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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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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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My 2017 Reflections & 2018 Resolutions

My 2017 Reflections & 2018 Resolutions

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the new year, I hadn’t planned to share my reflections on the past year and resolutions for the coming year. However, since my friend Monica shared that I inspired her recap, I thought it best to return the favour.
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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 →

Health Canada Just Banned Trans Fats. Should Sugar Be Next?

Health Canada Just Banned Trans Fats. Should Sugar Be Next?

Last week, I shared on social media that Health Canada will be banning the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in food, effectively banning artificial trans fats from our food supply. On Twitter someone replied, “Next up, sugar.” I was tempted to tweet back, “I hope not!” But unsure whether they were being serious or just tongue-in-cheek, I decided to not incite a Twitter war and blog about it instead.

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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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Canada is Getting a New Food Guide! Here’s What You Need to Know

Canada is Getting a New Food Guide! Here’s What You Need to Know

Let me start this post by saying that it’s a common misconception that dietitians base all of their recommendations on Canada’s Food Guide. Most of the dietitians I know, myself included, rarely use it in their practice. In fact, if there’s one thing that dietitians, health professionals and those who make more dubious nutrition claims seem to agree on, it might just be hating on Canada’s Food Guide.

With concerns ranging from including fruit juice as a serving of fruit to industry influence, our 10-year-old Food Guide is certainly due for an update.
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Why I No Longer Help People Lose Weight

Why I No Longer Help People Lose Weight

About a year ago, I decided to turn this practice from “side hustle” to “moving toward full-time gig”. One of the first things you learn as a businessperson is to “find a niche”. At the time, I’d worked at a bariatric clinic for over three years, so naturally, I picked weight management as one of my niches, especially since it was a service that many people ask for.

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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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4 Steps to Health (That Have Nothing to do With Weight)

4 Steps to Health (That Have Nothing to do With Weight)

Updated March 22, 2017

In May 2016, I shared an article on Facebook that left me pretty unimpressed.

While I agree that “Get a checkup” is a good start, here is how I would’ve written the rest of the four steps to health.

You don't need to lose #weight to get #healthy. Start here instead. Click To Tweet

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