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How I Bombed My New Year’s Resolutions and Still Had an Amazing Year

How I Bombed My New Year’s Resolutions and Still Had an Amazing Year

Despite the reportedly high failure rate, I still make it a habit to set new year’s resolutions every year. Last year was no different.

2016 Resolutions

I only achieved 50% of my resolutions (though I removed one resolution entirely, so does that make it 60%?)
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Why Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution is Doomed to Fail {And What to Do Instead}

Why Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution is Doomed to Fail {And What to Do Instead}

When the last sugar plums get put away, the diet industry comes out to play.

It’s the same every year – still hungover from weeks of holiday celebrations, and feeling guilty that we’ve “had too many treats” or “let ourselves go” again, we vow that this year will be different.

“I just need to go on a cleanse, so I can undo the bad eating I did over the holidays, and start eating clean again.”
“This is the year that I’ll be stricter with myself.”
“Maybe this new program will finally work.”
“I just need to find the perfect diet.”

So, we start subsisting on green smoothies and charcoal lemonade, and avoiding the Triad of Evil (gluten, dairy and sugar, obvs.) We lose weight, feel better, and think, “That Vincci chick has no clue what she’s talking about – I’M AWESOME!”

And then, whether intentionally (because your cleanse ends in 10 days – phew!) or unintentionally (you have to have a slice of cake at your grandma’s 90th birthday, there were donuts in the office break room, your roommate ate what you were planning to have for supper, etc.) within weeks (or days!) we’re back to where we started, beating ourselves up for being so “weak-willed”, and beating ourselves up even more for eating because we were beating ourselves up.

Rinse and repeat.
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Change Your Thinking, Change Your Eating: 3 Tips for a Happy & Healthy Holidays (and Beyond!)

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Eating: 3 Tips for a Happy & Healthy Holidays (and Beyond!)

Want to eat healthier during the holidays? Thousands of tips are just a Google away, from the sensible “scan all your options before digging in”, to the dubious “wear tight-fitting clothes so you can manage what you measure”

You know what to do, so what’s going to actually make you do it? You might be surprised to learn that how you think can have a huge impact on how you eat.
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Why You Don’t Need a Meal Plan

Why You Don’t Need a Meal Plan

It seems like a reasonable request.

I mean, financial planners will write you an investment plan, personal trainers will give you an exercise plan (and most will probably give you a meal plan too, but I digress.) So, it should only make sense that a dietitian would give you a meal plan, right?

Nope.

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The One Secret to a Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

The One Secret to a Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

We are just over a month away from Christmas, and already I’ve noticed that some of my client sessions have shifted to what I call “holiday talk” – panic and fear around managing the mountains of baking, multiple holiday events, and of course, the big family dinner.

To be honest, it pains me a little that many of the articles and blogs that are out there this time of year talk about how to “survive” a season that’s supposedly about happiness and joy. I, too, was one of those people who claimed that replacing butter with applesauce in your Christmas cookies or celebrating the season without food should be part of your holiday survival toolkit.

While these tips mean well and can be helpful, the unintended consequence is that they can make some people feel guilty about celebrating the holidays the way that most normally do – baking and eating buttery, sugary cookies from recipes that have been passed down many generations, or indulging in a hearty family meal (plus a few drinks, of course!)

So, this year, I’m boiling my advice down to a single tip.

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Can Ketogenic/LCHF Diets Make You a Better Athlete?

Can Ketogenic/LCHF Diets Make You a Better Athlete?

Many dietitians had hoped that the keto/LCHF trend would die with Dr. Atkins back in 2003, but the low-carb movement is still going strong. Nowadays, it’s not just for people trying to manage their weight or symptoms of epilepsy; a few professional athletes have reportedly jumped on the bandwagon, in hopes of giving an edge to their performance.

(I was actually inspired to research this blog post because someone at my gym had mentioned that Urijah Faber is on a keto diet, but a Google search does not corroborate this – sorry, California Kid.)
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Why Donald Trump is like a Fad Diet

Why Donald Trump is like a Fad Diet

Donald Trump photo by Gage Skidmore

This week I had planned to share a post about the ketogenic diet and athletic performance, but like many of you, I have been distracted by the results of the US election. I know I don’t get personal here often, let alone political, and this post may seem a bit opportunistic; but really, I am just trying to process the results of this long, nasty race in a way that I understand.
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How to Practice Eating Better

How to Practice Eating Better

I just came back from a 2-day workshop on motivational interviewing, a counselling approach for helping people change their habits, which is basically what I do every day. This approach really connects with my belief that healthy eating looks different for each individual, and though I may be the expert on nutrition, you are the expert on your lifestyle and your needs. As a result, our dietitian-client relationship should look like a partnership, instead of the stereotypical teacher-student one.

I was already practicing some motivational interviewing techniques in my work, and the workshop really helped me to tie a lot of loose ends together and see the reasoning behind the techniques, hopefully adding some “oomph” to my practice. I am really excited to start sinking my teeth into some the skills I learned and practiced during those two days, and I am committed to letting go of judgment and of my own agenda in my client sessions, and trusting your inner wisdom to help guide us through your journey. (So, if you have a session with me coming up, hold me to it, OK?)

I really wanted to share with you some of my learnings without getting too technical, or in a way that makes you feel like, “Hey, she’s doing that thing to me!” So, here’s what I came up with.
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Can You Be Body Positive and Still Want to Lose Weight?

Can You Be Body Positive and Still Want to Lose Weight?

Image Courtesy of the Canadian Obesity Network Perfect at Any Size Galleries

Aside from my private practice, I have been working part-time at a clinic that specializes in weight management for nearly four years. So, in the past few months, I have been narrowing the scope of my practice to focus on weight management (and sports nutrition, another interest of mine.)

I’ve been listening to more podcasts lately, and I stumbled across one by dietitian Christy Harrison called Food Psych. In it, she interviews women from all different walks of life about how they’ve changed their relationship with food and their bodies.

I’m admittedly only a couple episodes in, but this podcast got me thinking – as someone who is against dieting and believes in the idea of intuitive eating and focusing on health as opposed to the number on the scale, by focusing my practice on weight management, am I actually doing more harm than good? Despite approaching it from a place of promoting self-love and worthiness, and encouraging my clients to focus on the behaviours and not the outcome, am I still just adding to the narrative that we need to strive for a certain body type or appearance? That we have more control over our weight than we think?

By helping people lose weight, am I adding to the narrative that we need to strive for a thin body? Click To Tweet
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What Can A Dietitian Do For You?

What Can A Dietitian Do For You?

I know I wrote a blog post on this topic last year, but I thought it was worth exploring again, as a few weeks ago a client asked me, “So, what is your goal for your clients?”

I was admittedly caught off guard, so I sputtered something along the lines of how everyone has different goals, but the more that I reflected on it afterwards, the more that I realized that I do have a common goal in mind when it comes to the clients that I work with.
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