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

March 29, 2018Blog

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

February 16, 2018Blog

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

January 5, 2018Blog

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

December 30, 2017Blog

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

‘Tis the season..

December 4, 2017Blog

It’s said to be the most wonderful time of the year… But for many people, the festive season presents significant challenges. This may be especially true for people who struggle with their relationship with food and/or their bodies. With the pressure to “eat and be merry”, people who do not feel joyful (especially those with … Read More

To exercise or not to exercise?

November 13, 2017Blog

Regular exercise participation is prescribed for many people with physical and mental health conditions. Suggested benefits of exercise are multiplying daily as science discovers more about the human body. How do we know, however, when exercise no longer supports (and rather, degrades) our patients’ health? ‘Harmful exercise’ describes exercise behaviours that degrade, rather than enhance, … Read More

Good Health Magazine: Defining women by the mark they leave on the world

November 8, 2017Blog

Centre for Integrative Health (CFIH) is pleased to have had their first article published in this month’s edition of Good Health Magazine. Over the next 12 months, CFIH will be a monthly contributor to the magazine. We aspire to utilise this opportunity as a platform from which to increase awareness of eating- and weight- concerns and … Read More

What is a dietitian’s role in the treatment of eating disorders?

November 4, 2017Blog

When I started working as a Dietitian I thought, “How can I help people with eating disorders when it’s about so much more than just food?”  Eating disorders are psychiatric illnesses and I, therefore, knew that they required psychological intervention. In the absence of going back to university to study psychology, I wondered how I … Read More

There is no sincerer love than the love of food

October 26, 2017Blog

It makes sense that many of us turn to food in times of stress when we consider our histories with food. As babies, our cries were likely met with food (in the form of our mother’s breast or a bottle) along with a nurturing embrace. From there, food was likely paired with a host of … Read More