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Danielle Ferguson, CNC

How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become an intuitive eating expert?

To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment, and a resulting “compelling story”, that brought me to where I am today – coaching people like you on exactly what to do to tap into and trust yourself around food and experience real happiness, freedom and ease with your body and the way you eat.  That defining moment in my life happened in 2013. 

Before I tell you the "ah-ha!"moment, it's important for you to know what happened in 2009 that led up to that moment. Up until college, I was pretty healthy and never worried about what I ate or how much I weighed. But in college something changed. Suddenly, I was going to the university health center every week. I had a chronic pain in my side - for four months. They told me I had an ovarian cyst and to take Advil while it passed. Week after week nothing got better.

I went home for winter break and my mom took me to the doctor immediately for a second opinion. They concluded I would need surgery to remove the cyst. In a plot twist while in surgery they discovered I was suffering from chronic appendicitis which had grown to the size of a softball, side note it’s normally the size of your pinky finger. There was no ovarian cyst!

 

I was so excited to finally feel better, however my recovery didn't go so well. For months after, I suffered brain fog and total exhaustion. In  May of 2009, class was done for the day and it was time to hike back to the dorm room up the hilly terrain of my college campus, only I was so exhausted I didn't think I could make it up the hill. Putting one foot in front of the other was draining. My friends wondered whether the energetic, bubbly girlfriend they knew had gone. I wanted to go out and do things, but I could barely keep my eyes open. 

I missed my life of being a healthy, active person. The same doctors who missed my chronic appendicitis had no idea why I was so exhausted. Plus, I'd gained the Freshman 15 in this time - so maybe that was part of it. I was determined to get back to the healthy, energetic me and dove into research on how to reclaim my health. Visits and tests later, I learned I was highly gluten intolerant. Now I added to my repertoire of being that geeky college kid who had to ask for special food. Eventually, I cut out dairy, corn, night shade vegetables and ate a pretty restricted diet.

When I graduated in 2012, I started my certification program in natural healing and nutrition at the Natural Healing Institute - as part of my quest to figure out how to take care of my health.

One day, sitting on my bed in my L.A. apartment, I'd had it. I got angry that I had to count every lick of butter or drop of olive oil. I was mad that with everything I knew and everything I'd done, I couldn't figure out how to take care of my own body. I was furious that food was ruling my life.

All I kept saying to myself was: “I can't keep doing this! Counting calories, planning my next meal and keeping such a tight hold on my food. This is exhausting! How did I end up at 23 years old and a slave to food? When do I get to go out and eat at a restaurant like a normal person and not worry about what I will order? How can I stop thinking about food all the time just to survive? Why does it take so much brain power just to figure out a meal - the basics of life? How do I stop beating myself up for what I'm eating and feeling ashamed if I make the “wrong” or “bad” choice? Is this my new normal?"

I made a decision right then and there that I was going to figure out this whole “food thing” even if it killed me! After all I had the knowledge, I knew what was good and bad food, I knew what my body liked and didn’t like and I knew what was junk and what wasn’t. So why was I relying on everyone else to tell me exactly what I should be eating in order to lose the weight and feel better? At that very moment, I made a commitment to trust myself again. To tap into that intuition I knew was in there and start eating according to what my body wanted and needed in order to thrive. Once I got ahold of my mind and listened to my intuition I dropped 30 lbs. effortlessly but better than that I felt peaceful around food and like I was finally back home in my own body again.

I no longer counted every morsel of food I put in my mouth or avoided going out to dinners because I didn’t want to deal with waiters rolling their eyes at my ridiculous “When Harry Met Sally” order. I centered my intentions around loving and trusting myself around food and got rid of the guilt, anxiety, stress, and uncertainty. Now I could actually enjoy that cookie or bowl of ice cream without any bit of guilt or shame.

