Peace with Food
emotional eating 101
"Galina's approach to surround the whole topic with compassion has made this journey so much kinder. The activities were all meaningful and brough me new awareness! Thank you!" Sue
Peace with food is not only possible,
it is your birthright
if you want to transform your relationship with food and turn fear and restriction into peace and nourishment this online interactive workshop is for you
You've probably wondered why it's so complex.
Why can't you just not think about food?
One of my students used to say...
"I just wish I could be like a snake and eat once a week and be done with it. So much energy goes into what I eat, when I eat, whether it was good or bad, and how it will affect me after I eat it. And if I choose to eat one thing and not the other, there is always doubt and guilt and second guessing."
Here is another.
"I wish intuitive eating worked, I just feel tortured by not knowing what to eat and not knowing what to do with all the feelings around food. Sometime I just eat what sounds good and I seem fine, but then the feelings come..."
"It really is like food is my boss. I feel sad and I eat and I feel lonely and I eat and I know it's just temporary relief from discomfort, but most days, as a single mom, that's my only joy!"
Can you relate?
I know I can. It took me more than 8 years of focused work to recover from a lifetime of emotional eating. As a dancer who first hit the stage at 5, food was never an easy relationship for me. It had its ups and downs, moments of elation and deep despair.
At first glance food was tangled up with my illness, body image, self-control, yet below the surface it was really bound to my nervous system regulation and lack of affect regulation.
It took three professional programs where I was learning how to support others through living life after trauma, and receiving many hundreds of personal sessions in the process of getting my education, to finally find solid ground and enough health on board to be able to transform and rewrite my food story.
4 years ago I started Emotions and Food, which later became Peace with Food - a program to help women find peace with self and peace with food.
I've been teaching the program with my students in Europe, and since last year, here in the US, in retreats and online coaching group formats.
When I considered teaching this work online, and not in person, it took me a while to find the best way. This work is vulnerable, personal, deeply relational and life changing, and so I wanted a format where we could connect face to face, heart to heart, and soul to soul.
Let's start with Emotional Eating 101
"I gained so much knowledge of how our bodies work in relationship to stress and food, and why I often engage in emotional eating or just deprive my self of food all together. Galina presented the information in a very gentle and relatable way, which allowed me to have compassion for my self as I learned that my nervous system, stress level and emotions all have worked intricately together to create my current eating habits (as opposed to believing it was just about lack of self control). All the information I learned was very freeing for me."
"The WHY is what motivates me! Peace With Food taught me my why! Understanding vagus nerve regulation and how it relates to the reason I subconsciously made the choices I used to make was life changing!"
Dr Liz Hoefer
Peace with Food - Emotional Eating 101
A journey always begins with a simple step
I won't be teaching you how to lose weight or what to do when you find yourself wanting to eat at night. I won't be giving you any short cuts or quick fixes. You've already tried those and you know how they work.
We will go on a journey
In this workshop you will find that your relationship with food is an intimate, messy and complex one - just like many early relationships in your life.
It's intricately woven with your early history, how you developed, the difficulties you overcame in the best way you could, and how your physiology adapted to the challenges of early and later life.
We will learn about the basics of nervous system regulation, the place of food in self-regulation, the place of food in the neurobiology of human connection, and its role in your successful (great job!) survival to this moment!
You will walk away with practical tools
- The ability to organize your nervous system moment to moment
- Tools to balance cranial nerves responsible for eating behaviors when you are not hungry or restrictive behaviors when you should actually feel hunger ( I know, crazy!)
- Ways to connect to a sense of safety and contentment in your body
- The first steps to growing a relationship with your interoceptive internal body
- The alphabet of listening to your body
- Access to an online library of exercises to balance your nervous system and help integrate your head, heart, gut and social brains
"I am just so appreciative. Not just my eating, but my whole life has changed." - Asia
The next live Peace with Food Workshop is Friday, Dec 20, at 4pm Pacific
Online. In Person. Or Recording.
Frequently Asked Questions
Disclaimer: the content taught in this workshop is not meant to be a replacement for professional support from a licensed mental health professional. Galina Denzel is not a psychotherapist or counselor, nor should any information shared in this workshop be construed as therapy. If you are actively in treatment for a condition involving food related behaviors, or addiction, please consult with your treatment team about whether a workshop like this is suitable for you.