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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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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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3 Must-Have Gifts to Give YOURSELF this Holiday Season

3 Must-Have Gifts to Give YOURSELF this Holiday Season

If you’ve been following my social media for the past few weeks, you’ll probably know that I have been sharing quotes from The Ultimate Guide to Guilt Free Holiday Eating, a collection of advice from over 30 non-diet dietitians and therapists, curated by Christin Morgan, RD.

As I read through the quotes, I noticed there were a few common themes that kept showing up. These, to me, are the best gifts that you can receive this holiday season, but you can’t put them on your wishlist! They’re all items that only you can give to yourself.
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How to Deal with the Holiday Food Police

How to Deal with the Holiday Food Police

🎶 You better watch out, get ready to cry, you might want to pout, I’m telling you why – the Food Police is coming to town. 🎶

‘Tis the season for cookie exchanges, family gatherings, office potlucks and cocktail parties. And you know where there’s food—especially food you don’t typically see at other times of year—you bet the Food Police are going to be there.

🎶 They’re eyeing your plate, they’re checking it twice. They say it’s “for your health” but they’re really not nice. The Food Police is coming to town. 🎶

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HAES®-Friendly Deals for #BlackFriday 2017

HAES®-Friendly Deals for #BlackFriday 2017

Despite the fact that we all have to go to work, Black Friday has become a “thing” in Canada. Inspired by a recent email I got from my friend Lisa Wood, I decided to do a round-up of some HAES-friendly courses, resources and products that are going on sale this weekend. Read more →

What is a “Proper” Portion?

What is a “Proper” Portion?

One of the most common concerns that my clients say that they struggle with is “portion control”. This exchange that I had with a client made sound familiar to you:

“It’s really hard. I portion out the food and it doesn’t look like enough, so then I take more. Sometimes, it still doesn’t look like enough, so then I take even more,” she said.
“Well, did you try to see if it was enough food?” I asked.
“I have a scale, and sometimes I weigh the food, but still it doesn’t look like enough.”

What I meant when I asked her whether she had “tried” to see if it was a proper portion, was whether or not she actually ate it. My client seemed to be only relying on external cues—her eyes and the scale—to try to determine whether she had served herself enough food.
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I Moustache You a Question… About Soy.

I Moustache You a Question… About Soy.

It’s Movember again! This annual campaign raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancers, and mental health. It’s also a chance to find out which of the men in your life can grow lush mo’s, and who can only sprout a few chin hairs.

I find that often when I talk about nutrition and men’s health, the conversation turns to soy… and whether it can be harmful for men.
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Sometimes, Self Care Feels Like Work

Sometimes, Self Care Feels Like Work

With our busy, whirlwind lives, it seems like self care should be an oasis. An opportunity to slow down, unplug, take a break. Something that comes naturally.

In many cases, self care does feel that way. Sometimes, however, self care can take a little more effort, and that’s OK.

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Can You Be Addicted to Food? {An Open Letter to CBC’s White Coat, Black Art}

Can You Be Addicted to Food? {An Open Letter to CBC’s White Coat, Black Art}

Dear Dr. Goldman & the White Coat, Black Art team:

As a registered dietitian, certified Intuitive Eating counselor and CBC fan, I listened to the season premiere of White Coat, Black Art with interest. “Food addiction” is indeed a controversial topic, and I was hoping that more airtime could’ve been given to arguments against food addiction as a diagnosis and an abstinence-based treatment.

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Can Meal Planning and Meal Prep Work with Intuitive Eating?

Can Meal Planning and Meal Prep Work with Intuitive Eating?

At first glance, it would appear that Intuitive Eating and meal planning/meal prep don’t mix.

Intuitive Eating is about listening to your body’s signals to help you decide what and how much to eat; meal planning and meal prep “decide” that for you ahead of time.

The first principle of Intuitive Eating is “reject the diet mentality”; meal plans, meal prep and meal planning are often the cornerstones of diets, weight loss programs or “lifestyle changes” to help people lose weight.

So why would I still have the gall to identify as an Intuitive Eater while meal planning every week?

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