I cleaned up my past and started teaching other women who are serial dieters how they can do the same: I watched their happiness and certainty improve, have a better outlook on life and really trust themselves again and be calm and peaceful around food, family and their lifestyle. I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other women who are serial dieters finally find food freedom, learn how to eat the way their body needs and leave shame and guilt around food choices in the past. They get to enjoy that cookie or bowl of ice cream with their family, say "damn that was good!" and move on with their life! 

Since then, I’ve worked with many private clients, spoken in front of countless groups and created "Food Freedom: Live Guilt Free and Gorgeous" (Tap Into Your Intuition, Eat What You Love, Lose the Weight and Leave the Guilt Behind)"™, a series of 8 important inner and outer intuitive eating, mindfulness and wellness steps every woman who has struggled with food needs to apply to enjoy life again and all it has to offer. 

I work with people just like you who are dedicated to their health, family and careers but struggle with emotional eating, stubborn weight loss, and have been serial dieting for years without any success at reaching their health and wellness goals and who would like to lose the weight while still eating what they love and leave the dieting and guilt around food behind.

What Makes you different from other nutritionists?

Although we will occasionally talk about the benefits and components of food like micronutrients, vitamins and minerals and the importance of gut health, I focus more on the mindset you have around food and where that stems from. I dig deep to find your food demons that are subconsciously playing in your head all the time. I work on your inner self (that’s your mindset) along with your outer self (the food you choose to eat) in order to come up with a very personalized and specific plan that meets your bodies own nutrition needs. I also work on your confidence around food and get you to trust yourself again in the decisions you make around food, empowering you with the skills and knowledge of what is right for YOUR body. I am very straight forward and will push you to uncover those food demons while also being your friend and confidant throughout the entire process who you can trust and rely on to help you. My main concern is YOU and how to get you to experience complete food freedom and peace around food again. You may not like what I have to tell you – but you can be sure I will always tell you the

truth. The truth about what’s standing in the way of your success and how to get rid of it FAST so you can start getting results in record time (and I throw in a healthy dose of laughter and love, which always helps!). 

What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?

The Food Freedom: Live Guilt Free and Gorgeous program was created for people who are absolutely excited and dead serious about getting rid of their guilt and shame around food and finally experience peace, calm and freedom around food again. This means ditching the food tracker and scale, thinking of the perfectly balanced meal, or giving up all together because you had 1 calorie over.  This was created for you to put systems in place within a few weeks (sometimes days!), which will eventually lead you to trusting yourself again around food, experience food freedom, stop the constant dieting and have a sense of peace around food again so that you can enjoy dinners out with friends and go to dinner parties without being overcome with anxiety. 

Being a serial dieter myself, I’m known to work best with other serial dieters, people who are committed to their success no matter what.  Who are super-ready to get going and just want to know exactly what steps to take to have food freedom. My clients often tell me – “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” Consider what you’ll do with me to be a high-octane crash course on everything you need to know to stop serial dieting and have food freedom once and for all, plus you’ll probably experience some weight loss as well. You will be expected to take serious and consistent action. No excuses anymore, just a very different way of thinking and full support while you achieve this incredibly exciting goal of:

  • Becoming an Intuitive Eater

  • Having Food Freedom

  • Achieving that Weight Loss Goal & Keeping It

  • Feel healthier and more vibrant than you’ve ever felt in your life

  • Feeling Gorgeous in Your Own Skin

  • Trusting Yourself and Your Food Decisions

  • Having Incredible Confidence in Yourself Again 

For what type of professionals are your programs NOT going to work?

Please know I’m very selective in who I work with and I cherry-pick my clients, choosing to (gently) turn away people who aren’t suited for my programs and won’t put in the work it takes to get the results they signed up for. (It wouldn’t be fair to them.) The Food Freedom: Live Guilt Free and Gorgeous program is NOT for those who have no money coming in and are absolutely, financially desperate, at least not right away. It’s been my experience that people in financial crisis do not trust the recommendations I give them and do not do the work (probably because they spend so much time worrying about where they are going to get next month’s rent check or mortgage payment.) If you fall within this category, it’s absolutely OK.

