"Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed."― Abraham Joshua Heschel
Even if it’s still a little hard to imagine, you must intuitively know that something better is waiting for you…
Or you wouldn’t be here right now reading this page.
You wouldn’t be doing things like following every Intuitive Eating dietitian you can find on Instagram. Or buying the Intuitive Eating book and trying to work your way through it.
You wouldn’t be researching the science and evidence behind Intuitive Eating principles and trying to figure out how to apply them to your life.
You probably wouldn’t care about listening to the Intuitive Eating and body positive podcasts so much.
Whether you realize it or not, the fact that you’ve been contemplating Intuitive Eating for a while tells me that you know diet culture doesn’t work for you anymore.
Because it’s not aligned with your values and because dieting is no longer your truth.
But also, because more than likely, you also intuitively feel that you’re not experiencing life to the fullest because of your current relationship with food.
You probably look around and see other people living life with more joy, more awe, more fulfillment, and you have a deep sense of knowing that this is waiting for you.
And the fact that you’re here tells me that your body already knows what it needs — it needs you to return to your innate power and wisdom and experience peace with food.
"And I said to my body, softly, ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath. And replied, `I have been waiting my whole life for this.'"
I’d like to lovingly share with you that though your fear of Intuitive Eating not working for you is 100% valid, you aren’t special. (Well, you are in that you’re an incredible human, but not in the sense that you would be the exception in terms of Intuitive Eating).
Provided that food insecurity is not an issue you have to navigate, with the right tools and support, Intuitive eating can work for anyone who struggles with their relationship with food. You are not a unicorn and you are not the exception.
Intuitive Eating is rooted in science and evidence, the same science and evidence that consistently shows that diets don’t work.
Speaking of diets, dieting and disordered eating are not only normalized but praised in our culture. This can make it very difficult to validate your struggles with food and body.
I am here to tell you that you do not need an official diagnosis or to hit some rock bottom moment to warrant getting help.
If your relationship with food is getting in the way of you experiencing life fully, you deserve support and you deserve it now.
There’s no magical moment or perfect time, there’s only now. And if you want now to feel more peaceful, aligned, fulfilling, and nourishing… then keep reading.
Intuitive Eating is your birthright. If diets didn’t exist, Intuitive Eating would simply be called eating. — My humble words, inspired by the incredible work of Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, the co-authors of Intuitive Eating
Introducing The Return, a proven, evidence-based, self-paced, step-by-step experience for thinkers and truth-seekers who desire a fulfilling, spiritual, and awe-inspiring relationship with food and body.
It’s time to stop missing out on life, declining invitations or attending but not being present enough to enjoy the festivities, distracted by a constant inner monologue of negative food and body thoughts.
Now is the time to stop going through the motions, so you can live a life of intention instead.
This is a chance to repair and cultivate more fulfilling and enriching relationships, with yourself first and with everyone around you.
It’s your opportunity to break the inherited chain of dieting, body shame, and restriction in your family system, for you and anyone that might look up to you.
Now, it’s time to go back to living by YOUR values and your truth, not the one handed to you by diet culture.
It’s time to return… to your innate power and wisdom and to your most authentic self. It’s time to experience peace with food.
These are the types of wins that are possible when you allow Intuitive Eating to guide your Return to your body’s innate power and wisdom:
"Your body is not your masterpiece. Your life is. It is suggested to us a million times a day that our BODIES are PROJECTS. They aren’t. Our lives are. Our spirituality is. Our relationships are. Our work is. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush." —Glennon Doyle
Just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. — Toni Morrison
Hi, I’m Leah Kern, RDN, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Truth-Seeker
When I heard the phrase Intuitive Eating during my first year at UVM, I was immediately intrigued. I got the book and immediately devoured it. The more I read, the more I realized… nothing in my life has ever been more true.
The Intuitive Eating framework showed me just how much I was living out of alignment with my values and with my truth. It helped me see that diet culture — with its constant pressure for perfection — was completely unsustainable and not worth the sacrifice.
Once I started implementing the framework in my life, there was an intrinsic knowing that this was it. That I had finally found not only my truth, but the truth.
Intuitive Eating taught me to rediscover the innate power and wisdom of my body, and eventually, learn to honor it.
I now live a more peaceful, aligned, fulfilling, and enriching life than I ever thought possible… and I want the same for you.
Now that I’ve personally experienced the freedom of Intuitive Eating and seen it transform dozens of clients’ lives, I simply feel that I have no other choice but to help you heal and find your power, your values, your truth.
I feel it’s my obligation to use my personal experience and professional training to set other truth-seekers free from diet culture… and with The Return, I’m on a mission to free as many people as possible.
