We’re continuing to celebrate nutrition month by welcoming our second special guest – registered dietician Josée Sovinsky!

Since transitioning my practice to a weight-neutral approach, I’ve been fortunate to connect with some incredible practitioners along the way. I first came across Josée’s work on Facebook, where she posted a roundup of (very helpful) food addiction resources. I immediately connected with her online vibe and respected her body of intelligent and insightful blog posts.

After meeting with Josée in person, I can say she’s as kind-hearted, compassionate and deeply knowledgeable as I had anticipated. I’m truly honored to have her on as a guest and eager to share her knowledge on the importance of working on your well-being without worrying about weight.

Day in and day out, I see clients who tell me they need to lose weight for their health. Often, these clients have a chronic illness like diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. To improve their health, their doctors have recommended weight loss.

A challenging task

Many know that losing weight is harder than it seems. Most people have attempted to “eat less and move more” to lose weight. Most can do this at first, but it’s common for the weight to come back. This can happen even if the person sticks to these changes.

One way to explain this is through a lowered metabolism. This can occur when our body believes it is in a state of starvation. It starts burning fewer calories doing regular activities in order to preserve energy. It also increases our awareness of food, often leading to overeating or binging.

This means most attempts to lose weight leave people feeling ashamed and guilty. In the majority of cases, diets don’t work. Since it is hard to change body weight, you might wonder how people can improve their health.

Meet Health At Every Size©

Health At Every Size© (or HAES©), is a positive, weight inclusive and holistic approach. Those who use this approach encourage clients to ditch the weight obsession and let go of food rules. Instead, they introduce mindful eating and intuitive eating principles as a way to improve wellbeing.

Traditional health messages propose that when people change their eating habits, they lose weight and improve their health. The HAES© approach encourages everyone to forget the middle step of weight loss.

Let’s use high cholesterol as an example. Instead of pressuring someone to lose weight and cut out groups of food, someone using this approach may encourage them to practice stress reduction techniques, include foods with cholesterol-lowering properties and embrace joyful movement.

With these actions, someone can see an improvement in health status regardless of changes on the scale.

The bottom line

It’s possible to improve health without weight loss. People can improve their well-being by focusing on self-care and respecting their bodies. Shifting the number on the scale is not mandatory.

I recognize this information may puzzle some. After all, it is so different from the messages we usually hear. I encourage you to have an open mind. Think of how you can work on your well-being without worrying about weight.

You may just find your life improved.

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Josée Sovinsky is a Registered Dietitian in Toronto, ON. She specializes in working with people with disordered eating.

She uses mindful eating and intuitive eating techniques to help people heal their relationship with food and embrace their body.

She loves chai tea, photography and indie folk music.

Stay connected with Josée:

www.joseesovinskynutrition.com
www.facebook.com/joseesovinskynutrition
@joseesovinskyrd
@joseesovinskyrd

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Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday! xo

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