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I coach parents to use responsive feeding to support children in developing a positive relationship with food and body.
I have 23 years of working in the field of eating disorders, so I approach talking with parents about food and feeding with a preventative angle and use HAES-informed and intuitive eating principles.
I work with parents to educate on how we can create a supportive home environment that fosters a healthy relationship with food and body. Your Happy Healthy LLC is a group of fiercely passionate fat positive/health at every size/social justice/intuitive eating registered dietitian nutritionists
Based in London, Ontario, change.creates.change is a nutrition counseling service delivered by Registered Dietitians who specialize in disordered eating & eating disorders. We use a non-diet approach to health and operate from a Health At Every Size philosophy. Our goal is to work with clients and their families to create change in their current routines that lead to a more nourishing and fulfilling life. In addition to individual nutrition counseling, we offer grocery store tours and meal support therapy sessions.
I’m passionate about providing weight-neutral care and treating all patients and families like humans. We’ll work together to utilize skills in nourishing & satisfying eating patterns, dismantling food rules, and creating a healed relationship with food and body.
For over 15 years I have been helping people heal their relationship with foods. I specialize in nutritional treatment and body attunement for individuals struggling with disordered eating &åÊbody image issues.
I counsel parents to follow a Trust Model of feeding with their kids, also known as Ellyn Satter’s Division of responsibility. I work with parents to separate their concerns about body size from their feeding approach, so that they can provide a supportive, structured feeding environment that is not based on trying to manipulate body size. My approach is based on supporting unique individual children to develop eating competence at their own pace. If parents report growth or weight concerns, I evaluate growth data when possible and coach parents to support the natural process of growth and affirm the diversity of bodies.
When working with parents, I start by exploring the parent’s relationship to food and discuss why a non-diet approach is essential to health and wellbeing. We’ll discuss how biases about bodies and rigid rules around food are influential in a child’s health and eating habits. We’ll discuss how to instead utilize the DOR or determine what might be best for that parent and their family. We’ll discuss intuitive eating and feeding strategies – I’d likely recommend a book like Born to Eat.
If a parent is concerned about their child’s weight, I first listen to their concerns and ask a lot of questions — both about the child and the home environment. We discuss ways that the parent can support and help their child grow up in their body free from shame and guilt. I emphasize how important it is to continue to allow children to be the intuitive eaters they were born as– without any restriction on portion size, type of food, etc.
I can help parents by introducing them to the concepts of intuitive eating and the non-diet approach, sharing research articles if they are interested and providing them with feedback and reassurance about how to navigate food and body image with their children.
I would approach a family with individualized goal setting and also with a weight-inclusive HAES approach to nutrition. I would make sure I am getting the full picture of each families situation, and provide recommendations that are appropriate, realistic, and achievable with each family.
Lindsay’s formal education defines her as a Registered Dietitian, but she prefers to identify as a health activist. Lindsay is committed to undoing the dehumanizing and fatphobic legacy of diet culture and traditional dietetics. She strives to work in partnership with her clients to help clarify an authentic and intuitive sense of their own ideas of health, nourishment, and recovery. Areas of specialization include disordered eating across age and gender identities, nutritional healing following gastric surgeries, weight-neutral interventions for diabetes and PCOS, food aversions, food-related trauma, and exposure therapy. Lindsay’s therapeutic style is marked by a suspicion for judgement and generalizations, and a respect for the power of curiosity, empathy, and humor to bring out the healthiest parts of ourselves.
My approach is to assume that the parent is the expert on their child. My role is to be an outside perspective on what is working and not working and to provide ideas to make changes that can help parent and child get to the outcome they desire.
I use the Ellyn Satter division of responsibility and work with families to identify barriers and blocks to providing new food experiences, assist with strategies to help kids come to the table in a calm, non-stressed mindset to help with gradually building food acceptance.
I work with parents of children living with eating disorders, as well as parents supporting their children to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with food. We work together to establish healthful nutrition practices for the household, helpful language around food and bodies, and developmentally appropriate strategies to foster their child’s relationship with food and their body.
When working with parents, I utilize a mixture of Ellyn Satter’s DOR and Intuitive eating. I address the parents’ own relationship with food/body with these models and support them in building more DOR oriented systems/structures into their family dynamics around food.
I work with clients who want to improve their nutrition, or improve their relationship with food and eating to improve their health and wellness. I do not focus on weight as a marker of health or success. I am familiar with Ellyn Satter and her work with family feeding dynamics and am comfortable including that framework in our sessions.
My work differs depending on needs and the assessment. I typically implement structure, help with language, coach about prevention for eating disorders, etc.
We start by unpacking the feelings and emotions attached to their child’s relationship with food and body. We then start to explore health, explaining that restricting calories, overexercising, limiting certain foods, labeling foods as good vs. bad can do more harm and actually lead to poor health (mental and physical) longterm. We support our clients in finding joy in movement, practicing gentle nutrition without restrictions and shifting the focus away from the scale and perceived ideas of what their bodies are “supposed” to look like based on toxic diet culture messaging and maybe even mixed messages from their child’s physician.
I help parents overcome the food fight at mealtimes with their child(ren) through a compassionate, understanding, and customized approach. We’ll explore topics such as division of responsibility, intuitive eating, picky eating, meal planning for a family, and how to promote a healthy body image and relationship to food throughout a child’s lifetime.