Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Landry.
Melissa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I built my virtual nutrition practice to empower as many women as I can to stop fighting with their bodies so they can live life without food guilt. Here’s why:
Growing up, my Mom struggled to accept her bigger body. She was bullied during childhood because of her size and this caused her to start dieting in her late teens so that she could feel more accepted.
Like many women who face weight stigma, my Mom learned to question her self, instead of questioning our culture that shames bigger bodies.
Over the next 40 years, she was sold diet after ineffective diet – sometimes by her doctors. She wasted time and money – all in the hopes of becoming smaller. None of these diets worked for long. Instead, she experienced a lifetime of disordered eating, weight cycling, and body shame. And no one helped her. They just kept selling her more diets.
My coaching programs allow me the chance to tell my clients what I wish anyone had told my Mom back then: you don’t have to keep living a life of food guilt. I show my clients how to heal their relationship with food so they can break the on-again, off-again diet cycle for good. I inspire my clients to use their skills to stop the diet cycle from getting passed on the next generation of women, just like I am.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I saw how first-hand, growing up with my mother, how women in bigger bodies are too often asked to live with the risks and consequences of chronic dieting at the hands of weight stigma in our culture.
Providers like myself, who offer Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size (R) approaches, push the status quo of our powerful diet culture that sells ineffective diets and weight loss programs at every turn. I speak out because I want to prevent disordered eating caused by dieting from taking the joy of women in bigger bodies who deserve better for their lives. I believe that healthcare can do better offering support for women in bigger bodies – who are most targeted by the diet and weight loss industry – in getting relief from the food guilt and body shame this causes.
I choose to do the hard thing, instead of the same old thing: I built my business from the ground up so I could offer the kind of healthcare I believe women like my mother deserve.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My practice is virtual, and I love working online with my dog Lucy!
I specialize in Intuitive Eating for women in bigger bodies who struggle with guilt anxiety around food. My average client has been on a diet for more than half her life only to experience disordered eating and weight regain over the life, just like my mother.
When we work together, I show clients how to developing nutrition and self-care skills. I offer specialized body image support for women in bigger bodies to challenge how they think and feel about their weight and size. My No More Guilt coaching programs include a mixture of live sessions and online feedback using a mobile app. My programs give clients the focus, consistency, and process they need to heal their relationship with food and start feeling better in their here-and-now bodies.
On my Instagram page @no.more.guilt, I inspire women of all shapes and sizes to advocate for women in bigger bodies facing weight discrimination by creating spaces that are accessible and inclusive toward people of all sizes.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is when my clients tell me they finally feel free around food.
So much so, that they discover new parts of themselves, start living authentically in their values, and overall feel more purposeful in their lives.
To make this success a reality, I measure my ability to create inclusive, fun, and respectful online spaces where women feel inspired to learn more about who they are through their experience with food and their bodies.
- Website: www.melissalandrynutrition.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/no.more.guilt
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/melissalandrynutrition