Did (or do) you drink to cope with challenging feelings about your body? * Or did you quit drinking only to find yourself now obsessing over your body? * Or do you worry you've transferred your addiction from alcohol to food?*

While quitting drinking can bring us so many benefits, it can also trigger unexpected feelings around food and body image, such as: 

  • Experiencing new cravings for foods that you think are "unhealthy" or "junk."
  • Carrying shame around weight gain or fearing the possibility of weight gain.
  • Suddenly more aware of intrusive negative thoughts about food and your body.

Eating patterns in sobriety

– especially in early sobriety - can sometimes lead to, or exacerbate, restrictive eating (dieting), which then leads to binging, which then leads back to restriction. This cycle can be extremely painful and all-consuming, particularly for those who are clinging to sobriety. Dormant eating disorders may also be re-ignited, or new eating disorder behaviors can begin to emerge.

The Beyond Shrinking & Drinking Course and Group Coaching Program is Designed For:

  • Those who have parted ways with alcohol and are struggling to get to a place of peace with their body.

  • Those who turn(ed) to alcohol as a way of coping with how they feel about their body.

  • Those who are aware of an uncomfortable relationship with food, or specific food types, now that they’ve left the booze behind.

  • Those who are considering going back to drinking in hopes of getting back to what felt like a manageable place with food and/or to escape uncomfortable feelings about their bodies.

  • Those who are struggling to get to a place of peace and freedom with their body and/or food (absent any issues with alcohol).

By the end of this group program, you will be able to:

  • Understand

    How the relationship to alcohol, food, and dieting do and don’t intersect

  • Identify

    the diet/binge cycle

  • Recognize

    diet culture, its roots and its consequences

  • Strengthen

    Your own recovery foundations and your connection to others who are on this path with you.

  • Discover

    what a life beyond shrinking and drinking can look like

Imagine:

  • How much of your time and energy have you spent on "Will I, won't I, and if I will, how much" internal debates about food? (Which look very different from internal debates about drinking except for the fact that they are equally EXHAUSTING). Can you imagine getting all of that time and energy back from here on out??

  • Picture a future where you know that you can trust yourself, you can trust your body, and that you will always have your own back.

  • You deserve a chance at your best possible life.

  • The world needs you as your most liberated self.

Overview:

Module 1: Drinking and Dieting - Their Similarities and Intersections

We'll cover why the real comparison isn’t between booze and food – it’s between drinking and dieting.

 

Module 2: Why Diets Don’t Work

I want to assure you that you’ve never, ever, EVER “failed” at dieting. The system was rigged from the start.

 

Module 3: What is “Diet Culture”?

You know those thoughts it may feel like you’ve always had about which bodies are “best” or “healthiest” or what foods are “right” or “wrong”? They were put there by people and organizations that only care about getting your money and not one bit about you. And you can absolutely kick them out.

 

Module 3a: Cauliflower as a Substitute

I mean, the possibilities are endless. Riiiight?? (But also, humor heals).

 

Module 4: Health and Healthism

We’ll explore the false narratives we’re told about fat being unhealthy, what factors actually do influence health outcomes, and avoiding the harms of healthism.

 

Module 5: Anti-fatness, Anti-Blackness and Proximity to Privilege

You’ll learn when the concept of a body hierarchy was institutionalized, why it matters, how your identities shape how privilege or oppression is experienced, and how they intersect.

 

Module 6: 2SLGBTQIA+ Identity and Dieting/Disordered Eating

You’ll deepen your understanding of how proximity to privilege impacts your relationship with diet culture and substance use, and how the queer community can be particularly vulnerable to both.

 

Module 7: Beyond Shrinking and Drinking

Finally, we’ll tie it all together, ask why this all matters anyway, and where to go from here.


Program Structure:

  • Eight (8) week program with weekly Zoom calls

    These calls are your opportunity to ask questions, connect with each other, and receive support.

  • Intro Module and Seven (7) Course Modules; each will include:

    Workbook (both text and audio), Journal Activities, Suggested Challenges, Recommended Resources

  • Audio Recordings of Guest Interviews

    Listen to a range of different voices talking about their personal experiences with shrinking and drinking.

  • Access to Community

    A place where you can share stories and experiences while supporting and encouraging each other.

  • An Optional Private Coaching Session to Support Integration

    A private session with me to talk about all you've learned and experienced throughout the program, and what your next steps might be.

Instructor

Lael A.

Hi, I’m Lael (they/them). I used to be heavily invested in both drinking and shrinking (dieting). I parted ways with alcohol without identifying as an alcoholic (or any other label). I mention that because if labels work for you, great! But they are not necessary to examine or question your relationship to either drinking or shrinking (including dieting, disordered eating, and body image issues).  

If any part of you wonders if your life would be better without any of them, that is more than enough reason to explore further. It’s actually pretty effed up that both our drinking, and our relationship to food and our bodies, can be seriously messing with our lives, but society sends us the message that unless we fit the stereotype of an alcoholic or someone with a full-blown eating disorder, there’s no cause for concern. Not only are those stereotypes problematic and not actually representative of huge groups of people, but why wait to address something that we know is causing us harm now? 

During my experience of parting ways with alcohol and then tackling a lifetime of dieting, disordered eating (including an undiagnosed eating disorder), and body shame, I found resources that addressed giving up drinking OR that addressed disordered eating & body image issues. Yet I could not find any that spoke to the intersection of the two.  And in my personal experience, and in the experience of most of those I have worked with, the two do indeed frequently intersect. Hence, the idea for this course was born.  

In addition to my lived experience, my credentials include being a Certified Professional Recovery Coach, Certified Diet Recovery Coach, Certified Weight Neutral Coach, and Certified Professional Coach.  You can access my coaching website here.

I also firmly believe in the healing powers of both profanity and humor.

Reviews from Course Participants

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I have had such a rough year and this course helped me to move on from past failures and mishaps. The resources from the course were very helpful and sent me down a rabbit hole. I have had this vague sense that something was missing from my sobrie...

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I have had such a rough year and this course helped me to move on from past failures and mishaps. The resources from the course were very helpful and sent me down a rabbit hole. I have had this vague sense that something was missing from my sobriety and I feel like I am moving in the right direction, moving from fear toward a mindset of freedom and empowerment

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Please Note

The content of this course is meant for informational/educational purposes only, is not a substitute for medical or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment, is not a replacement for 1-1 counseling, and does not constitute a provider-patient relationship.

If you have an active eating disorder, please only take this course if you are also being supported by a mental health professional. If you are unsure, Project Heal offers a free clinical assessment).  

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