Cherie Miller, LPC – therapist, mama, coffee & donut lover
As far back as I can remember into my childhood, I was unhappy with my body. I was very aware of the fact that I was bigger than most of my friends, and that my stomach stuck out more than it ‘should’. I spent hours in front of my mirror scrutinizing my body, sucking in my stomach, pinching my fat, and sobbing in despair over my reflection. It wasn’t until college, however, that I went on my first ‘successful’ diet. I finally lost weight and everyone noticed. And the praise felt amazing.
Unfortunately, that diet turned into an eating disorder that would take over my life. I obsessed about food, exercise, and my body. People’s compliments about my thinness and my ‘healthy’ lifestyle felt good in the moment, but I was generally miserable and still very insecure. I still stood in front of the mirror and poked at my stomach and cried.
Dieting—even getting thin—did NOT give me what it promised.
It didn’t cure my body hatred, and it destroyed my relationship with food. Not to mention the toll it took on my relationships, my goals, and so many other areas of my life that were important to me.
Recovery was not an easy journey. And I wasn’t sure along the way if it was even possible. But it was. I recovered, and I healed my relationship with food and my body through intuitive eating and body acceptance work. I eventually left my high-paying corporate marketing career and became a licensed therapist and coach to help others find food and body freedom… and I’ve never looked back. It’s not perfect now—perfection is unrealistic. But there is LIFE on the other side of dieting and disordered eating.
I have a Masters in Counseling and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. Before starting Food Freedom Therapy™, I worked as a program therapist at Center for Discovery, an outpatient eating disorder clinic in Addison, TX. Prior to moving back to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area a couple of years ago, I was a counselor at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver’s Connections House, and was a support group leader and volunteer at The Eating Disorder Foundation (EDF) in Denver.
I have 15 years years of experience as an eating disorder mentor, speaker, educator, and advocate. I am also a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp) and the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). I also love to speak on topics related to food and body freedom, so check out my professional speaking page to listen to my podcast and radio appearances!
Lynnly Wood, MA – fat-lib activist, mama, & avid reader
That word owned me for nearly 4 decades.
From the kids calling me names at school, to being on my first diet at 10, to always feeling “less than” because I weighed “more than.”
I have weighed between 125 – eating practically nothing – to weighing 275 pounds and not even tasting food that I simply shoved into my mouth. Being fat isn’t like other ‘flaws’. There is no hiding it. Even perfect strangers feel entitled to comment. This scars a person in places no one sees.
When I say it “owned” me for 40 years, I mean it. Almost EVERY waking moment has been about what diet I was on, what food I put in my mouth, or even how many calories I was burning with which exercise. My worth was solely determined by how much weight I had lost or put on. And that, my friends is no way to live.
There is another way. By adding more and ditching diet culture, I found a way to begin to heal. To truly live. To all of you who have struggled with that too. . . I see you. All of you. The beautiful parts. The hurt parts. The parts you’ve hated your whole life. I want you to know, I stand with you.
Fat doesn’t own us anymore.
I have a Masters in Education and was a teacher for 15 years in underserved areas. Now, I am a Food Freedom Coach, graduating with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands later this year. I am certified in Psychological First Aid and have taken several trauma trainings. I’m also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
I host the podcast, Building Better Humans, which covers a variety of topics related to anti-diet, body acceptance, feminism and more! Check it out here.