Because You Are Worthy Of Thriving.
For the womxn who are done with dieting and trying to hold so tightly onto control that they fear the repercussions when they finally let go.
For the womxn who are done with binge eating and using food for more than hunger, nourishment and pleasure.
For the womxn who are sick of hating their body and want to learn how to find acceptance.
For the womxn who are done using exercise as punishment and desire to find a way to move that feels good.
For the womxn who feel held back by their body image.
For the womxn who are seekers.
For the highly sensitive ones.
For the ones that know they’re here for something more.
For the womxn who are done with the not enoughness that runs their life and want to finally feel confident in themselves.
For the womxn who feel held back in their expression.
For the womxn who are done being the “nice girl” and want to be able to communicate their truth and set boundaries.
For the womxn who want to learn how to fully trust themselves.
For the womxn who are done letting the system we’re born into dictate how they feel about themselves.
For the womxn who are ready to face their feelings and come back home to their bodies.
For the womxn who see through the beauty myth distracting them from the truths in their hearts and souls.
For the womxn who are done with the spiritual bypassing and are ready to go into their shadow.
For the womxn who are ready to look underneath the food.
I guide you back home to your body so you can use the wisdom of your emotions, intuition and inner child to change your relationship with food and your body, because you deserve to thrive. Feeling ready? Go here.
I’m Richelle Ludwig and I’m a Weight Neutral Food Freedom Coach. I believe in Health At Every Size (HAES- which is the work of Linda Bacon, PhD), am anti-diet, trauma informed and becoming more social justice informed. I help highly sensitive womxn end their fight with food and their body by guiding them back home to their body and learning how to feel, without spiritual bypassing.
8 years ago I became a seeker in an effort to heal my eating disorder. For the past 3 years I’ve worked with 35 client’s in a mostly 1:1 capacity and a couple of small groups. My work is deep and my client’s often work with me for 4-12 months. For the past 1.5 years I’ve also mentored and coached over 40 coaches who are training to become coaches themselves through Hungry For Happiness.
I write about inner child work, real self-love and more so self-acceptance, worthiness, needs and how we meet them externally versus internally as well as all things feelings over on Instagram, Facebook and my blog, because I want womxn to understand that a diet is not the solution to the problem, which is internal and systemic. I believe the work starts internally and then we can expand to address the systems, which is why I’m currently learning more about social justice, oppression and anti-racism.
My client’s want to free themselves, so they can experience life fully without the shackles of attaching their worth to how their body compares to the societal ideal.
Here’s what got me ready to help you change your own relationship with food and your body:
I worked for a year and a half as an EMT-A and then went on to get my diploma as a Therapy Assistant through NorQuest College. I worked as an Physical Therapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant for 11 years. What this means for you is that I’ve always been in a helping field with people. I have experience supporting people of different demographics and understand that my own experience in the world as a cis gendered woman with thin privilege and white privilege is not the only experience.
I have a diploma in Natural Nutrition through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition(2013) and a certification in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition(2015). These programs helped me see health differently and move away from dieting, although I did become Orthorexic. What this means for you is that I understand how food can be used as medicine. I also have experience with the unhealthy obsession with health, understand bio-individuality and will never talk to you about what to eat, but teach you to trust your own body. I also will not judge you if you have a desire to eat more nutritiously and will help you get clear on the intention behind this so that it’s not coming from fear and control, because I believe you get to choose what thriving means for you.
I have training in the Cognitive Approach For Problematic Eating(2016). What this means for you is that I know how to support you in reprogramming old belief that no serve. I understand that so often we have different schema’s influencing our perspective. Schema’s describe a pattern of thought or behaviour that organizes categories of information and the relationships among them. This has an impact on how we feel we need to be versus the truth at our core.
I have my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training(2017) with Michele Theoret and Danielle Murray through Empowered Yoga, as well as 25hrs in Movement Medicine (Intelligence of sequencing) and 25hrs PTSD & Trauma Informed Yoga with Tiffany Rose. This is where I was first introduced to deepening the connection with the body, cultural appropriation, consent, and the importance of becoming trauma informed. What this means for you is that I have a deeper understanding of and ability to guide you back home to your body, mindfulness, and how to use breath and movement for embodiment.
I took the Hungry For Happiness Coaching Certification(2018), and got the opportunity to mentor and coach in their signature 6 month group coaching program as well as mentor and coach in 3 rounds of the 10 month, 400 hr coaching certification. This program went deeper into embodiment for me, as well as learning to feel emotions, inner child work, intuition, energy and spiritual connection. This is also where I learned about spiritual bypassing. What this means for you is that I have experience guiding women back home to their body and learning to feel. I have a deeper understanding as to why we struggle with food, exercise and our body image.
