My name is Kathleen (she/her) and I work with clients to improve their relationship with food and help them to eat in a way that is nourishing, sustainable, and enjoyable.
I believe that food is more than energy and nutrients. Food can be a way we connect as we eat with loved ones, a connection to family and heritage, and something that can bring us joy and comfort. I believe that when we ignore that, we're missing out on part of what makes eating important.
At the same time, our lives are about much more than what we eat but sometimes it can feel like thinking about food and eating takes over our lives. The messages around foods about them being "good" and "bad" can make us feel like we've failed if we don't eat exactly in the way that we think we should. That's why I work with clients to help guide them to start tuning into their own body's cues to eat in a way that works for them.
I have a special interest in helping people with diabetes since often, I find this diagnosis can make people feel like intuitive eating isn't for them. There is often a focus on losing weight and controlling blood sugars through food and activity. This can be exhausting, and can leave you feeling like you've failed if your blood sugars aren't in target. What if you haven't failed but rather, this way of managing your diabetes has failed you? The truth is that if you have a diagnosis of diabetes, you can learn to eat intuitively.
Being diagnosed with diabetes doesn't mean you can't practice trust your body or that you have to be restrictive to manage your blood sugars. It just means you might need some extra support!
A bit more about how I practice: I work from a weight-inclusive, Health At Every Size® framework, which means that I focus on helping clients to work towards their goals without focusing on the scale. That also means that I work to help clients with bodies of all sizes to feel supported and safe, without judgement during out work together.
That doesn't mean that if you have a desire to lose weight that we can't work together. We live in a culture that is so focused on appearances and weight that wanting to lose weight is a natural reaction to the world we live in.
If you're open to taking the focus off weight and try something different, then I might be a good fit for you.
If you're wondering about my credentials, I'm a Registered Dietitian registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor. That doesn't make me the expert when it comes to eating, it means I have education and experience that I can use to help guide you towards listening to your own experience and body about eating!
Interested in working with me? I'm not taking on new clients at the moment but I will be soon! Please fill out the contact information below and I'll put you on my list!