When Recommendations Fail To Be Implemented : (When Theory & Practice Sometimes Don't Align)

 Why weight loss is way more complicated than a single concept Why weight loss is way more complicated than a single concept
I really feel for people wanting to lose weight for many reasons. It is a vulnerable place to be asking for help with weight management. Also, for the most part many of these people have heard and tried a lot of the recommendations currently available. Apart from the understanding we now have, ie that losing weight is far more complicated than impl...
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Your Story Matters When We Talk About Weight

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Something I often reflect on when people talk to me about their weight is a raw and ever present sadness that surfaces in our sessions. It is not unusual for people late in life, sometimes well into their eighties to talk about the pain they felt as a child when someone shamed them for their weight. People recall with such clarity, the shame they f...
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Being Tough & Strict With Ones self Isn't Always The Way To Go

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When it comes to weight loss, this time of year brings all sorts of goal setting ideas, resolutions, dietary guidelines, portion control suggestions, exercises tips, and recipes for 101 ways to cook with celery. Although I work in the field of weight management I have nothing new to offer in this space. However, I have a suggestion that might be wo...
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Being Able To Ask For Help With Weight Loss Without Being Judged, Shamed, Or Blamed Is Imperative

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As a counsellor working in the area of weight management, I sometimes I feel like I'm sitting in the corner occupying a space that is always hidden. I'm talking about the great weight debate. There seems to be two main discussions (I'm sure there are more) but these two dominate the media and mainstream ideologies around people living with excess w...
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Why Suspending Judgment Is So Important When It Comes To Helping Someone Living With Obesity.

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 Assumptions are dangerous when it comes to other people's weight. They are dangerous for a multitude of reasons. The biggest reason is that an assumption is often closely followed by a judgment. A judgment is often linked to attitudes and preconceived ideas. And, more often than not these judgments are linked to things that might not be true....
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Why Living In the Past and Future Detracts From Now

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The trouble with weight loss as we know now, is that keeping it off is very challenging and difficult. This is eternally frustrating and disappointing for people, and can quite often thrust them into a state of past thinking about what it was like when they had lost weight previously. They reflect on what they did, how they felt, and then there is ...
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A Little Bit Of Kindness Goes A Long Way

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I sincerely hope everyone has been coping in these unusually challenging and turbulent times? I really miss being with my clients face to face, but I have found zoom, face time (audio or video) skype and old fashioned phone calls have been working quite well. It has enabled me to expand my hours and locations as people can dial in from any where no...
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Just Popping In to Say Hi & To See How You Are All Coping?

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I know there must be endless emails arriving in your inbox with information, news and updates about the corona virus. I don't want to overload you with more of the same and I see that the social media is flooded with how to stay fit and eat well at this time. What I do want to do is pop in to check how my clients, colleagues and friends are managin...
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Some Shopping & Cooking Tips For These Trying Times

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Managing to eat well if you need to self-isolate for a while. It is indeed unprecedented times, and there is understandably a heightened sense of anxiety and uncertainty for everybody with the spread of the Covid 19 virus. It is completely normal and understandable if you are feeling this way and feeling that life feels out of control at the moment...
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When Even The Most Perfect Diet Won’t Work For Weight Loss

When Even The Most Perfect Diet Won’t Work For Weight Loss
Have you ever wondered why all the following still let you down when it comes to weight loss? dietary knowledge scholarly knowledge of the calorie content in food understanding of macro and micro nutrients the nutritional profile of all foods Here are some thoughts I want to share with you about why this might be the case: We are not perfect a...
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Making Friends With Your Hunger

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I often hear people wishing  that they never felt hunger, or saying  that they have an intense fear of their hunger because they equate eating with weight gain. As a consequence they detach from hunger sensations. While this gives them a temporary feeling of control, what often happens is that eventually their body and brain does wha...
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News About An Exciting New Program To Share With You

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Sometimes you just have to have faith that one day your vision will come to fruition. For over twelve years I have wanted to work with a multidisciplinary team who understand the challenges of managing obesity. I have wanted to work in a space where people can feel cared for, supported, and know that they will not be judged or shamed for having str...
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The Meaning of Food & Eating In Our Lives

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 It is rare that a social event in my life happens without food and or drink. My family gatherings always revolve around sharing a meal or a catch-up over a coffee. When I catch up with friends we tend to meet for coffee, breakfast lunch or dinner. When we have dinner parties they are festive occasions. Sometimes we have a theme that explores ...
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Therapeutic Groups for Binge Eating

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 I am so excited and happy to finally inform you that the binge eating group Hapifed, founded by my colleagues at the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, have a lovely new home. Like all searches for a new home, it can take quite a while to find the right place that feels welcoming, accessible and philosophically aligned and we...
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Sometimes Support Can Make A World Of Difference.

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                                        Sometimes Support Can Make A World Of Difference Have you ever felt totally alone trying to manage a health condition or your mental health?Then, one day you stumble upon a network of support and compassio...
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Weight Management Is Simply Not Simple

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The complexities of being human in all its glory and fragility, impacts us hugely when talking about weight loss and weight management. There is an amazing amount of research being conducted about the science of weight management, the medical, physical, genetic and scientific side for which I am incredibly grateful. There are many factors that I ha...
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What Does Having A Full Bladder Have In Common With Being Hungry?

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Having worked with hundreds of people struggling with their weight, something that comes up time and time again is a fear of being hungry. People tell me they associate hunger with weight gain and therefore either consciously or unconsciously they have learnt to ignore their feelings of hunger until they do not recognise the signals, or, they ...
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What Does Being Heard Really Mean?

Have you ever shared a concern, a worry or a story and been left feeling even more misunderstood, confused and, or frustrated than before you spoke? Perhaps you didn't feel you had been properly heard? Imagine you finally summon the courage to share your story and it is not received or heard the way you had hoped. No worry or story is too big or to...
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Why Your Weight Is Not up For Public Discussion (ever)

It's just a paper cut, a teeny-weeny paper cut, but boy it hurts. It stings, and each day it is a surprise how something so small almost invisible can be so painful. But even small injuries can still have major impacts on ones wellbeing. It can hurt like this when comments are made about someone's weight. The comment may have been made with good in...
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Disenfranchised Grief and Weight Loss

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​I want to talk about a type of loss that isn't weight loss and yet it is profoundly linked to weight loss. It is the feeling of loss that people may experience when they once had lost significant amounts of weight, subsequently regained it often ending up with even more excess weight than their original weight. It is a loss of the loss if this mak...
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