Does that sound like I’m promising too much?
Maybe feeling free from food and body obsession and actually loving yourself and loving your life is so far away from your experience right now that you can’t see the road to get there...
And maybe you’re having a hard time shaking the maddening hope that THIS TIME you'll actually be able to:
Stick to the diet, plan, protocol, tracking app — sure, you’ll spend every waking moment thinking about food, but that’s the price you have to pay, right?
Shame yourself into losing weight
Exercise instead of eat (to calm your emotions, deal with stress, get the task done)
Take care of everyone else first, put yourself last, while living on carrots and celery without losing your mind…
Let me ask you:
HAS ANY OF THAT WORKED?
No. At least, not for long.
You always end up struggling with unwanted eating and those
super painful thoughts about how you've failed again.
This is the ride you’ve been on.
This is the ride that’s been sold to you as the only ride out there.
Do you stay on? Get off? Give up? Give in? Keep going around in circles watching your weight go up and down like a damn carousel?
Try this for a moment instead:
Take the idea of self-control, and pull it off over your head like a too-tight sweater and leave it crumpled on the floor.
Shame, guilt and shoulds? KonMari that shit like you’re removing all the thongs from your panty drawer (you know they don’t bring you joy).
Then take willpower, ball it up in your hands, lob it into the air and dropkick it into the next field.
And all of the stories people have told you about what worked for them, or what should work for you? Different diets, or “eat less, exercise more.” Write them down in pencil and then erase every stupid word.
Take a deep breath.
What you’re feeling right now--
as you imagine letting go of all that food and body BS--
is a taste of real Freedom.
FOOD FREEDOM IS POSSIBLE.
It can be yours. It just takes learning a whole different way to think about food and your body.
So much of your life has been consumed by
what you do and don’t consume.
And when you change that — you have a chance to change everything.
You don’t have to stay stuck
on the carousel ride.
There are more options for your one wild and precious life (cue Mary Oliver) than being trapped in the all or nothing, virtue or vice, binge or restriction binaries.
PATH TO FOOD FREEDOM COACHING
isn't about giving up or giving in.
It's about BREAKING FREE.
It’s a tailored coaching experience where you will learn to leave behind:
● Obsessing over every calorie, point, micro and macro
● Controlling and restricting, only to eat a muffin and dive into “well, if I can’t do it perfectly, fuck it. Might as well not do it at all!” (Cue binge.)
● Feeling worthless, broken, powerless and ashamed — judging yourself for blowing all of that “progress” again
● Bingeing even more to comfort, to punish, to rebel...Until the cycle begins again.
I was trapped in that cycle for a long, long time.
I can remember spooning brown sugar into my mouth as a toddler and stealing Ritz cracker sleeves as an 8-year-old. I went on my first restrictive diet and exercise regimen at 14, and had a full blown eating disorder by high school.
For five years I sat with different therapists, dietitians, nutritionists, hoping they could help me. But most of them didn’t share my struggle, and MOST IMPORTANTLY weren’t trained in eating disorders, and kept prescribing strict meal plans and other things that increased disordered eating behaviors.
I finally found a coach her herself had recovered. While it wasn't the traditional path, it was the path that ACTUALLY worked for me. I got the tools and support I needed. And I healed.
I'm so grateful to say that I am now more than 10 years purge free and able to live a life free from the incessant restriction-binge-shame cycle.
I have spent the last eight years coaching and teaching hundreds of other amazing people to claim their own food freedom. I'm so grateful I get to do this life changing work.
I hear you — you’re thinking:
“Well, if we’re not dieting or trying to control…
what exactly are we doing?”
WHAT IS THE PATH TO FOOD FREEDOM?
The goal we’re working towards is what I call
Where you feel genuinely empowered to choose what you eat and how you move your body by:
LEARNING TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Stop dieting for good and become an “intuitive eater” who makes empowered choices about how you eat—without a diet or meal plan.
UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU VALUE AND HOW YOU WANT TO FEEL
Cultivate a new joy for life that leads to creating MORE of what yout truly want. Deal with any emotions without turning to food to cope.
LETTING GO OF
Bust out of perfectionistic black-and-white thinking . . . and get off the pendulum swing of the yoyo diet/binge/body shame cycle.
FINDING THE COURAGE TO TAKE A STAND FOR YOUR OWN WELL-BEING
Change your thoughts and rewire your brain. Say goodbye to feelings of shame and judgment around food and our bodies!
ALL without restricting or bingeing.
If that sounds harder than counting calories, it is.
At least in the beginning.
It’s also more effective at improving your long-term mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.
This is how you become stronger.
This is how you say “no thank you” to what you don’t really want on your plate, and in your life.
This is how you say HELL YES to yourself.
This is how you start to move into greater alignment with what you value and how you want to feel.
