Camille Styles

Living Kindly

Do You Have A Food Hang-Up and What to Do About It

February 15th, 2018

For as long as I can remember — at least since grade school — I’ve struggled with my weight. I deleted that sentence at least seven times and almost left it out completely, but I’m confident many of you can relate. It’s an embarrassing confession, and it’s filled with a lot of shame and bad memories. In 4th grade I was called a “cow” on the school bus driving through the country in Nebraska while the boys in my class moo’d at me. Just after turning 12 in 6th grade, I was well-versed on the cabbage soup diet. And by 8th grade, I was anorexic and eventually wound up in the hospital because I was severely dehydrated. As an adult, the story didn’t change much. Years of weight gain turned into shame, which lead to depression, followed by unhealthy weight-loss attempts of calorie-counting, restrictive diets, daily weigh-in’s, and workouts for the sole focus of losing weight. In 2013, I went from a size 22 to a size 8 and lost 135lbs. And while I could finally fit in an airline seat and my blood pressure was excellent, I still struggled with the number on the scale and had an unhealthy relationship with “good” and “bad” foods.

I developed a personal mantra, “Live Kindly” to help me not be so extreme or all-or-nothing, but I’d be lying if I said it was always successful. I’m just now putting in the work to get to the root of the problem, getting really real with the issue, and absorbing a lot of information around the psychology & science of food, so I was delighted to learn that Shira Lenchewski, M.S., R.D., had a book coming out called The Food Therapist. Shira is Goop’s resident nutritionist and someone I’ve long admired for her simple and real approach to food. In a space that’s often over saturated with brands and people slinging high dollar fad-like products down your throat, and over-promotional content on social media, Shira shoots it straight and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.

I got an advance copy and a chance to ask Shira a few questions about her book. Read on for some great tips and a 101 to The Food Therapist, which hit the shelves on Feb. 13.

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  1. Rena says:

    Thanks for your honesty! You very couraged and I wish you by my heart all the best for your health <3
    With love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Anne says:


    I LOVE THIS POST. The idea of living kindly is so important and a great reminder to put this in practice every day. I’ve been struggling with stopping and thinking long and hard about how much I really want a treat (i.e. cookie, ice cream, etc.) before mindlessly going straight to the kitchen to have it. I’ve been trying to switch my mindset to evaluate how much joy will I will get out of a particular treat. I’ve been doing this for several months now and while some days I indulge, I find that i’m no longer having dessert for the sake of it every day, but instead only some days and when I REALLY want it.

    I’m proud of my progress so far and find switching how I think about food is having a positive impact about how I feel about my health. You go girl!

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