Recover Your Relationship with Food & Body

with Joy Dorsey — Sunday April 26th 1:00-4:00pm


In spite of all the nutritional knowledge you have and your convictions about living a healthy and active lifestyle are you still unable to follow through? Do you often feel frustrated and disappointed with yourself when it comes to food and body?

Have you tried various diets with short-lived success?

With all the information out there about nutrition, dieting, weight loss and how to be healthy it can feel like an impossible task to find the right path. Where do you start?

Joy believes most people have a pretty solid understanding of what they are ‘supposed’ to eat, and that nutritional information alone is not enough and often misguided. If we want to make changes we have to start to look at our relationship with food. Tendencies to overeat, binge, diet, control, and restrict are all related to our relationship with food.

So what impacts our relationship with food?

Our relationship with food is so much more then what we eat. It’s our emotional connection to what we are eating and our habits and patterns around food. It’s related to our family history, social conditioning, life circumstances, and the resources we have to face our life challenges.

In this workshop, we will dig deeper than simply nutrition and exercise as a pathway to health and wellbeing. We will unpack the relationship with food from a trauma-informed lens and use this understanding as a doorway to deeper self-awareness, more connection with self, and give you the strength to reject old notions and the wisdom to create a new vision of what it means to be an embodied, healthy, and happy human being.

You will learn:
● How adverse childhood experiences impact your health and wellbeing.
● How social and cultural influences impact your relationship with food and your body.
● About the Health at Every Size approach to health and wellness, why diets don’t work, how weight cycling creates negative health outcomes, and the impacts of restricting food on your mental, emotional, and physical health.
● How to use the Intuitive Eating principles as a guide to change your relationship with food, reclaim what it means to have body trust, and to explore how movement can be a part of healing how you live and experience being in your body.

About Joy Dorsey: Joy is a Recovery Coach and Movement Teacher.

She specializes in coaching individuals and families living with addiction and disordered eating, as these challenges often intersect. Joy brings a uniquely trauma-informed lens to coaching her clients, and with addiction, she believes in applying the harm-reduction model.

With challenges related to food and body, in addition to a trauma-informed lens, Joy applies the Health at Every Size approach which focuses on healing the relationship with food and body from an inclusive and compassionate understanding. Joy fosters body trust through intuitive eating and nourishing movement practices.

Joy works with clients one-on-one, hosts webinars and workshops, and teaches weekly movement classes.

Her work is inspired by her personal and familial experience of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, negative body esteem, and challenges with disordered eating.

Joy is attending the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Program in Toronto, Ontario to become a Registered Psychotherapist in the fall of 2020. She has completed 126hours with the Coaches Training Institute and is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach. Joy has been teaching yoga since 2010, and owned and operated her own studio in Brantford from 2017 – 2019, called Be Moved Yoga and Wellness Centre.

In the spring of 2019 Joy was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation she completed treatment on January 8, 2020. This experience has left her feeling very tender-hearted for all of the women diagnosed with breast cancer and the far-reaching implications of this disease and it’s treatment on them and their families. It has highlighted the dire need for us to question; beauty standards and ideals, the impact of socioeconomic privilege on recovery and mortality rates, and the relationship between healthy lifestyle choices and health outcomes. All of this is work she continues to explore and teach about as she moves forward in her own recovery.

Date and Time: Sunday April 26th 1:00-4:00pm
Investment: $55 for members and $60 for non-members