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Join non-diet dietitians Meg and Susan as we chat over food and body issues and help you find ways to defend your family against dieting, disordered eating and navigate a really difficult food culture.

Life's too short to count almonds Meg & Susan

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Join non-diet dietitians Meg and Susan as we chat over food and body issues and help you find ways to defend your family against dieting, disordered eating and navigate a really difficult food culture.

    S3 Ep 12 : When 'Healthy Eating' leads to Poorer Health and Wellbeing

    S3 Ep 12 : When 'Healthy Eating' leads to Poorer Health and Wellbeing

    Today we chat about a phenomenon that we have both seen in our practice. And that is when the drive for the "perfect diet for health" actually completely undermines health and wellbeing. Whether trying to get to the bottom of unpleasant symptoms, achieve a particular aesthetic or to 'be in the best health possible' when people head down a path of excluding foods for pretty much any reason, invariably we see a reduction in most measures of health and wellbeing including dietary quality and social connectedness.

    We touch on values, how elite sports can be a risk for an over focus on nutrition at the expense of health and wellbeing (check out our episode with Sports Dietitian Alissa Edge for more on this) and of course the conflicting messages we get from social media. 

    You might enjoy ABC's The Checkout Michelle Bridges skits ' Source of Confusion' Part one and Part Two that we mention.

    Find Meg's favourite roasted carrot recipes here and here.

    Join the waiting list for 'Lifeguards : The Non-Diet approach for Parents of Teens or to get some great info for "Helping your Teen Eat Well in a Food Confused Culture" RIGHT NOW check out our webinar here.

    • 35 min
    S3 Ep11 : A Ham Storm in a Teacup

    S3 Ep11 : A Ham Storm in a Teacup

    You may have seen on the news this week a lot of chatter about a 'ham ban' and a 'fairy bread ban' in Western Australian and South Australian schools.

    We've done some digging to get to the bottom of the headlines, what the actual situation is, why changes have been made and what it means. (Spoiler alert - ham is not even banned!)

    For more background of the 2016 classification of red/processed meats as carcinogenic check this article by Dr Tim Crowe of Thinking Nutrition.

    We also touch on some unfortunate reporting and commentary (from our own profession gah!) that decided to bring in 'overweight and obesity' rates into the discussion about the supposed ban. We mention a podcast episode by our colleague Dr Fiona Willer, it is super helpful for anyone interested in learning more about weight classification / BMI and health risk, you can watch it here or listen here. 

    Finally our 'Helping Your Teen Eat Well in a Food Confused Culture' is ready and available for purchase. It's only $33 for over 90 minutes of practical help for parents to open discussions with their teens, look for red flags, help navigate social media diet messages and protect them from eating disorders. Click here for more information. 

    Susan's favourite thing this week was from this amazing restaurant and this recipe is pretty close to Grandma's Carrot and Feta Lasagne.

    • 37 min
    S3 Ep10 : Life's Too Short to Pressure New Mums to 'Lose The Baby Weight'

    S3 Ep10 : Life's Too Short to Pressure New Mums to 'Lose The Baby Weight'

    Today we chat with Dietitian and PhD Candidate Melissa Eaton. Melissa is a Mental Health Dietitian with Keeping the Body in Mind (Primary) located at UNSW (currently on extended maternity leave), an NSA Registered Nutritionist, and a former dancer and teacher - having completed a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, a Bachelor of Science (Food and Nutrition), and a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) with a Bachelor of Education.  Her PhD research explores nutrition and mental health, with a focus on weight-neutral approaches, eating behaviour, disordered eating, and weight-stigma.  She is also a new Mum of a baby girl and is currently navigating the mum, work, life, juggle.

    We first met Melissa when she was a student dietitian who 'got it'. She already had a super firm grounding in weight bias and weight inclusive care, not to mention a really cool and popular instagram page where she shared great non-diet information to her many followers.

    Now as a mum of a toddler she's a bit shocked and horrified by the pressure she sees being placed on new mums to lose weight, control their child's diet and weight and how this can do a lot of harm to both parents and children.

    We also chat to Melissa about her PhD research into mental health and experiences of weight bias that patients can have when accessing health services.

    If you want to go back and listen to our interview with Alicia Edge it is episode 24, you can find it here

    • 42 min
    S3 Ep9 : Being Your Teen's Lifeguard on Diet Culture Beach

    S3 Ep9 : Being Your Teen's Lifeguard on Diet Culture Beach

    This week we chat more about the challenges of parenting teens in a culture obsessed by weight and dieting. We suggest some eating disorder and body image red flags and some strategies to get ahead of things before they become entrenched and how to be your child's lifeguard. Helping them learn to swim and develop their endurance and strength, understand rips and tides, remember to wear suncream and call for help if they get into trouble.

    Resources mentioned;

    National Eating Disorders Collaboration

    Eating Disorder Families Australia

    Feed Your Instinct

    The Butterfly Foundation

    Sign up to be first to know when we launch "Lifeguards: The Non-Diet Way For Parents Of Teens." https://www.megandsusan.co/NDWTeen

    • 40 min
    S3 Ep 8 Life's too Short to Measure your Life in Numbers with Mari Harrison

    S3 Ep 8 Life's too Short to Measure your Life in Numbers with Mari Harrison

    Today we chat with fellow dietitian Mari Harrison.

    Mari is a non-diet dietitian with lived experience of Type 1 diabetes working with people with eating challenges with diabetes, chronic dieting and after bariatric surgery.

    If Mari's 'best thing I ate this week', Joulutorttu, sounds good, check out the recipe she developed especially for our podcast audience!

    Check out her 'Am I Hungry ' group programs here.

    We mentioned these 2 TED talks - Dr Renee Engeln 'An Endemic of Beauty Sickness' and Dr Michelle May 'Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat'.

    • 42 min
    S3 Ep7 : Managing (surviving) holidays, food & routine...or lack of!

    S3 Ep7 : Managing (surviving) holidays, food & routine...or lack of!

    Back to 'regular programming', we hope you enjoyed out Movement Mini Series, let us know if there is a different 'mini series' topic you'd like us to do. 

    Today we have a bit of a rambling chat that reflects our headspace by this stage of the holidays. We have loved holidays but we are ready for a return to routine and to some alone time! 

    We chat about some of the challenges that summer holidays can kick up, especially for parents of teens. This the podcast episode Susan was a guest on to talk about the worst board game ever "YiYo - energy in Energy out" which is unfortunately still available and advertised to teachers as "Literacy is supported with pictorial association, and colour coding and icons are used to indicate nutritional characteristics including fruit and vegetable serves, dietary fibre, added or ‘free’ sugar and energy load. Available in kilojoules only" and even sold in the Perth Children's Hospital's fundraising shop! Gah! 

    We announce that we are working on 'a teen thing' - probably an intensive week of live webinars for parents of teens who are having concerns about eating, dieting, body image and want some practical help in how to help their kids through this challenging time. you can sign up here to stay up to day for when it launches. 

    This was the burrata salad mentioned and the restaurant where she had the scallops and wants to eat steak (it wasn't Woodcut, ti was Black Bar & Grill) and this is the Spanish Restaurant that was Susan's fave. 

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    • 41 min

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