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Help! I Don’t Know What to Eat

Help! I Don’t Know What to Eat

It’s a little ironic that what attracts some people to intuitive eating is that it’s essentially about eating whatever you want (though in a complex, nuanced way), only to find themselves not knowing what to eat. It makes absolute sense why this would be the case: after a lifetime of meal plans, food rules, and “eat this, not that” lists, having unconditional permission and full autonomy around food and eating can feel overwhelming.

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Mindful Eating or Intuitive Eating: Which Should I Choose?

Mindful Eating or Intuitive Eating: Which Should I Choose?

A few months ago I wrote about the differences between mindful eating and intuitive eating. Now that the dust has settled from your mind being completely blown by the fact that they’re two different (but related) concepts, you might feel like you’ve been left wondering which you should choose.

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Is it Possible to Lose Weight without Dieting?

Is it Possible to Lose Weight without Dieting?

When I decided to become a dietitian, I was curious about how food broke down into nutrients, and how those nutrients were used in our body. I also liked the idea that food, nutrition, and health were themes that everyone could relate to and talk about. It never factored in my naive little brain that “dietitian” actually translated to “weight loss expert” in most people’s minds.

This has become particularly apparent since I’ve shifted my focus to being a non-diet dietitian—no matter how many blog posts I write, what I share on social media, my about page, or my services page, weight loss is still the #1 request I get, from blatant ones (“I want to lose X pounds.”) to ones that are a little more subtle (“I don’t want to diet, but I’m still going to lose weight, right?”)

I’m not saying this to make you feel bad or guilty for wanting to lose weight, nor am I saying this to make you feel that we can’t work together. (Though I won’t be working with you on weight loss.) While the answer is technically yes, it is possible to lose weight without dieting, there are a lot more layers to this answer than you might think.

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When Will I Finally “Get” Intuitive Eating? 4 Ideas for When You’re Feeling Stuck

When Will I Finally “Get” Intuitive Eating? 4 Ideas for When You’re Feeling Stuck

At first glance, intuitive eating seems like it should be easy—we hear how it’s about letting go of diet and food rules, “eating whatever we want”, and how we’re all “born intuitive eaters”. So it’s understandably frustrating when you’re weeks, months, or even years into the “journey” and still feel like you don’t “get it”.

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Weight Gain in Intuitive Eating: 4 Strategies to Cope

Weight Gain in Intuitive Eating: 4 Strategies to Cope

Intuitive eating is all about ditching the diet mentality and putting weight loss on the back burner, but given the way that smaller bodies are valued and seen as “healthy” in our culture, it’s natural to feel discomfort, judged, or like you’re doing something “wrong” when you gain weight during the intuitive eating process. Here are some strategies to help you work through some of the discomfort. (I know “cope” can imply that weight gain is considered a negative thing, which it shouldn’t be. I will fully admit to using it for SEO reasons 😬)

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5 Popular Health At Every Size® (HAES®) Myths Busted

5 Popular Health At Every Size® (HAES®) Myths Busted

Whether you call it “body positivity,” “non-diet,” “weight-neutral/inclusive” or Health At Every Size (HAES), the idea of shifting the focus away from weight and towards health has become—I hate to say this, but—trendy.

It makes sense—no one wants to see themselves as fat-shaming or causing harm, yet there’s a lot that’s misunderstood when it comes to Health At Every Size, even among health professionals. As part of her PhD dissertation, dietitian and researcher Fiona Willer found that while weight-neutral approaches were viewed more positively than weight-centric approaches amongst Australian dietitians, only 37% correctly identified that a weight-neutral approach is not compatible with a weight loss goal.

Here are some of the top myths that I often see, and the truths behind them.

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Dietitians Are Key to Unlocking the Potential of Food… Though Not Always in the Ways that You Think

Dietitians Are Key to Unlocking the Potential of Food… Though Not Always in the Ways that You Think

Recently I had a client share with me that she “struggled to understand” my approach to nutrition counselling. At first I thought it’s because I don’t do weight loss (which I think is probably still a part of it) but when I probed further, she said that it’s because she had expected a formula that she’s seen with other nutrition professionals (dietitian or not):

  1. Client brings in food journal
  2. Provider critiques food journal
  3. Provider gives suggestions, recipes, and/or meal plan
  4. Rinse and repeat
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6 “Conscious Uncouplings” to Make for a Better Relationship with Food & Body

6 “Conscious Uncouplings” to Make for a Better Relationship with Food & Body

I’m skeptical of Gwyneth Paltrow as much as the next evidence-based practitioner, and I can’t help but feel my eyes roll as I type the phrase “conscious uncoupling” (it’s actually not a goop original, but a phrase coined by author and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas. (Amazon Associates link)) So, I’ll fully admit here that I’m riding the coattails of Gwyneth’s popularity and February being about Valentine’s and love as a way to explore the idea of breaking up with and unlearning old, unhelpful (and possibly harmful) ideas in order to make way for new ones.

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Mindful Eating & Intuitive Eating: What’s the Difference?

Mindful Eating & Intuitive Eating: What’s the Difference?

Mindful eating and intuitive eating are both approaches used by non-diet and Health At Every Size® dietitians and clinicians, so it isn’t surprising that many think that they’re one and the same. Although the two complement each other and have significant overlap, there are some important differences.

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How to Navigate Triggering Conversations During the Holiday Season

How to Navigate Triggering Conversations During the Holiday Season

Recently I attended the Break the Freeze workshop put on by fellow ATB X cohort #5 member Empowerment Inc. While the purpose of the workshop was teaching communication and self-defense skills, I immediately saw that a lot of the skills could be applied to navigating triggering topics, like diet and body talk, during the holidays (or any time of year, for that matter.)

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To Heal Your Relationship with Food and Your Body, Start with Mindfulness

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