August 28, 2012

Tiffany Moore is like an Everlasting Gobstopper. Yeah, the Wonka candy.

When you first taste her she’s sweet, full of light, and love, like cotton candy. But you keep on tasting and then comes the sass, the wham-bam wit and the curse words (oh my!). Next you discover that she’s full of wisdom and life smarts (key coaching qualities). She’s a multi-course meal and delicious wow. And like the Everlasting Gobstopper, there’s always a new surprise that leaves you wanting more.

I’ve known Tiffany for several years and it’s been so fun to watch her come into her own as a life coach. Today is her debutante ball…her introduction into society…her new website has launched, her services are upgraded and polished, and her special Gobstopper-brand of wisdom, shared on her blog, is at it’s best.

If you’re in the market for a coach (other than you know who ;))…make sure Tiffany is on your radar. She’s one of a kind and oh-so-good at what she does. One thing she’s known for is asking big questions…like…BIG questions. And it’s because she does this in her own life that shes lived her way into being one of the most wonderful well-fed women I know.

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Tiffany, what are you TRULY hungry for?

Space, quiet, time to create.

It’s about accountability – what I’m truly hungry for is to be accountable to myself first, taking care of my own things before everyone else’s. This is something I’ve been working towards in the last few months. How do I unapologetically (that’s the key!) put myself first and make sure that I’m honoring what I really need in this life?

What’s a craving that you previously denied that you now happily satisfy? How has this impacted you?

I have started being at peace with my instinct and what I really want, learning to tell the difference between what is right for my life and what is simply a good idea. I’m letting go of trying to make myself feel a certain way or get behind a specific idea when I know that it just isn’t right for me. Not being right for me is a good enough reason not to do something.

I’m consistently asking myself how do I own my truths – the things I know in my soul – even if they might not lead to the most popular answer? The key to my best life doesn’t involve winning a popularity contest. This has created some challenges for me in the immediate – people don’t like it when you buck the system! – but I know that it will ultimately do nothing but serve me.

What are you a conduit for? What comes through with ease, meaning, and spark?

Joy. Enthusiasm. Humor. Love. When I was younger, I used to be self-conscious about my smile and my good cheer. I was always “that happy girl.” Now I realize that it is one of the most amazing things about me – this is my spark. You can be happy and fierce all at the same time – they don’t cancel each other out.

Favorite bite in recent memory?

Can I say a sip? I had a delicious glass of champagne just last night at a friend’s housewarming party, surrounded by amazing people. It’s really all about the people.

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August 16, 2012

 

10 years ago, when I began my journey to understand how we relate to our hungers, I was introduced to a then budding paradigm called Health at Every Size. This “belief system”, abbreviated as HAES, bucks the dominant view that weightloss and dieting are the path to health and happiness, instead offering intuitive eating and pleasurable physical activity as a more successful route. I’m thrilled that HAES is now back by solid scientific research and is increasingly considered the best approach to well-being and weight.

Leading the charge is Dr. Linda Bacon who pioneered some of the research that supports HAES and authored the book Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. If you want a basic primer on the tenets of HAES, Dr. Bacon has written an excellent (and free) manifesto that you can check out HERE.

Oh and if you’re interested in bringing the HAES approach to parents and young people check out The Body Positive.

I like fantasize sometimes about a high council of Well-Fed Women (think Knights of the Round Table) that brings together the leaders and lighting rods of this community. Let it be know, at least in my fantasy, I’ve saved Dr. Bacon a special seat at the table.

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Linda, what are you TRULY hungry for?

I am hungry for a world which values diversity and treats all bodies with respect.

What’s a craving you previously denied that you now happily satisfy? How has this impacted you?

Ice cream! I used to believe that ice cream was fattening, and that it stood between me, the body I wanted, and all the other good things I thought would come along with that body. Boy, was that loaded. I’m sure you can imagine what those ideas did to my ability to actually enjoy the ice cream! No longer buying into the value of dietary control, the belief that certain foods are “bad” and should be avoided, my own fears of being fat, and having confronted a host of other damaging myths has been tremendously freeing. Ironically, giving up on these ideas about dieting and weight loss helped me to settle into a comfortable weight, something I never achieved when I was resisting my ice cream craving.

What comes through you with ease, meaning, and spark? What are you conduit for?

These days, it’s words.  They’re just flowing out of me faster than I can keyboard. I’m enjoying jamming out another book.  It builds on the ideas of my previous book, Health at Every Size. It’s tentatively called Eat Well: For Your Self and the World, kind of a manifesto for cutting neurosis from our daily diets and, in the process, improving our health and the health of our world. It includes an in-depth look at nutrition, including the science and politics of food.

Favorite bite in recent memory?

I’ll get literal here again and talk about food because I just spent the afternoon making arancini.  Came out amazing.  Arancini, at least my version, are risotta/saffron/cheese balls that I toss in panko (bread crumbs) and bake, and then serve on a marinara sauce with fresh basil.  A perfect complement to roasted asparagus. I’ve been sampling along the way, but I’m trying to show some restraint until my family comes home for dinner. Not easy.

Hi, I'm Rachel

I am a life coach and fierce advocate for women feeding their truest hungers. I'm also a curator of inspiration and this is where I share the wisdom I've gained, words that trigger deep reflection, and resources to help you live your most well-fed life. Feast onward.

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