Welcome to Second Breakfast Nutrition, a space to heal your relationship with food, learn more about your relationship with your body, and let go of dieting.
Second Breakfast Nutrition was founded by me, Annie Goldsmith, in 2015 with a vision to help clients truly heal. As a practitioner fully grounded in the Health at Every Size® model, this meant rejecting the belief that a smaller body is inherently a healthier or more valuable body. Instead, our team at SBN embraces the understanding that all bodies are worthy of respectful and evidence-based care, no matter their size. In addition to providing sound nutrition education to our clients, we also help them “unlearn” the harmful beliefs and messages they have internalized from a culture obsessed with dieting and intolerant of body diversity. We strive to provide a space where clients can tap into their internal wisdom and discover what will cultivate an authentic sense of wellbeing in their lives.
“Second Breakfast Nutrition” is a reference to JRR Tolkien’s Hobbits – mythical creatures who can teach us a thing or two about how to slow down and enjoy the small pleasures in life. Hobbits love to eat second breakfast when they can get it, and we believe this is a great metaphor for our nutrition philosophy. We encourage pleasure, attunement, mindfulness, permission and self-compassion in the eating experience. Through this practice, we often find our clients discover more peace not only in their bodies, but other areas of their life as well.
Our passion for this work has compelled us to add our voices to the (ever growing!!) chorus of health providers who see the harm weight-centric care inflicts upon those seeking healing. While we hope our perspective will add nuance and deepen the conversation, we also want to acknowledge those who have paved the way in this non-diet, anti-body oppression space. We humbly recognize that we did not invent these concepts, and we hold immense gratitude for the folks who have been doing this work for decades, whom we have learned from and continue to learn from.
Keep an eye on this space for future deep dives into concepts that are important to navigating the world through a HAES lens. We may be inspired by conversations we have with clients, fellow clinicians, friends and family, or things we see in the media.