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Breaking Up With Diet Culture

Breaking Up With Diet Culture -

Feature Article in The Community Edition, Feb. 5, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This might be one of the hardest relationships you’ll ever need to end – but I can almost guarantee that it’ll make you a much better version of yourself. As a non-diet-dietitian, it’s my job to help people move away from diet culture when that’s their intention.

 

Diet culture, refers to any factor in our environment that makes us want to change our food/drink, activity, medication or supplement choices in order to change our body shape or size.

 

Diet culture is rampant everywhere – permeating into our lives from the multi-billion dollar diet industry, the fashion and beauty industry and even through some health care providers. Diet culture messaging targets all ages – be it through my kids’ Berenstain Bears books, weight loss ads targeting teens or 96-year-olds in the dining room at the nursing homes.

 

Diet culture’s toxic message is “one size must fit all and one diet fits all.” It fails to share that weight is 80 percent determined by our genetics or that 80-95 percent of people on diets regain the weight they’ve lost and often more within three years. It also fails to talk about the dangers of yo-yo dieting or how it is okay (and can be healthy) to not be thin.

 

Read more here as I discuss hormones, fatphobia, body autonomy, mental health, intuitive eating and balance.


Intuitive Eating In Times of Stress

 

Image of two green pears with hearts cut out on each, one leaning on the other with cirlcular overlay that says Intuitive Eating In Times of StressWe 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.


Read more...


Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020 Events

poster with purple caption all about eating disorders by the waterloo wellington eating disorders coalition

Learn more about eating disorders during Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020, Feb 1-7th, 2020. Check out local events in Waterloo & Guelph.


Read more...


Intuitive Eating for Your Kids - Support Available

Logo image with caption stating "Growing Intuitive Eaters" (in teal) "Online Course" (in purple) with large purple cirlce, medium orange circle, light teal small circle and teal very small circle

 

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! 


Read more...


Fashion Beyond Diet Culture! Fashion for all!

Image of clothes hanging of closet with black overlay that says "Fashion Beyond Diet Culture in large text" and smaller text saying " Featuring Local & National Clothing Options for Larger Bodies Gut Instincts Counselling"

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. 


Read more...


Let's Talk About the Elephant in the Room Here... Privilege

 

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. 


Read more...


Halloween Candy Resources!!

Image of three boxes with halloween pics toppled over with brown, orange, yellow, read candies spilled out including candy corns.

 

How to help your child enjoy Halloween without the power struggles or stress of diet culture... from this Non-Diet Dietitian Mama.


Read more...


Calling BS on the BMI!

image of bull in grey, black and white with white caption with blue border with caption "I'm calling BS! on the BMI"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. 


Read more...


Peanut Allergy Desensitization - Moving to eating "May Contain Peanuts"

Food allergy desensitization is a new protocol taking place to allow those with food allergies to be able to eat foods that are labelled "may contain." Learn about our family's experience with this for peanut allergy desensitization.


Read more...


What is diet culture??

Square Orange Image with caption in white font "Diet Culture refers to any factor in our environment that makes us want to change our food/drink, activity, medication or supplement choices in order to change our body shape and size."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.


Read more...


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Breaking Up With Diet Culture

Breaking Up With Diet Culture -

Feature Article in The Community Edition, Feb. 5, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This might be one of the hardest relationships you’ll ever need to end – but I can almost guarantee that it’ll make you a much better version of yourself. As a non-diet-dietitian, it’s my job to help people move away from diet culture when that’s their intention.

 

Diet culture, refers to any factor in our environment that makes us want to change our food/drink, activity, medication or supplement choices in order to change our body shape or size.

 

Diet culture is rampant everywhere – permeating into our lives from the multi-billion dollar diet industry, the fashion and beauty industry and even through some health care providers. Diet culture messaging targets all ages – be it through my kids’ Berenstain Bears books, weight loss ads targeting teens or 96-year-olds in the dining room at the nursing homes.

 

Diet culture’s toxic message is “one size must fit all and one diet fits all.” It fails to share that weight is 80 percent determined by our genetics or that 80-95 percent of people on diets regain the weight they’ve lost and often more within three years. It also fails to talk about the dangers of yo-yo dieting or how it is okay (and can be healthy) to not be thin.

 

Read more here as I discuss hormones, fatphobia, body autonomy, mental health, intuitive eating and balance.



Intuitive Eating In Times of Stress

 

Image of two green pears with hearts cut out on each, one leaning on the other with cirlcular overlay that says Intuitive Eating In Times of StressWe 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.


Read more...




Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020 Events

poster with purple caption all about eating disorders by the waterloo wellington eating disorders coalition

Learn more about eating disorders during Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020, Feb 1-7th, 2020. Check out local events in Waterloo & Guelph.


Read more...




Intuitive Eating for Your Kids - Support Available

Logo image with caption stating "Growing Intuitive Eaters" (in teal) "Online Course" (in purple) with large purple cirlce, medium orange circle, light teal small circle and teal very small circle

 

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! 


Read more...




Fashion Beyond Diet Culture! Fashion for all!

Image of clothes hanging of closet with black overlay that says "Fashion Beyond Diet Culture in large text" and smaller text saying " Featuring Local & National Clothing Options for Larger Bodies Gut Instincts Counselling"

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. 


Read more...




Let's Talk About the Elephant in the Room Here... Privilege

 

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. 


Read more...




Halloween Candy Resources!!

Image of three boxes with halloween pics toppled over with brown, orange, yellow, read candies spilled out including candy corns.

 

How to help your child enjoy Halloween without the power struggles or stress of diet culture... from this Non-Diet Dietitian Mama.


Read more...




Calling BS on the BMI!

image of bull in grey, black and white with white caption with blue border with caption "I'm calling BS! on the BMI"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. 


Read more...




Peanut Allergy Desensitization - Moving to eating "May Contain Peanuts"

Food allergy desensitization is a new protocol taking place to allow those with food allergies to be able to eat foods that are labelled "may contain." Learn about our family's experience with this for peanut allergy desensitization.


Read more...




What is diet culture??

Square Orange Image with caption in white font "Diet Culture refers to any factor in our environment that makes us want to change our food/drink, activity, medication or supplement choices in order to change our body shape and size."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.


Read more...





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