You will hear me say over and over again how much I love social media for providing a platform for women to EMPOWER one another, to connect, and to grow a professional network. This brings me to today’s post. An interview with Gisela Bouvier, Registered Dietitian who takes an Anti-Diet approach with all of her clients. Not sure what this means? What I can tell you is that it’s an entirely different way of viewing nutrition and food than what the diet culture wants us to believe.
I am so inspired by Gisela’s ability to stand in her own truth in a society that will continue to preach dieting as the “solution” to our unhappiness or weight loss goals. Gisela stands apart from what we typically see as she advocates for self-love and acceptance, while rebuilding our connection with food. Enough rambling and woman-crushing from me; GO ON, read!
So first things first, you’re a Registered Dietician (RD). What stood out to me the most, and what I LOVED most, was your emphasis on being an “AntiDiet” Dietician. Break this down for us here – what does this mean, and how does this shape the work you do with clients?
I always tell my clients, I am Anti-Diet but I am not and Anti-Nutrition Dietitian. I believe in working with all of my clients in helping them learn how to still incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and all food groups into their diet. However, it’s important to me that they eat the foods they like. They aren’t put into structured meal plans, food restrictions, or told what to eat.
Instead, I focus on teaching my clients about Mindful and Intuitive Eating. Mindful Eating, meaning how to re-learn and re-connect with hunger and fullness cues and stay present while eating. Intuitive Eating, meaning eating based on what the body desires and what will provide satisfaction. Learning these practices, in turn, helps to amend my clients’ relationship with food and find total food freedom.
Can you take us back to the first moment you knew you wanted to work in dietetics and nutrition?
What has food freedom allowed YOU to do?
The diet industry, as we both know, seems to rely on extremes. And extremes that often times, don’t provide for any flexibility or sustainability. What is the approach YOU take? How do you define balance?
I don’t believe in “good” foods vs “bad” foods. I believe in integrating all foods and fueling your body with what it needs and asking you for each day.
Intuitively eating sounds freakin’ amazing on paper – and even more amazing to practice. However, I can totally see how at first it may seem completely vague or even out of reach for a lot of women. How do you work with women to practice mindfully eating when they’re surrounded by diet fads and are misinformed about nutrition?
What is a message you give to ALL of your clients? Regardless of their goals?
What is something you feel is missing in the world of nutrition?
There is so much focus on the need for dieting for weight loss due to the obesity epidemic, that the field of nutrition forgets to ask individuals, “But how do you feel? How can we help you find your most optimal health?”
Let’s say you have a client who really does want to lose weight, and is completely focused on this goal. What kind of approach do you take here? How do you stay true to what it is that you advocate for?
AND you’re a barre instructor! Jack of all trades here! What led you into barre instructing? What is it that you love most about barre?
What’s the greatest way you practice self-care?
Who are you outside of being a dietitian?
Questions from YOU all!
I don’t have time to meal prep and find myself eating out A LOT during the week. I often feel really guilty and never know if I’m making the “right” choices. Any tips?
What do I do when everyone else around me IS on a diet?
I’m currently in the process of becoming an RD, and find myself getting triggered by other students. A lot. Can you relate? What was helpful?
What helps me refocus is remembering my purpose. When you feel triggered, think about how different you want to be and will be in helping others when you become an RD. Let that be your fuel.