May 25, 2017
Marsha Mudnall on the perils of perfectionism, learning from missteps and adapting mindful eating for medical conditions.
Marsha Hudnall, RD, Director of Green Mountain at Fox Run and President of The Center for Mindful Eating is uniequivocally regarded as one of the most prominent leaders of our time in Eating Disorder treatment and body healing. Marsha has spent her career dedicated to providing high quality care and treatment to women who struggle in their relationships with food, eating and their body. It's very clear from our conversation how passionate Marsha feels about supporting women to move away from diets and towards a place of peace and ease in their bodies, and is a generous and authentic supporter of fellow Dietitians....
Here Marsha shares:
- How her own healing proved pivotal in her understanding of the experiences of others.
- What we can learn from "missteps" with clients and how to embrace our own imperfection!
- How perfectionistic tendencies (within us, and our clients) get in the way of healing and leave no room for the "middle ground"
- The amazing story of Green Mountain at Fox Run and visionary RD Thelma Wayler, one of the first Non Diet Dietitians!! And the gorgeous story of how Marsha ended up at Green Mountain (don't miss it!!)
- The underlying philosophy of Green Mountain - Health At Every Size and Mindful Eating/Concious Eating and how the program brings messages of body and food peace to women
- The building of the Non Diet community
- The most common misunderstandings of Health At Every Size
- Bringing mindfulness into your life, and practice
- How we take best care of ourselves using mindful awareness in food choices
- Adapting Mindful Eating for health or medical conditions - yes, it's possible!
- Marsha's thought on Mindful Eating & weight loss, and the dilemmas we face as Dietitians
- How neuroscience can help reduce blame and increase self compassion
A registered dietitian nutritionist, Marsha has been a voice of reason and a thought leader for the last three decades in helping women move away from restrictive notions of food and health so that they can better adopt a sustainable approach to eating well.
She has spent her career working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves through mindful eating and living. Her mission is to help women learn to enjoy eating without worries about health and weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat -- a recipe made in heaven for eating well.
Since 1986, Marsha has been a part of Green Mountain at Fox Run, the Vermont women's retreat that pioneered the non-diet approach to health and healthy weights. An accomplished writer, she has written hundreds of articles for popular magazines, newsletters and professional journals, and has worked extensively on a national basis to produce curricula and pamphlets to educate the public about nutrition and about the impact of dieting and the diet mentality on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating.
Long active with several national professional associations, Marsha recently stepped down from the board of the Binge Eating Disorder Association in order to serve as the president of The Center for Mindful Eating.
You can find Marsha on Green Mountain’s website which features her writing on the blog A Weight Lifted. You can also reach her on Twitter @MarshaHudnall and on Green Mountain at Fox Run’s Facebook page, or email her at Marsha@fitwoman.com.
May 12, 2017
Marci Evans on orthorexia, mindfulness and the importance of being curious.
Please join me to hear inspiring fellow Eating Disorder Dietitian Marci Evans share some incredible pieces of wisdom, reflecting on her own experience and expanding out to the work she does with clients, and fellow Dietitians. Here she shares:
- The books that once you read it and know it, you can't "unknow it"
- How Marci moved from "mindfulness feels a bit....blah?" to "ahhhh....this is why it's important..." and how it directly translates to client outcomes
- Specifically how OUR mindfulness practice directly influences our neurobiology & be an observer of our own experience
- How we can find mindfulness in small ways, that it does take intention and and it's OK if it feels effortful.
- Staying curious to notice your whole experience, even those "eeek" moments where you might not be at your best
- Bringing self compassion into your life!
- What exactly is orthorexia?
- Why our culture is so unhelpful when it comes to orthorexia
- How orthrexia can become a socially sanctioned surrogate for the ED
- How to look out for getting distracted by what seems to be "the problem" at the expense of more meaningful conversations
- Our Body Image Workshop - please join us!!
Notes from Marci:
Orthorexia: Dunn & Bratman www.orthorexia.com
The Mindful Therapist (Dan Siegel)
Connect with Marci!
Web - www. marcird.com
May 4, 2017
Glenys Oyston on stepping away from numbers, body diversity in the professional spaces and the importance of community.
Join me as I speak with our colleague, the feirce and fabulous Dietitian Glenys Oyston as we dive down into a number of different topics relevant to our work in supporting people to heal their relationship with food, eating and their body.
