A Mindful Approach to Nutrition - August 2015
By Tarleea Chapman
Accredited Practicing Dietitian
B. Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition related health conditions are one area in which mindfulness techniques can assist patients in management. Working in a team approach with an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Psychologist who practises mindfulness techniques, can achieve great patient focussed health outcomes. Two conditions within this field which patients can achieve good success through this team approach are weight management and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
When seeking weight management a Dietitian can provide education, advice and ideas for patients. When teamed with a psychologist a more holistic approach can better address the mindfulness influences upon eating. Many overweight patients exhibit "non hungry eating" behaviours. This may manifest in overeating at meal times or snacking throughout the day or night when the body is not physically requiring food. Practising a mindfulness approach can assist patients in increasing awareness of these behaviours, identifying their physical hunger cues and building skills in managing their overeating.
In a similar manner to weight management, IBS is greatly influenced by the foods people eat, however even when assisted to manage food triggers, often stress, anxiety and other factors will still exacerbate IBS symptoms. For patients that have identified that such factors influence their symptoms, a mindfulness approach may support the dietary and medical management of this condition.
At Tyack Health, we are excited to welcome Tarleea to our team. Tarleea joins us with special areas of interest in paediatric dietetics, as well as in supporting mental health with nutrition.