Our goal is to provide nutrition counseling to improve your health and the health of your family. We help you achieve well balanced meals throughout the day taking into consideration your proximity to food. We work closely with your provider to improve your mental and physical health through nutrition education, which subsequently improves nutrition choices, weight management and/or relationship with food. We do NOT follow a restrictive diet. Please read our philosophy to better understand our nutrition approach.
When we think about nutritional counseling the first thing that comes to mind is DIETING. Diet is a word that tends to have a negative connotation. Living on a diet and trying different diets for the rest of your life is exhausting. It is not only exhausting, it is unproductive.
Why doesn't dieting work? A diet is temporary and it does not take into account your proximity/relationship with food, your daily activities, eating out, and most importantly it does not teach you better food choices and intuitive eating. Our approach is different: We help you build an excellent relationship with food to achieve your nutritional goals. Whether your goal is to maintain a healthy weight, to lose or gain weight or achieve healthy eating patterns for you and your family Nutrition Counseling Group will guide you in achieving it by using the NON-DIET APPROACH.
The NON-DIET APPROACH teaches each person to recognize the amount of food each one needs to feel satisfied, be healthy and reach a healthy weight. Healthy weight is individual. We will teach and assist you with:
- Weight loss, weight maintenance or weight gain depending on what your individual needs
- Re-learning to eat in response to your hunger and fullness cues
- Following your cravings mindfully and teach you to not feel deprived
- Trusting yourself and your body
- Improving your body image concerns and issues
The basics of the NON-DIET APPROACH are:
- No food is bad: everything is good in moderation. Learn to have a good relationship with food so you don't overcompensate.
- Do not skip meals: it is common for overweight and obese people to skip meals.
- Make time for meals: eat slow and sitting down.
- Do not wait more than 3-4 hrs without eating. Have a healthy snack available.
- Do not let yourself get too hungry before a meal.
- Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
- Follow your cravings mindfully and portion them out.
- Last, but not least, accept yourself for who you are and do not set unrealistic goals.