10am to 12:30pm

LOCATION: To be determined

COST: $450 (Please check with your health benefits plan, as the cost for this group may be reimbursable through your insurance).

* Early bird rate: $400 if registered and paid 30 days by August 16th.

* Refund policy: There is no refunds of the full $450 (or $400) after, 2018.

MATERIALS: Materials is supplied and included in cost. Reading material will be recommended and is not included in this cost.

Please note: Space is limited to 12 participants to ensure safety, maximum participation, and depth of personal process.

This group is open to women and women identified folks over the age of 18 years old.

INQUIRY AND REGISTRATION:

Email: valerie@valeriegrenier.ca

Phone: 306-717-7523

MY STORY

Growing up, I struggled with my body image. I treated my body with hate, and used words like “ugly”, and “big” to describe it. I became obsessed with food, started dieting, and danced between restricting and bingeing. My struggle never developed into a clinical eating disorder, nevertheless, my relationship with food and body was dysfunctional.

For me, it all started during childhood, when I was picked on due to my weight, body shape, and physical appearance (I had lots of acne). Over time, the “teasing” got me to become overly anxious with food, and to measure my self-worth with how I Iooked. These childhood experiences formed my beliefs about myself, and were the birthplace of my harsh inner critic, and unachievable expectations. I let these years drive the bus for almost three decades!

In my late twenties, I decided it was time to change things up and learn a new way of relating to myself. I was tired of my low self-esteem, my anxiety with food, and my negative beliefs about food and body. I found new skills, methods, and approaches that have taught me to be more aware and live more mindfully. At University, I researched disordered eating, and my masters thesis focused on mindfulness-based treatment for binge eating.

With time, I have learned to listen to my body’s signal for hunger and fullness, to savor and find joy with food, to treat myself nonjudgmentally, and with compassion, and to finally let go of the self-hatred.

For the past few years, I have learned to accept myself and give myself a break. Of course, I am far from having it all together and always seeing my body with kindness and love. It’s a journey! This journey allows me to discover my value in who I am, in what I bring to the world rather than for what I look like. I believe that’s the way to live!

ARE YOU READY TO

Change your relationship to food, yourself, and your body?

Say hello to health, and goodbye to diets?

Learn the “how to” eat, as opposed to “what to” eat?

Work hard for real long-lasting change?

Live more mindfully, be in the present moment and stop the “auto-pilot”?

GROUP EXPECTATIONS

Group therapy is an excellent way for woman to address their relationship with food and body. Due to the subjects being sensitive and vulnerable, we will create a safe environment at the beginning of this process. Therefore, we will spend time creating a consent/confidentiality agreement within the group at the first session. Following this, participants are encouraged to share their process and experiences. You will not be forced to share or be “put on the spot”. You only have to share what you are comfortable sharing.

CAN I REGISTER IF I HAVE AN EATING DISORDER?

If you think you might suffer from an eating disorder, it is important that you talk to your doctor. Due to the severity and complexities of eating disorders, individuals struggling with an eating disorder require specialized, and comprehensive treatment. Therefore, this group is not sufficient for a recovery journey. It can help you change the way you think about food and about your body, but more support is needed to overcome the illness.

NOT SURE IF THIS GROUP IS FOR YOU?

If you are interested in this group, but are not quite sure if it’s the right fit for you, please email or call me. I will gladly answer any questions you may have, and help you determine if this group is for you. It’s an opportunity for you to find out about what to expect from the group, and get a feel of who I am as a facilitator. We can discuss about what your goals are, and ensure that you get what you are looking for.

I am looking forward to connecting with you!