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Experience in the Field of Food and Health

In our diet-driven culture, the joy, art, and camaraderie around food can quickly be squeezed into a processed and empty relationship with food.   Most people don’t think joy when they see “dietitian” or “eating well.”  I believe food should be a delicious experience and I invite my clients to explore a new paradigm around health and food.

In the 20 plus years that I’ve been a dietitian, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients who embarked on a dietary/lifestyle change only to find themselves in a chronic cycle of on-off healthy eating, exercise, dieting and/or weight cycling.  Regardless of the person’s size or the presence or absence of health conditions, these people got stuck and became guilt ridden and negative about food, themselves, and their chances for success.

Often, they had isolated food and/or themselves as the enemy when the dieting system was the culprit.  A system that gave them diets and rules as if every BODY was the same, their body’s signals didn’t count and their EATING existed in a vacuum.

Despite technology, people seemed more disconnected.  They wanted a product when what they really needed was a process.  A process that was practical and that would reconnect them to food, their body’s internal wisdom, and their life. 

As I honored the concept of wholeness around the interconnection between food and life, my clients’ eyes began to light up.  It was as if I had discovered something that nobody else had gotten before. We still talked about nutrition, new products and lab work, but also explored other aspects of people’s food world, such as their paradigms around food and self-care, food upbringing, stress levels, and how life might be affecting their relationship with food and vice-versa.

I began seeing a shift in my clients. They stopped listening to diets so much and began connecting more with the wisest part of themselves.  They developed more patience and compassion for themselves and more realistic expectations.  People were more willing to experiment with different fuels, were more in tune with their own hunger and fullness levels and developed a better understanding of what was fueling their food thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Once I started understanding nutrition this way, I knew I couldn’t go back to presenting nutrition information without looking at the whole picture. This integrated process has helped people bridge the gap between knowing what to do and doing it in a way that is safe, practical, and life-giving.



 
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