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Hi, I'm Aubrey Golbek
Grace fueled dietitian & nutrition therapist. I'm passionate about helping you bring joy, satisfaction & confidence into your relationship with food & your body.
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Body image, it’s a monster of a topic—A concept that’s processed in no less than 9 areas of our brains. Because of this, many dietitians and therapists are hesitant to broach it. But if we aren’t talking about it, who is? We can’t ignore the elephant in the room, we have to address it. In that vain and since Christ’s grace is the reason I do this work, here are 4 thoughts on body image, Jesus and everything in between:
Most of my clients have been chronically dieting or engaged in disordered eating of some sort by the time we begin work together. In these instances, it’s pretty tough to transition cold-turkey into Intuitive Eating. So the journey to becoming an intuitive eater often involves some “in-betweener” steps, kind of like going from riding a tricycle to a bike, we first need some training wheels. In this case, the training wheels are the “in-betweener” steps needed to transition from dieting to intuitive eating. They are not the end-all-be-all, but they provide more freedom and a greater opportunity to listen to your body on your way to becoming an intuitive eater.
Meal planning and intuitive eating are not mutually exclusive. And I'll tell you why. But first, what do I mean when I use the term meal planning?
What I DON'T mean is planning out the exact meals and snacks you will eat in order to meet some arbitrary number of calories, portions or macronutrients for the day--that's a diet, and it just leaves you burnt out, dejected and worse off than you were.
No, what I'm talking still allows you to listen to your body.
There's been so much written about digestion lately, I've hesitated to add my voice to the noise, lest I provoke the often angry opinions of the masses, but recently something shifted my perspective on this.
I was speaking with a group of women about digestion and elimination diets, sharing the same simple truths I do with my clients, and several of the women messaged me later to tell me how freeing those nuggets of information were. Honestly, their words caught me off guard. Of all the things we'd discussed that evening, I was surprised it was the two cents about digestion that really helped these women.
So it's been a while (1 whole month to be exact) since I've written a blog post. I haven't forgotten about it, I promise. We've just been a little busy this summer between potty training, birthday parties and 3 trips back and forth to Indiana planning my sister's wedding.
On top of that, God's been teaching me through his word, but mainly through people, about the value of cutting away some good, but maybe unnecessary things in order to make room for the new thing he's doing in THIS season.
Confession time, I find it incredibly hard to do nothing, to be bored. Even more, I find it difficult to just do one thing at a time.
I know I'm not the only one. Unless you've been hiding under a rock recently, you've probably noticed the surge of discussion around being present, mindful, and still. Why do we struggle with this so much?
"Virtually everything in the human experience is accomplished little by little" - Christine Caine, Unexpected
I've been digging audiobooks lately, they're just so convenient! Besides, they're pretty much my only hope for finishing an entire book as a mom. This quote from Christine Caine's latest book, Unexpected, hit me like a ton of bricks the other day as I was driving down I44. It's been stuck in my brain since –an accomplishment on it's own considering my mom-brain is barely able to remember what day it is.
I am a fan of demystifying and uncomplicating common health concerns in order to make you a more empowered health advocate. And high blood pressure is definitely a common health concern, with nearly 3 million cases reported each year in the US.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a body image workshop for clinicians in Chicago with Marci Evans and Fiona Sutherland (two complete all-stars in the world of dietetics and body image healing - yes I am fan girling). I learned so much from them over the two days, I'm still unpacking it all (and likely will be for next month or two!) BUT there was one takeaway message that hit me hard early on and has stuck with me since. This is it: Body image is extremely complex and very closely tied to our sense of connection.
If I asked you what would it look like to get healthier, what would you say? For the vast majority of people today, weight loss would be their first and maybe only answer to that question.
Yesterday I did an Instagram experiment. I asked people what their ten favorite foods/ingredients were. One, because I was just curious and two, because I wanted people to think about this.For so many people today this is a super hard question. Between our culture telling us what we can and can't eat and the mixed messages we receive about some of our favorite foods, a lot of us have completely stopped eating for enjoyment.
Is It wrong to want to lose weight? I find a lot of people asking this question after they learn about the non-diet approach. In an effort to eradicate the message that you HAVE to lose X lbs to be healthier or look a certain way to be accepted, the anti-diet messaging may make people feel guilty for wanting to lose weight.
Does anyone remember the "missed connections" category from Craigslist? I would read them occasionally when I was bored and always felt a sense of sadness for what could have been, but it was also exciting to think about the connection somehow being made if the right person just happened to read the post (I wonder if that ever happened!)
There is a lot of misconception out there about the health at every size, intuitive eating and non-diet approach. From a distance, people view intuitive eating as anti nutrition knowledge--but that's not the case. Actually, intuitive eating and the health at every size movement put more of an emphasis on healthy behaviors and intentions than weight loss diets, which tend to focus on deprivation, numbers and fear.