We specialise in the management of women's health issues across all life stages through individualised Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and exercise/movement therapy, including:
exercise through a Non-Diet, Intuitive Eating & Movement approach
Discover how to enjoy eating again- no guilt, no food rules, no diets- just...food!
Bottom line...in the long-term, diets don't work. And the research is clear that the negative health effects of chronic dieting, weight yo-yoing and pre-occupation with weight loss take a huge toll on our health- increasing our risk of chronic disease, disordered eating behaviours, body dissatisfaction and a loss of enjoyment in eating.
If you have ever been on a diet, whether it be for weight loss, changing your body shape or for managing a health condition, you would be well aware of the side effects:
weight because the diet was unsustainable
by the way, the diet failed you, not the other
calories, and/or weighing yourself
foods and subsequent feelings of guilt and/or
anxiety around food
Eating is meant to be an enjoyable experience. The experience of eating satisfies not only our basic need for fuel, but also social connection and pleasure. We are all born with an innate ability to know when we are hungry and what types of food our body needs at any particular time to properly meet it needs. Dieting creates a disconnection from our natural hunger and fullness cues, leading to feelings of guilt, deprivation and loss of control over our food choices, often leading to binge or emotional eating.
The Non-Diet Approach is an evidence-based approach to re-learning how to eat mindfully and intuitively again. Intuitive eating means that you trust your body to tell you when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat (not a meal plan, the clock or food rules). Both of these approaches are suitable for general health and wellbeing as well as for the management of chronic health conditions in combination with tailored Medical Nutrition Therapy advice.
In our consultations, we also help you address the reasons why you eat, working towards developing a different mindset when it comes to the way you think about food and the way you eat. We do this through the use of a combination of mindful eating techniques, health coaching and eating behaviour counselling.
If you have ever struggled with following a meal plan or keeping a food diary, then this approach will likely be a breath of fresh air for you. For those who have preferred to follow meal plans in the past, whilst we do not typically provide meal plans, as these are often just another form of dieting and reinforce restrictive eating behaviours, we will happily provide you with recipes and meal ideas if you feel you need them throughout your intuitive eating journey.
For more information regarding the Health at Every Size approach, the Non-Diet approach and intuitive eating, including research on the negative health effects of dieting, I highly recommend that you have a look at the following websites:
lindabacon.org and sizediversityandhealth.org
If you are tired of dieting without long-term success and would like to learn how to improve your relationship with food and your body, we can help you feel empowered to take control of your health through self-compassion, mindfulness and intuitive eating. Just contact us today to make an appointment!