Health at Every Size
Do you assume a cucumber to be healthy because it’s a vegetable? What about if it makes you burp for hours after you eat it? Still healthy for you? Things like this are what I encourage my patients to explore – to challenge preconceived ideas about health. Along comes a philosophy that may be new to many of you about weight and health, Health at Every Size.
What is the Health at Every Size (HAES) philosophy?
It’s the approach that I take with patients that says that someone’s weight has no assumed direct connection with their health and that they shouldn’t be discriminated against just because they live in a larger body. No one can control their weight; what you can control are all of the choices you have in life each and every day – what and how you eat and drink, how and when you move, with whom you connect, how you treat yourself when no one’s watching, how you support your nervous stem, etc. The list could go on and on…
I ask patients to learn about themselves and make changes in life to align with their body’s needs – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, AND physically. We are not simply physical machines but complex beings. All aspects of ourselves should be supported. When you make more choices that align with your body’s needs, you make progress towards improved health.
There is no expectation of perfection!
We are all human beings – designed to be imperfect. We can ease our nervous systems when we cut ourselves some slack and treat ourselves with more love and compassion.
- If you are tired of always feeling pressured to diet and restrict food, I’m your naturopathic doctor, happy to provide support.
- If you are frustrated with not having your medical needs met with something other than ‘lose weight,” I’m the naturopathic doctor for you.
- If you’d like your worth to be tied to your goodness rather than your weight, come see me!
- If you’d like to learn more about how the chronic stress of discrimination has a negative effect on your wellbeing, make an appointment with me.
- If you’re interested in moving your body for the sake of appreciating all that it can do rather than focusing on what it can’t do yet, let’s work together!
Please, share this with loved ones who may need to hear about this approach.
We are complex human beings whose needs should be met on all levels – mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.