The Birthday Blog

4 June 2021 | Written by Xenia Ayiotis

I remember the build-up to birthdays.

I would start off the year saying by the 4th of June, I am going to be at my goal weight.
The calculation would begin.
That gives me 6 months.
If I lose x much per month by my birthday, I will weigh x.

Ugh.

My birthday arrives.
Some years, I am at the desired number. Some years I’m not.
One thing was for sure.
My birthday was one big binge.
It wasn’t only a birthday – it became a birthMONTH!
A free for all.
I would eat cake. cheese. sweets. carbs.
Anything and everything on my forbidden list in large quantities.
Because of course, after my birthday, I would be “good” and never eat those foods again.

Sigh.

Fortunately, this insanity stopped just before turning 40.
I reached a point of no return with dieting and began the peace process.
Today is my 53rd birthday.
15 years of no dieting.

Food is not the main event.
I may eat cake or I may not. It depends on if it’s good.

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Wishing you freedom around food!
Xen

 

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“I reached out to Xenia because 2021 started on a tumultuous note for me. Between deaths, businesses suffering, hospitalizations, and job losses in our personal circle, I felt depleted and found myself being available for everyone but myself. Then I was hit with an unexpected health diagnosis, which was the last straw as it meant giving up “healthy foods” and workouts that I leaned on for my well-being and stability. Despite working in wellness (Yes, coaches and healers are vulnerable too!), I found myself reaching out to desserts for comfort. I like to live a life of permissions (not labels or deprivation leading to bingeing), so I wanted to work with someone who approached healing from a place of mindful compassion. I didn’t want to be my own client. Xenia was great in reminding me to be kind to myself. Working with her, brought me peace and helped shift my mindset. I love how desserts and I look at each other now.”

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“Working with Xen was a game changer for me. After working together for a few months my relationship with food radically changed. I no longer felt like a failure. I now have the tools to nourish my body with foods that feel good in my body. I don’t feel guilty about eating cake or chocolate, I also don’t overeat cake and chocolate. I no longer feel the need to exercise to compensate for my eating. I feel much more free around eating and I am more accepting of my body. Xen has a nonjudgmental and compassionate approach to coaching and really supports you in the process.”

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“Working with Xen has been very empowering. Her approach is so refreshing from the usual. I have learned that I am in charge and that I get to choose what I put in my body and how to move my body in a way that I like! I get to make my own choices. It’s so liberating. Once you get a taste of freedom with food, there is no turning back to old ways! Thanks Xen for guiding me along the way to freedom.”

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