Amber Romaniuk is an Emotional Eating, Digestive and Hormone Expert who helps professional women achieve optimal health through mindful eating, self-care and overcoming self-sabotage with food.
Her podcast “The No Sugarcoating Podcast” has over a half a million downloads and she has appeared on local TV 50 times in the last three years alone.
Amber overcame her own emotional eating after gaining and losing more than 1,000 pounds, spending over $50,000 on binge foods and spending 5 years balancing her hormones and digestion.
Now she helps others achieve Body Freedom™ so they have the confidence and health to create amazing lives.
My World at 5: How Moments Define us
My journey to becoming an Emotional Eating, Digestive and Hormone Expert began on my first day of school. I was waiting for the bus with butterflies, wondering… who would I sit with?
What friends would I make? As the bus pulled up, my heart pounded. So many eyes on me, but the older mean boys stood out. They began to taunt me and laugh. “Look at her… she’s fat… ugly.”
I was five. My world (and heart) crumbled. Who could be so mean to someone they didn’t know?
From that moment on, well into my twenties, I became very shy and self-conscious. I feared it was true… I WAS that fat ugly girl who didn’t belong. I feared I was unlovable by the opposite sex and that the only way to get a boy to like me is if I was skinny.
We all have defining moments. Yours may be different. They can shape our self-confidence and felt need for self-protection. For many women, that self-protection shows up as extra weight. Until you do the inner work to feel safe, your body will subconsciously hold on to the weight.
Food Became My Friend
Or More Like My Obsession
Growing up, almost every memory I created had some association with food. I could eat AND go swimming, eat AND celebrate Christmas, eat AND watch television. It was also a huge part of the relationship I had with my mom. So naturally, food carried a quality of love, nurture and comfort with it. The sweeter and more sugar-filled, the better. Sitting on the couch mindlessly eating junk-food is how we bonded as a family. That was love to me.
Little did I realize how attached I was to it or how my growing un-love for myself through my school years would begin to create a huge void that I would then fill with food. Food became my happy place. It didn’t disappoint or say mean things. I could count on food to temporarily lift me up in some situations and numb me in others.
Humans are social creatures that find relationships where we can, if not from someone, then from something—substances, reckless activities, alcohol. For me, it was food. I came to accept that I would be pudgy like my mom’s side. That is, until in my twenties, when a relationship ended. I was positive that if I just lost the weight, I could get him back.
The Rollercoaster Up and Down 1000 lbs
There is a reason that the diet industry is a seven trillion dollar a year industry. People desperately want a different body and a quick way to get there. We think that if we just have the perfect body, we’ll be happy and get that man, job or opportunity. I sure did.
I tried everything. I restricted calories, skipped meals, tried the latest fad diets and worked out six day a week, exhausting my adrenals. For a while it worked. I got to my ideal weight and felt great, but it wasn’t sustainable. And that relationship didn’t work out. I was devastated. Once again I believed I was not lovable.
The more I restricted myself, the more I was triggered to binge eat. I went up and down 1,000 lbs. I had multiple sizes of clothes. My life was being consumed by food and my body image.
I stopped doing things I loved like going hiking because I didn’t want anyone to see me. I didn’t want anyone to know that I’d spent $50,000 on binge foods, quick fix diets and more.
My Low Point: Waging a War on My Body
My confidence was taking a massive hit. But it wasn’t just that, so was my body. I had crippling stomach pain, bloating, and digestive upset — not my hormones were in a tailspin.
The more I binged, the worse my cravings became. It was a vicious cycle of deprivation and then binging. My low point came when I found myself digging through the kitchen garbage to binge on leftover food. I collapsed to the floor crying. This food addiction had taken over my life. I was alone, in pain physically, mentally and emotionally. I was so embarrassed, hating my body and shaming myself. How could I let this happen?
That kitchen floor was a turning point. I knew I couldn’t continue like this. I knew I needed to figure out how to gain freedom over my self-sabotaging behavior. It was clear that I ate to cope with life and stress, and until I shifted that, I’d always use food as a crutch, and my body would pay the price. And so my healing journey began.
“Our lows can becoming our turning points.
They can wake us up to realize we need help and a new approach.”
Self-Care & Unscheduling:
The Missing Ingredient in Weight Loss
It took me 5 years to overcome my food addiction and balance my hormones and digestion. And it didn’t come through some magic diet pill, 14-day detox or bootcamp workouts.
It unfolded slowly through self-love and taking time to care for myself — truly listening to what my body needed. It came through learning healthy boundaries, tending to my heart, releasing control, managing my ego and creating space in my schedule
It came through eating nourishing foods that reduced cravings and inflammation with enough variety in my food choices so that I didn’t feel restricted. And it came through letting go of the need to be perfect. The more I gave my body and heart what she needed, the more the weight naturally came off.
For me, this also meant saying no fitness training and workouts. Yes, I lost weight by NOT working out. Today my movement is gentle and intuitive — something my body is so thankful for. My body has stabilized at her ideal weight. And because I’ve learned to love myself unconditionally, I’ve attracted the most amazing relationship.
My Mission Today: Body Freedom™ for Life
Today my mission is to help professional women around the world gain Body Freedom™ so that they have the energy, clarity and health to be unstoppable in their lives. Through private coaching and group programs, I help women overcome emotional eating, improve digestion and balance hormones.
While painful at times, my journey was a blessing. I developed my unique Body Freedom™ System to guide my clients, which combines wisdom from my personal healing, my training as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and my ongoing learning in mindset, energy, tapping and more.
I’m committed to helping women create safety and trust in their bodies through self-care and mindful choices that allow the body to be the miracle that it is. When the body feels supported and loved, it finds its ideal weight and health. It takes time, but the journey is so worth it.
Imagine if you made yourself a priority and gifted your body, heart and soul exactly what they needed.
Imagine if you could stop fighting your body and got your life back.