Enjoy summer without diet culture!

Self-Care Summer School is a way for you to feel more connected to your body and your mind this summer. Let's face it - summer is a time when diet culture runs rampant. And it can feel really challenging to enjoy yourself without the pressures and unrealistic expectations that diet culture places on it. Whether it's pressure to join a gym, start a new diet, or get the "perfect" bikini body, diet culture sneaks into summer plans and keeps us from fully enjoying our lives. Here's the thing: you don't need any of those things to enjoy and appreciate the body that you have right now. You are allowed to fully show up unapologetically as yourself this summer. These are conversations I'm having in my office a lot and want to make more accessible to people who may be looking for ways to ditch diet culture this summer.

My goal with creating this program is to help you find sustainable ways to take care of yourself without letting diet culture get in the way for the summer and beyond. We’re not talking about boujee self-care that we see talked about in headlines - manicures, facials, etc. We’re talking about the basics - the stuff that you can do every day to better take care of yourself (which can be hard to do when you feel like you have diet culture breathing down your neck!). We’re talking about nourishment, sleep, stress, social media, and so much more. It’s also designed knowing that summer is a busy so you get to choose your level of commitment/support!

Your Instructor

Meghan Kacmarcik
Meghan Kacmarcik

Meghan is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, and owner of New Moon Nutrition. She works virtually with people all over the world and locally in the Boston area. She is passionate about helping people find freedom from diet culture and make peace with food and their bodies. You can find her on Instagram @newmoonrd.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get?
Self-Care Summer School is an 8 week program that’s part workbook, part discussion, and part (optional) support group. There’s two different levels so you can choose the amount of commitment and support that makes sense for you. Self-Care 101 You’ll get a weekly email from me every week with thoughts, inspiration, and tips on that week’s topics plus attached workbook pages (about 3-5 per week) that will give you activities, action items, journal prompts, and more. All the workbook pages will come as editable PDF files so you can do all the suggested work without ever leaving your couch. You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group where you can connect with other members to share, brainstorm, and gain support from people who get it. I’ll also be in the Facebook group asking questions, moderating discussions, and doing an occasional live Q&A video. You’re welcome to share your thoughts from the workbook pages with other members there or with me privately via email. Self-Care 201 This is one level up - meaning you’ll get everything listed above plus a weekly support group call. These will be 60 minute group video calls where you’ll be encouraged to ask questions, listen to other people’s experiences, and share what’s coming up for you as you work your way through the material. The goal is the keep these small (~8-10 people) so you can be sure that you’re feeling heard and supported so this is on a first come, first serve basis. The weekly call will be on Thursdays at 7:00pm EST (with the exception of the first week due to July 4th - depending on people’s schedules, we’ll choose another time for the first week’s call). Depending on interest/availability, another group call will be scheduled for Tuesday or Saturday mornings (TBD). The calls will always be recorded so if you’re unable to attend live, you can still have access.
When is it?
Week 1 starts July 1, 2019 and we’ll wrap up with week 8 on August 23, 2019.
What topics will be discussed?
I’ve taken some of the biggest topics I tackle with my clients and organized them into an 8 week series that allows for you to explore your relationship with food, body, and more. This includes talking about diet culture, rest, movement, and social media. The basic outline is below but you’ll also be getting a questionnaire to fill out after you sign up that will allow me to get to know you and what you’re looking for support around this summer. That way, I’ll share with you my most important tips and tricks and also allow for space to specifically answer the questions that you have. Syllabus Week 1: Introductions + Intentions Week 2: Back to Basics Week 3: Diet Culture Week 4: Body Image Week 5: The Food Stuff Week 6: Social Media Week 7: Movement + Meditation Week 8: Rest + Reflections
What is the time commitment?
Listen, I know you’re a busy person especially in the summer. So here’s the deal: you can sign up for the course (Self-Care 101) - that means that every week, you’ll get an email with part of the workbook. This will be 3-5 pages of questions, tips, journal prompts, and calls to action. You’ll also have an opportunity to connect with other members and myself through a private Facebook group. It’s totally up to you to decide how much time you want to spend engaging there but I would say dedicating about 1-2+ hours a week to do the workbook activities and participate in discussions on Facebook will be plenty. However if you’re looking for an extra layer of support, you can sign up for an optional weekly group call (Self-Care 201). This means an extra hour a week for about 2-3+ total hours per week. Again, this is dependent on how much time you want to spend with the workbook and how much time you want to engage in the Facebook group. You’ll be getting material from me weekly but it’s up to you how much time you want to spend with it - you call all the shots. Meaning if you’re away one week or have less time to commit, that’s 100% okay.
Who is this for?
This program is for anyone and every one who wants to learn how to take better care of themselves and/or would benefit from accountability in doing so. There are no requirements for joining but if you’ve struggled with body image, an unhealthy relationship to food and body, or felt like a victim of our toxic go-go-go culture, you might resonate more deeply with the topics we discuss. The program is designed to help people recognize where diet culture may have impacted their ability to take care of themselves in way that feel authentically good and guide you back to a place where that’s an option.
Can I join if I have an eating disorder?
This group is for everyone to find ways to take care of themselves in ways that feel good mentally and emotionally but it is not a substitution for individual eating disorder treatment. All the materials will be sensitive and inclusive to those with or without eating disorders (or any disordered relationship with food) and may be good supplement to work you may be doing individually with your treatment team. However, this is not a treatment plan by any means and participating in this program is not a substitution for individual advice from myself or another registered dietitian.

This course is closed for enrollment.