And that is completely different from the willpower-to-bingeing pendulum swing, the black and white, all or nothing, saint or sinner, perfectionistic model that keeps us going around in circles.
Show up and be empowered in choice.
With a ton of support from A Geeky Expert.
That’s The Deal.
If I haven’t been clear already: This coaching is not: a weight loss program. There is no meal plan. I’m not telling you what you can or can’t eat (anyone tries to promise long-term weight loss is perpetuating the problem).
This is also not therapy and doesn’t take its place. And this is not a space where you get to complain and not actually do the work to make positive change.
And, this isn’t just about food. (None of this stuff is really about food). This is about how we, as complicated humans, deal with our thoughts, emotions and the needs of our bodies.
This is about truly claiming your own inherent worthiness.
IN YOUR PATH TO FOOD FREEDOM COACHING PROGRAM, YOU WILL:
What NATALIE's CLIENTS have to say:
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WHEN YOU WORK WITH NATALIE, YOU GET TO TAILOR YOUR COACHING EXPERIENCE.
Choose the options that fit your style:
Live Coaching Calls
Yes, the curriculum is pre-recorded, which is super convenient for your schedule, but nothing beats the magic of live coaching calls.
As part of the Group Coaching Program, you’ll get access to TWO monthly coaching calls with Natalie where you can apply to be coached directly.
If you know you get a lot out of 1:1 work, we highly recommend that you choose the membership level that will support you to get private coaching calls Natalie each month. You can choose 1 or 2 calls a month.
Whether you’re being coached yourself, or one of your community sisters is in the hot seat, you will get so many a-ha moments from Natalie's insightful coaching.
AND we often have a guest expert leading a coaching call, too!
The Path to Food Freedom
A step by step curriculum with videos, transcripts, and weekly workbooks to empower you to:
This is the core of the curriculum, and making sure you have the time and ability to watch the videos and do the work is critical to your success. But, you’ll have company and accountability support (you don’t have to do this alone - that’s the whole point!).
By the end of 12 modules, you’ll be ready to step into your own power and create a life that is aligned with what you care about most.
Unlimited Food Freedom
Coaching via text
We don’t want anyone to get stuck, so to help you over the sticky bits, you’ll always have access to one of our Food Freedom Coaches to guide you through the next step.
All you have to do is text your Food Freedom coach, and you will get coached on your problem by at least one of our Food Freedom Coaches within one day. (Monday - Friday, ‘cause we’re all about healthy boundaries and work-life balance!)
There’s no limit to the amount of coaching you can request.
Access to the Members-Only
Community Text Thread
On our Path to Food Freedom online forum, you can connect with people who are on the journey, and farther along the journey. You will gain access to a Signal texting thread, led by a Food Freedom Coach.
Reach out for support, inspiration and accountability.
This is a space where you can come knowing you will be embraced and celebrated.
BONUS Goodies Dripped
$97 per month
or 1 Payment of $497
Private Coaching Program
$247 per month
or 1 Payment of $1247
Private Coaching Program PLUS
$377 per month
or 1 Payment of $1877
Oh hey! I'm Natalie Forsythe: plant-lady extraordinaire, van-camping adventure queen, and founder of the Path to Food Freedom in 2013.
More than anything, The Path to Food Freedom gives our members the skills to rewire their brains about food . . . and to live a life of freedom and joy.
I founded The Path to Food Freedom to help women like me, and you, to reclaim our power, strength and dignity. Frankly, what our society leads us to believe about how to be with our minds, bodies and emotions doesn’t work, and leads us to relying on other people to tell us what to do, how to live, how to think, and, of course, what to eat. We spend our money to look like an airbrushed model, we spend our time, energy and brainpower trying to feel worthy, and the systems we buy into set us up to fail.
I designed The Path to Food Freedom with everything proven to set you up for success. To give you back your time, your brain power, your energy — and your sovereignty. When I say this isn’t about weight, or even food, I mean it. This is about a revolution of women taking back what’s ours. Are you with me? I can't wait to see what you are going to do, once you reclaim all of your precious mental energy and time.
- Propagating succulents in my backyard, in Berkeley, CA
- Exploring the National Parks-- southern Utah is my FAVORITE.
- Creating kiln-formed glass art for friends when they get married or have babies (this was my first career in my 20's!)
- Finding beauty in nature--fractals anybody? IFYKYK
- Making magical dinner parties for and with dear friends
- Going on wild adventures abroad with my dear old dad (Greece is next!)
- Supporting my community members to get in touch with their own passions.
Frequently Asked Questions
I know you probably have a ton of questions!
So I wanted to cover a few that I get asked most...
To get the most out of the program, it will take about 10 minutes/day of practicing tools, and 3 hours/month of watching the course, and up to 4 hours a month participating in the Live Group Coaching Calls (or watching the recordings!)