I did a Year of Love Masterclass(2019) with Kelsey Grant, which deepened my understanding of relationship, helped me work through attachment trauma and understand mine and my partners attachment styles, begin to practice setting boundaries and develop more communication skills in expressing my needs and feelings. Kelsey also helped me work through a number of things I had spiritually bypassed, deepen my sense of self-worth especially around my sensitivity (P.S. I hosted one in-person and 2 online screenings of the movie Sensitive: The Untold Story followed by an inspired conversation based on the work of Dr. Elaine Aron), and fine tune my intuition leading to a deeper sense of self-trust. What this means for you is that I’ve become more able to attune to my client’s needs, have a greater overview of relational dynamics and can support you with inner child work through attachment styles as well. I am also able to pass on communication and boundary setting skills
I have level 1 of a Somatic Stress Release Certification(2019) with Dr. Scott Lyons. This training introduced me to the window of tolerance (resilience) and gave me a trauma informed lense for embodiment and feeling our emotions. To learn more about the Stress Response Cycle check out my blog, What Is Somatic Stress Release? What this means for you is that I have a trauma informed approach and understand how to titrate and work within your unique window of tolerance. This is important to me because I experienced the shame that comes from being pushed outside of your window of tolerance and being told we need to push through the resistance. I understand that the more we push outside our window of tolerance, the more resistance we actually experience. What we want is to work at the edge of our window of tolerance in a gentle approach, while trusting the body.
I am currently taking a MindBody Therapy Certification through Embodied Philosophy. This is a 300 hr certification and teachers on the faculty include; Dr. Scott Lyons, Dr. Rae Johnson, Dr. Christine Caldwell, Dr. Albert Wong, Dr. Maureen Gallagher, Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Theopia Jackson, Dr. Judith Blackstone, David Weinstock and more. This program is trauma and social justice informed. It draws on Somatic/Embodied Psychology, Contemplative Therapy, Mindfulness, Transpersonal/Eastern Psychology, Internal Family System (parts work), Somatic Experiencing (Trauma Therapy), Somatic Stress Release, Humanistic and Strength Based Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Social Activism, Focusing Technique, MindBody Medicine, Body-Mind Centering, The Realization Process, Attachment Theory (Embodied Approach), Non-Violent Communication (Somatic Approach) and more. What this will mean for you is that I will be even more trauma informed as well as social justice informed. I will gain more tools and practice and depth in my toolbox.
I’ve taken Rachel Rickets Spiritual Activism 101 and 102 Webinar’s and am committed to continuing to pay POC to learn about anti-racism, reading books and intentionally support POC, especially womxn. I’ve started learning from Kelly Diels and took her, Feminist Fix For Your About Page Workshop. I am committed to continuing to learn from her, so that I am not using manipulation, privilege or shame in any of my marketing, posts or blogs. She talks about the Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand and I do not want to build a business leveraging my own privilege to create authority over other women. Integrity is important to me.
Over 2 years ago in therapy (isn’t therapy great?) I had an awakening around the Indigenous part of me I had rejected. My grandma on my dad’s side is Metis and I had this deep realization that I’d pushed down for years. I’d felt shame about this part of myself growing up because of the way Indigenous people are talked about in our culture. Because of the blatant racism towards them. So I had rejected this part of myself. I had hated this part of myself. I was taught too. I also began to learn about the truth of residential schools and what actually happened to the Indigenous people. It shook me to my core. I felt deep sadness and anger. This is nothing compared to what most POC experience. I know that I have white privilege and this is why I am committed to this deeper work in the world. I’m not sure where it’s going to take me and I’ve held back the past 2 years after this discovery because of fear. I am both the oppressor and the oppressed. I am committed to my own anti-racism work and open to how that will evolve in my life and business. I don’t separate the two.
Are you ready to end your battle with food and your body so you can thrive and really do so from a place of feeling your innate worth? Check out my work with me page (which honestly does need some work expressing what we do together better, but one step at a time.) Or if you’re already feeling ready to hop on a Discovery call so we can get to know each other better and decide together if it feels like a good fit, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or DM me on IG.
Pretty Is A Lie
What if I told you, the word ‘pretty’ is a skin deep, six feet letter prison they put you in.
They say, “If you lost some weight, you’d be so pretty.” They say, “If your skin was clearer, you’d be so pretty.”
But what they really mean is, “If only you looked like our mass-produced ideal, you’d be so pretty.”
Let me tell you a secret they do not want you to know, nothing about you is pretty nor will it ever be so.
You see, pretty is too small and simple a word to capture the exquisitely complex human phenomenon you are,
every atom of you was plucked in the quiet cosmic moments between supernova and stars,
A carefully chosen palette of your skin, your eyes, your muscles and bones from sunsets and skies.
So when they tell you about how pretty you could be if only- Cut them off and say ‘pretty’ is nor your worth or value nor something you have ever aspired to be.