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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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This is me after leaving this morning’s group running session early..  .. to conserve energy for the day ahead,  .. to avoid injury & illness through not over doing it,  .. but mostly because I was no longer enjoying it & the thought of a leisurely stroll through the parklands and a few more chapters of my audiobook was more appealing.  It’s only exercise. If it’s causing you distress, you’re doing it wrong.
Our fingerprints are uniquely ours, just as our bodies are. Body diversity exists, and it's glorious. It's not such a difficult concept to grasp; the fact that our bodies are all as unique and glorious as our fingerprints. 
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The team here at CFIH are wholeheartedly supportive of celebrating ALL bodies for the unique and incredible beings we are. We are committed to creating a brave space where ALL bodies can exist and feel peaceful. We are here to support you to explore your own body story and the glory of being human. We see you. 
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Please take this reminder into your week, and always - Trauma is NEVER your fault. You are not to blame. At all. Trauma is something that we always seem to carry the burden of, yet the responsibility and the burden is never yours. 
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Would anyone like to join me in a few rounds of interpretive dance? I mean, my moves aren't great (think writing my name in the air with my butt kind of not great!!) but it could be fun and a great way to diffuse the situation.
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In all seriousness though, coping with diet and weight loss talk can be hard at the best of times, especially if you're in a situation that you're finding it hard to move away from. Here are some small tips to hopefully make situations a little more bearable. 
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I personally like to find a child or a pet if I am at a social gathering - there's something soothing and grounding about spending time with a child who is completely and utterly embodied, as well as animals who are so incredibly healing. 
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What else would you add to this list? 
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In reviewing the findings from the ANGI (Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative) study, I found this beautiful quote from one of the main authors, Hunna Watson, describing her experience of working with clients with an eating disorder.  At CFIH we too share this view of our clients (and all individuals with an eating disorder): your vulnerability for illness onset is also one of your superpowers.  We are honoured to walk by your side as you recover from your illness and in doing so, are liberated to share your gifts with the world.
Who else experiences those niggling negative thoughts that tend to want to run at a mile a minute and hijack your brain? Yep! Me too. Sometimes those thoughts will lessen in intensity as the day goes on, and sometimes we're able to get through what we need to in order to feel a sense of freedom from those thoughts. 
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A while back, I started to try to sing my negative thoughts to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. Not only was it ridiculously hard to try to put my thoughts into the melody, but it was actually kind of ridiculous and often made me giggle. This exercise was a circuit breaker - it allowed me enough space to be able to take a breath, re-evaluate and get on with whatever I was doing. Granted, there were some days where it felt like I had the whole philharmonic in my head, and Twinkle Twinkle became an earworm that wouldn't leave for a while, but it's always something that I can go back to. When I found that this wasn't enough of a circuit breaker, I would then know that I'd had to move on to something else - and often that meant just allowing my thoughts to be, without trying to change them, and without judging them. 
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What other melodies could we sing our negative thoughts to? I mean (and I may be showing my age here) but some old school 80's & 90's pop would be pretty great! Just remember that we are not our thoughts. Our thoughts can come and go in waves, sometimes we need a circuit breaker and other times we just need to let our thoughts be. 
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