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Is this you?
You find yourself thinking about what you should eat instead of what you want to eat.
You can’t keep chips or sweets in your house because you know you’ll eat them all.
You spend much of the day thinking about what you ate and what you’re going to eat.
You’re tired of dieting, but the idea of accepting your body is still scary.
We get it.
As intuitive eating coaches and body image healers, we’ve worked with hundreds of women to help them cultivate a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
We know that forgoing dieting and the diet mentality is not an easy task. We live in a crazy, messed up diet culture, where we are inundated every day with messages about dieting, weight loss, and all that is wrong with our bodies.
But what if we told you that your body is NOT the problem?
And that you can eat what you want and feel good in your body?
We can help you get out of the diet-binge-guilt cycle so that you can take all the mental energy you spend on thinking about food and your body and use that time elsewhere.
So that you can stop dieting and start living.
Imagine a life where you:
Feel happy and free around food, instead of anxious and obsessive.
Are free from counting calories and obsessing about food.
Have no more yo-yo’ing between being ‘on’ or ‘off’ the wagon.
Are able to trust your body when it tells you when it’s hungry, full and satisfied.
Trust yourself around all foods and feel confident in your food choices.
We want to help you get there.
“For the first time in my life, I’m eating what I want to eat. For the first time in my life, I am not binging. For the first time in my life, I am working out because of how it makes my body feel instead of for the calorie burn. For the first time in my life, I’m not angry at myself when I go to bed. For the first time in my life, I am a nice person to myself!I owe this to Alissa and intuitive eating and body acceptance work that we did together.”
Intuitive Eating Coaching Packages
All Packages Include:
75-minute Deep-Dive Initial Session
We’ll start with a full assessment where we’ll discuss your goals and explore your relationship with food and body image throughout your life, including your diet history, current eating behaviors, and more.
Two, 35-minute Follow-up Sessions Each Month
We’ll speak every other week, on average*. Each follow-up will have a topic of focus, interactive exercises, discussion and processing and handouts to support you between sessions.
*You and your dietitian will discuss how often would work best for you. This may mean weekly sessions to start, with sessions then spaced out later on.
Free Copies of the Intuitive Eating Book & Workbook
Copies of Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works and the Intuitive Eating Workbook, mailed to your doorstep. We’ll work through both together.
Weekly Intuitive Eating Journal Review and Feedback
Your dietitian will review your online Intuitive Eating Journal weekly and provide feedback and support in between sessions.
Multimedia Tools and Worksheets
After each session, you’ll get an email recap including notes from that days call along with worksheets and readings to help implement our work between sessions.
Unlimited Email Support
As long as we are working together you’ll have support and guidance including unlimited email access for any questions or concerns that come up in between our sessions.
3 Month Package
Includes 6, 35-minute follow-up sessions.
6 Month Package
Includes 12, 35-minute follow-up sessions.
Our discovery call allows us to learn more about you, your relationship to food, and how we can help support you.
You’ll have a chance to ask questions about how we work and what to expect. We’ll discuss which package option is the best fit for you.
How Our Coaching Process Works:
In your first session, we’ll spend 75 minutes together and do a deep dive to really get to know you. We’ll explore your relationship with food and body image, starting all the way back from during childhood and working our way up to today. We’ll talk about what food was like growing up, your dieting and weight history, your current eating patterns, and more. We will talk about your goals, what success looks like for you, and uncover specific areas of healing that we’ll work on together through our sessions.
Healing your food and body issues is deep, brave, and oftentimes scary work. We offer package-based options so that we have enough time to spend together to be able to work through these issues.
After the initial deep dive session, you’ll get a ton of support. We’ll meet twice a month* via video chat or phone. In between sessions, your dietitian will check in on your intuitive eating journal and provide support and feedback. You can also email your dietitian anytime between sessions.
*Sessions typically take place every other week, however, this is flexible and we’ll discuss what cadence works best for you.
Our approach is highly individualized and rooted in intuitive eating, mindfulness, self-compassion, and the principles of Health at Every Size (HAES). We blend expertise in nutrition and psychology to help you break the cycle of dieting, learn to eat ‘normally’, and nurture lasting health behaviors without obsessing about food or your body.
