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...]

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...]

How Do You Think About Your Food Choices?

Last week I was speaking to a client. It’s a new client and it’s still early days with us working together. On one of the days she had some chocolate cake in the afternoon and she was feeling down about it. She made the comment she wished she could be like other health practitioners that she follows, who are able to listen to their body and not eat sugary food like this.   Her comment reminded me of when I was studying nutrition and I had this idea in my head of what my teachers’ ate. I imagined that they thrived every day on the most healthful home cooked food and that they were … [Read more...]

Is Food Controlling You?

Lots of women I work with struggle with food. As an outsider looking in you probably wouldn’t notice it. The majority of these women are a “normal” weight. They are “fit” and “attractive” (by societies narrow standards). For all intensive purposes you would look at them and make the assumption that they have this whole food thing sorted out. But behind closed doors it’s a different story. They are currently on and off diets. There is a battle waging between what they “should” eat and what they really “want” to eat. They swing between being “healthy” and sticking to the plan and … [Read more...]

Women and Portion Size

There are lots of assumptions that we have about men and women and what is “correct” or “appropriate”. As we progress as a society many of these are thankfully being broken down but unfortunately lots of them still persist. One that I see that is particularly damaging is the idea that women are only meant to eat small amounts of food. That it is not womanly or it’s unladylike to eat decent sized portions. This is perpetuated by the fact that woman (and men) are constantly dieting. While some diets suggest you can eat as much as you like as long as you cut out some specific foods or … [Read more...]

Mind Body Musing Podcast

I’m famous…well kind of. I recorded a podcast last week with Madelyn Moon from Mind Body Musing. This is the first podcast I’ve recorded and you can check it out by going here.     It was a great chat and we covered things like dieting camaraderie, demonising foods, markers for health and understanding ‘problem behaviours’. Check it out.   … [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...]