How to Live a Life of Peace with Food: Online Course

How to Live a Life of Peace with Food

Feel at ease in your own skin.

Trust yourself to eat in a way that's easy and natural.

I know how it feels.

I know the pain of hating your body. I know that desperate longing for the diets, bingeing and shame to finally end... Only for it to start all over again with yet another diet.

I was a passenger on the diet rollercoaster from age 8 to 43.

I'd chug along the incline, feeling the thrill of a new diet and what I thought it would bring me: approval from others, acceptance of myself, feeling in control again, feeling worthy and feeling confident in my clothes.

Whenever I'd get to the top, the tension would increase until something SNAPPED! Because the dieting, restriction and control could only be sustained for so long.

And then, sheer panic as I hurtled down. It was a free-fall of bingeing, self-blame and shame.

I felt scared and alone and out of control, even though I knew I had my seatbelt on.

On and on it went, year after year, decade after decade.

The irony was that I thought the out of control part was my own fault: my 'lack' of willpower, my weaknesses, my failure as a human being. I had no idea that the problem was really because I'd been sitting on the roller coaster in the first place 🙂!

My life had been consumed by trying to fix what I thought was the problem: my unruly, disobedient body and my undisciplined, weak-willed mind. Dieting took up buckets of my focus and energy, and my life suffered.

Looking back, dieting cost me so much:

My social life, my sex life, fun family time, my integrity, my mental health. It cost me SO much money. But most of all — diets bankrupted me of so much happiness.

After a lifetime of angst, I finally cracked the code.

Nowadays, I can’t recall the last time I stressed about food or worried about my body... Solving this puzzle changed my whole life!

I created this online course to help you change your life too.

How to Live a Life of Peace with Food will teach you the secret to making peace with food and your body. You will learn how to truly trust your own body, so you can reclaim your innate worthiness, live life unapologetically and focus on what deeply matters to you.

Over 12 weeks, I'll help you:

  • Realise you’re not alone in this struggle
  • Understand what’s driving your behaviour
  • Learn that food is not an enemy, but rather a friend that nourishes you through life
  • Let go of all the food rules and make eating enjoyable again
  • Uncouple your worthiness from your appearance
  • Make friends with your body (your partner in life)
  • Learn to trust your body’s innate wisdom to guide you
  • Gain skills to navigate your emotional life so you don’t always need to use food to cope
  • Let go of control and start meeting your needs in more satisfying ways
  • Cultivate self-compassion, self-acceptance and self-care
  • Discover ways of moving your body that you LOVE
  • Reconnect with what you care most about in your one precious life

How it all works

The course begins on Thursday 16th July 2020.

An email with the week's lesson

On Thursdays, I will send you a link to the weekly lesson.

Each lesson is provided as a PDF and as a downloadable audio file.

The lessons also include worksheets, exercises and meditations.

A support call to empower you

Every Wednesday (starting 22nd July) at 14:00 BST there is a live coaching call via Zoom for 60-90 minutes depending on group size*.

The last call is on the 7th October.

Go here to see this time in your timezone.

The coaching call is for you to get the support you need from me to overcome the obstacles in the way of taking your next actions towards peace with food and your body.

You don’t have to be on the call the entire time. You can join, get what you need and go, or stay to listen, be with others and learn from them.

*When a group reaches 15 members it will be closed and a new group opened, with a call at a different time.

An online community for sharing

The course features an easy-to-use, email-based community (via groups.io). Every day over the 12 weeks, you'll get to share with others, give and receive support... And of course, I'll be there too.

The course begins Thursday 16th July 2020 - join us!

*BONUS: Pay in full now and receive 3 months complimentary access to my Membership group, after the course ends. Membership includes a new lesson and a group coaching call every month.

Approx. $376 USD | €334 EUR

“I cannot say how much this course has positively impacted upon my relationship with myself and food... Having completed the course I feel so free, happy, able to listen to my body and my needs.”

– A previous participant of How to Live a Life of Peace with Food

12 weeks of learning How to Live a Life of Peace with Food...

Week 1: Why are you here?

We imagine your life of food freedom - what it looks like, feels like and even tastes like! Think about anything you’ve wanted to create in your life - from getting a degree to baking a cake - you’ve had a picture of it. It gives you a sense of what’s needed. We also go deep into why you want this for yourself - because knowing this provides the fuel that keeps you going when the going gets tough.

