Been dreaming of writing this^^ for a while?
You’re in the right place. Grab a comfy seat and sit for a minute. Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
You are home.
Our lives were made for more than eating perfectly, obsessing about our cellulite, and then dying.
Full-on? A touch.
Most of my life, body shame and diet obsession ruled my thoughts.
I analyzed every calorie and fat gram I ate; every dimple, stretch mark, and ripple on my body; and every pound on the scale.
Happiness, I thought, would come if I just made myself smaller.
[Spoiler: I got to my smallest and wasn’t happy.]
In 2010, I hit bottom.
(^^Right after an Xterra triathlon in Lake Tahoe in 2010, thinking how “horrible” and “big” I looked.)
Non-stop exercise and food rules ran my life.
I wanted to be smaller and thinner and hated the way I looked. I remember after seeing this photo thinking how disgusting I looked. Something had to change.
Around the same time I dove into a paleo “lifestyle”, and I relaxed some of my previous food rules.
But what I thought was my breakup text with dieting…
…turned out to be more of the same bad bf.
I traded one crappy, dysfunctional relationship with food for another, even after becoming a nutritionist.
I swapped one set of rules and food regulations for a different set.
- “Be careful of carbs!”
- “Go 100% sugar-free.”
- “Fasting is how you’ll live to 105.”
- and so on…
And it was felt like it was my fault for not eating perfectly.
Over time, I repaired my relationship with food with the principles of Intuitive Eating and body respect.
I questioned all the conventional wisdom about dieting and started learning how diet culture – rooted in racist, patriarchal ideals – harms all of us. I fully recognize the privileges that I have, especially being straight-sized, white, and able-bodied.
And finally, I took dieting’s clothes, toothbrush, and old Nickelback CDs and thew them out on the curb where they belong. (And then I doused that shit with gasoline and lit it on fire.)
We broke up for good.
(^^Now, more relaxed and at peace about food and my body.)
Today, I help women like you do the same thing with my Free to Eat Framework.
We walk side by side as you unlearn everything about food that doesn’t serve you anymore so you can make the break through a combination of mindset, Intuitive Eating, and body neutrality.
Are We a Great Fit?
Let’s face it…there are so many anti-dieting websites out there. How do you know if this one’s right for you?
First, see if my “why” resonates with you…
My mission is simple: help as many women as possible to break up with diet culture so they can change the world for the better…instead of obsessing over their bodies. ‘Cuz we have work to do, and it’s time to stop fucking around.
Specifically, I work with women who have done all the “lifestyle” diets but are still as confused as ever about what to eat.
Second, we’re a good fit for each other if you:
- Believe that what you invest in is what you pay attention to (let’s be honest, there’s a reason you’ve got an inbox full of unopened freebies).
- Are a swear-y person who appreciates a well-placed F bomb.
- Believe that all Black lives matter, that BMI is bullshit, and that all bodies deserve respect.
- Are an all-around-cool-ass-human.
Not a fit? No big. I respect that. I’m not for everyone.
Or did we just become BFFs?
If so, let’s stay in touch…
The best way to do that is to become an Insider and get my weekly love letter – click here to do that.
I’ll pop into your inbox once a week (occasionally more if something special’s going on), and keep you in the loop.
Because that’s what friends do.
Fun Tidbits About Me
1) I love science and woo. I’ve got a BS in Biology / Human Physiology (UMass), and I’m a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. But I also believe in the power of intuition. I’m also a budding herbalist who sees the wisdom of plants and tries to live more in harmony with nature.
2) I’m equal parts snarky / sarcastic / swear-y AND sensitive / emotional / empathic. A total walking contradiction!
3) My childhood nickname was Stephie Bear.
4) I love eating slices of butter right off a dull knife. Don’t worry, butter’s good for ya!
5) Most people have a Bucket List. I have a Fucket List.
6) I hate the word “moist.”
7) My favorite fictional character would be a mashup between Liz Lemon and Gandalf the Grey.
Steph Gaudreau is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who helps women break up with diets so they finally feel free to eat. In her best-selling book, The Core 4, she details a four pillar approach to building health, embracing your body, and owning your power. Steph is trained in biology and human physiology and is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and USA Weightlifting Sports Performance coach. Her weekly podcast, the Listen to Your Body Podcast, has 3+ million downloads. She’s an international speaker that has been featured in Outside, MindBodyGreen, SELF, and ESPN Radio.
Mission & Values
Mission: Help as many women as possible to break up with diet culture so they can change the world for the better…instead of obsessing over their bodies.
Values: Integrity, compassion, growth & transformation, connection, autonomy
Education, Credentials & Certifications
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with Human Physiology concentration, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
- Master of Arts Degree in Education, National University
- Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Nutritional Therapy Association
- Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Intuitive Eating Pros
- National Board Certification in Chemistry, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
- Teaching Credential in Biological Sciences, State of California
- Teaching Credential in Chemistry, State of California
- Entrepreneur Herbal Course, The Herbal Academy
- Introductory Herbal Course, The Herbal Academy
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach, Team USA
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Powerlifting
- CrossFit Mobility
- CrossFit Gymnastics
- CrossFit Endurance
- 1st Place – Best General Health / Wellness Website, 2017, Paleo Magazine Awards
- 3rd Place – Best Specialty Cookbook, 2016, Paleo Magazine Awards
- Top 15 Must-Read Health & Happiness Blogs of 2016, Greatist.com
- #1 Best Seller (for an entire month) – Amazon New Releases, Paleo Cookbooks for Performance Paleo Cookbook (2015)
- 1st Place – Most Anticipated New Cookbook, 2015, Paleo Magazine Awards
- 2nd Place – Best Food-Centered Blog, Paleo Magazine Awards
- 2nd Place – Best Dessert, Paleo Magazine Awards
- #1 Best Seller – Amazon Kindle Fitness Books for The Paleo Athlete