Hi! I’m Krista Murias, a Certified Health Coach and Intuitive Eating Counsellor. I help women who have struggled with chronic dieting and disordered eating to heal their relationship with food and to learn to accept and respect their bodies, no matter their size.
I’ve been where you are
I haven’t always felt a sense of freedom and permission around food and my body. In the past, I struggled with chronic dieting and disordered eating myself, but through my own recovery process I found approaches and philosophies that not only helped me to truly heal, but that I know will help my clients to find the same peace as well.
My Recovery Story
After having my two kids, I was left in a body that I didn’t recognize and that I desperately wanted to change, and my discomfort with my postpartum body motivated me to try everything I could to lose weight. Like many people, I started with a diet I heard about from a friend, and, determined to change my body as quickly as possible, I began ruthlessly policing both my food and my body. I told myself that this was dedication; this was what I was supposed to be doing. In reality, I was the beginning of a downward spiral into disordered-eating habits.
I lost weight quickly, as often happens the first time we diet, but I wasn’t satisfied. I became addicted to the praise I received and to seeing the number on the scale drop, convinced that the smaller I got, the worthier I became.
My obsession with controlling my body took on new life when it translated into a complete career change. I was certain that fitness and nutrition were my new passions, as they were all I could think about. Instead of going back to my teaching career when my maternity leave ended, I got certified as a personal trainer and began working as an online fitness coach.
Eventually, though, I couldn’t maintain my weight loss anymore, no matter how carefully I ate, which new diet I tried, or how often I exercised. I had built a business by sharing my weight loss transformation and promising to help other women get the same results, but now I felt like a fraud and a failure. I watched as the women I worked with struggled in the same way I was struggling; putting so much effort into eating the “right” way, doing the “right” workouts, changing their bodies in big ways, and then gaining back the weight and blaming themselves. I couldn’t continue to do what I had been doing for the past five years; I couldn’t stand to go on one more diet, and I couldn’t continue to promise women that losing weight would change their lives for the better. I had to make a shift, for my own sake, and for the sake of my clients.
Finding a New Paradigm
I was introduced to the concept of Intuitive Eating on a podcast I was listening to, and I was intrigued by the idea that I could tune into my body for cues as to what, when, and how much to eat. It seemed so simple, and yet was so far from how I was operating. My curiosity took over and soon I was digging into concepts like Health at Every Size and weight inclusivity. Slowly but surely, with exposure to these new ideas and a supportive community, I was able to leave behind the diet rules that had taken over my life and begin to trust my body’s internal cues. I began paying attention to when I felt hungry enough to eat, instead of letting the clock dictate my meal times. I started allowing myself to choose foods that I loved and that left me satisfied, rather than choosing only foods that felt “safe,” or that some meal plan deemed acceptable. Most importantly, I stopped feeling guilt, shame, and anxiety around my diet, and thoughts about food stopped ruling my life.
Through my own journey, I began to realize that while my goal had always been to help women become healthier and more confident in their bodies, promoting weight loss and trying to help these women achieve an “ideal” body had been doing my clients a disservice. I now aim to help women improve their health through eating in a way that is both nourishing and pleasurable, moving their bodies in ways they enjoy, and removing the stress that comes with trying to eat “perfectly.”
I no longer believe that the key to improved body image and confidence is trying to attain a different body; it’s in learning to accept and respect the body you have.
Your life doesn’t have to be consumed with thinking about food, worrying about your body, and starting one diet after another in hopes of finally finding the one that works. I’ve finally found food and body freedom, and I want to help you get there, too.