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Why You Shouldn’t Use Mindful Eating to Lose Weight

Why You Shouldn’t Use Mindful Eating to Lose Weight

“Mindful eating is not about weight loss. It’s not about body size. It’s all about discovering who I truly am. What are my core values? What are my real needs as a human being?”

The Center for Mindful Eating is celebrating its second annual Mindful Eating Day this Thursday, January 26. To celebrate, the center is running free webinars featuring interviews with international mindful eating experts. There’s also a Facebook group featuring daily tips and exercises.

Mindful eating is certainly on trend, and of course, the diet/weight loss industry has jumped on the bandwagon – a quick Google search of “mindful eating” and “weight loss” gives you almost 400K hits. There’s even a Mindfulness Diet!

I, too, used to believe that mindful eating could be used for weight loss. I mean, mindful eating helps you to slow down your eating, which in turn should help you eat less, right? In fact, my Mindful Eating Day blog post last year cited a systematic review that found that in 13 of 19 studies, people who used mindful eating while trying to lose weight did lose weight, but it was unclear whether they lost weight because of mindful eating or because of something else.

The truth is, if you are entering the practice of mindful eating with the intention of weight loss, then you are probably missing the point.

If you're practicing #MindfulEating with the intention to lose weight, you're missing the point. Click To Tweet
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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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3 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Mindful Eating {Plus, 5 Tips to Get You Started!}

3 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Mindful Eating {Plus, 5 Tips to Get You Started!}

This Thursday, January 28, is the first ever Mindful Eating Day, hosted by The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME). Their website promises to be abuzz with activity, with videos and other educational material on the topic of mindful eating. The headlining event is a live webinar at 3 PM EST (1 PM Calgary time!) Sign up now for a chance to join their exclusive Facebook group, where they’re counting down to the big day with daily Mindful Eating, Mindfulness Exercises.
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Quality over Quantity (And What it Means for Your Diet)

Quality over Quantity (And What it Means for Your Diet)

The new US Dietary Guidelines came out last week! I was going to make that the focus of my blog post this week, but then life happened and I didn’t make the time to pore over the thousands of pages that make up the guideline, and the last time I wrote about the dietary guidelines, no one seemed particularly interested anyway.
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Does Everything I Eat Cause Cancer? {A Response to the WHO/IARC Report on Processed & Red Meats and Cancer}

Does Everything I Eat Cause Cancer? {A Response to the WHO/IARC Report on Processed & Red Meats and Cancer}

Earlier this week, I did a nutrition talk at Wellspring Calgary, and one of the attendees took the time after the presentation to tell me that she appreciated that I focused on what foods to eat versus what not to eat. And it’s true – there’s always someone out there telling us to cut out gluten, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, you name it, that if we listened to it all, we’d probably just be left with water (no fluoride, please?)

Last week, the nutrition “bad guy” was processed meat and red meat. The World Health Organization and International Agency for Research on Cancer released their latest monograph, which concluded that there is “probable evidence” that red meat, and “sufficient evidence” that processed meat can cause cancer. Of course, there was widespread backlash, and in a follow-up statement the WHO and IARC stated that bacon and beef are a-ok, just in moderation.

So, what to do in response to what seems like constantly shifting science that says something is bad one day, but OK the next?
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Do Healthy Treats Have a Place on Halloween?

Do Healthy Treats Have a Place on Halloween?

Last week, the National Post printed an article about how Summerside, PEI is offering fitness passes as a Halloween treat… but some people thought that it was a bad idea.

My first thought was, “Huh? Wha?” I thought the fitness passes were a pretty cool idea – in fact, swim passes are something that the City of Calgary has been offering for years.

Despite the Summerside director of community services JP Desrosiers saying that it was not meant as a sign that they were opposed to candy, or that candy is a bad thing, the article goes on to quote several people that say by handing out healthy treats, parents are sending the message that candy is forbidden and that kids shouldn’t have any exposure to it.
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Please Help Me Serve You Better [Survey & Chance to Win!]

Please Help Me Serve You Better [Survey & Chance to Win!]

I can’t believe it’s been just over a year since I started my newsletter! My first newsletter was sent to just 11 recipients, and now the list has grown to over 200 subscribers. I want to keep making my newsletter and blog better and more relevant to you, so I’ve created a short survey with some questions on what you’d like to learn more about.
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How Can a Dietitian Help?

How Can a Dietitian Help?

Earlier this week, the Evans Health Lab in Toronto released what is quite possibly the best 15-minute video on healthy eating I’ve ever seen. Just minutes in, I was thinking to myself, “Oh great, now I’m out of a job!” but then at minute 11, he mentions the value of seeing a dietitian. If so much of healthy eating can be explained in a 15-minute video, how can a dietitian help?
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