Week 2: Mindfulness

People often think that mindfulness is about relaxation. It isn’t (though that can be a lovely side-benefit). It’s about developing your awareness and attention. This week you learn why mindfulness is such a brilliant framework for this work, what you stand to gain from it and how to create a sustainable mindfulness practice. Then - we practice 😎.

Week 3: Letting go of weight loss as a goal

We explore your history of dieting and fear of letting go of pursuing weight loss. We take a look at some of the research so we can understand the reality of it. We explore how pursuing weight loss (or artificially maintaining it) gets in the way of you making peace with food and your body. Finally, we explore the benefits of letting go of this altogether.

Week 4: Befriending your body

We uncover why and how we internalise beauty messages from the culture, the ways in which we comply with them and the effect this may be having on us. We do some deep work exploring your relationship with your body; how you’re treating it now, how that impacts your relationship with it and what needs to change to make it a kinder, more compassionate one.

Week 5: Hunger, fullness and satisfaction

The keys to eating with attunement are this trio! We explore what these feel like and how to become more sensitive to these cues. We examine what gets in the way of our attunement (attunement disruptors) and we dig into your resistance towards feeling or not feeling hunger, fullness and satisfaction.

Week 6: Unconditional permission to eat

This is an extremely important piece to calming our bodies and minds right the way down! This is where liberation from diet culture truly begins! In this lesson you learn why it’s so key to peace with food; we unravel your resistance to it and then you take your first (maybe baby) steps into actually doing it in a way that feels safe for you 😘.

Week 7: Build emotional resilience

Imagine what life might be like when no feeling scares you; where you know that you have the capacity to tolerate any emotion. In this lesson, we explore why this matters and why so many of us struggle. Most importantly, you learn the skills to allow your feelings so you have other ways to manage your emotional life without resorting to using food by default.

Week 8: Urges and cravings

This lesson is all about what happens in the brain when you have an urge; you learn another way to think about urges and most importantly, you learn how to not react to them, so that you’re not living at the effect of urges, but instead, you’re choosing what, when and how much to eat on your own terms.

Week 9: Your programming

As much as we think we’re logical and rational, much of our behaviour is driven by our conditioning. In this lesson, you get to understand how and why this happens and what we can do about it. You also learn how to listen to your inner nurturer more of the time instead of that stuck record, your inner critic.

Week 10: Your needs

For many people who struggle with food, it’s become the trusty friend that can meet all your needs. You may have been doing this for so long, you don’t know any more what it is you really need (when you’re not hungry), how to understand that, or what to do instead. This lesson will help you begin this process.

Week 11: Moving your body

We all know that movement is an important aspect of well-being - for most people. But it’s become so tied up with diet culture that the joy has been sapped right out of it. We unravel this complexity and explore what it is you want for yourself, so you can take those first, or next steps into joyful movement.

Week 12: Self-care

Many say this isn’t a problem with food so much as it’s a problem with self-care. All of these lessons are about self-care! In this lesson, we look at what self-care is and isn’t, how we know whether something is self-caring, what gets in the way of consistent self-care and what we can do to make self-care a more sustainable practice.

The course begins Thursday 16th July 2020 - join us!

*BONUS: Pay in full now and receive 3 months complimentary access to my Membership group, after the course ends. Membership includes a new lesson and a group coaching call every month.

Approx. $376 USD | €334 EUR

“Thank you so much for this wonderful 12 week course Vania it has changed my relationship to food and to my life!”

– A previous participant of How to Live a Life of Peace with Food

This is for you if:

  • You’re ready to put weight loss on the back burner and focus on repairing your relationship with your body and food
  • You’re sick and tired of dieting and fighting with food and your body
  • You long for balance: you’re tired of living in the extremes with food
  • You just want to eat like a ‘normal’ person (whatever that is 🙂)
  • You’re willing to have an open mind about all the beliefs you have about weight and health
  • You want to accept your body and move on with things that deeply matter to you in your life

This is NOT for you if:

  • You said no to anything in the previous section
  • You have an unresolved trauma history (sexual, physical, emotional abuse at the hands of another person)
  • You have chronic health issues
  • You have an active restrictive and/or purging eating disorder

If you want to do the course and you fall into this second category, contact me, let’s discuss whether it’s a fit for you.

The course begins Thursday 16th July 2020 - join us!

*BONUS: Pay in full now and receive 3 months complimentary access to my Membership group, after the course ends. Membership includes a new lesson and a group coaching call every month.

