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At Omni, we are here to provide excellent counseling and nutrition care and support, and also to spread the good word of non-diet, weight inclusive, diverse body advocacy, and eating disorder recovery focused ideas! We believe the world needs to hear these messages and that we have a unique voice, as both counselors and dietitians, to be able to spread them.
Omni's mission is to provide a space that offers inclusive and relationally driven counseling and nutrition that aims to cultivate healing of the whole person...
When you come to Omni for counseling and nutrition, it will be all about YOU! (And a little about us, collectively.) The relationship is the most important aspect...
At Omni we specialize in both counseling and nutrition. Our aim is to support each individual on their path to healing of the whole self. We are inclusive and relational...
When it comes to humans, we continually make assumptions and judgments about who a person is
based on weight, body size, body shape, movement choices, and food choices. We assume someone in a
bigger body is unhealthy, has no self-control, rarely moves, and shouldn’t be eating [insert what culture
calls “bad” food]. We believe those in a smaller body are healthy, lucky, disciplined, and are “so good”
eating [insert what culture calls “good” food]. We also assume, based on how someone looks, that they
can or can’t have an eating disorder or aren’t “Sick Enough” as Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani’s book is called. The
person we are making the assumptions can also be ourselves.
The problem with weight loss coaches and any other "expert" in the weight loss field is that they often base your ideal weight either on a chart or some other arbitrary weight goal that they think you should be. The problem with this is that it does not take into account your own body and its set point. We all have a set point for our weight, and trying to get down to a weight that is lower than your set point is harming your health.
Have you ever thought about how many messages you see in one day related to diets, weight loss, eating “clean,” the latest exercise trend, cleanses, or some new means to “fix” or change your appearance, size, or shape!? If you think about the billboards you see when you’re taking the bus or train, or while you are driving, the ads you see on social media, not to mention the people you follow who may be self-proclaimed “wellness experts” - it can be really overwhelming! You are also inundated with the advertisements you see on television – whether they are direct advertisements or subliminally placed via product placement into movies or shows. Let alone the incessant diet talk that often happens between friends or family members, or the weight loss challenge or “wellness initiatives” that are being promoted at your workplace.
We are taking in these subliminal messages almost every moment of every day. There is one powerful motivator that fuels all of the messaging that surrounds diet culture and weight stigma and that is: MONEY.
Our relationship with food in this country is not good. We have become so detached from our bodies that we eat based on the clock, while driving and texting, or what the latest fad diet tells us to do. Try these 5 simple things to help improve your relationship with food today.
In honor of National RD (Registered Dietitian) Dayand because there are three of us here at Omni - myself, Melissa Preston, and Melissa Knudson- I thought I would do a special blog dedicated to the awesomeness that is being an RD. Here are some of the things that set dietitians apart from other wellness or nutrition professionals (taken directly from eatright.org):
Your job is not to be perfect. Nobody ever told you that. At least not explicitly. Being a human is a funny thing. We are all are human. We all have limits. And misgivings. And bodily functions. Yet when we show others our limits, our misgivings, our bodily functions, we are embarrassed. We feel ashamed. We feel less than. We feel imperfect.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating help is available. Follow this link to get screened, find treatment, or contact the helpline:
We are thrilled to announce a new member to the Omni Counseling and Nutrition Team, Abbey Gesing (she/her), Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC)! Abbey comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in trauma, body image shame, interpersonal violence, and disordered eating.
If you binged on all your Valentine’s Day candy this weekend you are not alone. Research shows that 90% of people eat the entire box of candy in one sitting. Research also shows that I made that statistic up. If you are beating yourself up, from your binging… continue reading!
The last two months, I was preparing for a presentation that I recently gave at the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals Conference. http://www.caap.us/
The presentation was entitled “Eating Disorders, A Hidden Addiction”. When I was presented with the opportunity to co-present, I immediately jumped at it! It is one of my professional goals to speak at conferences, and this was the perfect chance to get my feet wet. I knew I would be nervous, but I thought I would be able to handle it since I’ve presented at and spoken in front of many high school and college classes.