Everyone who joins the Path to Food Freedom gets:
If you are able to, we highly suggest choosing a package level that includes 1:1 Coaching calls with Natalie. This will super-charge your journey!
Whenever you get stuck, we will always be there to guide you.
Just post in our Members-Only Community Forum, with #askacoach, and you will get coaching by at least one of our coaches within a day. There is no limit to the amount of coaching you request. Natalie might even chime in with a video for you to coach you with your struggles.
You can show up to Live Coaching Calls with Natalie. You can apply to be coached live on these calls, and even if you aren’t being coached, you will get a TON out of being with Natalie live. These calls are always recorded if you miss them.
Natalie also has a few spaces in her calendar for one-on-one students. If you feel like you want some more support from her, register for a coaching level that includes 1:1 sessions! We are sure this will really support your progress along your path.
Here are a few short quotes from our students:
"This program has been a huge part of my life. I have made changes that I never thought possible. It feels miraculous. I so appreciate Natalie." -Tracey, five months in the community.
"I was bingeing daily. Minimum of three times a week. I would say it has been three or four weeks since i’ve binged. I bought Hershey’s kisses after Christmas and still have them left in my jar six weeks later." -Cathy, three months in the community.
"I was grasping at straws when I showed up. I was binge eating all the time. These days, I'm feeling happy. I'm not stressed out. I'm feeling really healthy and good inside about life. I’m making choices to feel good. I haven’t binged in at least a month." -Shellie, eight months in the community.
"All my eating was unconscious eating and it was Last Supper eating everyday. Maybe 10% of the time time is unconscious now. There has been such a huge huge shift in the way I eat. It has been tremendous." -Jana, nine months in the community.
"I would eat less on the weekdays, then I would spend Saturday and Sunday bingeing and sick. These days look way different. I can't even remember the last time I binged. I have all of this new mental space. I joined a dance class. I'm going to be performing at this festival. I would have never done that before this program." -Jacklyn, four months in the community.
"I was dieting and working out twice and day. And then the pendulum would swing and I would eat everything. I was out-of-control. I was way out of control. I have learned that I don’t have to be in the extremes. I don’t have to be a perfectionist. I’ve learned self-care. I used to eat out-of-control every other day. I can’t even remember how long since I have eaten that way. So, that means it has been months." -Vicki, six months into the program.
Natalie is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor with her Bachelor's in Psychology from Marlboro College and a Processional Certificate in Eating and Weight Disorders from UC Berkeley. She is certified by The Coaches Training Institute as a Certified Co-Active Coach and by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach.
But her extensive training is only half of what she brings to the table. Natalie recovered from a decade long struggle with Bulimia. She knows the throes of yoyo dieting, binge eating and emotional eating. This has been her own path to freedom. It is her life mission now to help thousands upon thousands of women to experience the freedom she has found for herself.
First off, most of the time when people say they have tried everything, we discover that they have tried every diet, maybe read a few books about binge eating, maybe done a little therapy. But they haven’t actually learned the proven tools, nor have they gotten the real support they need over time to make lasting changes.
The Path to Food Freedom is a powerful blend of science and spirituality.
We are using the most cutting edge, evidence-based tools. Natalie is obsessed with staying up to date on the latest research about how to stop disordered eating patterns, with a primary focus on Intuitive Eating and tools from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
We also know that this is more than just about practicing tools. We know that you can feel deep down that this is about more than just food.
You know that you have a spiritual path to walk. This is about healing from self-judgment and shame. This is about stepping into your own sense of self worth. This is about learning to set boundaries and stand up for yourself. This is about connecting to your relationship with spirit and getting support from beyond just your mind.
(We have people who practice specific religions, people who are spiritual, and others whose spiritual growth journey is solely within themselves and growing their capacity for awareness.)
All kinds of folks participate in The Path to Food Freedom. We have participants who are in their 20’s all the way through to participants in their 80’s. We have found that A LOT of people in helping professions find their way to our community. Lots of teachers, therapists, nurses, social workers. Lots of moms and lots of women without kids.
We are as alike one another as we are different. The most powerful part of the community is being with a group of other people who get what you are going through and have your back as you walk the path.
If you are a person who is ready to heal your food and body relationship, and you want equal parts proven tools and a profound spiritual journey, this is the community for you.
Meet Our Founder
Natalie Forsythe is the creator and lead teacher of The Path to Food Freedom educational community. She’s dedicated to helping women embrace their personal power while learning the proven tools to heal their food relationships.
Natalie is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and earned her Bachelor's in Psychology from Marlboro College. Natalie has a Certificate in Eating and Weight Disorders from UC Berkeley. She is certified by The Coaches Training Institute as a Certified Co-Active Coach and by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach.