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What is diet culture and how is it harmful?

The term diet culture has a lot of buzz around it of late, but many still ask what it is and why should we be aware of it? It can be tricky to spot because most diet culture is sadly considered the social norm.

What is diet culture?

Diet culture doesn’t simply equate to “being on a diet”,

On Pushing, Pulling, Patting and Partnering

As a psychologist, I often find myself in the tricky space of balancing two therapeutic modes of being with a client: empathic holding on the one end, and challenging the client on the other end. As per classic Rogerian theory, I certainly subscribe to the idea that unconditional positive regard, warmth and empathy form the bottom line of any good therapeutic experience.

Fresh vs. Frozen Vegetables: Is there a superior?

Many Australians believe that fresh vegetables are better for you than frozen, but is this really the case? The truth is, science has shown there is very little difference in nutritional value between fresh and frozen vegetables. (1) This is great news and here’s why:

Frozen Vegetable Benefits:

Less food waste:

Food waste equates to a $20 billion economy loss in Australia each year,

The 50 Minute Hour

How many minutes are there in an hour? 60, right? Well, in the psychological parallel universe, there is an actual expression “the 50 minute hour”. What this means in practice is that a session usually starts on the hour (say, 10am) and finishes more or less 51-55 minutes later (say, 10.53am)… hence the “50 minute hour”!

What is Mindful Eating and why is it important?

Mindfulness is a word often thrown around a lot today. It’s a practice based on Zen Buddhism which is based on having a clear understanding of being in the present moment, calmly and without judgement. Therefore, mindful eating encourages awareness of our eating experiences. It’s about bringing your attention to the present moment when eating,

The Golden Goal of Therapy (always, at all times)

Now that is quite a strong statement, isn’t it!? Especially coming from someone who actively avoids broad brush strokes when giving opinions, and who is generally more comfortable with grey than with black and white! I am however very happy to throw my weight behind the following statement, or my “golden goal” for therapy:

  Therapy – i.e.

Recipe: Healthy Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a known and loved household meal. It’s quick, easy, delicious and kid-friendly. That’s why I’m giving you all this tasty spag bol recipe, packed full of hidden veggies, but also providing some nutrition education below the recipe to tell you exactly why certain ingredients are so good for you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 brown onion,

Two Faces, a Staff and a Key

I have always found Greek and Roman mythology fascinating. Oh, the adventures the gods were having! Their unbridled humanness was shining through at every turn they took, and their passions, failures, strife, and plights were beautiful mirrors of how life was – and still is! – for mere earthlings.    

In Roman mythology,

How Can I Support Good Mental Health Through Food?

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health conditions across the world today, and evidence tells us there is a strong relationship between a healthy diet and mental wellbeing (1, 2). Five years ago, research found that over 1 billion people were affected by mental health disorders, this equates to 7% of the world’s entire population (3).

I Have a Dream

Of course, after I have so proudly announced in my previous blog that I never have any sleep issues, good old insomnia ironically came knocking at my door for a few nights in a row! Tossing and turning, overthinking, annoyance at myself for not sleeping, stressing about lack of rest, and tiredness the following day… the whole package.

What To Expect In A Session With Our Dietitian

If you’ve never met with an Accredited Practicing Dietitian before, even the thought of a session may be intimidating for you; after all, we have the word “diet” in our job title. You may be thinking “Will I ever be able to eat my favourite foods again? Are they just going to be put me on a diet?

Stepping into the Land of Nod… or Not

Body. Mind. Where does one begin and one end?

In my office I see this every day: people who feel in their bodies that something is not well with their psyche. This is extremely common in anxiety and depression, the “common colds” seen daily in psychological practice. Hearts racing, stomachs churning, shortness of breath and sometimes even vomiting and diarrhea are typical of anxiety and panic disorders,

Introducing our Dietitian

Hello to all,

My name is Adelle and I have joined the Felix & Sage Psychology team as their resident dietitian. For decades now, studies have revealed the direct link between what we eat and how we feel; the team at Felix & Sage recognise this, and have welcomed me with the intention of providing evidence-based nutrition care for their clients.

Laughter in Therapy: Seriously Important!

As my previous blog dealt with tears and crying in therapy, I thought writing about laughter might be a good natural balancing act. I can certainly say that in my years of training to be a psychologist, I have never thought that I would laugh as much as I do while doing therapy. I was probably mentally more prepared for heaviness,

“The Land of Tears is so mysterious”

From Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

I have always adored this quote. It comes from one of my favourite books, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The story, first published in French in 1946, tells the fable of a man whose plane got wrecked in the desert,

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