Eliza Kingsford, LPC – I’m a licensed psychotherapist with an intense passion for helping people heal their relationship to food. I specialize in body image, weight management, eating disorders and food addiction. For 10 years I was Clinical Director and Executive Director of the nation’s leading health and wellness program for children, teens and young adults. I have worked on eating disorder teams and in private practice settings. I have sat on Obesity advisory boards and spoken at national conferences on topics including behavior change for sustainable weight loss and mindfulness instead of moderation. I have appeared on various radio and television shows discussing sustainable weight management solutions. I am also a certified personal trainer, fitness instructor and longtime athlete. But those are all just details. My true heart work is helping to change the conversation around food and body.
In my work, I’ve seen thousands of people struggling to find peace with their bodies. I’ve heard countless stories about shame, dissatisfaction, fear, loss of control and the general dis-ease of living with a body they don’t love. My work is about helping people heal.
Our relationships to food and body are among the most complicated relationships we have. Ironic – when you consider our body is the ONLY guaranteed relationship we will ALWAYS have in our lives, and food is the ONLY guaranteed nutrient we need to survive. These days those relationships are made worse by what has happened to our food infrastructure. Layer on top of that the impact of the media, social media and societal pressures and we have a foolproof recipe for disappointment when it comes to feeling good enough in our own skin. My goal is to change all of that. Here, I will talk about food, mood and movement. I have been blessed to be mentored by some of the greatest minds in obesity science, weight management, food addiction and psychology. Over the years, I’ve learned what contributes to obesity and weight struggles from a biopsychosocial standpoint – and that’s important to know, especially when making informed food decisions. I’ve also honed in on the most effective psychological strategies that affect long-term goals and outcomes. When we combine science with psychology I’ve seen incredible results. I’ve heard people tell me they’ve gotten their life back, they’ve renewed their sense of self, they no longer feel trapped when it comes to food and body.
I hope you’ll find this site useful and informative. I hope you’ll join the conversation. I hope you’ll come along with me and be a part of the change.
Healthy, happy, healing.
About My Book
Losing weight and successfully maintaining it over the long term less about what you put in your stomach; it’s more about what’s happening in the brain. In Brain-Powered Weight Loss, psychotherapist and weight management expert Eliza Kingsford shows that more than 90 percent of people who go on diet programs (even healthy ones) fail or eventually regain because they have a dysfunctional relationship with food. Changing this relationship by changing the way you think about and behave around food is what it takes to permanently achieve weight-loss success. Kingsford’s 11-step program enlists dozens of mind-altering and behavior-changing exercises and techniques that shows you how to:
- Identify and reverse the conscious and unconscious thinking errors and food triggers that lead to the behaviors that drive our food decisions.
- Let go of the mindset of going on or off a diet in favor of a conscious quest to pursue a lifestyle of healthy eating and everyday activity — one that can last forever.
- Successfully use what Kingsford calls “dealing skills” to outsmart high-risk situations, tame stressful times, and prevent an eating “slip” from leading to a setback or all-out binge.
- Find out if you have what emerging research shows is an addiction to certain high-fat and sugar-added, processed foods that can be as powerful as addiction to cigarettes and narcotics.
- Design a personal healthy eating program built on Kingsford’s 10 Principles of Healthy Eating.