We’ve all been in times of financial crisis at one point or another. Do yourself (3) favors:

1. Get some money coming in with a full-time or part-time job at the very least, and then call me. This will take the edge off and provide a little more peace of mind. Mostly, it will de-clutter your mind enough to focus on your Food Freedom: Live Guilt Free and Gorgeous assignments and the BIG picture.

2. Sign up for the Intuitive Eating Starter Guide Newsletter Here https://detoxingwithdani.com/newsletter. The free information will get you started towards your goals until you’re ready to work with me one-on-one.

3. Make a point to download and listen to the “Detoxing with Dani Podcast”  New episodes are uploaded weekly and will give you LOTS to think about. Listen Here: https://detoxingwithdani.com/podcast/ 

Doing these three things will really help you get primed for our work. When you’re ready, call me and we’ll get you started. (I’m in no rush and will be here when you need me.) Other types of personalities I won’t work with (without exception) are the whiner or the chronic skeptic, as well as individuals who consistently make excuses for not getting their assignments done or challenging every aspect of the program. If you are one of these people, I gently and respectfully ask that you not call and I hope you understand why. We’ll probably just not work well together and I wouldn’t want you to waste your time or money. Is that fair?

What exactly is The Food Freedom: Live Guilt Free and Gorgeous system and what does it include?

My Food Freedom: Live Guilt Free and Gorgeous program begins with understanding your true desire and purpose for your health, where your trust and relationship with food really comes from, how to manifest what you want (including food freedom and weight loss), creating powerful systems and body love work that gets you results as well as the foundational pieces to sustainably eliminate the emotions you have around food while also achieving a your health and wellness goals effortlessly and sustainably. 

Here’s what the System gets you to do:

1. Getting Crystal Clear On Your WHY

We get CRYSTAL clear about your intentions, what you want to experience when you're around food, both in your personal life and social life. Before you can manifest what you want you have to KNOW what you want and WHY you want it. You’ll learn the difference between setting a surface level goal vs. a goal that has a deeper meaning and purpose and how to tap into your intuition again when it comes to food. 

2. Trusting Yourself Again With Food 

For a while now you’ve been relying on someone else to tell you exactly what you should eat, whether or not a certain food was bad or good, and if eating x,y or z would make you gain weight. It’s time to stop relying on other people and instead discover your own intuition and trust again. Our bodies were made to function 100% perfectly…if we listen to them. You’ll be learning techniques on how to listen and trust yourself and your body again, knowing exactly when and what to eat according to your own body.

3. Identify Your Food Demons

The feelings you have around food are no joke. They aren’t something you made up in your head, they are real living feelings and emotions that do nothing but beat you down and ruin your confidence in yourself. The question is, where did these feelings and emotions come from? Together we will be digging up those emotions and feelings, understanding where exactly they came from, and getting rid of them once and for all.

4. Identify Your Food Triggers

You know you have that one, two or few foods that trigger a food binge, we all do! Understanding what those foods are and why they are triggers is the key to allowing yourself to still enjoy those little pleasures in life without being sent into a frenzied state. You’ll learn how to deal with these triggers and what the best plan of action is for YOU so as not to spiral into a binging pity party for yourself ever again.

5. Redefining Your Own Feelings Around Food

It’s true that when we know better we do better. So while experiencing food freedom and ridding yourself of the guilt and shame you have around food is crucial, it doesn’t give you the green light to go eating whatever it is you want without any consequence on your health. Every single person is different and therefore everyone’s diet is going to be slightly different in some way shape or form. You’ll learn exactly what your body thrives on and what it doesn’t really process well and with that information you will be able to create the perfect eating lifestyle for yourself. As well as understanding what to do when you do indulge (which is 100% OK) and how to rebalance. There is no such thing as perfection when it comes to food, it’s all about balance.

6. Finding Your Balance

Part of trusting yourself and finding your inner voice again allows you to connect with your intuition. This intuition is like our guide that allows us to relax and focus on what’s really important and not have to worry about the basic everyday necessities of life, like food. You’ll learn how to connect with your intuition and discover what is the perfect balance for your body when it comes to food choices, indulgences and even cravings. 

