Do you diet bc you feel that’s what a “good” spiritual woman does? Well, my friend, this post might just upset you. Tell me: have you ever felt the pull to diet or lose weight as part of a spiritual gimmick or church ritual? Would love to hear your experiences 👇🏻⠀ .⠀ I know many friends and patients who end up developing eating disorders after some (maybe well-intentioned, yet ultimately destructive) church corporate dieting scheme.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Disclaimer: I’m not a Biblical scholar or pastor or evangelist or anything of the sort. I’m a believer in Jesus Christ and strive to understand His Word so that I may live a deeper, more enriching life on this earth— body, mind, and spirit.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Nothing pisses me off more then when churches or faith communities hijack diet culture and try to pull the manipulation factor in of “If you were a good Christian, you’d be thinner, healthier, fitter, etc...” ⠀ I hate to break it to you, friends, but God created us all differently with unique gifts and talents and yes, variations in body size and structures.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ There is no one “look” of a good spiritual person, just as there is no one “look” of a healthy person. YOU alone get to define what spirituality and health mean to you. YOU have free will in your life to make those decisions. Guess what? When you do stumble and fall, Grace is there to pick you up.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I speak for myself, but the God I believe in doesn’t give a flip what you eat, how you eat, or even if you eat. If fasting truly brings you closer to God, do it. If eating healthy helps you feel more energized to live out your gifts to this world, then eat healthy. But don’t kid yourself. Your “healthy eating” doesn’t make you a more spiritual person and it doesn’t earn you favor in God’s eyes.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ You’re worthy bc you’re human and Christ died on the cross for your sins. You don’t have to do anything to earn or deserve God’s love, grace and mercy. You’ve already received it.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I researched a lot verses concerning this topic and not one of them says, “Thou shalt only eat real foods to be favorable in God’s eyes.”... but hey, that’s just my interpretation. You’re entitled to your own.⠀
Hey friends! 👋🏻 How about a #FridayIntroductions ? . . I’m Stefani— doctor, psychiatrist, influencer, author, speaker, #Armywife and mother. I like to think my biggest superpower (and spiritual gift) is Encouragement so if I’m not encouraging you, I’m doing something wrong. . . My faith in Jesus Christ is my foundation and stronghold. My husband is my rock. My kids are my joy. My career is my passion. . . I’m a Texas gal at heart with a loyalty to big hair (still trying to master the beach waves), wide open spaces, and jeans. I prefer mountains over beach, brownies over cake or pie, dresses over pants, and fall over spring. I wear my heart on my sleeve and you’ll always know where I stand. I don’t sugarcoat, but I’m not cold. . . If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be a hair stylist. And a not so well known fact about me is: I love LOVE music and musicals and my husband @travisreinold sometimes affectionately calls me “show choir girl.” In fact, I entertained the idea of pursuing Broadway before I began my medical training. . . Most important for you is: I had an eating disorder that stole more than 10 years of my life and I’ll do anything possible to help YOU not allow dieting, food obsession and body loathing to suck you dry... . . So I started a podcast entitled It’s Not About the Food where I talk about all the reasons you struggle with food and your body bc if there’s ONE thing that helped me overcome my own ED it was understanding that my issues with food and my body had nothing to do with food or my body. . My fav Thanksgiving side dish is my sweet potato casserole. It has a pecan crumble on top (not marshmallows). What’s your fav holiday treat?
What would it look like if you could WELCOME freedom and grace into all areas of your life with open arms?⠀ .⠀ .⠀ What if you could not only embrace freedom from food, but freedom in life period? What does that even LOOK like to you? 👇🏻⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I’ve been a little quiet in recent weeks, but I’ve been busy at work preparing some great new content for @notaboutthefood (Check out the new site: notaboutthefood.com )⠀ .⠀ .⠀ My goal is to SHOW you what freedom from food actually LOOKS like. I know it’s a foreign concept to NOT diet, to NOT hate your body, to NOT obsess about food, but it IS possible and the life that comes is pure bliss.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ When you stop dieting and start living your life, it’s as if you’re saying “Welcome Home” to your heart... and well, your LIFE. Don’t miss the opportunity to live your life to the fullest. Life is so fleeting.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I’m honored to be celebrating the life and mourning the death of an incredible man, Brent Taylor, who recently died in Afghanistan, this week.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ It’s so easy to take freedom for granted. And it’s also so easy for us to inflict our own rules onto our lives bc sometimes freedom is scary.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Freedom from food⠀ Freedom of speech⠀ Freedom in choices ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ It’s often the easier road to just be told what to do, but just remember, many brave men and women have sacrificed their lives so that you can have the freedom to eat whatever the eff you wanna eat. So girlfriend, eat the damn cookie. No guilt. No shame. And say to yourself, Welcome Home.
