WN4DC Symposium

Supporting ALL BODIES in diabetes care

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 Rahaf Al Bochi, registered dietitian and owner of Olive Tree Nutrition, notes that for those observing Ramadan, it is a time of increased charity, community events,...

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Weight Science: Looking at the Whole Picture

Contributed by Grace Sinopoli, NDTR, Symposium Intern Whether you’re new to exploring a weight-neutral approach or have been practicing this way for years, it can be challenging to address the ‘conventional wisdom’ that promises weight loss and dieting are the keys to health. In her...

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What Is Client-Centered Counseling? 3 Approaches

Contributed by Hannah Frazee, symposium intern When it comes to counseling patients with diabetes there are countless approaches that can be taken. Between motivational interviewing (MI), illness integration support (IIS) and guided self-determination theory (GSD), it can begin to feel like a...

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Bringing Psychology & Nutrition to The Table: Application of the Satter Eating Competence Model in Diabetes & Co-Occurring Disordered Eating

Contributed by WN4DC Symposium intern Amy Reich Have you ever wondered how to implement a weight neutral group program for individuals with diabetes and disordered eating, in a classical medical setting? Learn how to structure your own program by watching the presentation for the Disordered...

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S.M.A.R.T. Goals in Nutrition Therapy: Essential, Awkward, or Just Plain Ineffective?

Contributed by Hannah Martin, WN4DC Symposium intern Some of the most significant and valuable goals are not outcomes based, they are behavior based and therefore we cannot measure them the way some health goals can be measured and accomplished. When using a mindfulness and weight-neutral...

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Diabetes and Health: The Power of a New Perspective

This post was contributed by Grace Sinopoli, NDTR, WN4DC Symposium Intern When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. -Wayne Dyer How often do your patients come to you with “diabetes distress”? Living with and managing diabetes can lead to fatigue, tension,...

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Diet Backlash: How Technology and Calorie Counting Disconnect Us From Our Bodies

The post was contributed by Hannah Martin, WN4DC Symposium Intern Diet culture has caused us to be in constant war with our bodies. The dominant message is still that weight is valued over well-being; it has taught us that thin equals healthy and that if you lose weight you will be healthier....

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Eating Disorders with Type 1 Diabetes and Beyond

This post was contributed by WN4DC Symposium Intern Amy E. Reich Control is a misnomer; we can never truly, realistically control diabetes. – Erin Phillips Language matters in diabetes care. Learn how to speak about diabetes care in a neutral language. Mastering this skill in our profession...

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Reframing Shame with a Diagnosis of Diabetes

This post was contributed by WN4DC Symposium intern, Hannah Frazee. Between the judgments from others on how the patient should be managing their diabetes, to the constant feedback about blood sugars from meters and pumps – diabetes has a lot of holes for shame to hide. The diagnosis of...

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