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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?

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{Updates and TW added Oct 4, 2017 & Jan 11, 2018: 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 had 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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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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Stop the Overwhelm and Start Forging Your Path to Wellness: 4 Steps to Get Laser Focused

Stop the Overwhelm and Start Forging Your Path to Wellness: 4 Steps to Get Laser Focused

Sometimes, nutrition can seem so complicating. We’re bombarded with (often conflicting) information on nutrition, food and eating every. single. day. And just when we finally decide to take the leap and try something new, we often hear “Sorry! It’s actually bad for you.”

So if you’re ready to go, and not sure where to start, or feeling overwhelmed by the “shotgun” approach, try these 4 steps to help you get laser-focused.
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How Einstein Can Change the Way You View Nutrition

How Einstein Can Change the Way You View Nutrition

Can you imagine what life would be like without the internet? We’d have to thumb through dusty encyclopedias or card catalogues (remember those?), wait forever for that book or journal article we’ve put on hold at the library, and settle fights the old fashioned way (not by Googling the real answer.) With the internet, if you have a question about anything, whether it’s “are bananas really high in potassium?” or “what should I eat for dinner?” an answer is just a few clicks away on your computer or your phone, and free to boot!

With all this information at our fingertips, why is it that we haven’t become the healthiest we could possibly be?
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5 Words to Knock Out of Your Eating Vocabulary {#NutritionMonth 2016 Week 4: Try Something New}

5 Words to Knock Out of Your Eating Vocabulary {#NutritionMonth 2016 Week 4: Try Something New}

{Updated October 18, 2017}

This week’s Nutrition Month theme is Try Something New! While I’m sure the original intent of the theme is to try a new food or a new recipe to help add more variety (and perhaps more nutrition!) to your diet, I find that when it comes to making real, lasting change, it’s not just about trying the next new thing that comes along, but really diving deep and changing the way we think about food and eating.

A good place to start is changing the way that we talk about food. It may seem small, but the words that we use can influence how we think about something. For example, the LGBTQ community has done a lot of work to turn the word “queer” from being a slur to an accepted way to describe people in the community. Similarly, the fat acceptance/body positive community has been working to reclaim the word “fat”.
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WHY & HOW to Choose Small Changes for HUGE Results – Free downloadable worksheet inside! {#NutritionMonth 2016: Get Ready!}

WHY & HOW to Choose Small Changes for HUGE Results – Free downloadable worksheet inside! {#NutritionMonth 2016: Get Ready!}

Happy Nutrition Month! This year’s theme is Take a 100 Meal Journey: Make Small Changes, One Meal at a Time! The “100 Meal Journey” is based on the idea that Canadians eat about 100 meals in a month, so this month is all about making small changes in each meal and trying out new strategies to make these changes stick.

The original title of this post was going to be “30 Small Changes to Improve Your Diet… And How to Choose Just One”, but I figured I should just jump to the “choosing one” part because you probably don’t have to look far for inspiration for small changes – it can be as simple as downloading the eaTipster app from Dietitians of Canada, following the #NutritionMonth hashtag on Twitter, or visiting a few of my dietitian friends:

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