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If you're tired of fighting with your body, I can help.
I want you to know that you're in the right place if:
- You want to love your body (but sometimes wonder if it's even possible).
- You binge in private because you are sick and tired (and embarrassed) of your husband/boyfriend/partner saying, "Why can't you just eat healthy?"
- You wear clothes to hide your body -- even baggy clothes that are too big -- and you won't buy anything new until you hit your "goal weight."
- You’ve lost weight before (maybe even multiple times), but you always gain it back – sometimes even more than what you started with. And each time, it’s more difficult to lose it again. You’re ready to find a solution that gives you lasting change.
- You do fine during the day because you have your meal routine at work… it’s just when you get home that you lose control.
- (Okay, and sometimes you totally drop your meal routine at work when you get stressed… and it doesn’t help when co-workers bring in cupcakes or refill the candy dish.)
- You read a book about intuitive eating and gave it a try… but found it was difficult to stick with it for very long on your own.
I get it.
I spent years trying on the newest diets, binge eating in secret, and living in the gym (with no lasting results)... and I found a way past it.
I'm Gillian Hood, and I help women (who are sick and tired of obsessing over food and dieting) to make peace with food and their bodies, so they can have the freedom and energy to create the lives they want.
In my Intuitive Eating & Mindfulness Coaching Programs, we start by showing you how to stop the cycle of chronic dieting, endless exercise, & beating your body into submission.
Then, I show you how to align the mind & body, to create a positive, trusting partnership that allows your metabolism to heal… so you can discover & maintain your natural weight – with minimum effort.
If you’re curious about my own story & how I made peace with food & my body, read on...
My Triple Life as a
Personal Trainer + Chronic Dieter + Secret Binge Eater
You might be surprised to find out that, even though I firmly believe the “diet + exercise” mentality is old and faulty… I used to be a chronic dieter and personal trainer.
The earlier part of my story may be similar to yours… I started emotional overeating at a young age (think childhood and pre-teen years).
Exercise sounded like a nightmare to me. (I was the kid who did everything she could to get out of P.E. class. I even had a T-shirt that said, “I’m in no shape to exercise.”)
I then added dieting to the mix, which ended up making my overeating worse.
The majority of my teens and 20’s were spent dieting and obsessing over my weight. (Believe me – there aren’t many diets that I HAVEN’T tried.)
I was dieting like my life depended on it.
But I was still bingeing (usually in secret, and often because of the dieting).
Sometimes, I would stop by the store on my way home from work and grab my 4 usual items: a bag of Doritos, something chocolate, something ridiculously sweet like gum drops, and a pastry of some kind.
This happened often, anytime I had a trigger. (And a “trigger” could have been as simple as an uncomfortable conversation at work, or not wanting to sit in traffic for an hour.)
Then I would eat it all in the car, before I got home, because I didn’t want my then-husband to know.
And because I was yo-yo dieting, each diet would end in my eating everything that was off-limits... and I would just gain back even more weight.
At one point, I felt so ashamed of my body, I bought maternity clothes to cover up. (Take it from me, ladies – bigger, baggier clothes just make it worse.)
Then I was forced to take a P.E. class in college.
The best option for me was something that had nothing to do with sports or athletic prowess.
So I opted to take an aerobics dance class.
And I enjoyed it, both as an activity and as a way to lose weight.
I thought I had discovered the “missing piece.” I got more interested in how my body actually functioned. And I realized that, even though I had been dieting for years, I hadn’t been paying attention to nutrition.
That's when I started tracking what I was eating.
And I finally noticed something...
I was eating emotionally.
This was HUGE for me. I started learning everything I could about eating disorders. I knew I wasn’t anorexic or bulimic. But I could see that my eating habits went haywire anytime I got emotional (not necessarily when I was hungry).
When I found a condition called “binge eating disorder,” I thought, “That’s me. That’s what I do.”
I would lose weight when I combined dieting and exercise – but because of my binging, my weight would go right back up.
Now I could label what I was doing. . . I just didn't know how to make it stop.
