WN4DC Symposium

Supporting ALL BODIES in diabetes care

​How Motivational Interviewing Helps Avoid Counseling Conflict

How Motivational Interviewing Helps Avoid Counseling Conflict By Megrette Fletcher M.Ed, RDN, CDCES Motivational interviewing is a well known, scientifically tested method of counseling clients and is viewed as a useful intervention strategy in the treatment of lifestyle problems and disease. A...

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Mindful Eating & Diabetes: How Coaching Can Advance Your Career

Mindful Eating & Diabetes: How Coaching Can Advance Your Career By Megrette Fletcher M.Ed., RDN, CDCES You may be familiar with the term 'mindful eating,' but you may be unclear how it can help with blood sugar management. Mindful eating uses the act of mindfulness or being present, to...

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The Intersection of Diabetes and Disordered Eating

The Intersection of Diabetes and Disordered Eating By Holly Paulsen RD, CEDRD-S, LD Most of us are familiar with the visible characteristics of restrictive eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa; however, the majority of eating disorders aren’t as easy to spot. Research indicates that up to...

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Weight Neutral Diabetes Care

Weight Neutral Diabetes Care By Holly Paulsen You may have a good understanding of the importance of Weight Neutral Care and agree that there is a better way than focusing on weight to manage diabetes. But do you feel like you have the tools you need to successfully implement this approach...

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Dismantling weight stigma: What’s in a word?

Written by Hannah Martin Weight stigma refers to negative attitudes and behaviour made towards fat people. It can cause exclusion and marginalisation, and lead to inequities. So how, as health providers, can we begin to provide non-stigmatising care? Unintentional or intentional, the words we...

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Why Health at Every Size®?

Think about it. How does feeling bad about your body, or feeling ashamed of your body, impact your wellbeing, your willingness to go to the doctor, and your mental state in the moment? Do any negative outcomes came to mind for you? Now imagine a lifetime of chronic exposure to either the...

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The Shame Trifecta: Age, Weight and Diabetes

Written by Nicole Christina, LCSW The combination of ageism, weight discrimination and judgement around a diabetes diagnosis is a perfect storm of shame. Aging already comes with challenges in a culture that idolizes youth. Older patients with Diabetes, especially at higher weights, can...

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What Does Gentle Nutrition Look Like When Counseling Someone With Type 2 Diabetes?

Holly Paulsen, a Registered Dietitian specializing in and working nearly exclusively with eating disorders and diabetes education, uses the imagery of three containers to represent the macronutrient needs of each individual’s body. Her presentation titled, Gentle Nutrition in the Prevention and...

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Insulin Resistance: Do We Have It Backwards?

Historically, both diabetes prevention and diabetes treatment have been rooted in the notion that weight gain leads to insulin resistance, perpetuating a medical model for diabetes grounded in pursuing intentional weight loss. But what if insulin resistance causes weight gain, and not the other...

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Fasting with Diabetes During Ramadan

We want our clients to feel spiritually uplifted during Ramadan, instead of worrying about their blood sugars. -Rahaf Al Bochi In her presentation for the WN4DC Symposium, Rahaf Al Bochi, registered dietitian and owner of Olive Tree Nutrition, notes that for those observing Ramadan, it is a...

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