If you haven't found long-term success with dieting, join the club.
Diets fails for upwards of 90% of people. Yet, most of us blame ourselves when the plans fail. I need to try harder. Be more disciplined. What is wrong with me?
Here is a secret: there is nothing wrong with you. You are not broken.
What is broken is diet culture.
Diet culture is a system that equates thinness with health, wellness, beauty, desirability, moral value, and superiority. It teaches us that the only way to improve our health and wellbeing is by losing weight. And this is simply not true.
The Anti-Diet Plan is here to help you heal from diet culture. Harnessing the power of mindfulness and mindful eating, it helps you repair your relationship with food and your body so you can stop fighting against yourself and work together on the same team.
Because you have more important things to do than worry about how many calories you just ate or what size pants you are wearing. It's time to stop fixating on shrinking your body and reclaim the space you deserve in the world.
You don’t have to struggle with your relationship with food and your body. You don't have to live your life on pause, waiting for that magical day that you reach your goal weight and you give yourself permission to live fully. You deserve that full life now.
9 out of 10 women are dissatisfied with their body and want to lose weight.
For most of my life, I was one of these women. I went on my first diet when I was 8-years old. It was a juice cleanse that I found in one of the countless diet books that lined the bookshelves in my family's living room. I remember waking up that first day thinking how grown up is this! I'm on a diet just like my mom. And I remember going to bed that night thinking I am starving and dreamed about the giant stack of pancakes dripping with syrup that I would eat the next morning. It was one of the first times I remember feeling preoccupied with food. But it certainly wasn't the last.
I spent the next two decades of my life in an endless cycle of being on the wagon and off the wagon. When I was off the diet, I ate everything that I wouldn't allow myself to eat when I was on the plan. If I had a few french fries, I may as well polish off the whole plate because the day was already ruined. Besides, I would be back on course again tomorrow so I better "enjoy" them now while I can. I often ate until I was so full that it was hard to breathe.
Then, one day, my life changed. I attended a mindful eating retreat where someone presented me with a simple fact: diets don't work.
What do you mean diets don't work. Of course diets work. They work for everyone except me; I'm just not doing it right. I just need to try harder.
But that statement rattled around in my mind; in fact, I just couldn't stop thinking about it. In all my years of dieting, I had never once thought to question the paradigm. But now that I had, it all made so much sense.
Working in "obesity research" at the time, I started to look at the data through a more critical lens. And to my surprise, I discovered that much of what I had been taught wasn't actually true!
I started practicing mindful eating and found that it changed not only my relationship with food but my relationship with myself. I started to relate to myself in a kinder, more accepting, and compassionate way. I found food freedom, but more than that, I found a greater sense of overall wellbeing. For the first time in my life, I felt at peace with myself and the deep shame that I carried for so many years lifted.
I'm not sharing my story to say "I did it and you can too." We are each in unique circumstances and I had many privileges (including thin-privilege) that opened doors to healing. But I am sharing my story to say:
If you are stuck in this vicious cycle, know that you are not alone.
Here’s the good news:
There is a way out!
When we learn to recognize diet culture, we can work to reject its harmful messages. We can place our anger where it rightfully belongs--not on our body but on the system that convinced us our body was bad in the first place. We can repair our relationship with our body and start to hear and trust the deep wisdom that it holds to guide our eating.
And most importantly, we can stop thinking about food all of the time and get on with our lives.
A 6-week program that will guide and support you step-by-step in using tools from mindfulness meditation and other psychological strategies to radically change your relationship with food and your body so that you can improve your health, feel better about yourself, and live with more peace, satisfaction, and happiness.
But before I jump into telling you all about The Anti-Diet Plan, I want to share a little more about my approach.
When I found The Anti-Diet Plan about 18 months ago, all I knew was that I wanted to stop binge eating and I could not “do another diet,” and there had to be a better way. I wasn’t as convinced about this plan as I was desperate. To my surprise, it changed me in ways I never imagined. What I never anticipated was everything that I would gain. I don’t think I actually realized how many food rules I had or how limited my food world was. More meaningfully, I realized that because every bite of my food was either eaten with a heavy dose of anxiety or guilt, I had stopped really paying any attention to taste or finding any joy in eating long ago. Mindful eating is giving that back to me. I have lots more work to do I think, but if you asked me 18 months ago, I would have never imagined me where I am today!
