More about Renee Little
I've been a registered dietitian now for over 16 years (wow how time flies)! It's only recently that my work has informed by the evidenced-based practice of Intuitive Eating and is set on a foundation of the Health at Every Size (TM) approach.
When I first started in nutrition, I came into the profession thinking I needed to help people improve their nutrition and eat healthier by educating them about what and how to eat. Was I ever wrong!!!
This mindset lead me into a career path where most individuals seeking my help wanted to lose weight. I would help them using the "traditional" approaches such as calorie counting, label reading and meal plans but I could feel that this approach wasn't for me and it wasn't for my clients either. I felt an extreme disconnect between my values to help improve overall wellness and counseling clients on weight loss.
At the same time that I was counseling my clients to lose weight I was also trying to use these same methods to keep my weight "in check." I never would have considered myself to be on a diet however I was absolutely restricting food, counting calories and exercising as a means to suppress my weight which
are all dieting behaviours.
I was pretty miserable....spending hours meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking. I would also spend hours going to exercise classes and took up half-marathon running. All of these behaviours distracted me from the real work that needed to happen to bring joy, peace and ease to my life around food and my body.
It was over the next 8 years that I decided to leave my own business on the shelf until I could feel more in alignment in my own life.
And it was a slow process. I took the next many years to explore my own purpose in life and how I related to food and my body. It wasn't until I found Intuitive Eating and the Health at Every Size approach that I was finally able to heal my own relationship with food and start to nourish and create my own vibrant life.
Now, I am able to have a positive relationship with food, I can guide my food choices based on my body's cues, I can accept my body (even though it does keep changing) and have learned to respect my body. By using the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, I finally found food peace and freedom.
It is from my own experience and using the evidenced based framework of Intuitive Eating that I have created my 6 month Nourish Your Vibrant Life program. I realize however that a 6 month program isn't for everyone which is why I also offer individualized appointments so that you can start to heal your relationship with food in the best way that works for you.
In 2019, I became a certified in Intuitive Eating and continue to grow in my skills in the area of body image, mindful eating and to strive to serve individuals in the best way possible.
If you can identify with feeling as though your relationship with food is preventing you from fully living your best and most vibrant life you're in the right place.
Interested in learning more? Let's connect.
Registered Dietitian - registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta (registration number 1531) since 2004.
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor - access the counselor registry list here.
Certified Yoga Teacher - 200h training completed in 2009.