Thoughtful questions are the sign of a truth-seeker. Let’s address yours.
This is a self-paced program and you have access to all the materials immediately upon purchase. You can start anytime you’re ready. FYI that although all content, including the bonus mini courses on Body Image and Body Confidence, will be unlocked immediately, I strongly recommend you work through the materials in order. They are designed intentionally to give you the smoothest path to success.
My approach, The Embodied Method, is the proven, evidence-based method I have been using for several years in my private practice to help clients heal their relationships with food and their bodies. Up until now, clients have only had the option to work with me 1:1 in a very high-touch, high-investment (of both time and money) capacity. I am on a mission to bring Intuitive Eating to as many people as possible. After seeing dozens of my clients have so much success with The Embodied Method, I wanted to find a way to capture the method in a more accessible format… which is how The Return was born. The testimonials you see on this page are from alumni of The Embodied Method, who use the exact same method that you’ll learn in The Return to experience peace with food.
Yes, via a monthly group coaching call that you will have access to for 6 months following your enrollment. Now, I know you might be thinking how is a group call going to give me 1:1 attention, which is a logical question. During our call, every participant who shows up or submits a question in advance will receive 1:1 hot-seat style coaching, where I’ll give you personalized attention, guidance, and answers to your questions.
Another totally valid concern, so hopefully, this will help ease it. Before each call, you’ll have the chance to submit your questions in advance. This way, if you know you can’t make it or if life happens, I’ll still coach you through your questions live even though you’re not there. All of our calls are recorded, so anytime you have to miss a call, know that you can watch the recording at your convenience.
This is an interesting question to answer because the truth is, everyone moves through their Intuitive Eating journey in different ways. The program is designed so you can work through it at your own pace in a way that works for you. Some of the videos are less than 5 minutes long, some are closer to 20 minutes. One week, you might do multiple videos a day… and the next, you might have a lot of reflection or worksheet integration to do, giving you less time for videos. I would say, in general, it will take most people 2-3 months to work through the program material. That said, you do have lifetime access to the video modules and program material so you can take as long as you need there. You do have access to group coaching calls for 6 months, to ensure you have plenty of time to go at the pace you need and still receive the support you need as you step into your new intuitive life.
As long as I have a Kartra account, am in business, and am still selling this program, you’ll have access to the materials and all future upgrades and enhancements. You’ll even be able to join the monthly group coaching calls for 6 months, even if you finish the content sooner.
There is no refund policy, all sales are final. When you sign up for this program, you will have immediate access to downloadable, copyrighted, and proprietary material. Do not purchase this program if you don’t intend to complete it because there are no refunds once you have access to the materials.
I understand. I’ve been duped by diet culture before too, and I know that when you’ve tried every diet and lifestyle plan under the sun, it can be hard to know what to trust. It’s completely valid to be concerned. Here’s the thing. Everything you've tried in the past is an outside set of rules you've been given to trust. Whether it was a diet telling you to trust a points system, calorie tracking app, good v bad food list, or strict schedules for eating… these diets all tether you to something outside of yourself. Your success in a diet depends on you sticking to their system, but their systems are never sustainable. Nobody can stick to them forever. The evidence on diets, and likely your own experience with them, proves this. With Intuitive Eating, you are not given anything outside of what you already have within you. You are not tethered to any sort of external rules or systems. In The Return, you won’t receive any sort of meal plan, rules, or eating protocols. Instead, you’ll learn how to return to honoring your own body’s power and wisdom. As you discover how to interpret your body’s wisdom and cues, in time you’ll know what you need for fuel and movement to feel good in your body. You won’t need anything external to you. Intuitive Eating is not a diet, which is why you won’t be “duped” again.
Again, I totally understand. To be honest, almost every client I’ve ever worked with, and there have been dozens at this point, have said that. And here’s the tiny bit of tough love that I always give in response — you are not the exception to the science. Yes, you read that right. You are not an exception to the science. You’re a human being. There are certain rules and laws about physiology, biology, and psychology that makes it impossible for diets to work. And these same principles of physiology, biology, and psychology are the reasons why Intuitive Eating works! But remember, Intuitive Eating is not a diet. It is based on evidence and science that demonstrates that you and your body ALREADY KNEW what to do with food, until diet culture got a hold of you. And this program simply removes all that diet culture debris, so you can return to what you already know. So you can return to your innate power and wisdom and experience peace with food. With the right tools and support, Intuitive Eating can work for you, too. You are not a unicorn.
