I have been on lots of diets and I am back where I started. How will seeing a Dietitian help?
Dietitians can help people get off the diet merry go round and make changes that will be sustainable for life. At Optimum Intake we tailor advice to fit with peoples lifestyles and take the time to listen and assist with breaking down barriers to change. If you have tried dieting in the past or have been beginning to make dietary changes to manage a health condition, seeing a Dietitian can help to confirm whether these changes are appropriate for your needs.
We provide a non-dietiting approach to weight concerns. The reason this is so successful is that going on a diet is often seen as a punishment, you feel deprived, and it is often imposed on you by others. People are told not to eat any of the foods they enjoy and value and to eat foods that they find unappealing. Most people finds diets to be ‘too hard’ or feel that they don’t have enough ‘will power’. Long term adherence to and success in a diet is rare. It only takes one year and most people have slipped back into their old eating habits and have regained any weight they may have lost, plus some more.
We understand that people eat/drink for many reasons other than hunger. Reasons such as boredom, loneliness, feeling upset, stressed, hard day at work, celebrations, because its meal time, to finish off the plate, snacks are readily available and the list could go on. When we eat for reasons other than because we are hungry we tend to eat foods that are higher in fat/sugar, we eat at a faster pace, leading to overeating and in the end weight gain over time. Often we don’t even truly enjoy the foods we are consuming.
Non-Diet Approach / Intuitive Eating
The non-diet approach to managing weight is an attuned and mindful-based eating approach that supports self-esteem and body acceptance. It replicates a normalized style of eating which prevents the development of disordered and eating disorders. The Non-Diet Approach shifts one from thinking about how much weight they need to lose to instead thinking more about how they can learn to love the body they have. It is instead a much more gentle approach, allowing the client to build skills and confidence in their own innate ability to select appropriate foods for their body in appropriate amounts. The Non-Diet Approach believes in:
- Total health enhancement and well-being, rather than weight loss or achieving a specific ideal weight
- Self-acceptance and respect for the diversity of healthy, beautiful bodies rather than the pursuit of an idealized weight at all costs
- The pleasure of eating well based on internal cues of hunger and satiety rather than on external food plans or diets
- The joy of movement, encouraging all physical activities rather than prescribing a specific exercise routine
This method is showing promising clinical and psychological results as one of the most helpful, least harmful ways to assist those with weight concern
We focus on all the aspects of creating a nutritious food intake and lifestyle for you as an individual, not a one-size fits all meal plan.
Food labels and food claims can be both misleading and confusing! Though many don’t think about it, grocery shopping is an integral part of eating healthy. To see products explained is better than just hearing about them making it more memorable experience and you will be surprised at what you can gain from such a tour! We providing hands-on, practical information so that you can make healthy choices quickly and with confidence. If you buy and stock more nutritious food, you will eat healthier.