My fight with food ate me alive. I lived in a “diet depression” for years of my life. There were days I wanted to crawl out of my skin and into a hole to hide away from the world. I had a voice in my head that didn’t shut up, no matter how much I tried to distract myself with puppy videos on Facebook or over-exercising.


When we are dieting, we run away from our bodies and take action out of fear. We hate how we look, so we jump on the next miracle diet in a desperate attempt to reach the ideal image we have of ourselves. Then, when we give up because we can’t possibly sustain such restrictive behaviours, we tell ourselves we have no will power and that we are failures at life. Sound about right?


It’s time to revolutionize the way we release weight. Physical weight on the body is often a representation of the emotional weight you arecarrying. Weight loss is an emotional issue and can’t be sustained by restricting calories or spending a few more hours in the gym. We haveto treat emotional problems with emotional solutions. We need to get into our bodies and heal at our core so we are no longer victims to the madness in our minds.

I’ve worked with hundreds of women in countries all over the world who are desperately looking for peace with food. Many of these women believed they had no chance of ever loving their bodies or using food for health and hunger.

My philosophy is that weight loss needs to be a result of doing the emotional work, not the focus. My mission is to revolutionize the weight loss industry by teaching women to dig into what they’re actually hungry for, healing their emotional bodies first. When we are tuned into our bodies, rather than numbing our emotions with food, we can use our awareness as a catalyst for growth.


Suffering is learned behavior; it’s not innate within us. We are fundamentally designed to be happy. We are fundamentally designed to have lightness in our minds and in our bodies. Pain is mandatory. Suffering is optional. We prolong our suffering when we believe we don’t have the ability to transform. We wait, we make excuses, and we self-sabotage. We beat around the bush and throw obstacles in our way, which distance us from living our truth. Why? Because there is a small part of us that believes we don’t deserve happiness.

So how do we overcome this? Do the inner work that’s necessary to shift the emotional heaviness that is showing up on your heart and on your body. Then, and only then, will you be able to create sustainable transformation in your mind and body.

Written by Samantha Skelly

Samantha is an RYU connector and founder of Hungry for Happiness, a movement of women dedicated to ending the fight with food and their bodies by addressing the underlying causes of emotional eating. Check out her latest podcast and best-selling book, Hungry for Happiness: One Woman’s Guide From Fighting Food to Finding Freedom.