My main goal as a dietitian is to educate my clients on the correct information about nutrition and to reconnect with trusting themselves and their body. Many people believe in the diet myths that are out there and base their eating beliefs and patterns on those. We are surrounded by a $40 billion diet industry that does a great job in making us believe that we need to follow their diet or exercise plan to achieve the weight loss goal we are searching for. Diets do not work. A person does not “fail” a diet. The diet actually fails you. It creates deprivation, hunger, rules and retaliation that keeps you on a cycle of off and on. I want to provide my clients accurate information to combat those belief systems and patterns. I want to help my client see that they can reject the diet mentality and find the peace they have been searching for by learning to trust themselves again.
I am not the “cookie cutter” dietitian. We certainly look at eating plans, which will vary on the type of person that I am seeing and what they are struggling with. We will look at fear foods and challenges with food, if needed. But most importantly, we look at and work on what your relationship is with food and how to reconnect to your body.
What is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive Eating is a way to help foster a healthy relationship with your food, mind and body. It focuses on nurturing and taking care of your body, rather than punishing it with too little calories, food rules, and hours of exercise. It helps you to reconnect to your body to listen to hunger, fullness, food preference and look at the reasons you are using food, other than nourishment. Intuitive Eating’s 10 principles help you on the journey to find the weight you are meant to be. The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating are:
- Reject the Diet Mentality
- Honor Your Hunger
- Make Peace with Food
- Challenge the Food Police
- Feel Your Fullness
- Discover the Satisfaction Factor
- Cope with Your Feelings Without Using Food
- Respect Your Body
- Exercise: Feel the Difference
- Honor Your Health
What type of clients do you usually see?
I would say that 98% of the clients that I see have a really poor relationship with food that has been formed from an eating disorder, disordered eating or repeated diet cycling. I see clients of every shape and size. I see those struggling with issues related to anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive exercise and chronic dieting. If someone is looking to improve their quality of life and quiet the “chatter” that is in their head that is weight, diet, food, exercise related, I am here to help. I want to help every person I see, make “loving” choices for themselves and get to a place that they have an improved relationship with food, their body and themselves. That is why I really believe in Intuitive Eating. It helps to address every aspect that has caused a disconnect with the food and body.
I also see clients that are struggling with physical symptoms that may be related to food. A lot of times this has to do with the timing of food throughout the day, food combinations and looking at potential food intolerances. Food is our fuel, but the when and what we eat can impact how we feel. My goal is to find what combinations of foods work best for you throughout the day, as well as look at any foods that may not be allowing your body to perform optimally.