The three models I draw upon the most in my work are Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size, and the FODMAP protocol.
Intuitive Eating is all about allowing you to become the expert of your own body, rather than rely on diet rules. Food in this model is viewed as a tool (not a weapon) to fuel and satisfy your taste buds, body, and mind. Through Intuitive Eating you learn to rely on and trust your body’s internal cues for a peaceful and balanced approach to eating.
Over time, you’ll notice that you no longer swing from restricting to overeating, and instead are establishing normal eating habits.
Health At Every Size
Health At Every Size (HAES) is a beautiful and scientifically sound framework that supports a holistic view of health and weight. It’s about “feeling good about oneself, eating well in a natural, relaxed way, and being comfortably active.”
HAES respects body diversity, meaning people naturally have different shapes and sizes. HAES also recognizes that health and happiness do not depend on weight (shape or size), but on a combination of social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing as well as physical factors.
Research shows that dieting is ineffective in creating wellbeing. In fact, it can be harmful both to your body and your sense of self-worth. Attuned eating, responding to internal body cues, and discovering what foods energize and satisfy you, is a more successful route to take. This philosophy is central to the way in which I work with each of my clients.
The FODMAP Protocol
The FODMAP protocol is an evidence-based approach to IBS management. As a “learning diet” it helps people identify carbohydrates that exacerbate digestive symptoms. Digestive distress and disordered eating often coexist, retraining the gut and normalizing eating patterns, is often primary.
I am inspired and recharged when clients who’ve hit diet rock bottom, discover self-acceptance, body trust, and nourishment after years of shame and anxiety around food and body. These experiences continue to prove our bodies are our allies.
When we nourish and honor our bodies, instead of manipulating them, we can rest assured that we have now given our bodies the chance to do what they were born to do: take care of our health and wellbeing.