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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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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 might 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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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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What to Do When You’re Off Your Regular Routine

What to Do When You’re Off Your Regular Routine

Between fighting a nagging cold and moving into a new house, to say that I’ve been off my regular routine is an understatement. I’ve been painting, packing and unpacking instead of getting fluids and rest, I haven’t been going to the gym, and late dinners have become the norm.

Of course, it doesn’t always take a big event to knock someone off their regular routine. Even something as small as a traffic jam or sleeping in on the weekend can throw a wrench in the best laid plans.

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