Real Food + Real Beauty
Real Food + Real Beauty is a program I have developed to help women embrace who they really are – not who they wish they could be, or who society says they should be, but their true essence. This means letting go of unrealistic “diet” plans, shedding expectations and perfectionism, and living a life that brings them true happiness. Real Food + Real Beauty is a creative, soul-nourishing approach with a real world attitude, and a passion to help women find a practical and life-enhancing plan for moving ahead.
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Is your body the measure of your happiness and success? A flatter stomach means today’s a good day? If you can get your skinny jeans buttoned it must mean you’re doing something right?
But if not…it gnaws at you.
You’ve come so far in your life, yet food, weight, and body image feel like they’re in control.
Over the past 25 years, I’ve worked with women who want something more than to wake up in the morning and worry about how “good” they’re going to be with food that day. Women who are ready to not allow the number on the scale dictate their mood, worth, or value.
I know what that’s like, and I also know that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Learn more about Real Food + Real Beauty Coaching with me.
“At last I have been freed from my obsession with food. Sibel’s patient, personal and positive therapy nurtured and helped grow within me the understanding and capability to make a real life change. With Sibel I’ve learned:
- To love and respect my body
- To listen to my body; to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full
- To enjoy food; to eat the best and most satisfying food I can and to savor every meal
- That every day won’t be perfect and to treat myself with kindness, grace and self acceptance
Working with Sibel I have received the most glorious (and unexpected!) gift imaginable: time. I had not realized the amount out of time and energy I was spending thinking about food, dieting and body image. Having cleared these thoughts from my life I have what feels like more hours in each day to give to the relationships and activities that truly bring me joy.”
I Understand the Struggle
For most of my life, I had a love-hate relationship with food.
My mother taught cooking classes in our home. I loved all the smells, tastes, and colors of what was being prepared. I was exposed to an amazing array of exotic and beautiful food, as well as the traditional comfort foods.
But when I hit my t’ween and teen years, I started to use food to take care of emotional issues.
I craved it, binged on it in, and secretly ate my way into a pit of shame. I wanted to hide. Then, I yo-yo’d and ping-ponged my way through the never-ending spectrum of diets and “healthy” eating plans. I was either good or bad, and all of that depended on what the scale showed me, or what I scrutinized in the mirror.
And really—it wasn’t about the weight of my body. I was carrying the weight of shame about being in my body. The shame of my doctor suggesting to my mother that I start another diet.
The shame of being judged for my body and nothing else. The shame of thinking I had to look like or be someone else—a glossy page in a magazine, a certain size, or a random number (BMI).
The calorie counting, the guilt, and the preoccupation with food and body can feel heavier than any weight.
Madness! When I discovered there was another way, not only did I feel the freedom for myself, I knew I wanted to help others feel this as well.
What’s Your Story?
I’ve been doing this work long enough to know that everyone has a story to tell. Your story might not be the same as mine.
For some women, body image dissatisfaction and eating issues don’t come on until later…after a pregnancy, or when they’re heading toward menopause. Whether your issues started in childhood, adolescence, young adulthood or beyond, I want to hear your story.
I know that no matter what your story is, it isn’t easy. With all the messages out there about what to eat—when, how, and why—it’s overwhelming. Add to that your unique mix of day-to-day life, and it’s hard to feel like you’re getting anywhere.
If you’re like me, there have been too many Monday mornings where you promise to yourself to “get it right this time.”
The Real Way to “Get It Right”
There’s a different way of measuring happiness and success. It’s defined regardless of your weight, your size, or what you eat.
I help women who want to make peace with food and their body. With my help, you find support, peace, and clarity so you can spend more time nourishing your creativity and living a joyful life.
I offer a whole-self approach that focuses on what’s REAL for you: What feels authentic and doable, and brings you a profound sense of peace and well-being.
I want you to know that I see you. I see you for what’s going on in your head and your heart.
I’d like to see you live your precious life, and live it out loud: To feel empowered to care for yourself lovingly and with self-compassion.
It’s an exceptional idea to be good to yourself, no matter what. Start here.