Hi! I’m Katie Gates!
On this blog, I share meal ideas, recipes, and resources that have supported me as I heal and explore my relationship with food, eating, and weight. I have taken lessons from several ways of eating including Bright Line Eating, Mindful Eating, and Intuitive Eating, and remain open to the lessons available to me in each new chapter. My latest project is co-founding the Conscious Eating Community.
Like many of us who grew up steeped in the harmful messaging of diet culture and a world of highly palatable processed foods, I arrived in adulthood with a strained relationship to my food, eating, weight, and body.
In 2016, I lost a bunch of weight with Bright Line Eating, a highly structured eating program, and developed fantastic habits with food prep and healthy eating. For the first time in my adult life, I was feeling in control of my eating and maintaining my goal weight using a structured eating plan. Fears of uncontrolled eating and weight gain no longer ruled my life.
But I still didn’t feel empowered with my eating choices. I didn’t like the idea that I was incapable of learning to trust my own intuition, or that I couldn’t rely on my own authority when flexibility with my food plans felt sane or needed. I still felt a lot of judgement within the community and experienced negative self talk whenever I experimented with my food plan and boundaries.
I reached a point where I wasn’t interested in just maintenance, I wanted mastery over my relationship with food and eating. Eating within boundaries brought valuable self awareness and insight into the ways that my eating behaviors were tied up with my emotional needs. There’s a Zen saying about how a snake doesn’t know itself until it’s inside of a bamboo rod. Bright Line Eating was an extraordinarily helpful bamboo rod that helped me to better know myself.
Within the constraints of my food plan, I began an exploration of my own truths, and held by the support of others, started exploring my boundaries, practicing the tools of mindfulness, and accessing my body’s wisdom. I’ve taken a deep look at my relationship to food, eating, body, and weight, and along the way have come to find greater flexibility with my food choices.
My relationship with my eating and myself is dynamic and continues to evolve, but I can say that there have been three important needle movers along my path to food sanity: learning to make healthy foods taste delicious and developing good food prep habits, meditation and mindfulness practices, and the support and community of other people.
In 2020, I teamed up with my good friend and mindfulness coach Annette James to create the Conscious Eating Community, to bring together people with the shared aspiration of a healthier and more joyful relationship with their eating, body, and emotions. Together we support our amazing community members in making empowered food choices aligned with their own values, toward living their most authentic, satisfying, and joyful lives in service to the world and others.
I hope that you enjoy my creations and recipes, and that some of them may be useful to you wherever you may be on your own journey.