As Accredited Practicing Dietitians we know the science of food and nutrition and are able to convey this as understandable and practical information for our clients.
Eat Love Live was established to help support people to build a more positive and healthful relationship with food and their bodies.
Food is a huge part of our everyday life and all of the information available to us about food is contaminated by the diet culture that engulfs our daily lives.
Diet culture is a system of beliefs, customs, messages and behaviours that places value and focus on weight, shape and size over and above health and well-being.
Diet culture is everywhere and we are often unaware of its presence or impact as it is so normalised. It is the information and comments from our family, and friends. It is the overt messages in the media to change your body; and the more subversive ones. It can be overwhelming and confusing.
We want to help you to understand diet culture; where it is around you and how to manage it so you can reconnect with your body and work out what is best for you. After all – you are the only expert on your body and we are here to work alongside you.
To feel and perform at your optimum and to manage disease sometimes some guidance is important. We aim to work collaboratively with each individual client to reach their individual health goals.
We are skilled and experienced in supporting people who have developed disordered eating patterns or clinical eating disorders to recover their physical and psychological health and re-engage in a meaningful life for them.
We are confident supporting you to manage Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and gastrointestinal complaints; as well as other acute or chronic health conditions in a safe, non-judgemental, compassionate space.
Telling people just to ‘lose weight’ to improve health fails to recognise all of the possible factors impacting on their body size. It perpetuates body shame and is often steeped in fat phobia and weight bias.
We work with you on behaviours – weight is not behaviour but an outcome and as such we don’t focus on changing weight as a tool to improved health.
The Health At Every Size® Principles are:
Want to understand more about diet culture, Health at Every Size ®, non – dieting nutrition counselling, focusing on health rather than weight?
Weight does not equal health!
The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in its 1948 constitution as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This highlights the importance of considering more than merely numbers such as weight, measurements or clothing size. Clinical measures such as blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose readings and other blood results can indicate health or illness; but mood, thoughts, feelings, energy, motivation, social connectedness, social interaction and sleep are also very important considerations!
Health for each individual person is going to be a little bit different as it considers all the influences on their health including their circumstances, lifestyles, family, environment, work, study etc. When working with our clients we help them to see beyond the numbers and consider all of these aspects. Most importantly we aim to move the focus off the number on the scale to health promoting behaviors and self-care.
Some of the things we may focus on to help people make this shift include:
We work closely with psychologist, psychiatrists, GP and exercise physiologist to ensure that our clients are getting all of the support they may need to better care for themselves.
Too often people judge self-worth and achievements by their weight and shape. This can often lead to increased negative thinking, poor self-esteem and even poor physical and mental health outcomes.
We work with people to be, within the realms of their genetic potential, the healthiest they can be while learning to accept, respect and appreciate their bodies.
We have all worked in these areas for many years and are still constantly learning and developing new skills to support people to work through these issues and learn to love the fabulous people that they are.
Work With Us
. As accredited practicing dietitians we do work with a wide range of conditions including:
Our areas of interest are non-dieting health management, disordered eating and eating disorders and all Eat Love Live team members are experienced working with these difficult issue. We regularly undertake further learning activities to ensure we are providing optimal care to you our family
Often when we work with people who are trying to reach and maintain their most healthy body for general wellbeing, and those on the journey of recovery for an eating disorder; we find we end up discussing similar concepts. These can include body acceptance, activity for pleasure, breaking ingrained eating habits and food beliefs. As such, information on this website will focus on these things and hopefully many people will find it helpful.
We look forward to working with you soon,
Jo and The Eat Love Live Team