For the FIRST TIME EVER, I am bringing one of my clients onto The Food Freedom Lab to share her experience, strength, and hope in her recovery journey. Tears fill my eyes as I type this because of how hard Melissa P worked to achieve food freedom, and she is there! Melissa has a very inspiring story, and she is here to share that with you!
Melissa P is a homeschooling mama to 2 amazing little girls, a wife, and a business owner. She struggled with binge eating for nearly 20 yrs before working with Ryann in January 2021. Since working with Ryann she now lives in a whole new place of freedom that she always thought was impossible to achieve.
THE MAIN POINTS MELISSA AND I ARE CHATTING ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE.
- What is her story – how did this all start?
- When did you know you needed to reach out for more help?
- What helped the most in your recovery?
- What advice do you have for anybody afraid to reach out?
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Melissa P and I had such a great time chatting back and forth, reminiscing over our time together. She shares the raw and vulnerable truth about her experience and where I came into play!
What was the overall experience working with Ryann like?
One word AMAZING ok more than one word, freeing! just what I needed! working with ryann was the best thing I never knew I needed. I found her through TikTok, and for the first time in my life, I felt normal and relieved to know it wasn't just me struggling and that it was something I could overcome! Binge eating is something I thought I would forever struggle with, and I don't feel that way anymore. I feel, for the first time in my life, free. It was no coincidence that I came across her videos. I thank God that I saw those videos. I don't feel chained to constant diets that I constantly fail at. And I don't feel chained to exercise programs that I immediately become bored with. Working with Ryann was like a breath of fresh air. For the first time in my life, I'm not held hostage by the constant yo-yo diets and can accept myself for who I am and who I want to be. I've opened myself up to living again and not waiting “for when I lose the weight.” Now I live. I take those pictures with my girls. I run around the playground. Now, I buy that dress I love. I buy the bathing suit I love. And I feel like I'm a better mom because of Ryann, and can be a better example to my baby girls.
Please describe what you were looking for when looking for a therapist/coach to help you and why you chose Ryann over other therapists/coaches.
I didn't even know that looking for a therapist for binge eating was a thing. I thought I just had to suffer through and try a new diet, and the first time I saw your videos, I was like gah, I'm not alone!
What did you like about Ryann’s style of coaching?
She was so real! It was a joy talking to her every single week. I didn't even feel like coaching, but friend time!
What are the wins/changes you experienced working with Ryann?
I haven't binged since the beginning! I can now look at a diet and exercise program and pull out if it's all about weight loss or something that would benefit me as a whole person. For example, I learned how my body works regarding hormonal imbalance, and I can work through rebalancing it with proper nutrition and movement. I don't hate vegetables anymore. I've eaten so many new things that I never thought I would like. And I don't eat an entire thing of brownies. I can stop at just one. I can drink water to benefit my body and still be happy and not kick myself when I drink my iced tea. cause drinking iced tea isn't “bad” it's good.