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2018 Resolutions: Q1 Check-In

2018 Resolutions: Q1 Check-In

Like most people, I tend to treat my new year’s resolutions like a slow-cooker: Set it and forget it.

The bad news is, while setting and forgetting a slow cooker often yields delicious results (as long as you don’t forget it for too long), setting and forgetting your new year’s resolutions leads to nothing at best, and at worst, discouragement, self-blame and guilt for not doing what you set out to do.

So, as winter s-l-o-w-l-y rolls into spring, I thought it’d be a good time to do a check in on my new year’s resolutions.

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What is Your Why?

What is Your Why?

Many people who are in the entrepreneurial and/or business world will know about Simon Sinek. He is perhaps best known for his TED Talk about the concept of “Why” and why it’s important for business and leadership.

 

For a long time, I really struggled to figure out my why. Or perhaps, I didn’t want to admit what my why is.
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5 Common Intuitive Eating Struggles (and Steps to Help You Overcome Them)

5 Common Intuitive Eating Struggles (and Steps to Help You Overcome Them)

When you’ve hit diet rock bottom, intuitive eating is an oasis. Finally, you can stop fighting with your body, stop counting points, stop measuring every morsel of food that passes through your lips. You can have freedom in your relationship with food, and let go of your obsession.

But for many people, the journey to intuitive eating is not all smooth sailing. It’s easy to wonder—was this all a mirage? Or worse, “Aren’t we all born intuitive eaters? What am I doing wrong?”

You are not alone. Here are some of the common struggles that people run into, and some ideas to help you keep moving forward.

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Let’s Talk About Weight

Let’s Talk About Weight

TW: This post mentions numbers and uses the word “obesity” in the context of describing the current discourse on weight. Studies linked may contain stigmatizing language.

Many thanks to the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) community for conducting, supporting and amplifying the science behind a weight-inclusive approach. 

I always feel a bit of impostor syndrome when it comes to why I’ve adopted a non-diet, HAES, intuitive eating approach. I don’t have my own eating disorder journey, nor do I have a lot of experience working with people with eating disorders. What draws me to this work is twofold: it is a social justice issue first and foremost, and secondly, the science really doesn’t support the conventional approach to weight.

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Embracing, not Fearing, the Potential of Food

Embracing, not Fearing, the Potential of Food

This year’s Nutrition Month theme is “Unlock the Potential of Food”. I love how this theme lends itself to lots of possibilities when it comes to promoting the importance of food and nutrition, and the work of dietitians. For its part, Dietitians of Canada has chosen five sub-themes: the potential to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together.

I’ve always said that food is more than fuel. It’s no secret that I love to cook and eat, and I believe that pleasure and eating emotionally are all part of eating well.

Still, I can’t help but wonder – when we talk about food’s “potential” and give it so much power, are we unintentionally stoking the fears we have around food?

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5 Life-Changing Quotes on Body Positivity and Health At Every Size®

5 Life-Changing Quotes on Body Positivity and Health At Every Size®

Many body positivity, Health At Every Size, intuitive eating and mindful eating professionals arrive at this work through their own struggles with their relationship with food and/or their body. I got here through a path that involved weight loss surgery patients, podcasts, and social media.

There have definitely been a lot of “aha” moments along the way, and I wanted to share some of those with you, in case they might move you forward on your own body positive/HAES journey in the way that it did mine.
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10 Signs Your Relationship Status with Food is “Complicated”

10 Signs Your Relationship Status with Food is “Complicated”

Most people know about the three main eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Disordered eating, however, can be difficult to define.

A survey conducted amongst over 4,000 American women aged 25-45 found that 3 in 4 women reported disordered eating behaviours, with 1 in 10 suffering from an eating disorder. 74.5% of the women surveyed also reported that “their concerns about shape and weight interfered with their happiness.”

Disordered eating is often overlooked, or worse, celebrated or prescribed in our fatphobic, “wellness”-obsessed culture. Here are some signs that your “clean eating” might be too clean:

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What is (and isn’t) Mindful Eating?

What is (and isn’t) Mindful Eating?

Today marks the third annual Mindful Eating Day, hosted by The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME).

Mindfulness and mindful eating are definitely on trend. Innova Market Insights named “mindful choices” the #1 trend driving the food and drink industry in 2018. Though it’s great that these concepts are getting more attention, there seem to be a lot of misinterpretations floating around, including the definition by Innova. I even deleted my Mindful Eating Day blog posts from the past two years because of the misinformation I shared! 🙈

TCME put together a short document covering what mindful eating is and isn’t (scroll to page 2), but I don’t think it quite covers some of the confusion that I see.

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

“The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness – even our wholeheartedness – actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.” —Brené Brown, Rising Strong

As of last Friday, I no longer work at a bariatric clinic.

Many of you are cheering, and I am so grateful for your support as I’ve been feeling my way toward my truth over the past year and a half.

Some of you are left wondering why I left a steady source of income after five years. (Don’t worry, I moved laterally to another position.)

Some of you might feel betrayed – how could I claim to be a Health At Every Size® dietitian if I worked at a weight loss surgery clinic? I hear your pain and I apologize. I promise to do better, and I also understand if you feel that it is too little, too late.
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New Year, New Mindset.

New Year, New Mindset.

As I said last yearwhen the last sugar plums get put away, the diet industry comes out to play.

“Before and after” pictures flood our TV screens and newsfeeds, while gyms overflow with new members. Once again, we promise ourselves that this is the year that we will finally “cut out sugar” or “lose weight”. Even people that we would least suspect are jumping on the Whole30 bandwagon, or trying the latest activated charcoal juice/bone broth cleanse. It’s hard to not get swept up in the new year’s frenzy of “health” and transformation – New Year, New You.

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