The Slow Progression of Symptoms

There is a fable many people have heard. It often comes up at corporate consulting gigs or in self-help circles. The fable has to do with boiling a frog. It states that if you put a frog in boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you put it in a pan with cold water and slowly bring it to a boil, the frog will sit there and be boiled to death. Despite the fact that this fable is false, there is some truth in the sentiment it is trying to express. Which is that, when change is small and gradual we don’t typically notice it. These incremental changes become the new … [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...]

Using Weight Issues As A Protective Mechanism

I love film. I know nutritionists are meant to say that they never watch TV but for me it’s not true. While I don’t watch normal free-to-air TV, I do spend a fair bit of time on Netflix. Movies are my favourite; more specifically documentaries. I probably watch 3-5 movies a week and the majority of them are documentaries of some sort. Over the weekend I watched The Other One: The Long Strange Trip Of Bob Weir. It’s a documentary about Bob Weir, one of the founding members and guitarist of The Grateful Dead. They’re a band I didn’t know much about musically but had always heard referenced … [Read more...]

“Normal” Eating

I want to describe a scenario for you. There are two women and they are eating in exactly the same way. Both are eating 2,500 calories a day. Both are having the same meal structure of three main meals and two snacks. Both are doing their shopping at the exact same stores and are buying the same produce. One of these women loves this way of eating. It gives her stable energy and allows her to make it through the day feeling focused and without any crashes. She sleeps well. Her cycle is regular. She is happy with her food intake and believes it supports her. The other woman hates this … [Read more...]

Body Confidence

I have two intakes of clients per year. At the start of and the middle of the year I take on between 20 and 25 people to work with one-on-one. I work with these clients for a 5-month period, only choosing people who are already committed to making changes and will see it through. While 5 months can seem like a long time, it really flies by. And as these clients discover, it’s definitely worth it. The majority of clients who come to see me these days do so because they want help with that messy business of how they feel about their body and their relationship with food. Sure, they normally … [Read more...]

The Truth About Beauty Interview

I recently did an interview with the The Truth About Beauty blog which you can see here. Below is a copy of the interview.  Today I want to share an interview I did with nutritionist Chris Sandel. I met Chris a couple of years ago through mutual friends and was very interested to find out more about his company 7 Health (http://www.seven-health.com/). What I find refreshing about Chris is his take on nutrition differs so much to what you read in the mainstream media. Chris is going to start contributing articles to The Truth About Beauty and hopefully this interview gives you a bit of an … [Read more...]

Eating Issues

Over the last year the number of clients I am seeing with eating disorders has greatly increased. Some have been officially diagnosed with a disorder, while others I am putting in the same bracket because from looking at their diet and chatting to them about their beliefs and feelings around food and their body, they fit the bill. Often their symptoms are much better than they used to be and they have ‘recovered’ in a sense. But while they may not experience the severity of years gone by, their disordered eating and thinking is still impacting on their health and happiness. According to … [Read more...]