One important thing to remember about the holiday season is not to feel guilty for letting yourself enjoy food. Don’t deprive yourself days before or days after for letting yourself indulge. You still need to properly fuel yourself the day before eating a holiday feast. Your body deserves food.
It can be exhausting to have friends, family, coworkers, and peers who constantly talk about the new diet they are on or how much they want to lose weight. Maybe they’re trying to tell you their method of weight loss/gain, the new exercise program they’re on, or the new diet they’re trying out. Wherever we look (social media and in person), it seems like so many people are in the middle of this trend of needing to lose weight or be on a diet.
For a lot of people, talking about diets and weight is not as harmless as it seems, and can actually cause a lot of anxiety, decrease self-esteem, and worsen body image.
PROS OF VIRTUAL COUNSELING
-No commute – save time and gas!
-Less anxiety – you can stay in your familiar space
-Privacy – No need for waiting rooms or being seen by other clients
-No fear of being weighed in-session 😉
-Accessibility for rural areas/where there are no experts in the field (our RDs can work with clients in many locations!)
-Access to your living space for referencing your medications or going over what foods you have available as we individualize your plan
-Appointment flexibility – easier to schedule weekend/evening sessions as needed
-Safety from the spread of illness like COVID-19, or even the common cold
-Option for video or non-video sessions as needed
-HIPAA (confidential) platforms for your calls provided
Gentle nutrition is the 10th principle of “Intuitive Eating” developed by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. Intuitive eating is the idea that you are the only expert of your body because only you can feel your body signals, such as hunger and stress.
Diet culture is a term coined by a set of ideals of being “perfect” which glorifies thinness and appearance above health and wellness. Diet culture includes obsessive thoughts about restricting calories, labeling types of foods as “good” or “bad,” unhealthy standards to lose weight, and normalizing negative self-talk.
By Lauren Hogan. Lauren is currently (2021-2022) a dietetic intern with Illinois State University and is ecstatic to be one step closer to becoming a registered dietitian! She completed her B.S. in Applied Nutrition through Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (June 2021)....