The Traditional vs Non-Diet Approach: One Client Case Study Reveals All

I was asked to present a case study on how the non-diet approach can help clients at a local medical centre.

I went one step further to show the general practitioners how the traditional weight-centered paradigm and the non-diet approach have impacted the same client.

The Background

The case we discussed was of a 70 year old lady with diabetes who was encouraged to lose weight. Continue reading

Kids Helping Out in the Kitchen Benefits Not Only Mum

These days, I am thinking more and more about age-appropriate ways I can include my boys in the daily food preparation and cooking as I am a big supporter of nurturing life skills and independence.

I’ve been thinking about this as I feel my boys are old enough now to do more things in the kitchen so they can increase their skills and knowledge in cooking and nutrition, and of course, to help me out more!

Some of the tasks that I am starting to delegate (with supervision) to my 5-year-old and my almost 3-year-old include: Continue reading

A Road To Self-Love

Self Care And Nutrition What Comes First-

Guest Blog Post – By Teya Foley.

The battle with our body is one of the most enduring in the lives of most women. The media and society constantly tell us that we’re imperfect and of course, we are, because perfection does not exist. We’re fighting a battle that we can never win as the rules are constantly changing and the goal posts are constantly shifting.

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Readiness and Taking Your First or Next Non-Dieting Steps

“I’m not there yet with taking the next step. How can get more ready?”

In reality, there may never be a ‘good’ time to stop dieting and start trusting yourself, especially if you have been a chronic dieter, where dieting is in a way like a security blanket. In this case, an ineffective form of comfort.

I aim to show you with this post that you do not have to have it all together before you non-diet. You do not have to resolve the inner conflict you feel before commencing non-dieting. Continue reading

FEAR: Fear of Fat, Fear of Food, Fear of Life and Fear of Death

Dieting is almost like a religion. Even a way to try to ‘starve’ off death. Like weight loss dieting not working for weight or health concerns, dieting does not work to starve off death either.

I had a client with an eating disorder see me and she said to me “I don’t want to be better if I get fat.”

So much fear. Disordered eating and eating disorders are serious.

My response after the reading the article as per the post in the Nutrition Empowered Mums Facebook Group was:

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Why Dieting is Not a Good Form of Self-Care

I had the honour of writing a guest blog post for Jess McCallum at Confident Life. Jess is a Clinical Psychologist focusing on women’s wellbeing. Jess helps women build up their sense of identity, confidence, and set care routines.

The post I wrote is called ‘Why Dieting is Not a Good Form of Self-Care’.

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What Does It Feel Like To Have An Appetite?

“Don’t fear it, having an appetite is a sign that you are alive and well. Celebrate this connection to your hunger and needs”.
This quote is something that I put together to reassure people that we need to feel hungry, otherwise we are not driven to eat. If we are not driven to eat, we will not survive. We will not survive due to the lack of nourishment.
For many years, I worked closely with many older people who required nutrition support, those who were experiencing malnutrition, mostly resulting chronic medical conditions.

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Nutrition & Fitness Workshop for Mums

Hello Cairns Mums!

Are you concerned about your nutrition and/or level of fitness?

Do you find that time, family commitments, everyday stress and overwhelm, money and lack of support are getting in the way of caring for yourself?

Join Philippa Bowman – Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert and me (APD) for an interactive workshop designed specifically designed for you.

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No, obesity isn’t Australia’s biggest health problem

‘No, obesity isn’t Australia’s biggest health problem’ is the guest blog post I wrote for

In this blog post, I explored the fact that we are not in an ‘obesity epidemic‘, rather a ‘dieting epidemic‘.

I specifically talk about:

  1. What are the signs of disordered eating?
  2. Risks of disordered eating/dieting
  3. The Research
  4. How to find the healthiest you?

To read ‘No, obesity isn’t Australia’s biggest health problem’ click here.

Please share this article with friends and family so we can spread the non-diet message far and wide. Thank you!

Disordered Exercise: What Mums Really Need To Know

In the work I do as a dietitian, I not only see people with disordered relationships with food, but also with exercise.

My philosophy on exercise/movement is:

  • Movement should be enjoyable – Movement should not be used as a strategy for changing your body shape, size or weight. Don’t do a type of exercise that you dislike, because you won’t enjoy it and you will likely stop moving!
  • Focus on how movement makes you feel (E.g. energetic, happy, relaxed, content, well, improves sleep quality and so on).
  • Exercise safely – Exercise within your physical limits and increase movement gradually.
  • Make movement apart of your daily routine. All movement counts, you don’t have to go to the gym unless you want to!

I interviewed Philippa Bowman, Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert at Nurtured Fitness to get her perspective on the topic. We discussed the following questions:

  1. Do you see mums who have turned exercise into another diet? What proportion of mums do you see who have a disordered relationship with exercise?
  2. Why do you think exercise is becoming so disordered in our society?
  3. What is your advice to mums who are not sure if they have turned exercise into a diet or are at risk of turning exercise into a diet? What are the signs of disordered exercise?

CLICK HERE to watch the interview. 

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