Unlike in diet culture, I’m not going to make you any flashy promises about the guaranteed outcomes of this program. The bottom line is, I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know if you’re going to show up and do the work. I don’t know how your journey ends. What I do know, and what I’m extremely confident in based on seeing dozens of my clients go through this process, and based on the robust body of research on Intuitive Eating, is that with the right tools and support, you can heal your relationship with food and your body. You can stop the binging. You can quiet the incessant and unhelpful thoughts. You can stop feeling so gross after a night out with friends. You can start going to events and being present for them. You can stop letting your days be dictated by how “good” or “bad” you’re being with food. You can live a life where food is not the enemy — where it’s nourishment, connection, and joy. Food can be fun and satisfying instead of stressful. And you can live a life in alignment with your values and your truth, instead of the one diet culture is trying to force feed you. You CAN find peace again. I believe that with my whole heart, and would be honored to help you discover that for yourself if you’re ready to do the work.
I get this one too, friend. It feels like collectively, we’ve all had a lot going on for years. That’s valid. Also valid is the feedback that I consistently get from clients is that the one thing they regret is not starting sooner. You can absolutely wait to heal your relationship with food… but you don’t have to. You can start taking steps toward healing right now. The fact is, there’s never a right time or perfect time to start working on your relationship with food or your body. But here’s a fun thought to consider, what would life look like right now, even acknowledging all that you have going on, if obsessive food thoughts, binging, and body shame spirals were NOT a part of the picture?
You’re an ideal fit for The Return if you’ve been doing a lot of research and contemplating about Intuitive Eating, but you now recognize that you need an A to Z process. You’ve likely dieted or restricted for years, if not decades, and you’re desperately searching for answers because you know intuitively that dieting is just not for you anymore. You’re a good fit if you like the idea of a self-paced program where you can do this very deep and personal work in a time and space that works well for you. You’re also a good fit if you’ve been following my content for a while and know that we’re aligned in terms of our goals and values — but you’ve always felt like my full 1:1 program was too “something” — whether it was too much money, too much of a time commitment, too robust, too personal for the nature of this work. Lastly, you’re a good fit for this program if you feel a strong connection to rejecting diet culture on a social justice level. If you know that you don’t want to contribute to things like fatphobia, the elitist element of wellness culture, or the bs hierarchy of bodies, but aren’t sure how to divest from that, then this program will absolutely be a great fit for you.
This is an important question and I want to be really clear: THIS IS NOT a weight-loss program. The evidence shows us that there is no ethical way to achieve weight loss long-term or sustainably. 95% of people who pursue intentional weight loss gain it all back in 5 years, if not more. Also, the current body research strongly shows that weight is not an indicator of health, so given that I’m rooted in the evidence, it’s not within my ethics to focus on weight loss. All that said, I also want to be clear that it’s not that you can't have weight loss as a desire. We live in a fatphobic culture and there are privileges and benefits that come with being in a small body. It’s natural to want that and I will never try to invalidate that or say it’s not something you should want. But, people who are an ideal fit for The Return usually are driven by something other than weight loss. They want more brain space, more flexibility and spontaneity in life, more fulfillment, more peace. Most of them recognize that if weight loss happens, that’s okay, but they’re willing and able to put weight loss on the back burner for now… knowing if they accomplish their other goals they’ll feel good regardless of any weight loss.
Well, hopefully the last question made it pretty obvious that anyone who is solely focused on weight loss is not a good fit for this program. Similarly, anyone who is just looking for a rigid meal plan or point system or set of rules that tell you what you can or can’t do is not a good fit… as that would be a diet, and this program is not a diet. In this program, you will learn how to intuitively know within yourself what your body needs for fuel and movement, and I’ll give you tools to recognize that and learn that within yourself. But this is not another outside set of rules to tether yourself to in order to be successful so that's why I don’t give out workout plans or meal plans. When we do a nutrition deep dive, I will give you some ideas and inspiration on how to build satisfying meals, but they’re exactly that, ideas and inspiration. Lastly, for someone who wants a very hands-on, robust level of 1:1 support, this is not the ideal program for you and you’d be better served applying to my 1:1 program, The Embodied Method. You can email me at email@example.com and I’d be happy to send you the application. While you will absolutely receive 1:1 attention on our group coaching calls, it’s just not the same as the high-touch support in The Embodied Method, so if that’s what you think you need to be successful, send me an email.
Absolutely. Truth-seekers of all body types, abilities, and social identities are seen, protected, and welcomed here. No one is immune to the dangers of diet culture which is why I proudly serve clients across the gender spectrum. Men and nonbinary folks in particular are grossly underserved in the Intuitive Eating space, and I hope to change that narrative. If you read this page and feel like it speaks to you, you are welcome here.
I got you covered. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk about it.