Change is incredibly difficult- and still, you may be wanting something different in your life. How you think about self-care and nutrition, and the words you use to describe the process matter deeply. It can't be about weight. It can't be about putting your life on hold. I will guide you through the process of discovering how to think about food, movement, and self care in a way that will help you find freedom from a dieting mindset where criticism and judgement are replaced with intuitive eating and joyful movement. Taking a non-diet approach may be for you if:
You’d like to stop dieting and find a nurturing, non-judgemental approach to food and health.
You want to live your life and attend to self-care, but NOT feel like you’re constantly thinking about calories, dieting rules, what other people think, the size or shape of your body, or losing weight.
You’d like to feel grounded, calm, and at ease in your relationship with food and your body.
You want to discover what works best for you rather than follow the advice of a guru who is certain they know.
If any of the above ring true for you, I can help.
Gut Health & Psychiatric Nutrition Functional gut disorders like IBS and fructose malabsorption, mental health concerns, arthritis and body pain, and many other problems are helped with therapeutic nutrition. Understanding and eating for a robust microbiome to prevent metabolic disease, support mood, and improve or restore gut health are foundational concepts covered in my practice. I also regularly collaborate with psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners to answer questions about how nutrition may support your psychiatric care and recommend evidenced based supplementation where it may be helpful. Bariatric Surgery Surgery is a personal decision and choosing the right center is crucial. The quality of pre-surgical screening and nutrition education varies. Eating disorders may emerge or re-emerge following surgery, medical complications may arise, and outcomes are not the same for everyone. Sometimes your relationship with food & your body needs to be explored before considering weight loss or weight loss surgery. It is abundantly clear in the research, and in clinical practice, that following extremely restrictive diets and undereating for weight loss are not effective for long-term weight loss and may do more harm than good, including after bariatric surgery. It may be that your weight is just fine and staying weight stable is the best approach for you. It may be that learning to eat intuitively and ending the cycle of chronic dieting will give you the freedom and wellbeing you desire. There is no one best way for everyone- come figure out what's right for you.
"Victoria taught me so much. She helped me change the way I think about food and my body completely." "Working with Victoria made staying in my sport possible." "I think way less about food and have greater self-acceptance and appreciation for what my body is capable of." "I'm running again and I feel so much better!"