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Why Eating is Like Packing a Suitcase

Why Eating is Like Packing a Suitcase

Packing is one of my least favourite activities ever, so it’s ironic that it’s one of my favourite analogies for eating. I know people roll their eyes every time they hear a dietitian say, “all foods fit” or “everything in moderation”, so this, to me, gives it a refreshing spin.

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All Food is Good. All Eating Serves a Purpose.

All Food is Good. All Eating Serves a Purpose.

Recently, I was at a dinner party where as the hostess cleared the dishes from the main meal, she proclaimed, “There is a good dessert, and a bad dessert.”

I was confused – if she was so concerned about how her dessert tasted or turned out, why bother serving it?

As it turns out, the “good” dessert was fruit, and the “bad” dessert was donuts.

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How to Spot a Diet

How to Spot a Diet

The diet industry is on to us.

In the past, diets were pretty easy to spot—Atkins, South Beach, Cabbage Soup, you name it! They were proud to be called diets, and people felt good and virtuous about dieting to lose weight.

But then, people started realizing that diets don’t work.

It’s well-documented that dieting is associated with weight gain, not weight loss. Anyone who has been on a diet has probably figured out that yes, weight loss generally happens while they’re on the diet, but once they’re off, the weight comes back (often with some extra to spare).

While most dietitians secretly hoped that this would cause the diet industry to implode, instead the industry is more successful than ever.

Nowadays, the diets hide behind euphemisms like “detox”, “cleanse”, “reset” or “clean eating”, and we gladly hop from one to the next, losing and gaining that same amount of weight, hoping that the next will be The One that will finally make the weight go away for good.

Are you tired of feeling stuck on the yo-yo, and ready to ditch dieting for good? Here’s how to spot whether your next “lifestyle change” is really a diet in disguise.

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Stuck with the Same New Year’s Resolution Year After Year? Try This. {Worksheet Inside}

Stuck with the Same New Year’s Resolution Year After Year? Try This. {Worksheet Inside}

Before the holidays, I attended a Yoga for Dietitians class put on by my friend and colleague, Casey Berglund of Worthy and Well. (She teaches Yoga for Mindful Eating and Wellness for non-dietitians too! She will be leading two sessions here in Calgary later this month – one at Yoga Passage and one at Journey Yoga.) One of the exercises that we did in the class had a lot to do with figuring out why there are goals or new year’s resolutions that never seem to stick, and she has graciously allowed me to share the exercise with you here.
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How I Bombed My New Year’s Resolutions and Still Had an Amazing Year

How I Bombed My New Year’s Resolutions and Still Had an Amazing Year

Despite the reportedly high failure rate, I still make it a habit to set new year’s resolutions every year. Last year was no different.

2016 Resolutions

I only achieved 50% of my resolutions (though I removed one resolution entirely, so does that make it 60%?)
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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 You Be Body Positive and Still Want to Lose Weight?

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

Image Courtesy of the Canadian Obesity Network Perfect at Any Size Galleries

{Updates and TW added Oct 4, 2017: This post was written when I was first starting to explore body positivity, and contains thoughts/opinions that are incorrect and may be triggering.}

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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Why I Don’t Believe in “Lazy” {Plus, A Couple of Personal Stories}

Why I Don’t Believe in “Lazy” {Plus, A Couple of Personal Stories}

I just wrapped up the first round of my *FREE* 10-Day 4-3-2-1 Countdown to Wellness Challenge (Sign up and try it yourself!) Creating, test driving and participating in the challenge has got me a little more aware and introspective of my own habits, so I thought I would share some of my learnings with you.
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