About Harriet Morris
I am an eating psychology specialist and a body confidence coach. I suffered with compulsive eating and sugar addiction for almost 3 decades, before finding freedom using the power of my mind, and positively channelling my emotions.
Curiosity is far more important than willpower. Leveraging that curiosity allowed me to discover creative ways to get under the radar of my addiction.
The results? Over 40lb in weight lost, vastly reduced mood swings and PMT, clear skin…and a very happy dentist.
At my heaviest
This also enabled me to find my true purpose in life – helping others with eating problems.
My name is Harriet Morris. From the age of 12, when it suddenly hit me like a lightning bolt that I was fat (NB I wasn’t fat – in retrospect I can see I was just reacting badly to the normal changes of adolescence), I was always unhappy with my weight. I followed numerous diets, detoxes, fasting, punishing exercise regimes – you name it, I tried it. Some worked temporarily, but none had any lasting impact – except to embed the idea that I was a fat, willpower-free zone.
I was also a compulsive eater. I used to steal my kids’ Easter eggs and tell myself I was looking after their dental health. Even moderate stress became a regular trigger for trips to the deli (or should I say dealer) to get my fix of fat and sugar. I used to regularly wolf down half my daily calorie needs in less than a minute- all in shameful secret, of course. I was never able to fully concentrate on conversations at parties, or shows at the theatre – all because at the back of my mind and an insistent voice kept whispering “FOOD”. I thought about it constantly, except when I was eating…or should I say inhaling.
Two things woke me up from this. The first was reaching 13 stone 9 (191lb) after having a baby.This was not much less than I’d weighed when I was nine months pregnant – with a baby that weighed 10lb 2oz, no less!
Most slimming methods focus on the body, but I knew that my mind was the key to helping me shape shift. I started reading up on this, and using a mass-market book & CD, lost 20lb – half of which I regained. I then coasted along in a kind of fat-but-in-denial mind fog until I turned 40. This was when I really decided that I’d had enough. I was looking at middle age; middle-age looked back, and really didn’t like what it saw!
I also knew instinctively that the mass-market book and CD were of limited use purely because they weren’t personalised and tailored for me. I realised that I had to be my own mind-weight loss expert. It was time to get curious and creative.
My curiosity and creativity have allowed me to come up with some powerful practical strategies to change my eating and exercise habits in ways that empower me, instead of making me want to rebel. In essence, I sat down and had peace talks with my food addiction – while tying its shoelaces together under the table! This has not always been easy – what big life change ever is? – but it has been easier and often far more enjoyable than the endless yo-yo dieting and weight loss/weight gain vicious circle I used to endure.
I am a fully qualified eating psychology coach. I trained with the Institute for The Psychology of Eating.
About The Shift Inside
12 months? 12 years? 112 years? (Yup, sometimes it feels that way)
Whatever you’ve been doing has been at best temporary, and often backfires – resulting in excess weight gain, increased bingeing and other forms of dietary self sabotage.
It’s time to do something different.
The Shift Inside is all about getting you to ditch your quick fix craving for the idea of an adventure.
In an adventure, things don’t always go smoothly – but the least they do change, and make you feel alive an empowered. It’s about taking back power from food, and starting to live the life you are meant to.
What does an adventure in eating change look like?
This is different for everyone. However, breakthroughs from coaching and taking action on the ideas on this site include:
- Losing weight without deprivation
- Being able to sit through meetings around tables laden with trigger foods and not eat them
- Problem reframing that helps them stop waging a war against their bodies
- Understanding that the body has its own innate wisdom, and there comes a point that you can no longer beat it into doing what you want.
Learning how your body and mind really operate means you can start to work with – not against – yourself. Imagine what it would be like to give your body exactly what it needs (as opposed to what your cravings want)? Do you think it’s going to repay you with unwanted weight gain, increased eating problems and digestive upset? Of course not. Instead, it will reward you with natural, permanent weight loss, empowered eating habits and better digestion.
Once you start to change how you think about your eating challenges, you’re off on your adventure. Some of the changes start to take effect in as little as 12 days. Just think what you can do in 12 weeks.
Harriet Morris is a qualified eating psychology coach.