You’ve been let down a lot.
Look, it’s not just you, diets are stupid and they never actually handle any of the issues above. Even the good “habit based programs” that are out there, don’t have effective solutions for things like stress eating and emotional eating.
You’re looking for a program that goes deeper and actually gets at the root of the problem. You want a program that’s evidence based AND has a system where you can develop tools that work in your life.
You've already proven it to yourself -- you don't need someone to give you a magic rule set about what to eat. Because what you eat doesn't matter nearly as much as your relationship to food or your ability to manage stress.
BACK IN CONTROL OF EATING AND ENJOYING FOOD MORE THAN EVER
I’d let my eating get pretty out of hand for a couple of years, put on a few extra pounds I wasn’t too happy about, and was generally feeling out of control when it came to food. Every time I tried to make a change, it just felt overwhelming and like I’d have to be miserable for X number of months before I could finally see a change.
But working on my eating skills has been a totally different experience. Within 2 weeks I’d completely cut out snacking, just by making a few small adjustments to my meals. And slowing down my eating and being more present in my meals cut my appetite down from NONSTOP OMG I COULD EAT A HORSE AT ANY TIME OF DAY to that of a normal person.
I no longer feel like my appetite and cravings control me, and I’m able to enjoy my food way more. And that’s all without cutting a single food group or type of food from my diet. And yeah, I’ve also lost 5 or 6 pounds, which is super cool. But the changes in my relationship to food and the feeling of taking real steps to align myself with my values have actually been way bigger and more
You’ve probably read about mindfulness, psychology of eating behavior change, and mindset before, but you’ve never been able to use them to make an actual difference in your nutrition.
This combination of group coaching and one-on-one training in emotion skills will change that.
The classic, proven Eating Skills program has 20 lessons that you work through in 30 minutes per week. You can read the lessons or watch short videos.
You’ll check in with the group at the beginning of the week and get coached on your plan. You’ll check in at the end of the week, and get coached on how it went.
The program lives in a private social network that you can access on desktop or by app.
You can ask questions in the group or direct message me as often as you need. I check in and coach five days per week, Monday through Friday.
There are other programs and apps on the internet that offer "one-on-one coaching" where you actually don't get as much access to or interaction with the coach as you will in the Eating Skills classic group program.
I don't pawn you off on other coaches, you have direct access to me and are getting coached by me 100% of the time.
Eating Skills is streamlined so you can spend the minimum amount of time learning and spend most of your time practicing and getting results in your life.
LOST 6 POUNDS OVER THE HOLIDAYS "WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING IT"
Chocolate chip cookies are the only thing that got me through the first year of raising twins. But it was getting out of control. I tried all the big names in diet companies. But I dreaded those diets because they made me obsess about every single thing I ate. And weighing in constantly was at best short-term motivation, and at worst totally demoralizing.
As I’ve been working on eating skills my anxiety and obsession around food has started to fade. The voice in the back of my head that said “screw it! you’re going to fail anyway” didn’t fit in because I wasn’t depriving myself yet I was still losing weight. Over the holidays, I lost 6 lbs without even realizing it — because these skills have now become a habit.
Since starting, I’ve lost 52 lbs. But that is really the least of it. I’ve gained self-compassion, and confidence in myself and what I am actually able to do with the right tools.
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MY BODY IS MUCH MORE CONTENT
When I started Eating Skills I was already eating three balanced meals a day, lots of fresh fruit and veg etc etc, but I wasn't happy, or comfortable, and I was still craving food and snacking copiously. So something was 'off'.
Throwing the rule book out of the window and listening to my body had some unexpected results. How I eat now is not something I'd ever have chosen before Eating Skills but my body is much more content on it, I have fewer cravings and I have lost a little weight. Do I still emotionally eat?
Definitely, but I know that I'm doing it and often why so I view it as a little piece of comfort rather than a descent in to a full on binge and it doesn't get out of control. That awareness is priceless.
Eating Skills gave me the courage to try, which I would never have had otherwise - and overall I'm pleased with where I've got to. Having battled with food for decades, the ability to ask my body what it wants and get an honest answer is something I never thought would happen.
All of that probably sounds too good to be true…
…because the diet world is so unbelievably bad at delivering anything useful.
Here’s the thing, there’s a ton of great research out there on eating behavior change and emotional eating that few people are reading. The people who are reading it aren’t good at synthesizing into a system that you can actually do in real life. They either don’t think like that or they don’t coach people.
The weird thing is, once you start doing this stuff, it’ll all seem fairly obvious. Ironically, it’s a history of dieting that makes it hard to do and hard to see. Once you see it, you’ll have a clear path. It’ll still take a lot of practice, but it’s all there for you.
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REFRAMED HOW I LOOK AT MY HABITS
Eating Skills has provided a means for me to confront the deeper issues behind the behaviors I'm working on changing. It has reframed the way I look at my habits and brought awareness to how my eating patterns are a reflection of what's going on inside.
