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We’re spiritual beings having a human experience and everything we need is inside. When you connect with that inner guidance you can hear the whispers of your intuition — your Wise Self — guiding you to your best life. I can help you bring peace to your mind and heart and find solutions to the problems you’re facing right now.

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Discover new ways to overcome emotional eating, improve body image and release fears that stop you from losing weight. Read my articles for encouragement and inspiration on your self-care and weight loss journey. Learn mind/body and spiritual practices—such as Ho’oponopono and the 90-Second Rule—to help you lose weight with confidence and ease.

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Welcome. I’m Diane Petrella.

I know it’s cliché to say, “wisdom comes through suffering,” but when we don’t allow ourselves to be victims, it’s true. I came to understand that the sudden death of my father when I was a child was the most spiritually important event in my life. It’s no wonder I would later develop a center for traumatized children and adults. I knew what it was like to feel terrified, abandoned and alone.

But more important, I knew how to get to the other side.

And no matter what is happening in your life right now, I can help you get to the other side, too.

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Discover The Inspiration Diet… a visualization program to help you feel confident with your body and release weight with ease and love.

Imagine being thinner forever. Your inner Wise Woman will reveal your true path for success.

If you’re tired of losing weight only to gain it back again then the Wise Woman Weight Release program is for you!

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Recent Articles

10
Sep

Stress Eating: It’s About Your Brain (not the food!)

Do you compulsively overeat and struggle with your weight?

And, were you abused and traumatized as a child?

If you answered yes to both questions, you’re not alone.

Research shows that people who experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse in childhood are twice as likely to have a food addiction in adulthood as those who were not abused. If you suffered abuse or other adverse childhood experiences growing up, chances are your ongoing weight-loss difficulties stem from this past trauma.

Mainstream weight-loss programs entice you to buy their food, follow their diet plan, and count points or calories. While they may be helpful, they cannot offer you a path to permanent weight-loss if they don’t address the underlying reasons you overeat.

You may be surprised to learn that your continued struggles with emotional eating and coping with triggers most likely has little to do with food, although this is important. The deeper reasons behind your stress-related eating are neurological, rooted in your nervous system’s response to stress.

Let’s start with a mini crash-course on brain science and trauma that will help explain why you feel triggered to eat and hold onto extra weight. (more…)

07
Apr

Stop Fat-Shaming Yourself: Lose Weight with Radical Self-Respect

T-ShirtX2“Hey, I’m not fat. I’m just easy to see.”


“I’m in shape. Round is a shape.”


“Every time I lose weight, it finds me again!”

“I’ll have more cake. It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere!”

Yuck. Not funny.

Maybe it’s because I’m a psychotherapist. I know that painful stories are hiding behind the attempt at humor. So when I hear jokes that poke fun at serious health and mental health issues, I cringe.

Our culture is so inundated with this stuff—think how many shame-inducing memes appear in your Facebook feed—that we’re desensitized to how harmful it really is. I want you to see how demeaning jokes undermine your weight-release journey, how you unwittingly join in, and how practicing radical self-respect protects you from their harmful effects.

Take Another Look at What’s Funny

My client Karen struggled with her weight since childhood and regularly joked about it. She would say things like, “Oh, I just look at food and gain weight” and “Chocolate calls out my name!” (Do you say things like that, too?)

Karen kept a cartoon on her refrigerator. The caption said, “Pie Calling.” It was a picture of an overweight women clasping her hands over her ears to stop hearing the pie across the room yelling, “Eat me…eat me!”

That cartoon belittled the struggle Karen was going through, so I discussed it with her. I told her she was being unkind to herself. She got it and said, “I never joke with my daughters about things that bother them like my mother did with me. It’s not right to do this to myself, especially about my body and weight.”

Karen threw away the cartoon. She said it felt liberating to no longer see her weight-loss struggle glaring at her face every day. By getting rid of the cartoon, Karen also healed a part of herself that was still hurting from childhood trauma. (more…)

15
Dec

31 Gifts to Honor Your Body

FootSoak2aIf you’re like me—and most people—come January 1st, you’ve probably already created a long list of New Year’s resolutions, goals or intentions to stay focused on being healthier, fitter and better to your body.

While those are great strategies, today I’ve got a powerful—and fun—alternative for you… one that will leave you feeling good and more in tune with your body. Especially after the extremes of the holiday season.

This January indulge yourself in the 31-Day Honor My Body Challenge.

Indulge in a challenge? Yes, you read that right. Here’s how it works:

Every day—for 31 days—simply give your body a gift.

If you’ve read my Seven Easy & Effortless Weight Loss Secrets (Don’t have them? Enter your name and email in the box to the right and receive your free copy) you may remember that Secret #7 is about doing at least one kind thing for your body every day. I want you to live that Secret. For 31 days… (more…)

11
Dec

How Healthy Boundaries Lead to Healthy Eating


Do you say, “Yes” when you really mean, “No?”

Do you agree to make a dish, attend a party, or have overnight guests when your December schedule is already maxed out?

Do you disregard your needs just to please others?

And does the resentment you feel about doing this send you running to the tin of Christmas cookies your neighbor brought over?

If you can relate, you’re not alone. So many people do not learn healthy boundaries growing up. With the added demands of the holiday season approaching, it’s crucial to your health that you know when to draw the line.

Me —> Boundary <— You

Boundaries are the emotional and physical borders we place between ourselves and other people. They reflect how we see and treat ourselves in relation to others.

Strong boundaries are essential for your health and self-care. They support you to make good decisions for yourself. Weak boundaries support others at your expense.

For example, Karen has strong boundaries and is very clear when she doesn’t want to do something. (“Thank you for the dinner invitation but no, I can’t. I’m looking forward to a quiet evening at home tonight.”) She’s sensitive to other people’s feelings but not ruled by them.

Suzanne has weak boundaries and often says, “Yes” because she fears displeasing people. (“Sure, I’ll meet you tonight,” she tells her friend. She then beats herself up, “Why did I say that?! I have tons of work to do!”) Her fear of disappointing people makes their needs more important than her own. But her resentment and anger send her straight to the fridge.

Honor Yourself

If you struggle with setting boundaries around your time and energy, somewhere along the way you probably learned your feelings and needs didn’t matter. Trust me, though, your feelings are the only things that matter. (more…)

As you develop a trusting and loving partnership with your body, use these five promises as your stepping stones. Wishing you good health and happiness.

Blessings,
Diane