Food Freedom Fundamentals

Hello pals! I felt the desire to sit down and write about the courses we offer in The Messy Health School, so here we are. I created The Messy Health School in may 2020, but i had been working on it for a year. The thing is about business is that have a great idea, you start working on it and then you realise that you needed to start that project in order to get the idea of the actual project that is more aligned to you. When i first started the school i thought i wanted to create lectures, a small class on topics like emotional eating, binge eating and gut health etc. But then i realised i wanted to create something more in depth, i wanted more than just education, i wanted to create a resource that helped take guide someone through the mess that is dieting and how we view food.

The 2020 version of Food Freedom Fundamentals look completely different to what it looks like now, it’s a completely different set up and curriculum but i think that’s really important that i’ve let it unfold into what it is now. I launched this self-study, online course last year, had amazing people go through the course and offer me feedback which i have used to update the program to make it more accessible. Food Freedom Fundamentals is basically the steps i took to unlearn diet culture and relearn intuitive eating, food boundaries, and food freedom.

We have 10 main lessons, videos, activities, journal prompts, and you can see the lay out here.

My favourite part of the course is the where we talk about emotional eating, emotional regulation and intentional eating. This topics had the most impact on me in my journey with food. Recently i have been writing a lot about intentional eating, what that looks like for me, learning about actual basics of self-care and it’s been such a wild ride. So many of us are trying all these diets, patterns of eating or protocols and hoping for a miracle but haven’t met their bodies basic food needs. This was me, i have been burnt out for most of my life, i had no idea what self care looked like, i had no idea how to feed myself every few hours, intellectually i knew what all of this was, but i had so many blocks. I felt angry at my body for being hungry all the time, i felt like my time was better spent working and then i realised that i have been angry at my body for having needs an then remembered all the times in my life that i have been made to feel like my needs are annoying. This is when things really shifted for me. Food Freedom Fundamentals for me has been a permission slip to reclaim my needs, pick them up and unapologetically put them in front of me as a way of showing myself and others that they deserve to be met and that’s what i will be putting first from now on.

I have learned about my body image, my health, my body, food and nutrition during my food freedom process but i think the biggest lesson i learned is that i deserve to take up space, to be respected, to be taken care of, by me and by others when i need. Food Freedom spills freedom into every part of your life and gives us the opportunity to focus on the things that bring us pleasure and joy instead of using all of our energy trying to be someone else’s version of acceptable.

As a business owner, i also wanted to make sure that people were investing in my work from a place of empowerment rather than fear. I didn’t want to restrict access to the course by opening and closing enrollment. I love simple, i love genuine and so i wanted to make sure that people had access and choice when it comes to my work so ita always open for enrollment, updated and new lessons added in often and we do have scholarships available (everytime someone enrolls in our courses we offer a scholarship so please feel free to contact us).

If you would like to check out Food Freedom Fundamentals then you can do so here.

Lots of love, Maddie xx