7. Understanding The Essentials When It Comes to Nutrition

There are key components to health when it comes to nutrition that applies to every single person, regardless of race, gender, physic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, paleo etc. It is the fundamentals of nutrition. These are key components you can continue to look back on and help guide you when you feel your body is in need of some additional love and support.  

8. CELEBRATE

It’s time to celebrate your incredible achievements and soak in the feeling of having confidence, peace, and freedom around food. You have done the hard work and now it’s time to celebrate. Plus this will give you a practical way to start putting your lessons into practice. 

Does this really work?

Yes! The results of our work together is an approach to shifting your mindset and emotional connections with food into one of self-love, confidence and trusting yourself again with food and your health. Knowing with certainty what’s best for your body, and no longer allowing someone else to tell you what you should be eating in order to achieve a certain health and wellness goal or feel a certain way. Read these client testimonials.

What results can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • Feel empowered in your food choices

  • No longer feel guilt or shame when it comes to your food choices

  • No longer feel the need to count every calorie that goes into your mouth

  • Lose weight effortlessly and sustainably

  • Gain back your confidence in yourself and love yourself again

  • Have confidence in the food choices you are making

  • Still have those times of indulgence and have no guilt or shame around what you just ate

  • Enjoy those little pleasures in life again

  • Feel amazing in your own body 

  • Get in tune with your intuition again to become an intuitive eater

  • Trust yourself again with food

  • No longer worry about what you will eat at dinner parties, restaurants or be afraid you might fall off the wagon and ruin your diet. 

  • No longer be a slave to a diet

  • No longer be a serial dieter

  • Enjoy that glass of wine, popcorn, or chocolate without feeling guilty or having to plan your cardio workout to work off those calories you just consumed. 

  • Never track your macros or calories again

  • Live stress free, especially around food

  • Discover ah ha moments with food and what works and doesn’t work well with your body

  • Let go and release negative emotions or traumas around food

  • Feel empowered and excited about the future

  • Fall back in love with yourself

  • Be a radiant light 

  • Develop more compassion for yourself and others

  • Create health boundaries

  • Have more ease and grace in your life

  • Truly love this version of yourself

  • Find your true happiness

  • Connect with your intuition and your soul again

  • End the drama cycles and patterns around food

  • Raise your self-esteem

  • Gain unshakable confidence in yourself

  • Learn proven techniques for releasing internal resistance and sabotaging tendencies

  • Create freedom around food

  • Enjoy food again, even the indulgences

  • Achieve sustainable wellness 

  • Lose the weight you were meant to lose and keep it off effortlessly

  • Understand with certainty your meaning behind getting healthier and having that be your driving force

  • Learn simple tips and tricks to disconnect your emotions from food

  • No longer turn to food to feel fulfilled or comforted

  • No longer rely on food to provide something that is missing from your life, because you will no longer be missing anything and instead find your true self again

  • Understand the keys to nutrition and what your body needs in order to perform optimally

  • Stay accountable to your goals and achieve them 

  • Learn what foods do and don’t process well for your body and understand how to balance 

  • Deeply connect with your body again to understand the balance your body thrives on in order to be it’s healthiest. 

  • Know what foods are triggers and how to handle them

  • Enjoy going to dinner parties and restaurants again without feeling anxious or stressed about what to order

  • Enjoy your favorite meal again without substituting every little ingredients for a “healthier” option turing your favorite meal into a tasteless piece of cardboard. 

Can I contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work

with you?

Yes, I encourage you to! Please go to the Client Testimonials page and read all of them. See which ones you feel drawn to, either because the person has gotten the results you want to get too, or perhaps because that person is in a similar situation. Then feel free to email or call them and ask what they got from working with me and my programs.

How quickly can I expect results?