By this point, other people were asking me to help them lose weight, too. I loved helping people (and I thought if I just learned more, I could finally figure out permanent weight loss). So I got certified as a personal trainer and got my degree in Exercise Physiology.
I started a very successful personal training business . . . but there was one big problem. . .
I thought I was doing everything I was “supposed” to do to be healthy…
I kept dieting, restricting my favorite foods, and obsessing over calorie counts…
… I kept exercising as if I could beat my body into submission…
… but I kept bingeing...
… and my weight kept going up and down.
And I noticed the same thing was happening for many of my clients. They would get fit, but they wouldn’t lose weight (and if they did, they would gain it right back).
As a personal trainer, it felt like the ultimate failure.
If I couldn’t figure this out for myself, how could I help my clients?
Then I finally found THE diet. The one that would FINALLY work.
It was the first high-protein diet I ever did. Meat and veggies. Very few carbs.
The first 2 and a half weeks were great. I had so much energy! I could totally stick with this diet!
... And then I lost my mind.
I started bingeing again.
And I felt such shame and frustration.
I was so tired of dieting and hating my body.
I decided it was time to try something new.
So I called up a dietician friend I had met a couple years earlier. She had told me about this thing called “Intuitive Eating,” where she claimed you could eat whatever you want and still lose weight.
(I hadn’t believed her at the time. The idea appealed to me, but it went against everything I had ever learned about losing weight.)
When I called her up and told her that even though I had felt so amazing on this diet, I still couldn’t sustain it, she said…
“Of course you couldn’t sustain it. You got high off your diet.
And what happens when you get high? What’s the only option?
You can’t sustain that high for the rest of your life.
That's why diets don't work.
And that's the day I gave up dieting for good.
I committed myself to learning about & applying Intuitive Eating…
I stopped focusing on my weight...
I stopped obsessing over food and calorie counts...
I stopped spending all my time at the gym and started doing other things I enjoyed…
... and it worked...
...without me even realizing it...
One day, I was browsing in a store when a saleswoman said, “You need new jeans. Those are falling off of you.”
In that moment, I realized I had been losing weight...
I just hadn't noticed it because (for the first time in my life)
I wasn't focused on losing weight.
After reaching my natural weight and easily maintaining it for some time, I shifted the focus of my business and started working with people around Intuitive Eating.
At least 80% of all my clients have come to me as compulsive eaters. And most of these clients were also “professional dieters,” trying anything and everything that popped up as the latest way to “blast the fat.” (But their only lasting results were significant weight gain that became harder to lose with each new diet.)
Now, I’ve been helping people through my own Intuitive Eating & Mindfulness Coaching Programs since 2002.
I know that this is absolutely what I am supposed to be doing with my life. It’s so exciting to be able to give someone a new perspective, to let them know they don’t HAVE to keep shaming themselves around food and exercising themselves to death.
The best part? Seeing my clients take the concepts and strategies they learn in my programs and make permanent behavior and mindset change. It’s amazing.
The "Official Bio"
Gillian Hood, M.S.
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
Gillian Hood is an intuitive eating coach who guides women to achieve freedom from disordered eating, body hatred, and a life that revolves around food.
Through Gillian’s programs, women who are tired of dealing with diets that don’t work and suffering with emotional overeating or binging create a peaceful relationship with food and a compassionate, positive relationship with themselves and their bodies as a direct result of their transformational work with Gillian.
Since 2002, hundreds of women have embraced her unconventional yet powerful and proven 8-Point-System to reject dieting and deprivation forever. They reunite mind and body to work together so their metabolisms heal and their bodies return to their natural weight.
With all this in place, Gillian’s clients maintain their natural weight with minimal effort, allowing for more time and energy to enjoy life and pursue dreams. They look and feel great and achieve self-acceptance and self-love – perhaps for the first time in decades.
A Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor with a Master’s Degree in exercise physiology, Gillian knows that it’s not about the food. “Your mind is the key to overcoming the struggles with food, body and weight for good.”
Ready to make peace with food and your body?