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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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Unrequited love is one of the most painful experiences. Along with feelings of rejection, it is often associated with a sense of shame - of somehow being unworthy, defective, not good enough, or unloveable.  When this is experienced as a child within the context of a parental relationship, the pain is excruciating. As a society, we believe that "all parents love their children" and so, children who are born feeling unloved internalise a belief that there must be something fundamentally wrong with them.  Through therapy with an experienced therapist, we can come to recognise the limitations of certain people and their capacity to love and care for others. We can learn to accept that not everyone we meet will have the capacity to love us in the way we need to be loved. This does not make us unloveable or unworthy of love. It simply means that this particular individual is not the person we can expect the love and care we need from. Furthermore, we would be wise to seek to have our needs met by someone else - someone with a greater capacity for love and for care.
When you zoom right out and take in the whole picture, life really is wonderful and the shape & size of your body so incredibly irrelevant.
Our relationship with our bodies and with food is the foundation upon which all nutrition should be built.
As the clinic has gotten busier, we have struggled to maintain the standard of administration and accounts support that we have previously prided ourselves on. As such, we are thrilled to introduce another warm & welcoming face to our front desk to make your visit to our centre as smooth as possible.  Please meet Sophie. Sophie is a 3rd-year psychology student who aspires to join our team as a clinical psychologist specialising in eating disorders and body-image concerns upon the completion of her studies. Along with her own lived experience of recovery from an eating disorder, Sophie is also a recovery mentor and public speaker through Eating Disorders Queensland. You can probably see why we are so thrilled to have this skill set join the CFIH team.  Please introduce yourself and make Sophie feel welcome when you’re next in the clinic.
Look what arrived just in time for the first workshop of the series ("Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders") to kick off in Melbourne later this month.  Dr. Kiera Buchanan will present her research and clinical experience in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for the treatment of eating disorders and body-image concerns. If you're a professional working in this field, we hope you will join us for what we trust will be an informative and inspiring day of learning.  Last chance tickets are available online: https://cfih.com.au/product-category/events-for-practitioners/
Therapy isn’t only there to support you during difficult times, therapy is also the training ground for you to learn new ways of thinking, managing emotions, and behaving. And, as is the case for anything, showing up and consistently doing the work results in the acquisition of new skills more quickly and effectively.
When the person you love says something you find hurtful..
When your friend lets you down..
When you're vulnerable with someone and get rejected..
When someone criticises you..  The answer is not to harm yourself. 
The answer is to soothe your distress.  Instead of depriving yourself of your next meal, try making yourself a hot water bottle and a nice cup of tea.  Instead of binge-eating, try getting all your thoughts and feelings down onto paper.  Instead of trying to lose weight, try getting the emotional weight of your chest by talking it out with a trusted confidante.  Among many things, recovery from an eating disorder includes finding ways (other than controlling food/body-image) to feel better in the face of distress.
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