That depends on how quickly you can make those inner shifts. Some clients are ready to go and achieve food freedom as an intuitive eater in a very short time frame, sometimes even a few weeks while others have a bit more work to do first. It also depends on how diligent your are with the exercises as well as how much work you are willing to put in to see results yourself. 

How can I guarantee myself that I will achieve food freedom and rid myself of this guilt and shame around food, in record time?

Do all of your homework. Be totally committed to your success. Understand that this is a process, a proven one, that works if you take action and implement all of the steps. All my clients who have diligently applied every step of The Food Freedom: Live Guilt Free and Gorgeous program have successfully transformed their view on food and achieved more peace, calm, and confidence in themselves and their food choices, in much less time than they would have on their own AND are living a life as an intuitive eater, enjoying their ice cream or cookie and not even thinking twice about it.  

Dani, based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to learn from. What are my options for getting started with you?

Congratulations on making a decision for success! I’m happy to work with you to achieve your food freedom goals… The best way to work with me is in my 90-day Food Freedom: Live Guilt Free and Gorgeous program. 

Here’s some of the results you can expect…

  • Feel empowered in your food choices

  • No longer feel guilt or shame when it comes to your food choices

  • No longer feel the need to count every calorie that goes into your mouth

  • Lose weight effortlessly and sustainably

  • Gain back your confidence in yourself and love yourself again

  • Have confidence in the food choices you are making

  • Still have those times of indulgence and have no guilt or shame around what you just ate

  • Enjoy those little pleasures in life again

  • Feel amazing in your own body 

  • Get in tune with your intuition again to become an intuitive eater

  • Trust yourself again with food

  • No longer worry about what you will eat at dinner parties, restaurants or be afraid you might fall off the wagon and ruin your diet. 

  • No longer be a slave to a diet

  • No longer be a serial dieter

  • Enjoy that glass of wine, popcorn, or chocolate without feeling guilty or having to plan your cardio workout to work off those calories you just consumed. 

  • Never track your macros or calories again

  • Live stress free, especially around food

  • Discover ah ha moments with food and what works and doesn’t work well with your body

  • Let go and release negative emotions or traumas around food

  • Feel empowered and excited about the future

  • Fall back in love with yourself

  • Be a radiant light 

  • Develop more compassion for yourself and others

  • Create health boundaries

  • Have more ease and grace in your life

  • Truly love this version of yourself

  • Find your true happiness

  • Connect with your intuition and your soul again

  • End the drama cycles and patterns around food

  • Raise your self-esteem

  • Gain unshakable confidence in yourself

  • Learn proven techniques for releasing internal resistance and self-sabatoging tendancies

  • Create freedom around food

  • Enjoy food again, even the indulgences

  • Achieve sustainable wellness 

  • Lose the weight you were meant to lose and keep it off effortlessly

  • Understand with certainty your meaning behind getting healthier and having that be your driving force

  • Learn simple tips and tricks to disconnect your emotions from food

  • No longer turn to food to feel fulfilled or comforted

  • No longer rely on food to provide something that is missing from your life, because you will no longer be missing anything and instead find your true self again

  • Understand the keys to nutrition and what your body needs in order to perform optimally

  • Stay accountable to your goals and achieve them 

  • Learn what foods do and don’t process well for your body and understand how to balance 

  • Deeply connect with your body again to understand the balance your body thrives on in order to be it’s healthiest. 

  • Know what foods are triggers and how to handle them

  • Enjoy going to dinner parties and restaurants again without feeling anxious or stressed about what to order

  • Enjoy your favorite meal again without substituting every little ingredients for a “healthier” option turing your favorite meal into a tasteless piece of cardboard. 

OK, I’m ready to do this for myself, but I have a couple of additional questions. Can I call you?

Good, sounds like you’re ready to be pulled out of your food fear and into food freedom! Yes, if you have a couple of questions, just email me at dani@detoxingwithdani.com or call us directly 949-230-8081 and I’ll be happy to walk you through the different options to see which one will be the very best for you. I can’t wait to see you succeed and am honored to be the one to help you. Let’s get going!

To Health and a Happy Future,

Dani