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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

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And just as we would be ill placed to see the light on the dashboard as the problem and focus our attention on trying to "fix" it, so too is the case with our weight.
During one of our early sessions together, a client of mine admitted (in response to one of my shared observations) that she was trying to control my perception of her and avoid my judgement through who she presented herself to be in session. (I'm sure that we can all relate to attempting to do this at one time or another).  Client: "I act in this way so that you see me as being light-hearted, insightful into my problems, and 'on top of things'. It stops you from seeing me as 'crazy', 'hard work', or 'vulnerable".
Me: "Having that kind of control over how I experience you, perceive you, and whether or not I judge you negatively would take you possessing an intimate understanding of my personal history, my core beliefs, and my biases. Given you have no control over what I bring to any given interaction and, in turn, how I see you, I wonder whether we could give you permission to stop trying to control the uncontrollable?"  While  this might not be as comforting as the promise from another to "never judge" us, it enables us to take back our power. The truth of the matter is that we can't prevent anyone from judging us. And no one can guarantee us such a promise.  We can, however, find comfort and certainty in knowing that we have a choice in how we respond to harmful judgement in any given situation.  And so.. I've stopped reassuring my clients that I won't judge them. Instead, I support them in discerning 1) how they will know I have judged them in a harmful way and  2) how they will respond should they ever find themselves in such an unfortunate situation. (P.S. The short answer is: find a more compassionate and understanding therapist).
Just sayin'...  There are more important things about you than the number on the scales, your fitbit, or that calorie counting app.
I mean, uncomfortable underwear is pretty damn annoying, isn’t it? 😂
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Despite what messages we receive about weight and bodies, and especially about the weight and bodies of folks with eating disorder, believe us when we say that living in a bigger body does not make your eating disorder any less valid. You deserve support. You deserve compassionate, non judgemental, weight inclusive, trauma informed support. 
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When we don't directly challenge the assumptions and misconceptions our wider society has about eating disorders, we continue to make recovery more and more difficult for folks whose bodies may not fit the stereotypical eating disorder mould. 
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Let this be your Monday morning reminder that you are worthy of support.
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality