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Why You Don’t Need a Meal Plan

Why You Don’t Need a Meal Plan

It seems like a reasonable request.

I mean, financial planners will write you an investment plan, personal trainers will give you an exercise plan (and most will probably give you a meal plan too, but I digress.) So, it should only make sense that a dietitian would give you a meal plan, right?

Nope.

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The One Secret to a Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

The One Secret to a Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

We are just over a month away from Christmas, and already I’ve noticed that some of my client sessions have shifted to what I call “holiday talk” – panic and fear around managing the mountains of baking, multiple holiday events, and of course, the big family dinner.

To be honest, it pains me a little that many of the articles and blogs that are out there this time of year talk about how to “survive” a season that’s supposedly about happiness and joy. I, too, was one of those people who claimed that replacing butter with applesauce in your Christmas cookies or celebrating the season without food should be part of your holiday survival toolkit.

While these tips mean well and can be helpful, the unintended consequence is that they can make some people feel guilty about celebrating the holidays the way that most normally do – baking and eating buttery, sugary cookies from recipes that have been passed down many generations, or indulging in a hearty family meal (plus a few drinks, of course!)

So, this year, I’m boiling my advice down to a single tip.

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Can Ketogenic/LCHF Diets Make You a Better Athlete?

Can Ketogenic/LCHF Diets Make You a Better Athlete?

Many dietitians had hoped that the keto/LCHF trend would die with Dr. Atkins back in 2003, but the low-carb movement is still going strong. Nowadays, it’s not just for people trying to manage their weight or symptoms of epilepsy; a few professional athletes have reportedly jumped on the bandwagon, in hopes of giving an edge to their performance.

(I was actually inspired to research this blog post because someone at my gym had mentioned that Urijah Faber is on a keto diet, but a Google search does not corroborate this – sorry, California Kid.)
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How to Practice Eating Better

How to Practice Eating Better

I just came back from a 2-day workshop on motivational interviewing, a counselling approach for helping people change their habits, which is basically what I do every day. This approach really connects with my belief that healthy eating looks different for each individual, and though I may be the expert on nutrition, you are the expert on your lifestyle and your needs. As a result, our dietitian-client relationship should look like a partnership, instead of the stereotypical teacher-student one.

I was already practicing some motivational interviewing techniques in my work, and the workshop really helped me to tie a lot of loose ends together and see the reasoning behind the techniques, hopefully adding some “oomph” to my practice. I am really excited to start sinking my teeth into some the skills I learned and practiced during those two days, and I am committed to letting go of judgment and of my own agenda in my client sessions, and trusting your inner wisdom to help guide us through your journey. (So, if you have a session with me coming up, hold me to it, OK?)

I really wanted to share with you some of my learnings without getting too technical, or in a way that makes you feel like, “Hey, she’s doing that thing to me!” So, here’s what I came up with.
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Can You Be Body Positive and Still Want to Lose Weight?

Can You Be Body Positive and Still Want to Lose Weight?

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Aside from my private practice, I have been working part-time at a clinic that specializes in weight management for nearly four years. So, in the past few months, I have been narrowing the scope of my practice to focus on weight management (and sports nutrition, another interest of mine.)

I’ve been listening to more podcasts lately, and I stumbled across one by dietitian Christy Harrison called Food Psych. In it, she interviews women from all different walks of life about how they’ve changed their relationship with food and their bodies.

I’m admittedly only a couple episodes in, but this podcast got me thinking – as someone who is against dieting and believes in the idea of intuitive eating and focusing on health as opposed to the number on the scale, by focusing my practice on weight management, am I actually doing more harm than good? Despite approaching it from a place of promoting self-love and worthiness, and encouraging my clients to focus on the behaviours and not the outcome, am I still just adding to the narrative that we need to strive for a certain body type or appearance? That we have more control over our weight than we think?

By helping people lose weight, am I adding to the narrative that we need to strive for a thin body? Click To Tweet
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What Can A Dietitian Do For You?

What Can A Dietitian Do For You?

I know I wrote a blog post on this topic last year, but I thought it was worth exploring again, as a few weeks ago a client asked me, “So, what is your goal for your clients?”

I was admittedly caught off guard, so I sputtered something along the lines of how everyone has different goals, but the more that I reflected on it afterwards, the more that I realized that I do have a common goal in mind when it comes to the clients that I work with.
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The First Step to Eating Better {Why You Should Keep a Food Journal}

The First Step to Eating Better {Why You Should Keep a Food Journal}

If you’ve ever worked with a dietitian, nutritionist, or sometimes a naturopath or personal trainer, one of the first things that they will ask for is a food journal. In some cases, keeping a food journal is part of the treatment plan.

Is keeping a food journal necessary for healthy eating? The short answer is, no.

So, what’s the point?

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Let’s Stop the “No Pain, No Gain” Approach to Eating

Let’s Stop the “No Pain, No Gain” Approach to Eating

Last week, I talked about how alarm bells go off in my head when someone tells me that they are “good” during the day when it comes to eating.

Why? Because I know “good” has come to mean restricting portions, drinking chalky protein shakes instead of eating actual food, and cutting out gluten, sugar, or whatever is the current evil of the day.

How is this different from the person who works out twice (or maybe three times) a day, spends hours on the treadmill and ends up injuring themselves so that they’re down for the count for weeks on end?

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How to CRUSH Your Night Time Cravings

How to CRUSH Your Night Time Cravings

“I eat so well during the day, but then I come home and undo it all because I’m snacking the entire night.”

Does this sound like you?

Trust me, you’re not alone.

Late night cravings and munchies are one of the most common concerns I hear from my clients. You can stop the eat-repent-repeat cycle! Here’s my step-to-step guide to breaking the habit once and for all.
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What to Eat After Your Workout {Exercise Nutrition 101}

What to Eat After Your Workout {Exercise Nutrition 101}

We’ve all seen that guy at the gym who pounds back a protein shake right after a workout, or the person in the locker room who is unwrapping a protein bar while they’re changing. Is it really necessary to eat something as soon as you put away the weights or cross the finish line? Do you really need to buy one of those shaker bottles?

Here’s what you need to know about nutrition for recovery.
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