Approx. $376 USD | €334 EUR

“The weekly calls had a huge effect on me as somewhere to come and talk about my life with people that understood and with your gentle containment and guidance. To hear your and everyone's perspective was truly life changing and took me by surprise how much of a difference being on the calls made to my journey.”

– A previous participant of How to Live a Life of Peace with Food

Who am I and why should you trust me?

If you don’t know anything about me yet, my name is Vania Phitidis, creator of Peaceful Eating. I’ve been coaching and mentoring people to become more of their authentic selves for over 25 years. More specifically, I’ve been helping people create food freedom and body liberation since 2012.

I have fully recovered from bulimia, binge eating disorder and decades of chronic dieting.

I have a B.A. in Psychology and an Msc. in Education for Sustainability with a focus on behaviour change. I'm a registered Intuitive Eating Counsellor, certified MB-EAT (Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training) teacher and a qualified Self Esteem mentor with the More to Life Programme. I'm a member of ASDAH (Association for Size Diversity And Health), a professional member of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) and have a Health At Every Size (HAES), weight inclusive and weight-neutral approach to my work.

“Vania is an undiscovered gem, with a magical combination of knowledge, intelligence, empathy and humour… The advice she has to give, and her way of joining the dots of what is going on for you, feels like being given the keys to the kingdom.”

– A previous private coaching client —

If you’ve read all the books and blogs, listened to all the podcasts and nothing has changed, read this…

Remember when you were small?

Before you were able to ride a bike (and you really wanted to ride a bike)... You had all the information about how to ride a bike. You saw others doing it. You knew you needed to sit on the saddle. You knew you needed to place your hands on the handlebars and your feet on the pedals. And finally, you knew you needed to pedal.

But none of that knowledge meant you were able to ride a bike. The only way you could ride a bike, was by getting on the bike and going for it. Sure, you didn’t get it first time. You had to learn to engage your vestibular system. You had to learn how to balance.

But with a bit of practice and a bit of coaching from someone who already knew how to ride a bike, you got it... I know how to ride this bike and I can show you how to do it too!

The course begins Thursday 16th July 2020 - join us!

*BONUS: Pay in full now and receive 3 months complimentary access to my Membership group, after the course ends. Membership includes a new lesson and a group coaching call every month.

Approx. $376 USD | €334 EUR

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions that have come up since I launched the course...

I’m not sure if this is suitable for me:

If you have a trauma background or an active eating disorder and you want to do the course, please email me - we can have a chat about it. My first priority is to make sure you get the support you need, and other participants’ needs are also met. If you have any other worries about your suitability, please ask.

Can I join the course using a tablet or mobile only?

You will be able to join the calls on any device by downloading the Zoom app. You'll receive instructions on how to do this (it's not complicated). All materials are delivered as PDFs and audio files you can download - and you can do this on a tablet or on your mobile phone if you aren't able to use a computer.

I'm anxious about speaking on a call with other people:

This is one reason why I'm keeping the call groups to a maximum of 15. I don't anticipate everyone to come to every call. Even if everyone does come to every call, they may not all be there all the time. The way the calls will work is that you can show up any time during the hour from when the call starts each week. People will be coached in the order in which they arrived. People will have the option to leave the call any time – some people have kids to collect, or need to get back to work etc.

You can also show up to the coaching call and prefer not to be coached. You have the option to only listen to others. You might find after a week or two that you feel more comfortable to speak, especially as you realise you’re not alone in this.

I don't want to be seen on the calls!

That's fine! Zoom has a function to turn off video. No pressure 😉

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes! You can pay for the course in 3 parts with my easy peasy payment plan.

What if I'm at work during the coaching calls?

As long as you're able to be in a private space, that's fine. If your lunch time can be flexible, that could work. There is a way to dial into the Zoom call if you're out of wifi range so you don't have to use your data. The coaching calls will also be recorded so you can listen later, even if you're not able to join the call.

Questions or queries?

If you still have questions, please send me an email - I would love to hear from you!

“I would highly recommend the course, the content, worksheets, the support from the group coaching calls from both Vania and other group members. If you want to live a life of peace with food this is a great investment in yourself.”

– A previous participant of How to Live a Life of Peace with Food

The course begins Thursday 16th July 2020 - join us!

*BONUS: Pay in full now and receive 3 months complimentary access to my Membership group, after the course ends. Membership includes a new lesson and a group coaching call every month.

Approx. $376 USD | €334 EUR