You’ve heard my podcast, but have you heard me SPEAK? Well, don’t miss your chance to hear me LIVE at the first ever Intuitive Eating and Body Positivity Conference hosted by the beauty+brains of @intuitivemealprep Kara and Natalie.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Not only do you get to hear from yours truly (and get a warm Texan hug 🤗 and #selfies galore!), but you’ll also hear from 3 other AH-MAZING brilliant ladies:⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Tiffany Roe, therapist of @mindfulcounseling⠀ Ashley Reeves, influencer of @ashleysfreshfix⠀ Devrie Pettit, registered dietitian of @happilyfed⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Here’s the deets:⠀ When: Feb 9, 9 am-3 pm⠀ Where: Eleve Event Center in Pleasant Grove, UT @eleveeventcenter⠀ .⠀ .⠀ If you’ve ever wanted a chance to ask me any and all medical Q’s, chat about ALL things #intuitiveeating and #antidiet without speaking in hushed tones (I see you #haes professionals who have to keep it “professional” at conferences)... this is a chance for YOU to let loose, have fun, be educated, inspired and encouraged.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ I guarantee you’ll wanna shake your tail feathers and embrace all your beauty by the end of the day! 😉 annnnnddddd we might just become besties! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ What do you say?⠀ ⠀ Early bird tickets on sale now!!! Get yours now before early bird sales run out.⠀ #linkinbio to get yours!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ PS- If you’re not a winter/ snow kinda gal, we’ll get along just great... and we can get winter coats together!
BIG DREAMS + FOOD ISSUES 🤷🏽♀️>> Let’s chat. . . I’ve never understood how ppl can struggle with thinking big. I don’t get how the majority of the self-help industry is designed to help you think BIGGER. . . I do not struggle with thinking big. And as this Texan will admit: bigger is not always better. Sometimes when we look at the BIG idea for so long, we get so easily distraught when a) it takes longer than expected to accomplish that big thing or b) our journey shifts and we never get there anyway. . . There’s a certain peace, calm and beauty in thinking small sometimes too. I’m NOT talking small about self worth, but small goals... baby steps... or as I like to tell my patients, milestones. . . We can have lofty aspirations but if we get too caught up in the idea that we forget our daily life, we disconnect from reality. What then? We seek to ground ourselves in a myriad ways of control... and for us women, that often comes out in food and our bodies. . . We don’t have to think small, but it’s okay to ACT small, to have small expectations, to set small “milestones” for yourself. Put yourself in control of other areas of your life and you won’t want to seek control around food as much.
Happy Veterans Day! And hello to all my new followers 👋🏻 . . A lot of ppl will share a picture of the soldiers or monument on Veterans Day, but I want to show you the FACE of service. . . These are the faces of my beautiful family. If you didn’t know already, I’m an #Armywife @travisreinold and my 2 brothers are active duty Navy. I didn’t grow up with family in the military. I like to think I’m a “first generation” Army wife and Navy sister. . . As with most new things, the military life has not always come easy to me. I’m a career-driven, family-focused, faith-based woman... and sometimes, many times, Army life takes ownership over everything else. That’s not easy for any military family (or active duty soldier). . . I’m also well aware that freedom does not come free. Freedom of speech is a luxury that we are blessed with bc we have selfless men and women who are away from their families serving in harmful and dire circumstances. We as a family have lost friends to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m humbled and grateful for all those who serve. . . To my hunk @travisreinold and all those serving or who have served, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. . . I know firsthand that these moments 👆🏻with my family all together and happy and healthy are some of my most precious blessings.