When I graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, I desperately wanted to help people avoid the emotional exhaustion and despair that I experienced from a decade of dieting. So, I naturally gravitated towards further educating myself in “healthy weight management.”

Now, with over three years of experience under my belt plus exposure to research that wasn’t included in my curriculum, I now know that parts of my past approach weren’t helpful in the long run.

What I’ve been “woken up” to is that dieting wears many different masks. And any time we focus on weight loss as a primary goal it’s problematic.

I now believe that truly rediscovering your relationship with food comes from withinintuitive eating, body trust and compassionate self-care at every size.

Sharing that I was mistaken many years ago brings out aaall the vulnerable feels. But, as I write, I remind myself that “vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”Brene Brown

I want you to know that if you’ve hit “diet rock bottom” but don’t where to turn or what to eat without rules, you’re in the right place.

And if you’re interested in learning more about what a weight-neutral approach looks like in practice plus the courses I’m currently taking, I invite you to keep reading.

What is Health at Every Size? (HAES)

Health At Every Size® or HAES® is an exciting, new conversation about sustainable, holistic health that is sometimes referred to as “the new peace movement”.

This movement promotes the simple truth that all bodies are good bodies. HAES shifts the focus away from dieting for weight control, which is often motivated by self-loathing and body hatred in the name of health, toward quality of life and self-care practices that support your body’s natural wisdom and vitality.

Honoring your body, and being able to understand your body’s needs, leads to meaningful changes in health behaviors.” – Be Nourished

What a weight-neutral approach looks like in my practice

I offer a warm, welcoming, non-judgemental environment that acknowledges and celebrates all bodies.

We agree on minimizing weight loss as a primary goal and focus our energy on health and well-being practices, independent of weight.

I provide support and compassion for my clients who struggle with body image; deepening their education on the effects of diet culture and weight stigma.

How I’m growing

I’ve completed Be Nourished’s “Promoting Body Trust® in Clinical Practice.” They are an incredible resource, with a wealth of information to check out.

I’m currently enrolled in Evelyn Tribole’s (author of Intuitive Eating) Intuitive Eating Pro Skills Training Course (and loving every minute of it!).

Reading, reading and more reading.

I couldn’t be happier about the new foundations I’ve established in my practice and honored to help my clients achieve food and body peace, for the rest of their lives.

Thank you for joining me on this journey – here’s to growing stronger, together.

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday! xo

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