The goal in my approach is to help you learn how to connect with internal cues like hunger and satiety and rediscover the enjoyment of food. It's an approach that values you as the expert of your own body and me as the nutrition expert guiding and supporting you through this process. This is a 'weight-neutral" approach because it recognizes that people come in all shapes and sizes. The goal is not weight loss.
We need to have a healthy relationship with food, connect with our body's internal cues and be accepting of our bodies before we can delve into "healthy' eating.
Find enjoyable ways to get your body moving. Someone told me what exercise or movement meant to her:
"Swimming laps helps me focus. I can think about all sorts of things. I don't need to worry about being too slow or fast for someone. It's like a big release where I can really swim and 'exercise' while having fun and letting my thoughts wander"
I think that says it all..
I have been a nutritionist / dietitian (both actually mean the same thing here in Quebec) for 19 years.
I have worked in private practice and also in the hospital and CLSC setting. (CLSC’s are kind of like Family Healthcare Teams and homecare all mixed together). I have experience in a wide range of areas including diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, (IBS, diverticular disease, etc), heart disease (high cholesterol). But I found myself providing band-aid solutions because there was no time for anything else.
I became interested in food and nutrition through my own struggles with food, dieting and body image. In my teen years and a good portion of my 20’s I struggled with a binge eating disorder. It was only through therapy, adopting a healthier approach to eating, and learning better ways to cope that I was able to begin the process of having a better relationship with food
It was also around this time that I came to discover my love for endurance activities like swimming, running, cross country-skiing and hiking. I love being in the outdoors and I love that feeling when I get in the "zone" and feel like I can just go on forever.
Maybe you have struggles with food and yoyo dieting. Maybe you feel stuck with no idea how to escape the vicious cycle of dieting. Maybe you're just fed up but have no idea what to do or where to go from here.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
The first thing I will tell you is stop the dieting.
Put weight on the back burner.
Accept where you are right now in your body.
Give yourself permission to eat the foods you enjoy while respecting your hunger and fullness cues.
Take care of your emotional needs in ways other than by using food.
If this all seems overwhelming, seek help.
These are some of the principles of Intuitive Eating.
I am now a trained Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor. To learn more about this approach, feel free to contact me.
Evelyne Tribole, MS. RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD are the founders of this evidenced-based approach. Check out their website to learn more: www.intuitiveeating.org.
I am currently on a leave of absence from my nutrition private practice.
I apologize for any inconvenience.
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