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We all deserve and need nourishment during times of stress. How do we care for ourselves during times of uncertainty? We can still practice intuitive eating during a pandemic, as intuitive eating is based on self care, flexibility and gentle nutritition.
Learn more about eating disorders during Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020, Feb 1-7th, 2020. Check out local events in Waterloo & Guelph.
If feeding your kids is starting to feel really challenging &/or if you'd like some assistance growing a child with a positive body image through a supportive community then check out our signature online group coaching program - Growing Intuitive Eaters, in partnership with Pommetta Nutrition!
The fashion industry does much damage by not making clothing accessible for all bodies. This post will provide you with some exciting changes taking place in fashion to make clothing more accessible and give you a list of local and national clothing options that make options available to those living in larger bodies.
Our privilege affects the way we can achieve health and how we work as health care professionals. Here Suzanne Dietrich, Registered Dietitian of Gut Instincts Nutrition Counselling discusses hers priveledge and how priviledge influences health.
How to help your child enjoy Halloween without the power struggles or stress of diet culture... from this Non-Diet Dietitian Mama.
The BMI has been inaccurately portrayed as a tool to indicate where someone's weight should fall, their risk for disease and mortality. Learn the problems with this tool, what really influences the health of Canadians, what set-point weight theory is and a refreshing approach to health.
I never thought the day would come when my son would be able to ingest a full peanut....but it has!! He's had multiple food allergies since he was 1.5years old. Read more if you're curious as to how this process has worked for him.
My son is now 8 years old and for the past 15 months we have been gradually introducing peanut protein under doctor (Allergist) supervision one month at a time.
Basically we started with 1mg of peanut protein which came in a capsule of oat flour that we mixed in chocolate pudding. He ate this in a hospital setting. We waited for 2 hours and there was no reaction. So daily for the next 30 days we mixed the contents of this 1mg capsule into applesauce, yogurt etc.
Not all the capsules are shown in this picture that we used but for the most part the dose was doubled on a monthly basis. He had to consume each dose on a daily basis. Each increase was done in the Allergist's (MD) office. This is very risky because an increase could cause an anaphylatic reaction. THIS IS ONLY TO BE DONE BY AN ALLERGIST (MD).
$ This is a costly process as we had to buy the capsules... over $200/month but the prices vary depending on where you live, and the MD you are working with. This service is not covered by OHIP, at least not at my son's age which makes it inaccessible for many children. ☹️ It was also not covered by our employee benefit health insurance.
So for now he is eating one peanut per day and in a few weeks we will trial 1/2 tsp of peanut butter. They are doing these trials for milk, eggs and other allergens too al around the globe.
This is helpful for us because he can now officially eat items that say "may contain peanuts." We shall see how this goes but I'm hoping he can some day eat a peanut butter sandwich or Reese's Peanut butter cup. For now we don't have to be quite so worried if someone is eating peanuts nearby or touches him with peanut oil on their fingers!
If you're curious about this ask your Allergist (MD).
Our go to resource when we have questions about food allergies and how to navigate is Food Allergy Canada - they have amazing resources and support.
If you're looking for help navigating food allergies with a Dietitian who is also a food allergy Mom and "gets it" then reach out. Starting daycare, navigating school lunches, sleepovers and helping friends/family understand can all be challenging.
What is diet culture? We are all affected by it. Where does it come from? How does it affect us or show up in our daily lives? There are alternatives even though we are all swimming in this toxic soup.
International No Diet Day is celebrated annually on May 6, 2019. It began in the UK in 1992, so this is its 27th year! This is a day to celebrate our NATURAL sizes and shapes. A day to raise awareness about the futility and dangers of dieting. Science has demonstrated that dieting can lead to decreased mental health and it is a risk factor for disordered eating and eating disorders (see here & here). We also know that the pursuit of weight loss through dieting leads to weight regain for many (here & here). Dieting, for many of my clients, has been described as a life long friend/enemy. Many have been trying to change the size of their body for 20, 30, 40 and 50+ years because of pressure put on them by others or themselves, precipitated by the billion-dollar diet industry.
I understand that dieting can serve varying functions in one's life. Only you know what feels best for you. Does dieting feel right? How does it feel when it works, when it doesn't? Perhaps the functions that it is serving can be achieved in other ways? It can be terrifying for some to think about the consequences of ending dieting. But you can still achieve good health, if that is your goal, without dieting.
It is a tough culture out there, I'm aware. I am also aware that my natural size - thin, is not one that is judged or stigmatized, regardless of what I eat, or how I move or do not move my body. This is called "thin privilege" and it is wrong. Our culture puts "thinness" on an undeserving pedestal as "thinness" is equated with beauty and health when we know that beauty and health can exist at many sizes.
We are not asked to change our shoe size so why are we asked to change our body size? Our culture does not honour or encourage body size diversity. This is not only present in the literature, but also in many personal stories I have heard from my clients reporting weight stigma from friends, family members and health practitioners in their lives. We know that this stigma can also lead to disordered eating (here) and even healthcare avoidance (here, here & here).
We can still achieve health and well-being at every size, but we each have the right to determine what that looks like for ourselves. International No Diet Day encourages Health At Every Size®, which is based on the principles of weight inclusivity, health enhancement, respectful care, eating for well-being and life-enhancing movement. A non-diet approach to health and intuitive eating have been proven to lead to increased self-esteem, decreased body dissatisfaction, improvement in eating behaviours, metabolic fitness and psychological distress (here, here, & here).
"This day is about standing up against the narrow messages of health and standards of beauty that are causing so much harm," shared my colleague April Gates, MSW from The Wellness Collaborative, in Guelph.
Locally, the Waterloo Wellington Eating Disorder Coalition will be continuing their International No Diet Day campaign by posting signs in storefronts in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph & surrounding areas. This campaign was inspired by Candy MacNeil, MSc., Psychotherapist and has been in operation for 10 years! These signs provide true messages regarding, health, beauty and size. So keep your eyes peeled for these signs or pick up a body acceptance decal at one of these stores.
Can you take a break from diet or body size change preoccupation today? Does this seem really hard? If you would like to learn more about how to explore a non-diet approach to health or International No Diet Day then let's connect.
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