Wouldn't it be great to enjoy eating food again?! No more being stuck in the endless cycle of dieting. No more feeling deprived because you "can't" eat certain foods. No more feeling guilty or shameful for eating "bad" foods or having a "cheat" day. No more dreading or avoiding social gatherings where you worry you won't be able to resist the "tempting" foods.
Wouldn't it be great to feel 100% comfortable and confident in your own skin?! No more crash diets in an attempt to lose weight before vacation, a wedding or other big event. No more comparing yourself and your body to an unrealistic social standard. No more putting off shopping or vacations until you lose weight. no more letting the number on the scale define your self-worth.
Wouldn't it be great if you found ways to move your body that you actually enjoyed?! No more worrying about calories burned. No more dreading going to the gym. No more using exercise as punishment for eating.
Wouldn't it be great if you had someone to show you how to make this dream a reality?! Someone who will walk beside you on this journey. Someone who will help you overcome every obstacle that gets in your way. Someone who will hold you accountable. Someone who will encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone. Someone who will be there to celebrate all the wins and growth you experience.
If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not! This is exactly what we LOVE to do. We help you heal your relationship with food and your body so you can live your life to the fullest and reach your full potential. We promote intuitive eating and take a weight-neutral approach, which you can learn more about below. Additionally, if you have any other health concerns, we can address those using naturopathic modalities, such as homeopathy, hydrotherapy, herbal medicine and therapeutic supplementation. Keep reading to learn more about our approach.
Diet culture. If you are not familiar with this, it is the way our society tends to value thinness above all else. Diet culture falsely equates thinness to health. However, the diet industry is not the only industry that perpetuates this notion. The healthcare field also puts thinness on a pedestal, equating it to health.
This is called a weight-centered or weight-normative approach. This approach believes that weight loss will lead to improved health. This is a dangerous way of thinking for healthcare providers. It leads to the missed diagnoses, such as diabetes, PCOS and heart disease, in thin individuals, in addition to the dismissal of other's health concerns, chalking them up to extra weight. For example, an individual with diffuse joint pain told they just need to lose weight, rather than being evaluated for autoimmune disease.
Despite the widespread use of this weight-centered approach, the research doesn't actually support its efficacy. This is what studies tell us:
- Weight loss alone does not lead to improved markers, such as blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss
- Dieters are likely to gain back the weight they lost and some, in addition to having more difficulty losing the weight the next time they diet
- This is not due to lack of will power or discipline on the dieters part
- Weight cycling is worse for our health than just being steadily overweight
- Thin people who are sedentary have more health issues than active overweight people
The reality is, fat is not the problem, but rather our fat-phobic society is the problem. Because of the data, some healthcare providers are moving to a weight-neutral or weight inclusive approach. This approach focuses on health alone and does not view weight gain or loss as good or bad. It focuses on creating healthful habits, and recognizes that health occurs at any size.