I’m Lindsey Mathes a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor, on a mission to help individuals cultivate a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies, and break free from diet culture.
- I can help you transform your relationship with food so it no longer holds you hostage
- Show you why you’ve been struggling with food, why it doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you, and how to FINALLY put an end to it
- Develop the skills in order to heal your relationship with food and body, and
- Shift your perspective of food, cravings, and hunger so you can view them in a completely new light
For most of my life, food and body image consumed my life.
I grew up in highly critical household where being thin became the only thing I was “good” at, while also serving as my only survival mechanism in a chaotic, dysfunctional home.
And what started as simple dieting and exercise, eventually lead me down the path of eating disorders for many years.
I spent all my time and energy trying to live up to impossible, perfectionist standards that I believed I needed to obtain in order to feel like I was good enough and accepted; but inside, I was exhausted and emotionally drained.
I felt like I was constantly trying to make up for a binge or eating “bad” foods, by punishing myself with hours of cardio and depriving myself of food.
“Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change.”
I finally hit rock bottom when I couldn’t go a day without bingeing or purging. My obsession with food and my body had completely taken over and I felt a complete loss of control over my life. So, in a desperate attempt to free myself, I took the leap and reached out for help that started me on my path to recovery.
I’m no longer controlled by food and weight. Eating pizza or dessert doesn’t spiral me out of control, followed by days of restriction and self-loathing. Because food is just food now.
There are no more food rules, fad diets, weighing myself, or counting calories. I’ve learned to trust in my body to guide me, because it knows exactly what I need.
But, I had to get to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore; where I realized living my life in a constant state of obsession was stealing my time and energy, and hurting my relationships.
Change didn’t happen overnight
And it didn’t happen alone. It took patience, compassion, vulnerability, and a willingness to step out of my comfort zone, while exploring the underlying emotions and beliefs that kept me stuck.
It took letting go of unattainable (and unrealistic) standards, challenging diet culture, and a desire to stop fighting myself.
It meant confronting my fears about gaining weight, accepting myself for the beautifully flawed human that I am, and practicing self-care.
But my journey never ends.
I’m learning and growing each day, continuing to emerge and heal from a painful past, while cultivating self-love and compassion.
Because at the end of the day, every part of us deserves to be loved and accepted. We are all doing the best we can, with what we’ve been given; and that’s enough.
I believe in…
- Breaking free from the diet mentality
- Freedom from disordered eating patterns and beliefs
- Health at every size and on individual terms
- Trusting in your body’s innate wisdom to guide you
- Practicing self-care and getting your needs met
- Exercise and movement from a place of self-care and enjoyment vs. self-control and punishment
- Spending time and energy on the people and things you love, not food and weight