International no diet day is about raising awareness of the dangers of dieting – restriction and deprivation of food. Everyday should be no diet day – you can learn to not diet and have peace with food again. You can learn to eat all the foods you love, and feel better in yourself in so many ways. It may take longer than you’d hope, and be more challenging in so many ways, but you got this! ❤
If you can make one little step towards a life without diets, what would it be?? If you look back in 10 years, it may actually be the biggest step you have taken.
If you would like to make an appointment to begin a life without diets and food restriction, please contact me. I’d love to work alongside you!
A common theme throughout each of my sessions with clients today was self compassion. Expressing self compassion encourages you to nurture and nourish yourself in a more healthful way.
Dr. Kristin Neff describes 3 elements of self compassion – mindfulness, common humanity and self kindness. She states “Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?”
To find out more about self compassion, visit Dr. Neff’s page http://self-compassion.org
And the Centre for Mindful Self Compassion
I have been a bit quiet on the website blog – no new recipes or stories. Besides all my good intentions, it is really hard to give every area of my life the attention it really needs! I do however have a whole lot of draft posts waiting for some love, and I hope to start posting a bit more regularly soon.
As always, I continue to see clients in Camberwell for nutritional counselling of eating disorders, disordered eating and assisting people to learn the Non-Diet Approach skills for health and wellbeing. Click here to make an appointment. I also post things on Facebook, usually re-posts of interesting articles from colleagues and bloggers. I recommend you get on it and click Like – and make sure you let me know what else you would like to see from me!
Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of these life threatening conditions and help reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders.
There is an enormous lack of knowledge in Australia surrounding negative body image and eating disorders. The reality is that they are extremely common, affecting an increasing number of people each year. In fact, almost 1 in 20 Australians are thought to have an eating disorder. They are not a lifestyle choice, they are not about food and you cannot tell just by looking at someone if they are suffering. Negative body image is a risk factor for developing an eating disorder.
Schools can have a role to play in prevention by implementing a whole school approach to body dissatisfaction, eating and wellbeing. We have long known that eating disorder risk prevention programs in schools (both primary and secondary) can have an impact on children’s behaviour and attitudes. However, it is also recognised that single information sessions (not backed up by changes in the school environment) have little long-term impact on either body image, self-esteem or eating behaviours (Eaing Disorders Vic). Contact Nicole to find out more.
If you need help for yourself, a family member or friend, you can call 1800 ED HOPE / 1800 33 4673 (Mon-Fri 8am – 9pm) or visit http://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/national-edhope-line/ for web support.
If in crisis call Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hrs).