The Anti-Diet Plan course is excellent! Most helpful was the reassurance that there is no right or wrong way to eat. It changed my relationship with food and my body and helped me worry less about my eating and weight. I liked everything about the program and there was nothing I would change!
“…the most seismic shift is my newfound ability to silence my inner bully. Learning to accept myself just as I am is so much harder than counting calories—but right now, it’s my primary objective…Truly allowing myself to eat what I want when I want it has been so incredibly liberating, and feeling in control of my food choices has made me feel more in control of my life as a whole. While seeking happiness and self-contentment, I’ve finally (finally!) made room for goals that can’t be measured by a scale.”
"Dr. Conason and her program have everything you need to finally make peace with food and your body: scientific backing, grounding in trustworthy approaches to mindfulness, a carefully crafted curriculum that naturally guides you to deepen your own path, and practical exercises to get you there. If you seek peace with food and your body, this is the way."
"It is such a treat for so many to have Dr. Conason's program available at your fingertips. Her mindful approach can offer you the well-deserved freedom you've craved."
I wholly support and applaud what Alexis Conason has created with her mindfulness-based Anti-Diet Plan. As co-founder of the #WakeUpWeightWatchers campaign at BALANCE, I am encouraged by the wonderful work of Dr. Conason in raising awareness about the dangers of diet culture and in advocating a holistic and balanced approach to self-development. I highly recommend this course to anyone seeking to improve their relationship with food and body image.
6 weeks of lesson plans and trainings which includes.
Each video lesson includes slides and audio.
An exclusive and private FB Group community.
A Bonus lesson with Jenna Hollenstein, Registered Dietitian and author of Eat to Love
Alexis Conason, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist, certified eating disorder specialist and supervisor (CEDS-S), author of The Diet-Free Revolution: 10 Steps to Free Yourself from the Diet Cycle with Mindful Eating and Radical Self-Acceptance (North Atlantic Books, 2021), a speaker, researcher, and the creator of The Anti-Diet Plan, a program to help people break-free from diet culture and embrace a mindful, peaceful, and compassionate approach to eating. She is the founder and owner of Conason Psychological Services, a boutique group therapy practice specializing in the treatment of binge eating disorder, disordered eating, body image, and psychological issues related to bariatric surgery.
Dr. Conason is a go-to expert for the media and has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Health Magazine, Men’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Elle magazine, The New York Post, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch, Fast Company, Scary Mommy, Darling Magazine, ABC News, CBS News, and more.
After receiving her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post, Dr. Conason completed post-doctoral training at the New York Obesity Research Center, in affiliation with Columbia University; at The Karen Horney Clinic; and earned a certificate in Eating Disorders, Compulsions, and Addictions from The William Alanson White Institute as well as a certificate in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the American Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Conason is passionate about helping her clients develop a more peaceful relationship with food and their body, enabling them to say farewell to dieting once and for all and live fuller lives. Her program, The Anti-Diet Plan, is a way that people located anywhere can access help to stop dieting and dramatically change your relationship with food, your body, and yourself.
“I have more influence over my happiness. I found this [Happify] track helpful in getting in touch with my body signals for hunger vs. the emotional drive to eat for solace. I am beginning to identify the stages of hunger and fullness.”
"Dr. Conason's passion for this work and her strong advocacy for the Health At Every Size (R) and Body Acceptance movement is truly refreshing and inspiring! Dr. Conason is not only a gifted clinician, but also brings her deep wisdom and kindness to her work."
PER MONTH FOR 3 MONTHS
To be eligible for the refund, you must have completed all course modules included all lessons, eating exercises, meditation practices, and homework assignments. Please note that money will not be refunded for lack of weight loss as that is not a goal of the program.