Freedom and food

Freedom from the obsession and anxiety around food is possible.

Freedom from the obsession and anxiety around food is possible.

Freedom and food

My first contact with a new client is during a 15-minute free consultation that we do over the phone. It’s a good time for the client to figure out if they’d like to work with me, but also a time for me to find out their goals for counseling.

When I ask, “If we fast forward 3 months, 6 months, whatever, and counseling did exactly what you wanted, what would your life look like?” 95% of people describe feeling free from their obsession with food.

It’s important to note that I am an eating disorder specialist so my typical client is struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, or a feeling of being obsessed with food and their body.

It’s an interesting thing to hear these women describe the freedom because they will willingly tell you they aren’t quite sure what it would look like to be free, but freedom is what they want.

If you are currently struggling with an eating disorder or are overly fixated on food and your body, what would freedom look like to you?

Not tracking everything

Keeping track of every morsel of food a person eats has become a cultural phenomenon, but for many it turns into an unhealthy obsession. For those who are consumed with this they may begin to have the need to eat less and less each day in order to feel less anxious and more in control.

Experiencing freedom with your food is being able to eat without reading labels and tracking each bite.

Not obsessing about each bite

Do you know someone who thinks about everything they have eaten during the day? Maybe it’s you? Do you think of ways to “make up” for the food you have eaten? I hear stories about women planning their workouts in order to feel less guilty during the day or deciding to eat less later to quell that anxiety they feel.

Experiencing freedom with your food means being able to enjoy a meal and then go on with your day without anxiety or guilt wearing you down.

Not stressing about meals

Most women who sit in my office will describe high amounts of anxiety leading up to a meal. This can be a meal at home with the family or a special event. Sometimes the fear will creep up weeks before the meal!

Experiencing freedom with your food means having the peace of mind that a meal is just a meal and food is just food, neither of which wield any power of you.

If you are in the Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR area and you want to experience this kind of peace, please fill out this form and I will contact you to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation. It’s the first step toward freedom!

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Tamara Duarte

Tamara Duarte is a counselor, author, speaker, and activist. Her private practice, Get Centered Counseling in Vancouver WA, helps women with food and body issues learn to love themselves, their body, their life, and their relationships. Her life’s work is steeped in personal experience, having fifteen years in recovery for anorexia, in addition to being a breast cancer survivor. An up and coming force in the counseling community, Tamara has been published in a textbook called Treatment Strategies for Substance and Process Addictions, and has sat on a panel at the American Counseling Association Conference, where she spoke to her peers on strategies and tools to use with clients struggling with eating disorders. Having a deep, personal understanding of what it takes to recover from this condition, she seeks to be an example to those she treats, to let them know that recovery is possible. Currently developing a podcast which addresses the cultural issues that promote body shame, self-esteem issues and eating disorders, Tamara lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband and best friend, Adam, enjoying life to the fullest with their two beautiful children, Jacob and Chloe.