Here we'll be exploring and talking about:
- Glenys' personal journey, and how her own experience helps her support others
- What exactly is "Health At Every Size?"
- How to support people to step away from numbers, and the scale
- Can we weigh people in a neutral way?
- Being a Dietitian who lives in a larger body, and her experience
- Actively promoting and welcoming body diversity in Dietetics
- Promoting HAES in Dietetic training
- The Dare Not to Diet Society - share people's wins!
- How Dietitians Unplugged Podcast came to be
Glenys Oyston is a registered dietitian and eating coach who dares women to stop dieting and start living. As someone who struggled with her weight and feeling out-of-control around food for years, she knows exactly what others are going through and how to get them to food freedom. She coaches people online or by phone through one-on-one and group coaching programs. You can find her at www.daretonotdiet.com and on her podcast Dietitians Unplugged.
April 25, 2017
Sumner Brooks on her new #EDRDPro Series, navigating bumps along the road and the importance of listening.
Fellow Eating Disorder Dietitian and founder of #EDRDPro Sumner Brooks shares valuable insights about how she came to being a dedicated Health At Every Size practitioner and support for people who want to be free from dieting.
Here Sumner shares:
- The personal and professional bumps along the road that led to her understand the experiences of others in a way that has enhanced her skills and
- Her thoughts on the importance of listening, and being with clients
- Why going to conferences is so important!
- Who have been the most influential Dietitians for Sumner?
- The book that EVERY SINGLE DIETITIAN needs to read
- What is culture?
- What can you expect from EDRDPro including a sneaky peek at hearing about some of the guests presentations!
You can find Sumner here:
with direct links to the EDRDPro Symposium
April 10, 2017
Shane Jeffrey on his RAVES Model of ED care and when to re-introduce exercise.
Here's another Aussie doing amazing things in the world of whole body healing. Our colleague, the very humble and remarkable Shane Jeffrey shares his path to becoming an Eating Disorder Specialist and lots of surprising turns along the way including a dabble in law (which, frankly, explains a lot!). Shane brings a really down-to-earth and refreshing perspective and is a true leader of our field.
Here, Shane tells us about:
- His graduate years in clinical practice, and the patient who changed his mind about working in eating disorders
- The incredible model he has developed for Dietitians and Health Care Practitioners to support clients towards natural eating - it's GENIUS
- His hopes for the future of our profession
- A sneak peek into his presention "Can I exercise now?" for the EDRDPro online symposium
Shane has been working in the field of eating disorders since 1993, and has worked almost exclusively in the area for over fifteen years. During this time, Shane has worked in eating disorder clinics across both the private and public sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom, and has previously been a member on various national and international eating disorder committees.
Along with his passion, Shane demonstrates empathy, understanding, and commitment in his work, enabling him to build relationships with his clients and their family/loved ones that support the recovery process. Throughout treatment, clients and families are encouraged to actively participate in the decision making process, and as such, are seen as key members of the treating team. This collaboration helps ensure that all parties are on the same page, working as a cohesive unit towards improved eating and a more positive relationship with food using an underpinning philosophy that the eating process should be kept simple and not overly analytical. To support this process, clients are supported to reduce and body checking behaviours such as self weighing, comparing to others, and body measurements to name a few to create the ‘space’ needed to build a better relationship with food.
April 4, 2017
The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Christy Harrison
It was enormous pleasure to speak with our wonderful colleague, Christy Harrison, host of Food Psych Podcast. Christy has spoken to so many incredible leaders in the Health At Every Size and Body Positive spaces, and has been instrumental in supporting both fellow Dietitians and the general community find a voice and a sense of peace in reconnecting with food, eating and their bodies.
Here, Christy shares:
- Her favourite Podcast guests, and why!
- How she moved from a disordered, to intuitive relationship with food - yes, whilst being a Dietitian!
- How do you know if you've healed enough yourself to move into helping others?
- Her thoughts on the question "Can I do both weight loss and Non Diet Approach?"
- How the restrict-binge cycle might sneak into our lives in ways that have nothing to do with food
- Important conversations about bringing feminism and politics into her work
- How we can take care of ourselves in the work we do
And so much more!
Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor based in Brooklyn, NY. She offers online intuitive eating courses and individual nutrition therapy to help people make peace with food and their bodies.
