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Alana Van Der Sluys: Why the wellness industry is elitist

Why have we simply accepted that the only image of wellness looks like a thin white woman in her 20s with a perfect ponytail and expensive yoga pants? In this provocative talk, Alana Van Der Sluys not only asks you to question why we have passively accepted this singular, elitist version of health as the gold standard for all; while also detailing practical ways we can dismantle this limiting view of health and wellness and replace it with one that’s multifaceted and inclusive on a global scale. Alana Van Der Sluys is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, book author, and professional speaker. She is the founder of Freedom with Food and Fitness, where she empowers women to pursue health– without obsession, restriction, or diets– through intuitive eating and mindset coaching. She took her seven year battle with three undiagnosed eating disorders and turned it into a thriving business where she supports women along the path she has already forged in her own recovery. Her book, Freedom with Food and Fitness: How Intuitive Eating is the Key to Becoming Your Happiest Self, will be published and available everywhere books are sold in 2023.

For more information or to work with Alana, visit or say hi to her on Instagram @FreedomwithFoodandFitness. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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