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Medicare changes for Eating Disorders

Starting on November 1st, Medicare is introducing rebates for some people with Eating Disorders through an Eating Disorder Care Plan (EDP) which will allow rebates for up to 20 Dietetic and 40 Psychology sessions in a 12 month period. This will improve access to treatment for a lot of people experiencing eating difficulties. To access the Eating Disorder Plan, you need to see your GP who will assess you against eligibility criteria. For more information, Eating Disorders Victoria has put together a reference guide here.


Although the scheme will improve access for many people, it won’t be available to everyone. Please remember, you don’t have to meet these criteria to be worthy of treatment. If you would like to discuss your options, please get in touch with me

Your experience matters.

If you would like to book an appointment, I’d love to support your recovery.


Genes linked to anorexia nervosa identified in study involving Queensland scientists

A major international study has for the first time identified eight genes associated with an increased risk of developing anorexia nervosa.

You can read more about the study here.

Eat in Peace is 5 years old !

The month of April marks 5 years since I began my private practice, Eat in Peace, to support people in their recovery from eating disorders, disordered eating, and chronic and lifelong dieting.

It started as an idea to start a Facebook page while on maternity leave. Followed by deciding to see a few clients while still on maternity leave from my “proper job”. At this time, my daughter was 6 months old. Was that the perfect time to start a private practice? Probably not? But, I was motivated to, and I have discovered that for me, I need to ride these waves of motivation. You never know when the wave will break!

So I sat on my couch, developed and put together all my forms, registered my business and details with Medicare, developed my website from scratch (!), found an office space, organized a day of childcare for my daughter, reached out to peers for support, and said let’s do this. Ok, I didn’t really say that. It was more like… Um, I think I’m ready to do this… maybe?

It wasn’t until I realized this month that it has been 5 years, and sat down to write this content, that I realize the amount of work (physical, emotional and psychological!) it took to begin but also maintain it over the 5 years. It’s always felt like I am doing everything on a whim, minimal planning, and flying by the seat of my pants. I’m also really good at not giving myself credit, not centering myself and flying under the radar.

I also understand the privilege which enables me to do this work, and the fact that I can do this work when others struggle for their voices to be heard. I am grateful for my clients putting their trust in me. They give me the greatest gift of being able to learn and grow from them. I have also met the most amazing people and friends working in Eating Disorders , Health at Every Size and the Non-Diet Approach. Many have had my back, and given me a chance.

So now I will celebrate all of this. And looking forward to growing further over the next 5 years. I’d love for you to join me!




Classic Anzac Biscuit Recipe


1 cup rolled oats

¾ cup raw sugar

¾ cup dessicated coconut

1 cup plain flour, sifted

125 g butter, melted

2 tablespoons Golden Syrup

½ tsp bicarb soda

3 tablespoons boiling water


Preheat the oven to 180°C or 160°C  fan forced and line a baking tray with baking paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, flour and sugar.

Melt the butter and golden syrup together, either on a low/medium heat in the microwave or a low heat in a saucepan.

In a separate bowl,  combine the bicarb and boiling water. Add this to your butter and golden syrup mixture. Add this to your dry ingredients and combine.

Place balls of the mixture onto the baking tray leaving about 6 cm between them. This would fit about 9 biscuits to a standard tray.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown, and rotate the trays halfway so your biscuits cook evenly.

Transfer to wire rack to cool.

MMMM I can smell them now. Enjoy!!!

Eating during the holidays while pregnant

pregnancy article ninehoney

I was interviewed for an article this week about safe eating during the holidays while pregnant. (trigger warning: the article is embedded on a page which features other articles stuck knee deep in diet culture). When pregnant, the risk of becoming ill from food borne bacteria such as listeria and salmonella increases, and listeria can also effect the foetus/embryo.

Particular foods have an increased risk of carrying these bacteria than others and you can read more about that in the article. Although the topic of intuitive eating was not covered in the article, it was important to me that I got across the message that women should not feel shamed about the choices they are making. Know the information, and make the choices which you feel comfortable with.

If you have a history of chronic dieting, or an eating disorder, you may need extra support while trying to navigate this on an individual level. Feeling restricted in any way can increase the risk of disordered eating behaviour,  so please speak with your support team to discuss how it may apply to you and to put safe strategies in place if needed.

For more information on eating disorders and pregnancy from Eating Disorders Victoria, click here.

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International No Diet Day

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!



Self compassion 

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

And the Centre for Mindful Self Compassion 

Workplace health and wellbeing

This is a photo of me prepping for a couple of sessions with a marketing team from a health and beauty business at their workplace. We made a couple of recipes and discussed ways to get more nutrition in during the day at work, especially when you get in a rut of making the same sandwich, or visiting the same cafe everyday at lunchtime. In particular we spoke about breakfast and snack ideas. This team brings their breakfast in to work everyday and eats together before work- what a wonderful office culture!

I couldn’t have conducted a session without talking about mindful eating and conducting a mindful eating activity which of course they found really enlightening.

Read one of the recipes for Overnight Oats here

Tips for getting through the holiday season

Merry Christmas to those that celebrate!
The next few days may prove difficult for some people, particularly if you are working through recovery of an eating disorder, or your relationship with food is not as healthy as you would like. Clients over the past week have spoken of anxiety around aspects of the holidays, such as judgements by others about the food you are/are not eating, dealing with disordered thoughts and behaviors when in the spotlight (social situations), having to eat more than what you’d like, or eating feared foods to be polite to others….. Here are a few tips to help you eat in peace these holidays:
1) Ignore all the “how to keep your waist down” and “tips to shake the xmas weight” articles!! My news feeds are flooded with them… Just skip over them. A week of eating more or less than you would normally is not going to make a difference.
2) Eat mindfully, respecting your hunger and fullness cues… Eat slowly and savour your food… Take in the look, texture, taste and smell of your food. Think about the love, care and thoughtfulness that went into preparing the food.
3) Remember you can have it if you want it, but do you feel like it in that moment?
4) It’s normal to do some non hungry eating if you are really enjoying the food and the experience of eating in that moment
5) Utilize your support people who know you and what you are going through. Talk to them about the support you may need to ease any distress.
6) Don’t avoid meals or social situations- prepare yourself for situations where food will be present and incorporate it into your daily eating pattern.
7) Be prepared with distraction activities after meals if this is important for you.
8) Remember (although it may be hard!) that Christmas is not all about food- for you it may be a time to catch up with family and friends, a time to relax and unwind or a time of self care and reflection