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How accurate are nutrition information panels?

How accurate are nutrition information panels?

October 2, 2018

Diet-culture loves numbers – we’re sold the idea that we can achieve tight and calculated control over food and our bodies through counting, tracking, weighing and measuring.

5 ways to shut down diet-talk in the office

5 ways to shut down diet-talk in the office

August 15, 2018

Office diet-talk can be relentless, triggering and difficult to avoid. If 8 hours of carb, keto and cleanse commentary is making you want to ride your wheelie chair down the fire escape, here’s a few ideas for you: Excuse yourself and walk away. After a few smoke-bomb moments they’ll start to get the picture you’re … Read More

When Intuitive Eating Becomes Another Diet..

When Intuitive Eating Becomes Another Diet..

July 23, 2018

Being surrounded by a diet-obsessed culture full of rights and wrongs, dos and don’ts, can make it hard to adjust to a totally new concept in which there is no “right way”. When developing the skills of an intuitive eater, one can become stuck in thinking that they can only eat when they are hungry, … Read More

Show up, do the work, trust in the process

Show up, do the work, trust in the process

July 12, 2018

I’ve recently returned to running after abandoning it for some time, with the goal of completing a marathon at the end of the year. During tonight’s run, I got to a point along the course where I would normally fatigue and slow down before stopping..

Quitting is sometimes the best option

Quitting is sometimes the best option

July 7, 2018

During a conversation with a client this week, it dawned on me how unhelpful mantras such as “failure is not an option” and “don’t quit now” can be as I listened to a client who lamented “I am never able to stick to anything”. She talked about walking away from jobs, never finishing books she … Read More

Why chocolate is NOT a “bad food” – Dietitian secret revealed

Why chocolate is NOT a “bad food” – Dietitian secret revealed

March 29, 2018

That’s right, you read the title correctly. CFIH Dietitians are here to let you in on (yet another) secret. Chocolate is NOT a “bad food.” A big problem in today’s society is the ‘all or nothing’ approach to food. This leads people to labelling themselves as “bad” if they eat what they have learnt is … Read More

The fitness trend that’s actually bad for you

The fitness trend that’s actually bad for you

February 16, 2018

Stop following people on social media who make you feel insecure, fat or ugly. It’s probably a very long list. In this age of filters and fakery, there are too many perfect people with perfect lives. Even Selena Gomez, said to be the most followed Instagrammer on the planet with 133 million followers, says “I … Read More

The New Year’s Resolution You Shouldn’t Make

The New Year’s Resolution You Shouldn’t Make

January 5, 2018

This year when making your new years’ resolutions there is certainly one new year’s resolution you shouldn’t make. I urge you to resist the pressures of the dieting industry and instead resolve to treat yourself well. If greater health, happiness or self-worth are some of your new year’s resolutions, I assure you that being at … Read More

This year, make it your year for sustainable health

This year, make it your year for sustainable health

December 30, 2017

With the New Year here, it is inevitable that many of us get excited about the opportunity for a fresh start and another chance to achieve those unfulfilled resolutions. If you’re a female aged between 8 and 80, living in Western society then it’s likely you’ve thought about losing weight. It’s also likely that you’re … Read More

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You might not be hungry, you may not “need it” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it.  Food is more than nutrition and energy. 
Food is pleasurable. 
Food is comforting. 
Food brings us together.  This Easter, CFIH wishes you hot cross buns, chocolates, and all the other delicious delights accompanying this time of year enjoyed guilt free.
Many people with eating disorders also experience social anxiety. In fact in many cases, the eating disorder may have onset as a subconscious means of avoiding the negative judgement anticipated in social situations (ie., being judged for ones weight/shape or food choices). In a twist of irony however, such individuals then find themselves attracting unwanted attention for the weight they’ve lost or the food they’ve avoided.  Fortunately, a good mental health practitioner can assist you in developing effective strategies to support you in resolving your social anxiety.
During a session with one of my clients who is towards the end of her recovery journey, we had a powerful and enlightening conversation that I wanted to share in hope that there were takeaway points for others struggling in a similar way.  Me: "I've noticed that in this last phase of treatment, you often start sentences or respond to questions with "It's hard but.." Have you noticed that? What do you make of that?"  Client: "It IS hard. It's all hard. Recovery is hard, feelings are hard, LIFE is hard. Although having Anorexia was challenging in its own way, comparatively, it was EASY. Life with Anorexia was small and tightly controlled. When your biggest problem is that you weigh too much or have eaten too much, life is simple and within your control. Life without Anorexia means acknowledging and dealing with my social anxiety and fear of intimacy, my low self-esteem and my endless insecurities. That is HARD.  Me: "You've often bemoaned how your treatment team always promised that you would feel better once you restored your weight and yet, that wasn't your experience. It sounds like you're now saying that although your pain is still there, you know now that your weight/shape actually isn't the cause of your discontent. Or at least not the whole problem. Is that right?"  Client: "Yes, that's right. I suppose the problem was always there but my eating disorder distracted me from it".  Me: "So, I'm curious... knowing that recovery doesn't necessarily make you feel better, what would you tell someone with an eating disorder if you were one of their treating professionals?"  Client: "Recovery won't make your problems go away. Recovery will make your problems worth having. Recovery will be hard but it will be worth it."
You can’t win the day on an empty stomach!  Today we discovered the built-in food compartment filled with snacks in Kate Lane’s work bag that ensures she remains adequately fuelled throughout her busy days.  What are your life hacks for ensuring your daily meals and snacks don’t get missed?
Let's start the week off right!  Tag someone who needs to be reminded that they are wonderful - exactly as they are!
When we say “I feel ‘fat’” what we usually mean is “I feel insecure”, “I feel ashamed”, “I feel inadequate” or “I feel uncomfortable”.  It’s hardly surprising then that the response we receive from others (“You look great”) often make us feel worse (i.e., misunderstood, unheard, alone) rather than better.  Next time you’re tempted to proclaim that you feel “fat”, we challenge you to dig a little deeper and find a word that better describes your emotional experience so that the people who love you have a better chance of understanding, validating, and connecting with you.
Before exercise can be enjoyed intuitively, it must be disentangled from feelings of guilt, shame, and obligation.  Sunday bike rides with one of my nearest and dearest 🥰  Ps. We may have accidentally ended up on the track of today’s #brisbanecyclingfestival event but Chrystle’s common sense circumvented me illegitimately crossing the finish line 🙅🏻‍♀️
May your weekends be filled with those things of true importance 🙏🏼
I'm not intending to be "difficult", "emotional", or "confrontational" when I ask that you don't comment on my appearance, talk to me about dieting or weight loss, or narrate my food choices. I am protecting my emotional health and doing what I can to prevent the relapse of my eating disorder. #sorrynotsorry
Bringing back a popular post for IBS Awareness month!  Many of our clients living with an eating disorder will experience disruption to normal gut function at some point. So what's the deal with the gas/pain/constipation/diarrhoea/reflux/appetite changes? Is there anything to be done to reduce symptoms?  CFIH Dietitian Kate Lane has been taking a deep dive into this topic recently so if these questions are familiar to you, or you'd like to know more about functional gut issues and eating disorders, comment below or head to our Insta story to vote so we can hit her up for some content!