Principle 4: Challenge the Food Police

What (or who? is Food Police?  Food police refers to the beliefs or concepts – driven by diet culture – that say we need to place a value on the foods we eat (1). They label foods as “good”, “bad”, “clean”, etc. The food police can come in many forms including media, friends and family – … Read more

Principle 3: Make Peace with Food

Making peace with food  The goal of this principle is to give yourself unconditional permission to eat all foods, whenever you’re hungry, and without feeling like you have to make adjustments or sacrifices if you “screw up” (1).  Take a minute right now, and think about foods that diet culture has taught you are “good”, … Read more

Principle 2: Honour Your Hunger

Keep your body well fed  What does this even mean? We need enough calories and carbohydrates to function and thrive, but counting calories is not the answer. From the time we are born, we are hard-wired to eat when we are hungry and stop when we are full. These cues are controlled by our brain and … Read more

Principle 1: Reject the Diet Mentality

What is diet culture?  Diet culture is the system of beliefs that idealizes eating a certain way in order to obtain a particular body shape.  It associates thinness with higher social status and moral value.  At the same time, it demonizes certain ways of eating, and attaches shame to “unhealthy” food choices and certain body … Read more

The Eating Experience

Finding Satisfaction and Coping with Emotions Emily Chau is a fifth year dietetics student at UBC. Her interest in nutrition and connecting with others through food has led her to pursue a career in dietetics. She strives to learn more about culturally-safe care, food security, and supporting positive relationships with food.  At times it can … Read more

Challenge the Food Police

Emily Chau is a fifth year dietetics student at UBC. Her interest in nutrition and connecting with others through food has led her to pursue a career in dietetics. She strives to learn more about culturally-safe care, food security, and supporting positive relationships with food.  Who (or what) are the food police? The food police … Read more

Why Food Is Not the Enemy

Emily Chau is a fifth year dietetics student at UBC. Her interest in nutrition and connecting with others through food has led her to pursue a career in dietetics. She strives to learn more about culturally-safe care, food security, and supporting positive relationships with food.  Diet culture is the set of beliefs that demonizes certain … Read more

How Do I Know if I’m Hungry or Full?

Tapping into your hunger and fullness cues Emily Chau is a fifth year dietetics student at UBC. Her interest in nutrition and connecting with others through food has led her to pursue a career in dietetics. She strives to learn more about culturally-safe care, food security, and supporting positive relationships with food.  Hunger cues are … Read more

Mental Health and Healthy Eating

Now that THRIVE month has come to a close I wanted to share one more post about the connection between mental health, because without mental health there is no health, and without nutrition there is no mental health. Let’s throw it back to basics: Some Nutrition 101.  Nutritious food is absolutely vital in everyone’s daily … Read more

Nutrition and Intuitive Eating

It’s THRIVE month at UBC, where we focus on ways to foster, improve and maintain good mental health. One way to improve your overall health and mental wellbeing is by eating!  Maddy Laranjo, a student-athlete at UBCO, has written this week’s blog on nutrition and intuitive eating to help you thrive during your studies. Last … Read more