Nutrition therapy is a process that encourages and embraces change while compassionately and respectfully acknowledging the complexity of our relationships with food.
Transforming the way
you perceive food and eating is one of the most empowering gifts you can
provide for yourself. The vigilance and worry about food, weight, and
eating can cost a great deal of emotional and psychic energy. How much
of your time and energy is spent thinking about what you should or shouldn't
be eating, how your eating will affect your weight, berating yourself
for not doing what you think you 'should' be doing, wondering how many
calories you need to burn, and on and on? Learning to trust the wisdom
that you already possess is possible. You don't have to live in a cycle
of disconnection and frustration.
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, nutrition therapy is a means for reconnecting with the joy and pleasure of eating.
Nutrition therapy will support you through the process of ...
Nutrition therapy is not for everyone. It is important for you to know that you will not be weighed or provided with a list of foods that you should and should not eat. Chances are you have tried that before and it didn't work or it only worked temporarily. Ironically, using a meal plan and weighing yourself may lead to what I call "diet-induced weight gain." Imagine, following all the rules and achieving the result you least desire. Certainly, discussing what a meal plan represents is a crucial component of nutrition therapy, but in my experience, the bathroom scale and the structured eating plan are least helpful when you finally make the commitment to heal your relationship with food.
For those experiencing
restrictive eating and wishing to gain weight, a meal plan is often used
as a transition to natural eating patterns. It is still very important
to understand the function of the meal plan as a substitute for inner
cues of hunger and fullness. The meal plan is not a lifelong approach
to eating, merely a step along the way. I view the meal plan as a tool
to help heal the relationship with food, along with many other tools that
I may draw on during nutrition therapy. Often much emphasis is placed
on the meal plan, each kilogram of weight that is gained or lost, or each
minute of exercise. Again, this is only one piece of the entire picture
of recovery. It is important to see your recovery as more than just numbers
(scale numbers, calories, amount of nutrients, etc). You are much more
than just numbers.
In a client's words:
If you decide that you would like to try nutrition therapy, there are other more practical aspects of the process that you may be interested in hearing about. Sessions are available for Ryerson students only and these sessions are 50 minutes in length. Referral can be made by visiting Health or Counselling Services or by simply referring yourself by contacting me directly. Appointments are available on Thursday afternoons only. Each client decides how often and how long s/he wants to continue nutrition therapy sessions. Remember, this process is client-centred and as the client, you are the most reliable source of information concerning yourself and your needs.
I have shared my views on aspects of my nutrition therapy practice with Debbie Maclellan, a researcher from the University of PEI. Some of you may find this transcript helpful when deciding whether to pursue nutrition therapy for yourself. I've attached a revised and condensed version of that interview here for you to read. If you require any clarification about the interview or about my philosophy to nutrition therapy, please send me an email.