Since 2013 Christy has hosted Food Psych, a podcast exploring people's relationships with food. Each week she talks with leaders in the body-positive movement about their journeys to recovery from disordered eating and dieting, and how they found healing through the practices of intuitive eating and Health at Every Size.
Christy began her career as a journalist in 2003, and has written for and edited major publications including Refinery29, The Food Network, Gourmet, Slate, BuzzFeed, Modernist Cuisine, Epicurious, and many others. As an expert on nutrition and people's relationships with food, she has been quoted in top media outlets including Refinery29, Health, Men's Fitness, Bon Appetit, The Observer, and more.
Check out Christy's work at christyharrison.com, and take her quiz for a free checkup of your relationship with food!
Connect with me:
March 27, 2017
The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Deb Blakley
Spotlight on another Aussie doing amazing work! Deb is Brisbane-based Family Dietitian, Nutritionist and mum who is passionate about supporting grown-ups (parents, carers & early childhood educators) to positively & joyfully connect or reconnect with food & eating and share this with the children in their care.
In our conversation from her comfy couch with cups of tea in hand, we talk about:
- Why Deb calls herself a "Family Dietitian"
- Deb's personal insight into how and why she's ended up being so passionate about supporting parents and families
- The core principles of Feeding Dynamics
- How we can support parents who are struggling with their food and body issues without them feeling blamed or shamed.
- Deb's passion for helping all kids feel good in their bodies
- Why she is convinced that bringing a weight-neutral approach to our work is absolutely vital
And much more!
About Deb Blakley:
Deb is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist, recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is particularly passionate about supporting grown-ups (parents, carers & early childhood educators) to positively & joyfully connect or reconnect with food & eating and share this with the children in their care.
Deb believes that ALL bodies are amazing, and she applies a weight-neutral, non-diet approach in supporting kids to grow into the bodies that are right for them. Her approach supports parents, carers, families & educators to make decisions about nutrition and health from a place of care & consideration rather than control.
I believe in the right of every person to EAT HAPPY!
I believe that every child & every grown-up has the right to feel good about the body they live in, ALWAYS. Without question or condition.
I believe that every child is capable of growing up to be a competent and confident eater no matter what the nutrition challenge is.
I believe that every grown-up is capable of healing their relationship with food too!
I delight in helping families put the joy back into eating together.
Find Deb here:
Kids Dig Food Website
Kids Dig Food on Facebook
March 21, 2017
The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Aaron Flores, RDN
Fellow Health At Every Size Dietitian and Eating Disorders specialist Aaron Flores speaks about his passion for connecting with like-minded colleagues and the power of community, what can learn from The Matrix and Star Wars, getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations, insight-oriented learning and questioning whether in fact we are the "experts?"
You can find Aaron at:
Website: Balance Variety Moderation RD
Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California. With nearly 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings. A large part of his career was spent working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he helped develop and launch one of the first Binge Eating Disorder programs to help Veterans struggling with this disorder. Since leaving the VA, Aaron has continued to work in the eating disorder community helping run groups and providing individual counseling to adolescents at Destinations to Recovery and with adults at La Ventana Treatment Centers. He currently works part-time at Center for Discovery and part-time in his private practice in Calabasas, CA. His main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® and in his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. Aaron’s work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and was the closing keynote speaker of the 2016 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.
Find The Mindful Dietitian website with resources, events and so much more HERE
The Mindful Dietitian closed FB Group
March 13, 2017
The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series:
Episode # 1 - Diplomatic Advocacy with Fiona Willer.
Inspiring Health At Every Size Dietitian Fiona Willer is truly a leader amongst Dietitians worlwide - here she shares her personal journey to being a HAES Dietitian, the book that changed it all and her dreams for our profession. In her typical diplomatic style, Fiona shares her tips for how to be more effective with what we're trying to do without being drawn into a two-sided debate or losing the essence of the message.
Find out more about Fiona's FREE online course at: http://www.healthnotdiets.com/online-training
Fiona's Comprehensive Non Diet Approach for Dietitian online training course here (equivalent of Day 1 of the 2-day training)
All workshops, courses and events for Dietitians in the calendar of events at:
Online Food-Body-Mind Series available to do at your own pace:
Join our closed Facebook Group The Mindful Dietitian for conversation, networking and support.