Do you crave structure around wellness and eating? How do you build trust between yourself and your body when it comes to foods that seem scary to be around? Can making loving choices around food help you overcome making fearful ones? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks about Food Freedom with Sloane Elizabeth.


Sloane Elizabeth is a holistic wellness coach and food freedom expert specialized in helping women stop dieting, obsessing, restricting, and stressing over food so that they can experience food freedom. She uses a unique and powerful combination of science and spirituality to help her clients Eat with Love & Intuition. Sloane is also a published author and has been featured on Food Network, Betches, and Authority Magazine. Visit her website. Connect with Sloane on Instagram. FREEBIE: 5 steps to stop obsessively thinking about food!


  • There are no rules
  • Building trust in yourself around food
  • Keep celebrating the wins

There are no rules

I find that so many people crave structure, and they want rules, and they want guidelines … the structure can still be there in what are your [wellness] intentions … eating with love and intuition. There is a structure there: eating with love for your physical body … and mental health. (Sloane Elizabeth)
There are no set rules you must follow to achieve wellness and food freedom. You can, however, create a kind of structure around your food freedom by broadening your rules to dictate that you should eat for both your physical and mental wellness, instead of only for “weight loss”. You can have three meals a day with snacks that you enjoy with love, awareness of your body, physical needs, and emotional state from day to day. There is no set rule because you need to learn what works for your body. If someone is selling you a set rule, that is part of diet culture.

Building trust in yourself around food

First I would want to know where this story [came from] that now feels so true to you that said, “I can’t trust my body”. Where did that come from? (Sloane Elizabeth)
There is both conscious and subconscious work to be done here. Question the first response thoughts that you have. Where did these stories come from? Are they sincere? Are they your own words or the words of someone else that you repeat to yourself? By putting certain foods in a “danger zone” you are giving them a kind of power and allure. All foods are simply foods, people have merely given them different moral values.
  • Subconscious: Make foods neutral
  • Conscious: Affirm yourself that “it is safe for me to eat this”
  • Experiment with the actions: how does it feel to purchase this item, sit, and enjoy it?
A lot of people try to tiptoe around and skip the deeper work because it is scary sometimes to be willing to go there and uncover what is going to come up when you do [the] deep healing … it makes taking the action so much easier. (Sloane Elizabeth)

Keep celebrating the wins

Celebrate your progress, no matter how small! It is important and helpful to your healing that you build momentum, and that means acknowledging and appreciating the small steps that you take towards shifting your well-being. The wins and the love can help you overcome some of the lingering fear. Celebrate the wins because they show you that you can overcome the fear and the doubt, even in small ways, helping you prove to yourself that you are capable.

Books mentioned in this episode:

BOOK | Sloane Elizabeth – Kale & Kravings: Nourishing Dorm Room Recipes and Wellness Practices for Students



I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!


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