THE DESSERT CLUB --
The Dessert Club is a small mentorship group for people who want to re-think how they approach eating. We'll discuss how to to make peace with food, maintain a healthy weight with ease, and live a happier, more authentic life. We’re going to go deep and make big changes, but also laugh a lot and eat chocolate.
You know those conversations that you have with your close friends late at night, over wine and an amazing dessert? When you be vulnerable about what's going on with you and what you really want out of life?
The Dessert Club is like that.
“Before joining the dessert club, I was feeling so exhausted and hopeless and like I would never be "normal" regarding food. I was tired of the cycle of restriction and binging and I felt out of control. I felt so sad and alone.
I am just so thankful from the bottom of my heart that you created this group. It felt so scary to do it on my own and admit that I really had a problem, but I have seen that I am not alone and that is a wonderful feeling! There were times during the group that I was really having a hard time and to know that I had a whole group of people cheering me on felt truly amazing. THANK YOU THANK YOU!”
-- Kathy, past participant
- You + Me + up to 8 other people, meeting on Tuesdays for seven weeks. The meetings will take place on:
- July 19 and 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- Meetings last for 75 minutes, and begin at 6:30 pm EST.
- We'll meet at 1717 Legion Road Suite 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
- Each week we'll have a different focus: Hunger, Fullness, Eating with Awareness, Cravings, Social Eating + Sneaking, Our Fat Self vs. Our Thin Selves, Environment, Food and Pain. Expect to eat chocolate, do creative activities, and have real talk.
- Between sessions, you'll have 1-3 pieces of "homework," which could be reading, journaling about your own life and habits, or doing something kind for yourself (hello, flowers and chocolate!)
- Everyone will be assigned to a 3-4 person Pen Pal group -- where you will share your weekly reflections via email and encourage each other!
- If you can't make a session, no worries. I'll send you notes and homework for the next week.
“What did I learn as a result of the Dessert Club? Holy cow, I have a lot of feelings and wants and needs! Once I realized how I ate instead of feeling scared or lonely or bored, I stopped eating and tried to figure out 1) how I actually felt and 2) what to do with how I felt without resorting to food. I started to see that I was a lot more complicated than how many servings of carbs I had in a day, or how many pounds I weighed -- and nothing about me can be simplified to a number, a fact, or an action. It was pretty scary.”
If you are the least bit curious about yourself and why you eat the way you do, if you want to know how you can enjoy eating your favorite food without feeling the least bit guilty, if you want to be part of a community kindred spirits, if you would like to refocus your energy from eating and dieting to living and growing -- this is what the Dessert Club was for me.”
-- Mickey, past participant
$150 for the seven week course.
""Prior to joining the Dessert Club, I was scared by food, by my eating habits, and by the potential I could spiral out of control. I knew I wasn't eating right, but I also wasn't sure what "right" was.
[Since the Dessert Club] I've been much less stressed, much happier eating, and SO MUCH more in tune with my body. There have been days when certain foods sound so great and others not appetizing at all. And I listen to that. It's revolutionary.
Thank you, so much. I don't think I can explain how much of an impact the Dessert Club has had on my life and my future. Life without shame and guilt about food is monumental.""
-- Sarah, past participant
p.s. I'll be totally honest with you. I spent years annoyed with my eating and frustrated with my weight. I wanted to be thin, but I also wanted to eat chocolate and pizza and pasta, and I feel like the only "helpful" advice I could find out there was about counting calories, restricting portion sizes, or cutting out whole food groups (I like carbs! And sugar! And Nutella! I didn't want to take them out of my life).
I wish someone had sat me down, shook me hard, and shared with me what I want to share with you. And, much more importantly, that I could have been with an awesome, welcoming group of people while I did it -- I'm sure you know lonely it can be to feel crazy around food. So if you're interested, I'd love for you to join us!
Okay, I couldn't resist! Here are some more testimonials from recent sessions of the Dessert Club...
"Before the DC, I feared food, I avoided food, I used food to abuse. Life was a chaotic hectic mess.
[Since being in the Dessert Club] I’ve learned so much. I've learned how to shake myself awake during a binge or even when I'm just starting to head downhill with overeating. I don't restrict myself to anything anymore, I allow myself to eat it, feel it, to really, really enjoy it. And that's it. I don't overdo it. And even if I do, I have the tools and training necessary to recognize the signs - and to stop myself in time.
I am so thankful for everything you taught me, Katie - really! You changed my whole relationship with food. Life STILL is chaotic, but the DC has taught me how to react better to it."
— Sherry, past participant
"I used to wake up and plan each meal that I would eat, how many calories I could eat, the times I was allowed to eat, etc. Of course, I used to break these rules all the time because I would feel hungry and then feel angry with myself.
But ever since I learned about intuitive eating from you I've stopped overeating and the stomachaches have stopped! I feel so happy every day waking up knowing that I can eat whenever and whatever I want as long as I'm hungry and I stop when I'm full. No gimmicks, dieting, restrictions, guilt -- it's wonderful to feel free.
Thank you, thank you SO much, Katie, for leading such wonderful sessions! You truly changed my life and helped me out of a cycle I thought I'd be stuck in forever. I'll certainly recommend the Dessert Club to anyone I know who is struggling with food. Thank you! "
— Anonymous (not everyone wants their name out there on the internet :)
"I used to be so obsessed, thinking if I lost ten pounds or if I cut out fries, my life would somehow fall in place.
[From the Dessert Club], I learned that the only problem that food solves is hunger. Everything else, you have to confront other ways. I am more aware of how my body feels, what is stressing me out, when I am bored. It's even gone deeper for me, in that I've seen that I use food to connect to people. So I have been trying to connect in other ways!
I think food has tasted better than ever-- I've really slowed down to pay attention to how it tastes, feels and how hungry I am. Slowing down and enjoying your food has really helped me crave less, and think about it less.
I would tell people [thinking about joining the Dessert Club] that is it is a great, great idea! It's really helped me mend my relationship with food (its been obsessive and unhealthy since FOREVER). Seeing that food and weight loss are not the answer to all your problems is eye opening. There are other ways to confront what's going on inside and food is not the enemy! "
— Sarah, past participant