PRACTICE AREAS

INTUITIVE EATING

Intuitive Eating is an eating as self-care framework originally created by Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN, CEDRD-S and Elyse Resch MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, FAND which works to support individuals in finding greater peace and connection with their body through 10 guiding principles. The principles are not new rules which must be followed but rather exist to provide support for moving away from the use of external rules and expectations of diet culture and instead moving towards cultivating trust and connection with one’s own body signals, needs and preferences.

FOOD AND EATING CONCERNS​

Feeling like things are a bit (or a lot) off with your food or eating? Many people describe feeling that as hard as they have tried, and might be trying, they just can’t seem to find a peaceful middle place to settle with their food and eating. Many describe feeling like a swinging pendulum moving from rigid restrictive eating directly through and over to feelings of overeating or emotional eating and back again- without ever settling in the middle. They are often nervous that they might not be able to find their way there. It’s key to call out that diet culture pushes the solution to concerns about eating and body size and shape can be found in greater control, more restriction or being better at following the “rules”. With curiosity and compassion, it’s worth considering how might that approach have served you up to this point? Did it deliver what it promised? How might that approach have not been serving you? Finding more peace often comes not through restriction or will-power, but through healing, connection, permission and compassion. You deserve peace and pleasure in your food and eating.

NON-DIET APPROACH

The non-diet approach (also often called a weight neutral approach or anti-diet approach) is aligned with the Health At Every Size® paradigm of care. The non-diet approach focuses on: *Honoring body diversity *Encouraging re-connection with internal body cues to support rebuilding body trust where diet culture has damaged it *Considering the social determinants of health *Providing respectful care (centers the persons lived experience and respects them as the expert on themselves) *Encourages eating and movement for well-being and life enhancement instead of for intentional weight control. Consider this brief paragraph a taste tester. Curious to learn more? Reach out.

DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Many people simply “put up with” quite uncomfortable and challenging digestion for years or find themselves deep in a Google hole and/or on progressively more restrictive diets trying to find relief. None of these usually feels very peaceful and they can quickly eat up a lot of life space (time, attention, money, energy). There are a variety of things to consider in the conversation around digestive health concerns, and particularly functional gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, which span more than just talking about food. Care at Wander and Nourish takes a holistic approach to exploring together what options may work best for your digestion rather than recommending a one size fits all plan or a restrictive diet.

MEDICAL NUTRITIONAL THERAPY

The provision of nutrition support for a specific health condition or conditions. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (that's us!) has undergone and completed specific training in nutrition and food and how it relates to human health and health conditions. These individuals are qualified to provide specific support for example around the role that food and eating or other lifestyle behaviors may play in diabetes care and management, high blood pressure or cholesterol etc. It’s worth asking your Doctor if you may qualify for a care plan or checking with your insurance provider to see what coverage might be available. W&N provides care from the non-diet framework. This may feel different from other work you have done with a Dietitian before (if you have). It may feel helpful to schedule a free Exploration Call so you can ask questions or shares concerns so you can make a decision about your care that feels right for you right now.

ACT AND SELF COMPASSION FRAMEWORKS​

These are two frameworks that are frequently woven into care provided at Wander and Nourish. ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is a therapeutic framework that focuses on using mindfulness, orientation to an individuals values and acceptance to support navigating challenging thoughts and feelings in pursuit of living a fulfilling and meaningful life no matter what shows up. Self-compassion integrates mindfulness, kindness towards self and the concept of shared humanity (all of us experience hard and difficult things) to support practicing turning towards ones self compassionately in difficult times and working to be with and in whatever is showing up rather than turning towards ones self with judgment or harsh criticism and anger. *It is important to note that while these frameworks inform nutrition counseling care, psychological care with the ACT framework should be sought out with a psychologist or counselor trained in ACT.

EATING DISORDERS (ADULTS)​

Eating disorders are a mental health condition that can impact people of all ages, sizes, shapes and identities and can be life threatening if left untreated and the person with it unsupported. If food, eating and exercise feel like they consume a majority of your time/energy/ thoughts, if you feel very anxious or shameful about any or all of these things, feel anxious about your body size and shape or find your are engaging in behaviors to make up for things you have eaten or to control your body size and shape-please know that you aren’t alone. This is not your fault, it was not your choice. There are a variety of things that factor into the development of an eating disorder. We know that dieting is a major risk factor. W&N currently provides support to adults who may be struggling with an eating disorder. It’s important to note that eating disorders do not look a certain way. If you feel like you might be struggling with disordered eating or eating disorder, please know you are deserving of care and support right now.

BODY IMAGE CONCERNS

Body image means different things to different people and while most humans have days where they find they are feeling less than great in their body, for many people the concerns/thoughts about their body and the effort to try and “fix”/“change”/“improve” their body can contribute to significant distress and take up a lot of , energy and money. We were not born disliking our bodies. How we feel in and about our bodies, our food/eating and movement are all interconnected. Diet culture makes it very challenging to accept our unique bodies, how our body may change over our lifetime and the body diversity that exists in the humanity. It paints a very specific and unrealistic expectation of how a body should be or look and breeds weight stigma and bias. If you are struggling with how you feel about your body, you are not alone. Would beginning to shift this relationship be of value? The goal is not body love, but perhaps neutrality or respect or maybe even acceptance. Something more peaceful than how it feels now?

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