Over 1 million Canadians suffer from eating disorders in Canada, which is similar to the whole population of Saskatchewan (as quoted by the National Eating Disorders Awareness Centre, NEDIC). This is a serious problem.
There are not enough resources in our community, province or country for this. Individuals, families and our communities are suffering from the devastating outcomes of eating disorders.
Over the past year, I have been given the opportunity to work more intensively with people who are living with eating disorders..some of them have been so ill while they await specialized eating disorder inpatient treatment. It is heartbreaking. They should not have to wait this long. These individuals are some of the kindest most generous people I have met. They have not chosen their illness.
There are limited supports for their loved ones too. But in Waterloo Region the Canadian Mental Health Association offers an amazing group for family & friends. Check it out here.
Children need to learn about eating disorders and disordered eating in school. They need to understand that there are many ways to be healthy and that health can exist at any size. NEDIC offers free body image curriculum resources for gr.4-8 on their website. I also do talks on disordered eating, healthy bodies and eating disorders in Waterloo Region and Guelph. If you are a teacher and would like some guidance on this please reach out.
⚠️ If you are selling any type of health or wellness messaging ensure you understand how to screen for an eating disorder and know how to get your client support. I have seen countless clients who were recommended diets and meal plans that only furthered their disordered eating symptoms. This is your professional obligation! Let me know if you need help with this. I was given very little education during my four-year degree and learned a lot through continuing education and mentoring.
If you or an individual you love needs help around eating then contact me here. Eating disorders can be fully treatable with medical, nutritional and psychological support.
Check out my first podcast appearance here! Holistic Parent just started a new podcast on "Talking With Grown Ups." I was excited to be featured! Here I discuss intuitive eating, diet culture, Health At Every Size (R) and why diets don't work. This podcast is for any human - not just parents! Take a listen!
Check out the article here written by Natasha McKenty (@natashamckenty), a local media guru who shares her thoughts on setting New Year's Resolutions for 2019. I am very honoured that she included quotes from yours truly on how to take a non-diet approach this year. The article was published in Kitchener Today.
Natasha McKenty highlights in her instagram post about this article "I will NOT try to lose weight, drop a dress size, become a fitness expert. I will not try to look or act younger than I am. I will not be someone I can't personally support. This year I will be exactly who I am, without apologies. I will stop giving up on me - expecting others to provide my inner peace. This year I will change nothing." Wow! How exciting to have a local Waterloo Region media figure to be sharing this message!
Check out the article and send me your thoughts. Are you planning to set any goals this NYE? As you will see in this article - I emphasize choosing one small, sustainable goal, if you are ready - if not then that's ok too.
If you would like to move away from a tumultuous relationship with food and your body this year then let's connect. I offer 15-minute free discovery phone calls. Whether you are curious about help for disordered eating, eating disorder recovery or intuitive eating (my non-diet approach guide) then send me a message.
Happy New Year to all of you from Gut Instincts Nutrition Counselling! I wish you the gift of inner wisdom and trust, through a lens of gentle curiosity for 2019!
Eating during the holidays is about enjoying good food, company, and traditions. But does the thought of holiday eating provoke feelings of guilt or shame for you? Are there too many holiday "food police" at your gathering? Wouldn't it be nice to banish the nutrition commentary and the latest diet fads from your table?
Would you like to be able to savour every bite and let go of the fight against food and your body? As cheesy as it sounds - this is the gift that keeps on giving. I see countless women and men who grew up in households with dieting parents who have spent years on diets. Some of my clients started to feel the need to restrict what they ate and change their bodies at the age of 6 years old. Unfortunately, some of them have gone on to develop disordered eating or eating disorders. But they can find peace with food.
As my gift to you this season, and generations of you to come, I created "Your Holiday Intuitive Eating Guide." Whether you are new to intuitive eating or a seasoned intuitive eater (which we all were at some point) this guide will provide you with lots of helpful tips about taking a non-diet approach to the holiday. If you haven't given yourself permission to let go of guilt and shame about eating then this guide will give you that permission so you can get back to what the holidays are truly about for you.
In this free guide I walk you through each principle of Intuitive Eating and how to it relates to holiday eating. As an added bonus each principle includes a quote from one of my 10 favourite non-diet professionals (dietitians, social workers, and body image coaches) throughout Ontario and Quebec!
Intuitive eating is not about throwing caution to the wind with your health or the "whatever diet" or the "hunger/fullness diet." Evelyn Tribole, one of the creators of Intuitive Eating describes it as "a dynamic interplay between mind and body. Essentially, [it] is a personal process of listening and responding to the direct messages of your body in order to get your physical and psychological needs met."
I hope you enjoy this guide - download it here and feel free to share! Happy holidays!
Announcement: I am very excited to share that I am joining The Wellness Collaborative in #guelph! The collaborative is a wonderful team of social workers, psychotherapists and psychologists all working towards improving mental health. Offering counselling, psychology, yoga, retreats and more!
I am happy to be back in #downtownguelph and to have the gift to work with these wonderful mental health professionals!
A love-hate relationship with food can be stifling. Is this how you would describe yours? Intuitive Eating, described as "freeing" by many of my clients is a way to make peace with food. Designed by two Registered Dietitians – Elyse Resch & Evelyne Tribole, over 20 years ago, it is now gaining great popularity. Their intention, however, was not for it to become a fad diet but a sustainable way of eating. Let's discuss what it is.
Intuitive Eating is based on a non-diet approach to health. Unlike many diet plans, it encourages people to put their weight loss goals on the back burner, and instead focus on functional health. Maybe being able to tie your shoes easier, carry a heavy pot of food to the table or even play longer outside with your kids are examples of functional health for you or something else? This may seem daunting to you but weight does not determine health.
Reject The Diet Mentality - focus on sustainable eating
Honour Your Hunger - learn how to understand your body's innate hunger cues
Make Peace With Food - learn how to give yourself unconditional permission to eat
Challenge The Food Police - they exist internally and externally - but are unnecessary
Respect Your Fullness - learn how to understand your body's innate fullness cues
Discover The Satisfaction Factor - eat to feel satiated rather than solely meet nutrition requirements
Honour Your Feelings Without Using Food
Respect Your Body - learn to respect or honour your genetic blueprint for size
Exercise - Feel The Difference - movement for fun and pleasure to burn off your last supper
Honour Your Health - Through Gentle Nutrition - move away from rigid eating rules and enjoy food
Research has demonstrated that Intuitive Eaters have better body satisfaction, reduced overeating and psychological stress, improved cardiovascular risks and blood lipids.
The goal of intuitive eating is to work towards normal eating, which can be joyful, whether healing from disordered eating, chronic dieting or after recovery from an eating disorder. Listening to many stories of clients who struggle with the heart-wrenching diet cycle for years, I am happy I have been able to offer this approach for the past 5 years. Contact me if you'd like to learn more about this evidence-based approach from a Dietitian passionate, educated and experienced in ending your stifling relationship with food.