Intuitive Eating with Lara Curry
Intuitive Eating with Lara Curry
Hi everyone! My name is Lara and I teach women how to make peace with food and free themselves from dieting once and for all! A little backstory about me and how I discovered this purpose of mine. I’ve always lived in a larger body, like as young as kindergarten I remember noticing and being fully aware of the fact that I was the biggest girl in my class… This was my reality for all my school years and while yeah of course I got called my fair share of names, I had a very thick skin and none of it really got to me, thankfully! So, my first attempt at weight loss happened after high school and *spoiler alert* this sent me into about 15 years of yo-yo dieting which led me into a pretty bad binge eating disorder, where at its peak I was binging every single day. I also got uncomfortably close to bulimia, not that I ever tried to make myself throw up, but I did take laxatives and do intense and extra-long workouts in order to try and compensate for the binge.
I had spent the majority of my dieting years convinced that I was not dieting. I never called any of my “ways of eating” diets because I knew that diets didn’t work… See these were “lifestyle changes” (who’s heard that thrown around everywhere you turn?) this was something I was just going to do for the rest of my life.. Eating nourishing foods in teeny tiny, sorry I mean “proper” portions and exercising for 30-60 mins a day 6-7 days a week… OF COURSE that was realistic right? Of course not!
It hit me finally like a 10,000 lb brick in the face last October. My grandpa, who lived out on Vancouver Island, was placed on palliative care at home so we went out for, what very potentially could have been our last visit with him. It was one of those visits that I really wanted to be fully present for, because I will want to forever remember it. So there we are, sitting in his living room visiting, and I am on my food tracking app on my phone and so stressed out in my mind about what I already had eaten that day and the fact that they had mentioned ordering pizza for dinner that night and how the heck was I going to fit this in? Then I noticed everyone started laughing… The laughter snapped me back to reality and I realized that I had no idea what they were laughing about, I had no clue what they were talking about! That was the moment I realized how stupid this was. I’m missing out on these valuable moments for what? So I can try and lose a few lbs? I deleted all my food tracking apps off my phone right then and there… I ate and thoroughly enjoyed a ton of pizza that night, bought the books “Intuitive Eating” and “Health At Every Size” (I highly recommend both of them!), and aside from one teeny tiny “relapse” (as I like to call it) in February where I started tracking my food again, I haven’t looked back.
The old dieting thoughts will still come up, I don’t know if they will ever completely go away I mean they are everywhere in the media, but I don’t act on them. And they have become a lot quieter over the last year. I feel better overall, I am more present in my life and just happier now! Dieting is never worth it guys!!
Also, as a side note… I had lost a ton of weight a few years back and even became an online health and fitness coach to help others lose weight like me so I was really immersed in that whole culture… Anyways, I didn’t feel any happier at my core when I was smaller… I realized that happiness truly does come from within, and anything you want to feel or be you can absolutely experience in your body as it is right now!
I am so excited to speak about Intuitive Eating at the workshop in November and I hope to see you there!!