Hi, I'm Mimosa

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Cis-gender person, she/her

Mixed-race American

HAES(TM) Informed and Fat Activist

Education: University of Vermont

From: Whidbey Island, WA, USA

Favorite ice cream: Netflix and Chill

Favorite book: The Little Prince

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that have been built against it."                                       

                                                        --Rumi

I'm a registered dietitian from Whidbey Island, named Tscha-kole-chy, "land of abundance" by its original stewards, the Coastal Salish people of the Pacific Northwest. While "diet" is in my license, I have found that releasing our grip on diet-rules and body-shame opens us to a deeper source of strength, resilience, and confidence that no dogma of eating can imbue.

The way I have come to appreciate this relationship between prescriptive eating and body liberation is multifaceted, including my own version. Like so many individuals, I internalized the message that my worth and safety depended on the shape of my body and my moral standing on the "cleanliness" of my food. I believed that I was only as valuable as my hustle and that rest was something to earn. My relationship with food reflected my relationship with myself, with my body, and with people in my life. Changing my mentality and behavior around food was terrifying to consider but once I did, the way I showed up to everything else also shifted: my job, my relationships, and what I believed possible for myself.

And I'm honored to witness similar liberation in the people I support. As more and more individuals unlearn the message that their worth is bestowed upon them and instead, reclaim their own authority to accept with compassion and gratitude the people they know themselves to be, their hustle for belonging in an oppressive system and their tight-grip on food loosens; until eventually they can let go. 

The process is hard, non-linear, and requires us to face our fears head-on. Doing it alone can feel near-impossible but luckily, there are many paths and guides to call upon along the way. I commend you for coming this far and I would be honored to walk along-side you as you journey forward.

This is the practice
re-joyn

verb

to join together again; to reunite with the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying

whole-ness

noun

the quality or state of an entity complete in itself, or comprising all its parts or elements

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ambigram

a word, art form or other symbolic representation whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation.                                             

                                                                                                            wikipedia

Mimosa offers a compassionate, supportive presence as well as a wealth of knowledge. I felt completely held in my struggles, and seen as my best self, even while I shared vulnerabilities. The practical advice was immediately actionable, and the concepts I learned will continue to guide me.

P Weisman