Health At Every Size (HAES)

Health At Every Size (HAES) is the belief that all bodies can be healthy, regardless of body size.  When seeing a provider that utilizes HAES principles, lifestyle factors (such as nutrition, movement, stress, and sleep) are discussed in relation to the patient’s health.  Based on the factors identified and concerns, an individualized plan is created for the patient.  Some examples of changes suggested may be: eating 2 servings of fruit or vegetables daily, walking for 15 a day, or spending time with friends weekly.  The goal of these changes are to improve your health - but weight loss is not an identified outcome or something that is monitored.  Rather, we monitor what your ultimate goal is - reducing blood pressure, improving energy levels, sleeping more deeply, decreasing stress levels, etc.  By taking weight out of the equation we can focus on your overall health and get you feeling well faster.  

 

(HAES is a registered trademark of ASDAH.  For more information, see their website at: https://asdah.org/health-at-every-size-haes-approach/)

 

Intuitive Eating

 

Intuitive Eating is an evidenced based non-diet approach to nutrition counseling developed over 25 years by Registered Dietitians. Many studies have shown that diets don’t work and that over 95% of people regain the weight they lost (or more) within 2 years.  With Intuitive Eating, we trust YOUR body to tell you what food it needs, how much, and when.  Many people have spent years of their life dieting, and the idea of trusting their body’s signals for eating is scary!  With Intuitive Eating, it can take time to learn the signals your body is sending you and how to respond - this is why working with an experienced practitioner can help!  With Intuitive Eating, you can free yourself from feeling ruled by your diet choices and heal your relationship with food.  Rebecca is currently working towards becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and refers to other providers who are experienced in Intuitive Eating counseling.  

 

The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating:

  1. Reject the diet mentality

  2. Honor your hunger

  3. Make peace with food

  4. Challenge the food police

  5. Discover the satisfaction factor

  6. Feel your fullness

  7. Cope with your emotions with kindness

  8. Respect your body

  9. Movement - feel the difference

  10. Honor your health - Gentle nutrition

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