Overcoming Dieting

Last week, Weight Watchers announced that it plans to offer free memberships to teenagers in the US. For a six-week period this summer, teens will be able to join Weight Watchers and not pay a dime. I read many articles about this announcement and made the time-sapping mistake of perusing the comments sections. To say that this decision has divided opinion is an understatement. So let me give my two cents. Teenagers are already insecure in their bodies. I’ve never inhabited a bigger body and yet there’s not a single part of me that would want to go back to being a 15 year old. … [Read more...]

Fear of Vegetables

A big part of my approach when working with clients is getting them to stop dieting. This isn’t normally something I have to suggest or push on people, they come to me telling me they’ve had enough and want my help learning a different way. If you’ve been dieting for decades, as is common with the people I see, this isn’t a quick process. I was having a conversation with a client a client just before Christmas. She’d been doing really well but was coming up against a bit of a challenge. No, it wasn’t that she was eating lots of chocolate and wanted to know what to do. No, it wasn’t … [Read more...]

Demonising Macronutrients

For a long time we’ve been fighting “macro-nutrient wars.” Macronutrients refer to carbohydrates, protein and fats, and for the last 50 plus years we’ve been demonising at least one of them. In the late 70s through to the 90s it was fat that was the bad guy. We were told that if we just kept our fat low, everything would work out fine.* From the 2000s to present, the blame starts to move to carbohydrates. They became the villain that we all need to look out for. But this constant focus on macronutrients really misses the point. Because the biggest change to our eating over the last … [Read more...]

Over-Identification In Recovery

Recovering from disordered eating can be a rocky experience. Despite a desire for a magic wand to instantly make things better (or how they used to be), it takes time, patience and work to get to a place of being a “normal” eater. A big part of making this change is increasing body and food awareness. Getting people to relearn how to listen to their cues for hunger and fullness. Learning non-food and non-exercise coping skills, as well as the ability to sit with discomfort. Delving into the reasons below the surface level responses of why this is happening because food issues typically … [Read more...]

The Camaraderie Of Dieting

In most traditional societies, a meal was more than just food. It was a time when people would come together; they’d converse, laugh and generally experience a sense of connectedness. Today, meals like this are rare. They may happen for certain holidays throughout the year but on the whole eating has become much more functional than it used to be. But while we’ve lost a sense of community around sharing a meal, food has taken on a new unhealthy role in bonding many people together. And this is the camaraderie of dieting. While dieting on the surface is typically about manipulating … [Read more...]

Christmas Diet Mentality

I remember as a kid being so excited about Christmas. I would wake up early on Christmas day and inspect all the presents under the tree that had my name on. It felt like forever waiting for my parents to get up so that I could rip off the paper and get into them.   And then there was the food. As a young child I wasn’t that interested in food; I could take it or leave it. But I’d love the chocolates and the sweet treats and would polish off my fair share before breakfast was even served. As I got older I learned to appreciate the food at Christmas. Growing up in Sydney the idea of a … [Read more...]