An Open Letter to All Health Professionals

We all have our biases. That’s part of being human. But as a health care professional, we need to be held to a higher standard and we need to check our personal biases at the door. Far too many doctors, both in the traditional medical system and the integrative system, treat patients with obesity with…

The Case of the Magic Pill

On TV it all looks so easy. Dr. Oz debut’s the ‘Magic Pill to Stop Aging’[i] and proclaims numerous other miracle pills that will to strip the weight off you with no ‘no exercise, no diet and no effort’. They tell you it’s all because of some nutrient or another found only in an exotic…

We Don’t Give Our Bodies Enough Credit

We live in a culture where scientists are constantly bashing some foods then recommending others, and where the health gurus praising their miracle diets and body transformations are a dime a dozen. For years, we’ve been taught about the endless rules and about those ‘toxic’ foods that will destroy our metabolisms, but is it really…

End of Diet Soda

As a culture, we are consuming diet products like soda, altered foods, shakes, bars and pills because we are told that they are going to make it easier to lose weight. Maybe even for a short period of time, they do. But what’s concerning about these products are the long-term consequences only now being uncovered[i].…

All or Nothing is Killing Health

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I can’t do it right, then I won’t do it at all”? My brother and I were sitting in the kitchen one day and we got to talking. What do all of the top selling diets have in common? Why are they always unsuccessful[i]? It’s not the food,…

Is it Possible to be Fit and Fat, and Have Fun?

What does being ‘fit’ mean to you? Does it bring to mind images of tanned and toned bodies no larger than a size 4? Even with the #bodypositive movement, so many of us don’t associate different body types as being fit and healthy. Socially, we have formed such a strong connection between fitness and ‘skinny’…

Body Image Has Nothing To Do With the Body!

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a beautiful, caring and strong woman? Or do you see an extra 10 pounds, an imperfect complexion or a disappointing appearance? It’s not just you, we tend to see the flaws in ourselves more than others would[1]. We look in the mirror…

You Can’t Ignore Nutrition

Finding a balance between health and indulgence can be tricky. We have known for years that our eating habits and mental health are intimately connected[1], yet there is not one diet that’s proven effective. The problem with so many of the diets and weight loss regimes out there is that they don’t take into account…