How would your life be different if you didn’t turn to food to fix your problems? I’d say pretty damn incredible. Words like glowing, radiant and limitless spring to mind. Pretty rad right?
I’m Sarah Tamburrini, a certified life + wellness coach, specialising in body image and disordered eating. I’m here to help you ditch the diet obsession so you can live an amazing, free and blissfully beautiful life that not even Instagram will be able to capture your glow.
With me, you won’t be sold another image of #fitspo or called to fight the #sweetpoison revolution. You will likely hail #ididntquitsugar. Because let’s be honest, there’s a lot more to life than what’s on your plate.
I BELIEVE our heads have been hijacked and our bodies have been belittled by the war on food. And by the war on food, I mean the comprehensive media manipulation of foods as either friends or foes. Problem is, the enemy’s face keeps changing that we don’t know what we’re fighting anymore.
….Except ourselves, of course.
Call me a rule breaker, a lifestyle rebel or a food freedom diet warrior. Call me whatever you want. The truth is, I care less about what food you put into your mouth than how you feel and what you’re thinking when you do it.
My philosophy? It’s not all about the food. Shock! Horror! It’s actually more about you. Yep, that’s right. I’m interested in getting to the bottom of what’s feeding your food related craziness.
My work is grounded in psychology rather than scrutiny and fear mongering. Which means while I’m interested in how you eat and how you feel and think about food, I’m also interested in you as the person who’s hiding behind the labels, the rules and the punishment.
I help you dial down your crazy dietary obsessions to find food freedom and I’m committed to ramping up your self confidence. The side effects of this food-freedom? More joy and liberation than you’ll know what to do with.
Welcome to Practise Glow.
In my experience, food is not the solution to our body woes. It’s our relationship to it. But as a recovering Type A control freak that once believed that ‘skinny’ equaled ‘success’, I didn’t realise just how cray-cray I’d become until life gave me a huge bitch-slap and a massive wake-up call.
From as early as I can remember I have always had difficulties loving and accepting my body and myself. Which looked like:
- Calorie counting
- Eliminating whole food groups
- Trying out every diet out there
- Judging my self-worth by the number on the scales
- Flogging myself at the gym doing exercise I hated
- Looking for love, approval and acceptance in all the wrong places (including the pantry)
But then a few years ago, my food and exercise craziness went to a whole other level.
I hit a career low, which left me feeling crap. Anxiety around where I was headed surfaced and fear spilled into every area of my life. I didn’t know it at the time, but my disciplined attempt to get fit and super-healthy, was really a convenient cover for my inability to face my feelings and fears. If I couldn’t control my life, then I’d control what I put in my mouth, dammit! If I couldn’t feel good then at least I’d found a way to feel morally ‘good’ around food.
My self-control was admirable, a sign of strength and excellence, right?
Ironically, the more I tried to control myself, the more I spiralled out of the control. I’ll never forget that moment I lay crying on the bathroom floor after I’d eaten an apple. I know! An apple for god’s sake… But the fear of fructose and the guilt of giving in to my sweet-fruit-tooth broke me that day.
The sad thing is, I now know that my experience isn’t unique. We’re subtly sold a war against food, but the enemy keeps changing (from fat, to sugar, to gluten to dairy) so we never know what side we’re supposed to be on. Until we realise that the real enemy is our self-loathing, fear and pain that cannot be fixed by the Food Control Police.
At just 28 years old, there I was, sitting in the doctor’s office being told that I might not be able to have children. My fear of food had seriously f&*ked with my fertility. Not having had a period for more than six months, being tested for polycystic ovary syndrome and being told the harsh truth about where I was headed showed me I’d been playing with fire and it was time to change.
‘The skinny equals success’ mantra than had pretty much ruled my life had to go. It was time to look deeper into the void I’d always filled with food-obsessions.
Today, remarkably, I don’t define myself by the foods that I eat. As a certified wellness coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Beautiful You Life Coach, I believe that nutrition is only one part of a fulfilling life. Turns out my university degree in psychology, combined with professional expertise as a senior Occupational Therapist means I’m perfectly positioned to help people heal themselves on their own terms.
Today I eat dairy when I want. I eat fructose without feeling guilty. I don’t introduce myself with all the things I don’t eat (thinking it’s hip to be selective). And I even eat dessert. (Often. Fructose included).
The biggest change? I’ve ditched guilt for compassion, trust and a whole lot of self love. And I’ve never looked back.
Professionally, I’ve always helped people achieve their goals. Personally, I’ve freed myself from the fear-mongering and food-phobic messages that lurk just beneath that pretty Insta-perfect post.
In this space, you won’t find all-or-nothing dietary propaganda or any of that crap.
What you will find at Practise Glow is a place where success is measured in belly laughs instead of belly fat, self-love matters more than self-denial and you get to flex your ‘food-freedom’ muscles every damn day.
Unless you can’t handle unfiltered honesty, stick around and join the party.
I’m pumped that you’re here! Let’s do this.
Sarah Tamburrini, is a certified life + wellness coach, informally known as a rule breaker, lifestyle rebel and a food freedom warrior. Sarah specialises in body image and disordered eating. As a recovered self diagnosed control freak, Sarah helps women all over the world dial down their crazy dietary obsessions so that they can make peace with food and their bodies and get back to living amazing lives. Her work is grounded in the belief that transforming your mindset changes everything.
Her online digs, Practise Glow is a place where health and happiness is measured in belly laughs instead of belly fat, self- love matters more than self-denial and you get to flex your ‘food-freedom’ muscles every day. What you won’t find is fear-mongering and all-or-nothing dietary propaganda.
When Sarah’s not authentically and un-apologetically living and breathing her message you can find her enjoying dessert (containing fructose), spending far too much time on Instagram, watching re-runs of MasterChef and packing her suitcase for her next getaway. She’s swapped her food obsession for her partner Chris, self- love and a whole lot of compassion and she wouldn’t have it any other way.