Mind Body Well Director Janet Lowndes recently attended the Academy for Eating Disorders international conference in Chicago, USA, along with almost 1400 delegates from around the world, and she shares this summary.
I had a conversation last week with a client that went like this:
She – “I want to move to a country where Christmas is in the winter”.
Me – “Why’s that? You hoping for a White Christmas?”
She – “No. It’s because then I wouldn’t be trying to adjust to summer clothing, eat out more and socialise all at once. I could just put a big coat on and not give a ****”.
The term ’non-diet’ is one you will often see used by health professionals and advocates who encourage approaches to health and wellbeing that are contrary to popular messages promoting restrictive weight loss diets.
Many of the team at Mind Body Well were fortunate to be introduced to the non-diet world by Dr Rick Kausman, author of ‘If Not Dieting Then What?’ and one of the pioneers of the non-diet movement. The title of Rick’s book sums up well what many of our clients are asking…. “I’ve tried restrictive weight loss diets and they haven’t worked for me, so what now?”
I’m just back from three amazing weeks holiday in Italy. Wow what a place! I totally fell in love with everything about the culture, food, people, landscape, history, art… so many wonderful things.
Of course being on holiday in any country offers only an observer view, but from the place of traveller there were a few things I noticed about the Italian attitude toward food that I loved – so I wanted to share them.
It seems everyone these days has something to say about nutrition. Eat this, don’t eat that, eat this with that in order to blah, blah, blah…..
With such a saturation of ‘advice’ about what to eat it can be difficult to find voices of wisdom amidst SO MUCH NOISE!
Sometimes he or she who speaks the loudest about nutrition is the one we’d be best not to listen to at all.
The language of ‘body image’ is common in our culture of attention to appearance, and lately, conversation about body image seems to everywhere. Body image is a factor commonly related to mental health for young people, and is similarly a concern for many people as they age and come to terms with their changing bodies.
When you think about it, it’s pretty strange that we give so much attention to the image of our bodies.