What is it like to work with a non-traditional, non-stereotypical, non-diet, weight inclusive dietitian? Here is what I can say about what I do as a non-diet, weight inclusive [and radical] dietitian.
I will not...
Demonize what you are eating/not eating
Put you in a strict meal plan
Promote value-based health behaviors (aka you are a better person if you eat or don’t eat xyz food, you will be deserving of proper healthcare when you lose weight or change your eating)
Center nutrition care around your body shape/size
Promote diet culture
Promote exercising for the sake of changing your body size/shape
What may come up in sessions together (ie. what you can expect):
Compassionate care rather than a fear mongering approach to health. I see our work together as a partnership...a collaboration.
Asking permission and asking for consent all along the way in things we discuss and work through. I think it is really important to do so throughout our entire time together.
Discussions about what is important to you in your life (your values)
Exploring more than just than the physical aspect of your health. Our relationship with food intersects with more than just our physical and emotional health.
Discussions around social determinants of health
Respecting your voice and your choices
Grieving (grieving things such as how your body is versus what you wish it was). Grieving is an important part of the body acceptance process.
Enjoyable movement (my scope is expanded a bit to include physical activity because of my degree in exercise physiologist and additional training in this area)
There’s a good chance we won’t talk about food (or eating or even physical activity) the whole time
If desired, you can have the space to say and/or feel whatever you need to- anger, frustration, joy, empathy, sadness, excitement, etc. You do not have to compartmentalize if you do not want to. Any and all emotions are welcome. All of you is welcome.