We help you cultivate a healthy relationship with both food and your body, without trying to control your weight. We take a holistic self-care approach, meaning that we help you learn how to take care of yourself in all aspects of health – including food, exercise, stress management, coping skills, sleep habits, and more.
We help you learn how, what and when to eat based on your body’s own internal cues of hunger, satisfaction and fullness, rather than external cues like diets, food rules or meal plans. But it’s much more than just hunger and fullness cues – we will explore your food beliefs, behaviors, and internal self-talk while delving deep into what food means to you. We’ll help you raise awareness of the emotions behind your food choices, challenge negative thought patterns, and start to create more positive patterns and behaviors.
We help you figure out a way of eating that is right for you and that allows you to take care of your body, without restriction or deprivation.
Our approach will allow you to discover how to feed and nurture your body in a way that permits you to live your life fully while connecting more authentically to yourself and to others.
“This process was the complete opposite of anything I’ve ever done and the vulnerability of it all brought out some raw truths that I had never dealt with before. Now I’ve finally gotten to a place where I’m very much listening to my body and seeing things in a way I never thought I would. I don’t feel the mental pull to have to change my body anymore, and my overall stress levels are way down. Having the freedom to eat and cook without restriction is truly life-changing.”
New York, NY
“Giving myself unconditional permission to eat has significantly decreased my food cravings and binges. It’s now become normal to consider self-care and body kindness when it comes to my food and exercise choices and my mind is no longer filled with obsessive or negative thoughts. I truly haven’t felt better with my relationship with food. ”
I’ve struggled with my weight for years and was a slave to the scale. Now I’ve finally let go of the notion that I have to be on a diet and focus on my weight. Food is no longer constantly on my mind, and I’ve come to accept my body. I’ve gotten my life back thanks to working with Alissa.
La Jolla, CA
One of my favorite aspects of working with Alissa was how comfortable it was. It felt like talking to a friend. I always felt that I could be open and honest because I knew she would not judge me. One month in and it’s getting easier and easier to eat without guilt or second guessing my food choices.
I started working with Alissa because I knew that I had lost awareness of my body’s hunger and fullness and was eating based on ingrained diet rules. In just a few months, I already notice such a huge difference. Thanks to this program, I’m learning how to eat based on what my body needs and what feels good to me, instead of what food rules or dieting tells me I “should” eat. It’s been so freeing!
Santa Fe, NM
As a result of working with Alissa, I’ve found a work-life balance. I was expecting to just become more in tune with my hunger and fullness, but I’ve gained so much more working with Alissa. For me, the process of intuitive eating has become intuitive living through Alissa’s program.
Ready to Get Started?
Work with Brenna
3-month Package – $357/month or $965 paid in full (save $110)
6-month Package – $299/month or $1525 paid in full (save $270)
Work with Alissa
6-month Package – $399/month or $1999 paid in full (save $395)
*Please Note: Alissa’s earliest availability for new clients is in 3-4 weeks. If you’d like to get started sooner, please book with Brenna.
FAQs About Intuitive Eating Coaching & Our Approach
What is intuitive eating?
We are born natural intuitive eaters. Babies cry, they eat, they stop until they’re hungry again. Kids innately balance out their food intake, eating when they’re hungry and stopping once they feel full. As we grow older and rules and restrictions are set around food, we lose our inner intuitive eater. We learn to finish everything on our plate. We learn that dessert is a reward, or can be taken away if we misbehave.
Intuitive eating is a non-diet approach to wellness that helps you break the cycle of dieting, heal your relationship with food, and get back in touch with the intuitive eater inside of you. Intuitive eating is not a diet. It’s a way to learn to eat outside of the diet mentality, with a focus on using your own internal hunger, fullness, and satisfaction cues to guide eating choices. But it’s much more than just the ‘hunger-fullness diet’ – we will explore your food beliefs, behaviors, and self-talk while delving deep into what food means to you. Click here to read more about Intuitive Eating.
I’ve tried so many diets. Will this work for me?
