About Non-Diet Nutrition Therapy
At Nicole Merryman Nutrition, you can expect to receive evidence-based care rooted in the non-diet approach. Tools that are often used under this approach include mindful and intuitive eating practices. Read below to learn more about the principles of non-diet nutrition therapy:
Food as nourishment and enjoyment.
It's important to adopt eating patterns that nourish your body while honoring your needs and preferences. We all have to eat. Why not eat in a way that not only strengthens your body, but adds joy to life?
Ditching the diet mentality.
Research shows us that dieting doesn't lead to long-term success. Diets for weight loss often result in disordered eating patterns and eventual weight regain after weight loss is achieved. Common reasons diets fail are that they promote a "one-size-fits-all" approach or call for severe restriction. Rather than following a set of strict, unsustainable food rules, the answers to achieving long-term health and well-being are found through exploring your individual needs, finding balance and feeling free in your food choices.
Taking the focus off of weight. Instead, focusing on building healthy and mindful habits.
Society has established strict and often unrealistic expectations of body weight. While there is no denying that weight plays a role in overall health, there is a general lack of acceptance of the natural diversity in body shape and size among us. What determines our weight is complex. The different factors that contribute to weight, outside of eating patterns, are largely due to genetics and environmental factors. The anti-diet approach takes the focus off of weight and places it on building healthy and mindful eating habits. It emphasizes body respect, which is about giving your body what it needs to thrive while treating it with compassion and kindness. As you build body respect and mindful eating habits, this often allows your body to reach a stable and healthy weight that is best for you.
Exploring joyful movement.
Exercise benefits our health in many ways. Rather than seeing exercise as a form of punishment, it's key to find ways of moving your body that bring you joy and inspire you to commit to them long term.
Trusting your body.
Learning mindful and intuitive eating strategies are effective in helping you ditch dieting and build lifelong healthy habits. Learning these methods assists you in becoming more in tune with your hunger, fullness and satiety cues so you can build a healthier relationship with food and your body. Ultimately, you are the expert of your own body, and that inner wisdom enables you to create lasting, healthy habits that are best for you.