“I know what to eat but I just can’t do it”; if I have a dollar for every time someone said this to me, well let’s just say I would be sitting on an exotic beach right now instead of writing this article.
It’s easy to blame ourselves when we have the information to make a change that we know could improve our health, but perhaps we are focusing too much on “what” to eat to improve health, and not enough on “why” we eat, understanding our current eating patterns and exploring our relationship to food.
Dietitians have traditionally been known as the ‘food police’ and many people reveal they have previously not felt heard or understood when seeing someone regarding their diet.
Many individuals describe their previous experiences with Dietitians as frustrating or pointless; simply being told what to do again and not taking into account the client’s own knowledge, experiences and concerns about making changes to their eating. Many people fear coming to a Dietitian as they’re afraid the Dietitian will make them feel guilty about what they do or don’t eat.
CFIH Dietitians are what are known as ‘NonDiet’ Dietitians. We work alongside individuals with a compassionate and collaborative approach, which means we work WITH individuals, not against them. We understand change is a difficult thing, and that, although part of someone may want something to be different, there’s also a part of them that isn’t 100% sure about making this change, otherwise they would have made the change themselves already!
In summary NonDiet Dietitians provide a safe, non-judgemental environment for individuals to explore their relationship with food and their body. Then, if the individual decides they would like support, we collaboratively strategies to assist individuals to move towards a healthier relationship with food and their body.
Kate Pollard, CFIH Dietitian