Great news: is not a diet! Not only do diets not work – you’re either “on” them or “off” them, right? – they’re the root of many of your problems. 90 to 95 percent of diets fail, yet you blame yourself, not the diet. In reality, it’s the process of dieting that is the problem. Dieting increases your risk of gaining even more weight than you lost.
Intuitive eating is different. It helps you break free from the cycle of dieting and learn to eat food like it’s just food – finding balance and making peace with food (and exercise). Learn more about if Intuitive Eating is Right For You.
Will I lose weight?
While many of our clients are not happy in their bodies and would like to lose weight, this is not the focus or goal of our sessions. Weight loss must be put on the back burner as you go through the Intuitive Eating process. If you are focused on losing weight, you’ll undermine the Intuitive Eating process. We will certainly talk about your desire to change your weight, and your feelings about your body, but you will not be weighing in and we will not be using weight as an indicator of success or progress.
Some people naturally lose weight during this process, and others don’t. If you have been eating for emotional reasons or not paying attention to your intuitive signals, or if you’ve gone through a lifestyle change that caused unnatural weight gain, it’s likely that you’re not at your natural healthy weight right now. As you go through the intuitive eating process and heal your body from the diet mentality, your weight will stabilize at the place it is meant to be.
If I let myself eat whatever I want, won't I eat uncontrollably and gain weight?
This is a very normal concern. It’s important to recognize that it is the dieting mentality that causes overeating and binging. Once you learn to make peace with all foods – and your body knows you can have these foods whenever you want – you’ll be able to truly listen to your body’s feelings of hunger, fullness and satisfaction.
How long will this process take?
It depends. Intuitive eating is the opposite of dieting. While dieting is easy at the beginning and gets harder (or impossible) as time goes on, intuitive eating is much tougher up front. It seems simple (eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full) but it’s more complicated. You have to undo all of the diet mentality and food rules in your head, get rid of your internal food police, and create new habits. It takes a lot of time and introspection. But while it’s hard at first, once eating normally becomes actually normal, you’ll reach a place of eating and caring for yourself intuitively – for life.
I’m really busy, how will I find the time?
Life does not have a pause button. There’s never going to be a period time where things are suddenly easier. Often we throw the baby out with the bathwater and if we can’t do it all the way, we don’t do anything. Intuitive eating is not about perfection – that’s the beauty of it! Many of my clients are busy professionals, moms with days that are non-stop, or people who travel constantly. When you work with me you’ll learn how to make changes – and maintain them – in the midst of your normal, busy, life. We take care of our families and others we love, so why not do something to take care of ourselves?
How much does it cost?
Fees vary based on which dietitian you work with and what package you choose. Our package rates start at $299 per month and we offer a 15% discount if you decided to pay in full at the start of your package. We don’t offer a sliding scale but we do keep a couple of spots available for those who do need help financially. Contact us to receive information on pricing.
Why can't I just buy one session?
Healing your food and body issues is deep, brave, and oftentimes scary work. When you’ve been inundated with dieting messages for years, it takes time to rid your mind of this dieting mentality and work through your food issues. We offer package-based options so that we have enough time to spend together to be able to work through these issues.
Do you accept insurance?
We don’t accept insurance but we can provide you with a superbill (medical receipt) upon request. If you have out-of-network benefits as part of your health insurance, you may be able to be reimbursed a percentage of the fee for our services. To determine whether your insurance will reimburse you, you should contact them directly. The following questions may help determine your reimbursement eligibility:
- Do I have out-of-network benefits to see a registered dietitian for the following CPT codes: initial session 97802, follow-up sessions 97803
- If yes, what amount of the fee will you cover?
- Is pre-authorization required in order to submit an out-of-network claim?
- What is the deductible, and how much of the deductible have I met?
I don’t live in New York, can we still work together?
Absolutely! I work with all of my clients virtually. We will meet via video conference or phone call and communicate between sessions using email. You get the same high-quality coaching support without having to leave the comfort of your own home or office.
How do I get started?
Schedule a free discovery call to get started – we’ll make sure you’re a good fit for our program and figure out which package option is best for you. If you know what program you want to start, you can click here to purchase the program. Once you submit your payment info, you’ll be sent a scheduling link to book your first appointment.
Have another question?
Contact me with your question.