My team and I strive to create a space that is inclusive and equitable
for all body shapes and sizes, races and ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, immigration status, and beyond.
All humans, and therefore bodies, are born worthy and valuable, but the systemic oppression that is baked into our culture has created a society where not all humans are safe, respected, or treated justly.
Specifically, the nutrition, health and wellness industry has long perpetuated the systems of white supremacy and has contributed to the marginalization and oppression of fat people, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, people with low-income, and the LGBTQ+ community. The nutrition industry has also contributed to ongoing racism and health disparities that BIPOC people face.
My team and I believe in, and our work is
- Fat liberation
- Facial justice and equity
- Intersectional feminism
- Dismantling white supremacy and the patriarchy
- Gender affirming care
- Gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation outside of the restrictive binaries created by society.
As a white, cis-gender, heterosexual, able-bodied, thin woman who was raised in a middle-class household, I hold a great deal of unearned privilege.
My lived experiences are but a small and limited view of the overall human experience.
Disordered eating, disconnected eating, eating disorders, and body image struggles show up differently in people of different identities and lived experiences. Yet the majority of dietitians, nutritionists, eating disorder providers, and those working in the health and wellness industry are thin, white, cis-gender, heterosexual women.
As someone who holds a lot of privilege in this world, I am committed
to redistributing the power that was given to me unjustly
in a variety of ways:
- I offer a variety of free and low-cost options for people to learn from me including my email newsletter The Unapologetic Life, my blog, my free downloads, my Instagram, podcast interviews, and regular workshops and events.
- For every 5 individual coaching clients my team takes on, we offer our services for free to a person who has at least one marginalized identity and is low income.
- Each year 20% of the spots in my programs are offered as scholarships or pay-what-you-can.
- As of fall 2021, I offer payment plans that do not require extra investment in order to increase financial accessibility to coaching programs and trainings (previously I charged ~10% fee on payment plans to cover the costs for software and processing fees that it takes to offer payment plans)
- I redistribute at least 10% of my income annually to charities, causes, or individuals that support liberation for marginalized communities.
- I invest in trainings, supervision, and coaching from people of diverse races, gender identities, abilities, experiences, and backgrounds.
- Within my programs and content, I invite and pay speakers and contributors with marginalized identities and am committed to amplifying the work of marginalized voices in my curriculum and resources.
- I participate in accountability groups with other colleagues to continue to deepen my commitment to anti-oppression, growth, and change.
- I pay all my contractors an absolute minimum of $25-30 per hour and prioritize the hiring of people with non-dominant identities.
- I prioritize paying for goods and services from BIPOC owned businesses.
- As of 2021, I have pledged not to speak at events or on podcasts where the speakers are or have been disproportionately white (h/t to Kelly Diels).
I am committed to the lifelong process of unlearning and relearning, to making mistakes, to naming and uncovering my implicit biases, to constantly strive to do better. My goal is not perfection, rather it is to show up, put myself out there, and then, when I get it wrong and am corrected, learn better and do better the next time.