You struggle with wanting a quick fix to weight loss, but on the other hand, you don’t want to go down the dieting rabbit hole again.
At least once in your journey to breaking up with dieting, the desire to lose weight will surface. This desire may actually never fully go away.
Let’s re-visit the following resources to help you stay in charge and honour what your body truly needs.
As no one strategy works for everyone, pick out the resources that may be useful to you when the struggle of wanting to lose weight surfaces. If the desire of wanting weight loss consumes you, please reach out to a non-dieting APD or health professional.
You’re not alone.
You don’t like your reflection.
You see how people look at you. You see how they react to you. You feel judged, excluded, treated unfairly.
You have struggled with your weight for what feels like a lifetime. Continue reading
Depending on your individual needs and desires, taking a non-diet approach to nutrition and health offers so many benefits: Continue reading
The following statements are key pieces of misinformation surrounding the non-diet approach or Health At Every Size(R) approach to healthcare, which keeps people stuck in the vicious dieting cycle: Continue reading
Meal planning can be challenging when your child is a fussy eater. Balancing meals for nutrition and variety can be challenging.
When the challenge becomes a daily struggle, parents tend to provide an alternative meal for the fussy eater or provide meals that the fussy eater usually eats without fail. Parents also tend to eat later when the child is in bed because meal times become disruptive, stressful or monotonous. This is the parents’ way of eating something they prefer in peace.
Even though a child may be a fussy eater, all family members can share a meal together and be happy and satisfied.
The goal of feeding is to provide children with a variety of food every day to increase their exposure to a variety of food and enough food to be satiating.
The goal is not to ensure your child eats all the food groups or particular foods you provide.
Here are 7 strategies that you may find useful in meal planning:
If you only take away one thing from this post….It is that kids need to learn about food in a non-judgemental way. In other words, learning experiences about food, eating and nutrition need to be kept neutral and positive.
Another handy tip is to make the most out of individual experiences. These individual experiences make the following lessons more appropriate, fun and relatable.
Let’s now look at some other important lessons about food, bodies and eating.
Other important things kids need to learn include:
Body positivity is a movement that encourages people of all body shapes, sizes and weights to respect and accept their bodies with the goal of improving overall health and well-being.
Body image is the perceptions, feelings and beliefs a person has about their body. This includes how a person views about their body compares to society’s views and norms. Body image is influenced by how an individual feels and the reactions from people in the community.
Positive body image helps children to feel good about themselves, which flow onto every aspect of health and self-care. Positive body image is linked to positive self-worth.
When children have issues with self-worth and body image, they are more likely to be dissatisfied with their body and engage in unhealthy attitudes and behaviours around food and diet, thus increasing their risk of developing, disordered eating, eating disorders and other mental and physical health outcomes.
A child with a positive body image is comfortable with their physical appearance and is more likely to think about their body in terms of its functionality rather than its appearance.
There are many positive ways to improve your child’s body image and nurture body positivity. This section lists some key points to consider when working out the best ways to support your child in being body positive.
The goal of being body positive is to develop a strong sense of identity and self-worth that is separate from body appearance.
a) Signs Your Child May Have a Negative Body Image
I had the pleasure of writing ‘Things Your Grandmother Would Say About Nutrition That Are Right’ for Ideal Nutrition.
I was inspired to write about this topic because I love grandparents. I love my grandparents – I am lucky to be surrounded by 5 grandparents, 4 who are nearing 90 and one who is 90!
Good genes or good nutrition?
Aren’t grandmothers (and grandfathers!!) full of wisdom?!
I often find myself reflecting on how I don’t have many opportunities to soak up their wisdom with how busy life is and living interstate.
I enjoyed interviewing my grandmothers and hearing additional stories from grandmothers about their thoughts on food, eating and nutrition growing up. I even learnt a few things along the way.
Interestingly, the wisdom shared by these grandmothers form some of the foundational pieces of my nutrition philosophy from which I live and help my clients by.
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Do you need some suggestions for how to explain to your child why chocolate is a ‘sometimes’ food without labeling food as “good” or “bad”?
Explain Why We Eat
I suggest explaining the basics of why we eat to give some context. I.e. We need to eat a variety of food every day so we can give our body lots of nutrients. We also eat food for various other reasons including for pleasure, to celebrate occasions and cope with stress (although used as an ongoing first-line strategies emotional eating may not be helpful and cause more problems) and so on. Continue reading
Last fortnight, I published a blog post title, Dietitian Mum Breaking School Rules Around Food to share my family’s story about food-shaming at school.
Due to the interest in our experience and some questions I had received from teachers asking how they can help students and parents when some students come to school with XYZ in their lunch-boxes, I decided to write this follow-up blog post.
I believe this concern over lunch-boxes is the reason we are hearing so many stories of food-shaming in schools.
Teacher’s often ask, “How do I help students and parents when some students come to school with XYZ in their lunch-boxes?”
This question is difficult to answer as each school, teacher, student and parent is different. I don’t see a one-size-fits-all approach or even a single strategy working in schools to address this concern/question.
Here are some of my thoughts on the question to add to the conversation around supporting students, families, teachers and schools to provide nutritious lunch-box choices and nutrition education.