Happy Sunday Friends,
So, I haven't added anything to this blog yet. Partly trying to figure out my new world between private practice and other roles as a dietitian I still hold. Partly, my perfectionist tendencies keeping me from posting, the struggle is real.
Alas, I have decided the way I want to use my blog right now is to post quick posts about a topic or idea that I am working through within the health, nutrition, or wellness scope. I may share insights or questions, but I will also offer articles I have been reading from other practitioners that I found helpful.
Food Holidays are upon us
As the "food holidays" are upon us, I was recently asked to give a "healthy eating" talk for a group of teachers leading up to Christmas. My idea for a presentation focusing on mindful eating instead was met with excitement from the school district (Yay). This has lead me to brainstorming what I want to incorporate into my presentation. Sorting through our behaviours and emotions around food on a regular day can be hard enough, when holidays like thanksgiving, halloween, and Christmas come around this can be even further amplified, and can lead us to feeling quite chaotic.
In a (very simplified) diet culture world the year kind of looks like this, and as the year goes on the shame/guilt/restrict cycle around food can become amplified. To be clear, I just made this up while sorting through my thoughts. There are many other occasions and life events that come up throughout a year as well.
Whats the answer to get away from this?
Some ideas that I have come across and wanted to share:
A few resources I came across in the past few weeks that I wanted to share with you from health professionals I follow:
I named my blog Nourish, mostly because I love this word! To me, it perfectly describes what I want the people that I work with to feel. Food is more than just nutrients we put in our body, it is an experience we share with those we love, it can comfort us, and has the power to elicit all sorts of emotions.
I spent almost nine years studying food, nutrition and health. I learnt a ton about all the science behind eating and how our body functions, but I also learnt about the social side of eating and that there are so many factors that contribute to the foods we eat.
I'm not a fan of diets, deprivation and judging a persons health based on their weight. I don't think its helpful, and neither does a lot of research (I'll save this for future blog posts).
With my website and blog, my hope is to spread the non-diet word, share my experiences, and work with clients who want to improve their health. I will also be sharing recipes I enjoy, which are usually pretty straight forward because following detailed recipes isn't really my jam.