Project Bliss! is a non-profit 501(c)3 community-based residential home that includes 24-hour, day, and evening programs, as well as outpatient nutrition and therapy services. The primary mission to help those whose internal struggles present themselves through body, food, and exercise issues. This includes overeating, binge eating, other eating disorders, overexercise, 'orthorexia' (priority to be healthy becomes unhealthy), and body dysmorphic disorder.
Project Bliss! is grateful to have a Board of Directors that includes many professionals experienced in the eating disorder field and continues to grow to include more Directors and staff. This home is a community effort to fill the gaping hole in more intensive eating disorder treatment in the DFW area. The current resources are few and overflowing, and there is a high demand for additional treatment options.
If you or someone you love is struggling, please call 1800-789-7703 or 817-584-5399 to get more information.
Project Bliss is located 35 minutes or less from most of Dallas/Ft. Worth!
4409 Kelly Elliot Road
Arlington, TX 76017
Do you have a love/hate relationship with food?
Do you think you already know what to do, but you just aren't doing it?
You cannot have a healthy lifestyle without balance. What I see with so much of the health advice today is it is often unrealistic and unnecessary. In fact, this fanaticism with healthy eating seems to make people less healthy overall. Over the past 20 years, the mainstream healthy lifestyle message has been correlated with an increase in both eating disorders and weight issues.
I am Jennifer Pereira, RD, LD, CSCS (Registered/Licensed Dietitian, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). Don’t get the wrong idea about me…I’m not one of those hardcore health nuts. I used to be. Then I realized so much emphasis on what I ate and how much I exercised was not healthy at all. I’ve learned to listen to my body to tell me when/what to eat and when/how to move. Turns out, the body is much smarter than the mind. Your body knows what it’s doing if you can just get out of its way. I might rant a little (a lot) to try to help you do that.
I have extensive experience helping clients with all types of eating disorders and 'disordered eating' (including overeating). In order to be comfortable with your body, you must first normalize your relationship with food.
What is the Nutrition Paradox?
nutrition paradox (noun): a statement or proposition regarding nutrition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a truth.
If you are ready to follow me down the rabbit hole, I would love to show you the truths I've discovered about healthy eating. Remember that I started out just like you, believing what I had been told by the media. It was a waste of many years.
Let me be your nutritionist, and you can tell your friends, "My nutritionist said I could eat it!" Sometimes they will back off. Sometimes they will say, "Your nutritionist is crazy." However, we know who is really crazy. Trying to make sense of all that contradictory healthy eating information would make anyone go nuts.
So pack up all your baggage of food, exercise and body image issues. The train is leaving the station. If you want to finally make peace with your food and your body, then you want to be on this train.
You will find that nutrition, fitness and personal growth are all dependent on each other. It does little good if your body is healthy, but you are unhappy with your life. It is important to allow yourself to discover a healthy lifestyle balance in all of these areas of your life. I've found it is often a lack of balance that leads to eating issues in the first place.
My goal is to provide information on healthy living you can immediately use in your daily life. This site is here to provide you with access to quality advice. Please note, the information on this site is not a substitute for professional help. If you feel you need personal support, you can contact me for office, phone or online sessions. If you would like to find support in your area, you can check out the resources page.
I will be updating the blog to include the latest updates and musings. You can subscribe to the RSS feed if you would like to stay in the loop. You can also join my Got Balance? ezine.
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I want to hear what you think and answer questions on topics most important to you.
Where to Begin?
There is plenty of information about healthy lifestyle balance in this site to keep you reading for a while. No matter where you begin, you are sure to find something of interest to you in just a click or two. If you are too busy to explore it fully now, you can choose to bookmark the site or print pages out to read later.
My clients tell me that spending 15-30 minutes each day working on the techniques I recommend has greatly improved their quality of life. People who have felt out of control with food have found it has lost its grip on them. Others who hated their bodies have been able to greatly improve their body image. Be sure to bookmark this page and the Nutritionist Blog so that you can return again and again to continue exploring or reviewing its rich content.
1. Intuitive Healthy Eating -- if you are looking for a healthy relationship with food, look no further. The reason it is so great is because it is different than anything you've seen before--and what you've done in the past didn't work long term.
Here is a link sent to me from a former client, discussing her experience with this approach. She urged me to post the link on my site with the hope it would be helpful to others who struggle. Please note: client confidentiality is strictly maintained in my practice--this link is only provided with the expressed consent and desire of this individual.
This is work on the fundamental relationship with food. This is not superficial 'eat this, not that' stuff that doesn't last long. Bring an open mind--it is an adventure. Even if you are at a comfortable weight but struggle with binging or other food issues, these tools will improve your eating behaviors.
2. My Nutritionist Blog -- I want to hear from you! Go here to make me your personal nutritionist. Then when some weirdo comments on your eating, just say, "My Nutritionist told me to do it." I will post frequently based on news or inspiration. Leave comments or ask questions to be part of the conversation.
3. Personal Wellness Plan -- the article Personal Development Plan is great because it helps you figure out where you are and where you want to be. You will definitely want to check it out as soon as you get the chance.
Your Body, Your Life
This is a scrolling feed from my Your Body, Your Life Blog. It is a collage of cool stuff I find and write about being good to yourself.
If you find this site to be helpful, you can support its growth. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
"[Jennifer and Holly],
I wanted to send this note to both of you, instead of individually ( although you both have unique, awesome qualities and insights :) , because I see you as my 'therapy possee'. I feel like you two have helped me climb out of the 'every-day, fat-focused, failure-filled, panic-stricken, joyless, "I suck", sludge I was stuck in! While it's true that I have miles to go to get to body-image and life-fulfilling 'nirvana', at least I'm off the go-nowhere loop and onto the path forward! Your encouragement, questioning, wondering, and sound-bites of wisdom and knowledge have helped me see what's possible, if I'll just go after it! Thank you so much! "
This email is long over due but I wanted to thank you for helping my
daughter, several months ago. [She] had struggled with
food for several years. It affected every aspect of her life and ours
as well. We had used a therapist prior but it just didn't work. Her
time with you has resulted in a complete turn-around. I can't even
describe how relieved she is to not be thinking about calories and
weight incessantly. She eats anything but only to the point she is
full. Helping her kick this problem has no doubt changed her life
forever and her father and I are so appreciative."
"Hi Jennifer. I was reminded tonight of how thankful I am for the things I learned with you. I've been noticing some things with my eating so I sat down and journaled. Keep doing what you're doing. It's important work!"
I'm really sorry I just stopped coming and disappeared off the face of the planet. I wanted to let you know that while, at the time, it was really hard to use what you taught me, I did take it in. And when I finally wanted to use it, that foundation has been invaluable. You taught me a lot about food - what it can and more importantly can't do. You've inspired me, and given me something to look up to and strive for as I've pushed myself through school. I'm about to graduate... and I'm really excited/hopeful to help people the way you've helped me. So, thank you. I never would have made it this far without you.
All the best!"