It's been helpful to make the comparison between eating and physical skills training. For example, it's unsustainable to work out as hard as you can every day and only take rest when you are too exhausted to move. An effective fitness program involves planned active recovery, e.g. taking a walk instead of strength training. Before, I never planned for treats or fully enjoyed them because of the shame I felt from eating something 'unhealthy.' Now I plan for treats the same way I plan for active recovery (every week!) and still practice some of the guidelines (like eating slowly), while taking a short break from others (fasting between meals).
This program has been more difficult than I thought it would be, but like learning a handstand, it's worth every bit of the challenge.
FEELING FULL BETWEEN MEALS WITH LESS SNACKING
So far I think all the skills and info have been very valuable. Just being conscious of snacking as stress/procrastination has helped me avoid it. Stopping to think about it, and keeping snacks out of arms reach makes the urge manageable.
The plating approach has helped with meal planning/prep, as well as what I order when I eat out. Previously veggies and fruit were in the 1/4 of the plate, if at all. Swapping the proportions has helped me stay fuller between meals, which has reduced the temptation to snack.
You might be asking, who is this Josh dude?
Beating Emotional Eating Fast-Track combines the classic, proven Eating Skills program with two one-on-one sessions per month with me, to walk you through the skills you're learning. Practicing your skills with a coach will let you master the emotional side of eating literally ten times more quickly than doing it on your own.
Eating Skills + Beating Emotional Eating Fast-Track is a 3-6 month program that’s
$495 per month. Since this is a pilot program for a new service, you can save if you’re one of the first 20 people to sign up. For a limited time, you can join Eating Skills for $295 per month.
In the last three years, over a thousand clients have used the original, proven Eating Skills group coaching program.
What times are the one-on-one sessions available??
12 pm-8 pm Pacific Time, Monday-Friday.
That’s Greenwich Mean Time -8 for international folks.
Is there a specific food plan I have to stick to?
Negatory, good buddy. You get to decide what, when, where, and with whom you want to eat. But you’ll learn a lot about what actually works for you, so over time you’ll find your habits shift to align more with what gets you the results you want.
Will I have to count calories?
Nope. You’ll learn some helpful rules-of-thumb for how to judge portion sizes and such, but you can delete your calorie tracking apps.
Can I do this if I'm intermittent fasting (or gluten free, vegan, paleo, keto, etc.)?
Yeah, the skills you’ll learn can help ease the stress and improve the results of virtually any eating style.
But it’s important to remember that if you want to see changes in your results you need to be prepared to make some changes in your actions. That doesn’t mean vegans need to start eating meat to hit their goals. But Eating Skills might not be the right choice if you’re extremely attached to the choices you’re already making.
Of course, you’ll be able to use the program with any medically necessary dietary restrictions.
Do I have to give up wine and chocolate?
Nah. You may find your relationship to some foods naturally changes as you progress, but there’s nothing you have to give up to succeed.
How much time does this take every week?
For Eating Skills Classic, the course videos and materials only take about 30 minutes a week to learn everything you need. Our one-on-one, Beating-Emotional Eating Fast Track sessions, will be 50 minutes, twice per month.
Then it’s up to you how much time you wanna invest in getting coaching and community support in the app. Some weeks you might not need much, and other weeks you’ll probably be glad they’re there for you.
How long will it take to get results?
This may seem obvious but results are a product of changing your behavior. Anyone can change their behavior for a minute. It takes some work to change it for a year. But if you’re willing to do the work to make meaningful change you’ll start seeing results in the first month. The key is making the behaviors behind those results an effortless part of your life. Depending on your starting point, that might take some time. But I’ll be with you the whole way.
The cool thing about working with me one-on-one with the Beating Emotional Eating Fast Track sessions is that you’ll make progress sooo much faster.
Will I have to buy a bunch of special foods?
Nope. No shakes, powders, supplements, frozen dinners. Nothing. You can get whatever food you want from wherever you want.
Will this help me lose 20 pounds for my reunion next week?
No. This isn’t a weight loss hack that’ll just keep you yo-yoing up and down the scale. This is skill development to improve your relationship with food for the rest of your life, so you can get sustainable results that matter to you.
Will this help me lose fat and gain muscle?
Yes. But this isn’t a “how I put on 30 pounds of muscle in 7 days” sort of program. If you’re ready to make natural, steady progress on your goals, this is a great way to do it.
Is Eating Skills a good fit for me if I have an eating disorder?
Eating Skills is for the regular every-day kind of stress eating and emotional eating. It is not designed for and is not a good fit for people with an eating disorder.
Are there any contracts or commitments?
No way! Contracts suck! You'll have access to your membership and can cancel with one click, any time you like. I want you to stick around because it's useful to you, not because you have to.
That being said, you probably want to make a commitment to yourself to practice Eating Skills for a few months.