Are you tired of hearing of “just lose weight” as the solution to your medical concerns? Or how about “just cut sugar/carbs/meat/dairy/fat” as though that’s the simple solution? The world of foods, diets, and health has gotten out of control. Food guilt is felt by most and disordered eating is starting to look normal. 5 years ago I decided that it was time to make a change. That is, change the way I practice.
I adopted the philosophy known as Health At Every Size™ (#haes) along with getting certified as an Intuitive Eating Counsellor. By combining these approaches with my Naturopathic Medical Training, I’m now finally really helping patients get their health back without compromising their sanity or their dignity.
- Weight Inclusivity: it rejects the notion that we can pathologize someone based on their body size. We know that weight alone is not a good indicator of health.
- Health Enhancement: it focuses on improving and equalizing access to information and services. That means including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
- Respectful Care: is the acknowledgement of biases and working toward an end to weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias in medial care. We should be addressing socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other areas that impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities instead.
- Eating for Well-being: flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
- Life-Enhancing Movement: encourage physical activities that are enjoyable movement (at any size or for any ability), to the degree that you choose.
Who do I help? What do I treat?
Disordered eating is on the rise and you don’t have to wait until you have an eating disorder to get help. Disordered eating can look like:
- Emotional Eating
- Stress Eating
- Binge Eating
- Food Fear and/or Food Guilt
- Chronic Dieting and Weight Cycling
These food struggles are often associated with:
This weight neutral approach is especially welcoming to those who’ve experienced weight stigma. Medical conditions often stigmatized include:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome
- Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
- Sleep Apnea
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Simply living in a larger body
Since my work has been focused on supporting those struggling with food related challenges, I’ve become very adept at addressing and supporting the underlying mental health conditions.
What’s it like to work with me?
We start out with a health assessment to see where your health is currently. This includes a 75-90 minutes visit where we will discuss your past medical history, your current concerns, your sleep, your hormones, your stress, your routines and your nutrition. Laboratory tests may help us in determining your current issues as well as give you a clear risk assessment in terms of cardiovascular risk and diabetes risk.
Your treatment plan will be customized based on what we learn from the assessment. Treatment options include supplements (herbs, amino acids, vitamins, minerals), lifestyle counselling (routines and habits) and nutritional counselling (consistent with an Intuitive Eating approach). Treatment plans will not include weight loss recommendations or restrictive nutritional plans.
Follow up visits are booked depending on what interventions we’re trying. Typically we follow up every 2-4 weeks to begin with, and then a few times a year to tweak and adjust your plan.