Hi! I’m Meredith Noble.
I’m a food & body peace coach for plus-size people.
I know what it’s like to desperately try to lose weight and keep it off. My own journey has involved Weight Watchers, “clean eating”, holistic nutrition and whole foods, the Paleo diet, and on and on and on…
After all the craziness (and believe me, it drove me CRAZY), I finally managed to find peace with both my food and my body. It involved changing my mindset, and debunking some pretty huge myths about how my weight was affecting my health.
My attempts to lose weight led to food obsession, over-exercising and binge eating. Instead, weight loss is no longer my goal and I seek health and well-being through intuition, deeply tuning into my body, pleasure, and body respect. I haven’t lost weight but I have lost the immense burden of shame, guilt and fear I was carrying with me each day. I feel emotionally and physically healthier than I ever did when I was desperately chasing thinness.
Adopting this philosophy has been such a profound experience that I decided to become a coach to help others do the same.
This website is a resource to introduce you to a life-changing philosophical shift towards your body and food known as Health At Every Size. It involves recognizing that we live in a diet-obsessed, fat-phobic culture that teaches us to strive for the female beauty ideal at all costs. It also involves recognizing that weight loss isn’t necessary for health.
My Struggles With Weight Loss
I approached losing weight earnestly and devotedly, as we all do at first. I managed to lose 50 pounds on Weight Watchers, but soon ended up in a crumpled heap dealing with deprivation, binge eating and symptoms of over-exercise.
I eventually realized that Weight Watchers wasn’t a good fit, and self-righteously declared that instead I would become a “clean eater”. I would focus on “whole foods” and nutrition instead of calories.
Much spirulina-laced green smoothie gulping, flax seed grinding, raw food crunching, and superfood eating ensued. I went through health coach after health coach, program after program. Despite it all, binge eating continued to be my norm: I would eat perfectly all day and then at night would secretly gorge on candy and baked goods.
I felt completely out of control. I was ashamed that even though I was intelligent, hard-working and arguably very successful in every other part of my life, I couldn’t control my weight.
I was positively desperate for the acceptance — both self-acceptance and societal acceptance — I thought I would find when I became thin. I chased the acceptance with a fervor. As long as I was trying hard, I thought, no one could fault me. And one day, I figured I would finally figure it all out and become the thin woman I fantasized about.
I never dreamed that I would finally find peace and it wouldn’t involve rules or willpower — and instead would involve my intuition and accepting my body as it is. But it happened, and I can’t wait to teach you how to do it too.
What I Believe Now
- I believe that people of all sizes are worthy of respect and dignity, and that we need to fight discrimination against fat people in our society. (Throughout this site, I use “fat” only as a neutral descriptor of size, never as a pejorative.)
- I believe that intentional weight loss is not sustainable for all but a sliver of those who try to lose weight.
- I believe that dieting and intentional weight loss efforts are incredibly harmful, both for our physical and our emotional health.
- I believe that intentional weight loss is not a path to health. People in larger bodies aren’t necessarily less healthy than those in smaller bodies, and health-promoting behaviors are actually the key to healthy bodies and minds.
- I believe that our bodies intuitively know what foods and types of movement they desire, and that tapping into this intuition is the key to sustainable health-promoting habits.
- I believe that our bodies have set-point weights (actually this is a range of about 20 pounds) and that through intuitive eating and intuitive movement we will naturally fall at whatever weight is right for our unique bodies.
- I believe that it is only through allowance — zero food and exercise rules — that we can truly find a sustainable lifestyle that helps us achieve our own unique version of optimal health.
- I believe that shame and guilt are positively toxic and that self-compassion is paramount in a journey to reconnecting with one’s body and learning to appreciate and trust it.
My Professional Background
I have training as a mind-body life coach from Mind Body Coach University. I’m not a woo-woo person and am not big on spirituality, but I have deep respect for the mind-body connection and the power of our emotions. I am not afraid of the hard stuff, and if we work together, I will encourage you to learn how to work with your emotions.
Weird but true: I originally trained as a computer engineer and have a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. I then spent 12 years working as a user experience designer and researcher. My job was to help companies deeply understand the people using their websites, and help design online experiences their users would find user-friendly. Empathy and insights about people were the tools of my trade, and I now bring those skills to my work with clients.
I am Canadian and spent many years living in Toronto, Ontario. I currently live in Brooklyn, NY and am planning a move to Portland, OR. But I work with clients all over the world; you need not live near me to work with me!