Welcome to Body Image Detox. I’m so glad you’re here!
My name is Megan Baird and I help women discover for themselves that they’re so much more than their bodies, their diets, and even their late-night fridge raids.
As women, we’ve heard the message loud and clear: “you are flawed, unworthy, and must be fixed.”
But I think we’re better than weight-loss ads that make us feel fat and #fitspiration that’s anything but inspiring.
I think it’s time we craft a different message for ourselves.
And don’t you deserve to try something different?
If you’re being honest with yourself, have years of dieting, calorie counting, and post-pizza treadmill sessions made you any happier?
I didn’t think so.
Because I have a feeling that if you’re here, you’ve struggled with the desperate hope to lose weight.
As a matter of fact, I bet…
- a quick scan of your bookshelf reveals multiple titles ending in Fix, Solution, Diet, and Detox
- you check calorie counts online before heading out to a restaurant
- you’ve given up sugar/carbs/dairy/gluten/soy because that’s the secret to a healthy diet
If it makes you feel any better, you’re not alone.
The pressure to lose weight is everywhere. It can start with good intentions, but next thing you know, you’re riding the crazy train to hangry town and can’t get off.
Maybe you started dieting to improve your health.
Or, like so many women, you wanted to lose some weight.
But now you’re stuck in the trap of finding the next solution.
The 61-billion-dollar weight loss industry is full of so much contradictory information, it’s hard to know who to trust.
(I should know. I used to work in the supplement industry.)
There’s always a new diet or workout to try. The one that promises to be the cure.
And the worst part is that the more solutions you try, the more you hate yourself for failing.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You’re not a failure. Actually, you’re kind of a badass.
Whether you’re crushing it at work, making your dream home a reality, or stealing the spotlight at a party, your life is under control….
So why does it feel like you’re too weak to stick to a diet but too crazy about food to live life without one?
Look, eating can be easy.
You deserve more than a diet. And you absolutely deserve to love the food you eat and love the body you’re in (no channeling your Inner Goddess needed…whoever that is).
You have to power to end the obsession, quit emotional eating, and feel confident in your body in any situation.
The Story Behind Body Image Detox
For all of my twenties, I thought I knew everything there was to know about diets.
I had bought every book, read every blog, and devoured the meal plans in magazines.
Looking for even more weight-loss knowledge, I became a certified personal trainer.
I knew that with my food scale by my side and MyFitnessPal on all my devices, I could do no calorie-counting wrong.
But it wasn’t enough. And as time passed, I became more and more obsessed with my diet.
For many years, I was blind to just how food-crazed I’d become. And the secret joy of it was that I did it under the guise of “look how good I am! Look how healthy I’m being!”
I was no novice. I knew there were no cure-all supplements. I knew that fad diets never worked. I was beyond that.
“A juice cleanse? Oh I’d never do a restrictive diet like that,” I scoffed to my husband…as I weighed a small pile of dark chocolate chips on my food scale.
Yes, I was the Enlightened Queen of Calories.
I looked like I had it all together and even casual acquaintances seemed pleased.
“Oh, you’ve lost weight! I can see it in your face,” a surprisingly observant doorman once noted.
And yet, armed with all of this knowledge, and the outward appearance of success, something was missing.
I wasn’t happy.
This presented itself in all sorts of ways:
- I was bingeing on food…to cope with my issues with food
- I was afraid to stop dieting. What if I, *gasp*, got fat?
- I no longer trusted my body, which seemed to be betraying me with every bite
- The more I thought about my ideal body, the more I hated my current one
My confidence plummeted, I hated the way I looked, and the only solution I could think of…
Was to keep. on. dieting.
This went on for years, but after one final breakdown over the way my body looked, I knew something had to change.
I decided to dump my Forever Diet, delete my calorie counting apps, and reset my diet brain. I quit my job in the fitness industry and never looked back.
Changing my relationship with food and my body is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. And I’m confident that it can change your life too.
If you’re tired of counting every calorie, trying every diet, and stressing over each and every bite of food, I’m here to support you.
Because I believe that the right time to start showing your body some love is right now.
And if that idea doesn’t sound totally insane to you, here’s how we can work together.
As a body image coach, I’m on a mission to help women start treating their bodies with compassion instead of contempt.
I have years of experience in the health and fitness industry. I’ve worked as the Content Editor for a major supplement retailer and I’ve ghostwritten for various health gurus. I learned all the ways in which “get skinny” is sold to women. And now I’m more motivated than ever to promote a vision of wellness that’s free of restriction, shame, and fear.
Outside of fitness, I am passionate about animal rescue. Previously, I worked as the Cat Adoption Coordinator for a cage-free cat shelter where I got to play matchmaker for cats and their new forever homes.
I live with my husband, Travis, and our four cats in Greenville, South Carolina. We love dining downtown, enjoying the local craft beer scene, and hiking in the foothills. I hold a degree in English and Music from Trinity University as well as certifications from NASM as a Certified Personal Trainer and Behavior Change Specialist.