Going through TLE Workshop has been one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself physically and mentally. In fact, I have been through twice! I cannot describe the peace and sanity it’s brought into my life – to finally have peace with food. Not only has it brought balance into my life with my weight issues, but it has brought freedom in so many other areas of my life, as well (even my house is cleaner!). Working with Cindy has helped me resolve some long-standing painful areas that I have never been able to deal with. Instead of always being self-critical and crippled by low self-esteem, my family now sees a refreshing change in me. Cindy is so genuine and caring, she has a way of encouragement and teaching that has changed me forever.
I was a big time binger. I would wake up every morning with a sense of self-loathing and guilt from how much I had eaten the day before. Within seconds of waking up I was planning what I could eat to medicate myself from this pain. I did a lot of eating in secret. I’ve had depression the majority of my life and this self-abusive behavior was only taking me lower and creating more hopelessness. This secret eating was damaging my relationship with my husband and children. Realizing I was behaving deceitfully with my family, the ones that loved me best, would send me further down into depression and looking for something else to put in my mouth. I was absolutely trapped and truly believed I was a despicable person for eating myself into this horrible place. In TLE workshop I have found freedom. I have learned I can actually eat whenever I am hungry and enjoy food without abusing it. Learning to allow myself to feel hungry at all was very scary at first but eventually became more and more doable. Many of the mind games I had been playing for years were shot full of holes as I learned more about eating intuitively. Once I realized that I didn’t have to binge to handle my anxiety and depression, I found I didn’t even want to anymore. What a breakthrough!! I have really grown during this experience and see food in a whole new way.
I am writing this over a year after completing your workshop just to let you know what a life changing experience it has been for me. You helped me to understand and break my negative cycle of overeating and shame and in the process I learned so many other things as well. Some of the positive changes I have made are recognizing hunger and being able to distinguish it from emotional emptiness, enjoying each meal or snack without distraction and learning to stop when comfortably full. I no longer hide food, so the shame is gone and without that constant preoccupation I have more time to live! Thank you, Cindy. The Liberated Eater Workshop was time and money wisely spent. I am so much healthier physically and emotionally. You are a gifted teacher and a treasured friend.
I am 45 years old and had a few pounds to lose but it seemed harder to do the older I got. I really wanted to lose weight for me, for my wife and for my two small daughters but I never could get serious about it. I tried a few diets but got tired of salad after a week and then would clean out the fridge. I thought that my activity level would keep the weight off like it did when I was younger but as I got older it just wasn’t working. My family doctor told me about this Liberated Eating Workshop and said that I should talk to Cindy. What surprised me more than anything was how simple it is. I am now six months in and have been able to lose forty pounds and am keeping it off. Please believe me when I tell you that this works, and you will not find a better person to help you with your personal challenge than Cindy. The environment that she created in our class was wonderful!
As a Physician I have seen more than my share of weight loss programs and diets. The one thing they have in common is the implied promise that at some time in the future you will finish the program and resume eating ‘real food.’ This results with people reverting to old habits and regaining the weight they worked so hard to lose. The Liberated Eater Workshop is not like this. It educates you on all the factors that are in play with eating. You learn to recognize when you are hungry and when you are satisfied. You learn how to recognize when you eat for reasons other than true hunger and how to cope with those reasons without eating. The root cause of your overeating is identified so that you can make changes in your behavior – therefore you lose weight and you are able to keep it off for a lifetime. I highly recommend this program for my patients and for anyone who is ready to reach their healthy weight and live there.
Having been a part of the Workshop pilot class years ago, it is with confidence that I refer individuals to this well-planned and conscientiously prepared program. In our American culture food has become an obsession, leaving many with disordered eating, with constant questions about what to eat, when to eat, how to eat. The Liberated Eating Workshop is designed to answer these complex questions with clarity. This program is an amazing opportunity to learn how to develop a healthy relationship with food alongside fellow disordered eaters. Cindy has devoted years of study to this pursuit and delivers enthusiastically and inspirationally, having learned from her own experience.
Cindy’s workshop is about freedom, sweet freedom! It is also about enjoyment, slowing down, understanding, listening and responding to your body. The tools that Cindy has passed along to me are gold, on so many levels. All I know is that I have tried every diet on earth and they never worked for me or anyone else I know. Cindy speaks the truth about food and about a life well spent and now, 40 lbs lighter and 50% calmer, I enjoy my life (and food) so much more. I will never go back to the chains of some ridiculous diet.
The Liberated Eater Workshop has been life changing. Cindy has given me such amazing insight into what’s between me and food. For the first time in many years I feel HOPE about getting healthy. The workshop offers the thing that we all need… how to realistically handle food in a society where it is constantly around us.