My Philosophy

MY NUTRITION PHILOSOPHY AND INTUITIVE EATING

Our society likes to simplify nutrition and health messages and mold them into "food rules".  Our bodies, minds, and culture create a more complicated dynamic than following a set of food rules could ever address. Food rules, rigidity, deprivation, restriction...None of this creates true health or improves quality of life.

 

I believe we can both honor nutrition research and neutralize all foods through a gentle nutrition approach that doesn't promote restriction or threaten our autonomy.

We can absolutely be nourished, vital and love what we eat!

My Nutrition Philosophy values the psychology of eating first and foremost. Through years of witnessing clients struggle with body image, permission around food, and worsening health despite dieting and focused goal setting, it became clear that more restriction or “self-control” wasn’t the answer.

"Control” is often an illusion. We can exert control over some of our behaviors, but we don’t have control over how our body reacts to our behaviors. 

Let's break this down. Does any of this sound familiar?   

  • I'm dissatisfied with my body and want to make peace with it.

  • I've tried to change it through chronic dieting or restriction.

  • I have an absent or abnormal period.

  • At times, my food relationship has made me feel out of control, hopeless, or confused.

  • I am concerned about finding a long-term eating plan that works for my health.

  • I have elevated cholesterol, cortisol, insulin or blood sugar, and don't know how to eat to help it.

  • I struggle with binge, stress, and/or emotional eating.

  • I have a lot of guilt and food rules associated with eating. 

All of this is so common, and many people are seduced by diets as a way to cope- but 95% of the time, the weight that was lost, is gained back. In 75% of those cases, the weight is higher than when the diet started. 

I am a non-diet, Intuitive Eating-based dietitian. Intuitive Eating leads us back to our own body wisdom. We were all born as Intuitive Eaters with innate body cues providing all the information we needed to care for our bodies. Dieting and excessive exercise disrupt these signals and create confusion about how to eat and move. 

Common problems associated with dieting include:

  • A negative body image 

  • Loss of menstrual cycle

  • Higher risk of disordered eating/eating disorders

  • Bloating and constipation

  • Distrust of body cues

  • Depression, anxiety, and distress

  • Rigid thinking and perfectionism

  • Delay of life’s goals until “goal” weight is reached

  • Decreased nutrient absorption

  • Decreased metabolism and weight cycling

  • Loss of enjoyment for food and eating

  • Elevated food and body thoughts

  • Frustration and feelings of failure

Intuitive Eating is not a diet. It's a dynamic process that guides us back to our own body wisdom, and it's based on 10 Principles. Using these principles as signposts for our nutrition therapy work, we tune into our body to help us determine what and how much to eat.

We remove the psychological, social, environmental, cognitive, and emotional barriers to accessing and responding to our hunger and fullness cues, respecting our body, and making peace with food.

Intuitive Eating rejects dieting and restraint outright. It frees us from guilt, shame, and the fear of eating what we find satisfying.

There are over 100 research studies supporting the benefits of Intuitive Eating which include:

  • Higher self- worth and self-regard

  • Improved connection to body signals and cues

  • More positive body image

  • Increased quality of life

  • Optimism and well-being

  • Better ability to cope with negative emotions

  • Is associated with lower BMI

  • Metabolic improvements such as lower triglycerides and higher HDL cholesterol

  • Decreased emotional eating

  • Lower risk of disordered eating

Essentially, Intuitive Eating helps heal our relationship with food and body while improving our health. 

 

MY BODY PHILOSOPHY

 

Our bodies were given to us. They are gifts. We have unique and beautiful abilities and attributes! We don’t all look the same and nor should we.

 

We can’t work on our eating without discussing our body beliefs and how they affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We unpack these beliefs together and work toward a place of body acceptance. When we accept our bodies, we open up mental space and energy for truly living fully. 

MY WEIGHT PHILOSOPHY

 

I believe that weight is just a number on the scale. It just isn't a good health indicator. In fact, the body mass index (BMI) range with the lowest mortality risk is the 25-29.9- the "Overweight category" which is a group that may be told my a doctor to lose weight.

The categories below and above this range (the "Normal" and "Obese I" categories), have the same mortality risk. Increasingly, evidence tells us health is independent of weight and more connected to health behaviors, Intuitive eating, and positive outlook. To be honest, I don't even like talking about BMI- it can create body shame, and I find it to be pretty useless for individuals as it was originally created to be used at a population level for research purposes only. I am much more interested in how you feel than any number on a graph.

The Health at Every Size (HEAS®) movement is a weight inclusive, peace movement focusing on how our ideas about weight and health connectivity are inaccurate and unhelpful. The emphasis should be on goal setting around behaviors, not weight loss or attempts to change our bodies.

I believe our bodies respond positively to eating well and moving, but the focus should be on the journey, not on manipulating the body. Research shows that our culture’s fixation with weight causes harm and discrimination on social, psychological, and humane levels. 

I work in the Weight Inclusive paradigm where we focus on behavior change for the improvement of quality of life, functionality, and what is best for your and your body.

Goals are not weight-directed, and this provides such freedom because we can’t control how our body will react. Why fixate on something (our weight on the scale) that a) we can’t control  and b) doesn’t tell us much about our health?

MY OVERALL INTERPERSONAL APPROACH

My interpersonal style is based on my love of connection and the partnership that occurs when you support someone to achieve their goals and live fully. In client care, I strive to be open, empathetic, honest, aware, and an active listener. I want to learn about your values, struggles, and triumphs. I want to hear if something isn’t going well for you so we can modify our approach and make progress.

Overall, I view the client as the master of their body and universe, and I am merely there as a guide to help you find your own body wisdom and acceptance- a wisdom and love that is already there and ready to be awakened.

Giving up dieting and restraint does not mean giving up on health goals, but rather, looking at goals from a new perspective. If you have questions about any of this, let me know! I'd love to hear from you.

 
 
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