INTUITIVE EATING FAQ’S
I have a medical condition I need to consider, is Intuitive Eating still right for me?
Absolutely. Our clinicians have degrees in nutrition and dietetics, meaning they are qualified and equipped to assist, support, and guide you in navigating dietary needs and medical conditions. We take an approach to nutrition that is gentle and non-diet aligned, meaning, we don’t enforce rigid rules or take foods out, but rather think about how we can incorporate beneficial, health enhancing foods (where possible). We also take an evidence-based approach, meaning we are up to date with the latest evidence surrounding the ever growing area of nutrition.
Will I lose weight?
Intuitive Eating is a weight neutral framework in line with Health At Every Size (HAES), which is an evidence-based framework designed to help people move toward better health, without promoting the shrinking of a body (which has become mainstream in our culture).
There is a growing body of evidence that exists today showcasing that it is our behaviours that make us healthy, rather than the achievement of a particular body, weight, shape or size. In fact, there is such significant research surrounding intentional weight loss endeavours/dieting and it’s associated failures (the system being so) and its harm to our health, that it is becoming somewhat non-evidence-based and unethical to recommend weight loss for the sole variable of achieving better health. Understanding that health is not an obligation, a barometer of worthiness, or even entirely within our control, Health at Every Size interventions are health-promoting and carry a much lower chance of negative side effects.
Intuitive Eating is not weight focussed. We have seen people lose weight, gain weight, and their weight stay entirely the same throughout moving through the 10 principles of intuitive eating, and thereafter. Sometimes, we have seen people initially gain weight, then stabilise, or initially lose weight, and then stabilise, or stay entirely the same all throughout. We each have a weight that we are genetically predisposed to maintain. This is often referred to as ‘set-point theory’.
Most of us cannot argue that our height is determined largely by our genetics, however, many seem to have a difficult time accepting that weight largely follows the same suite, and no matter what you do or try, we are just not all meant to be the same weight, shape or size. You can learn more about this by watching this video.
It would be nice if we all magically fit into society’s idealised body shape, wouldn’t it? But it’s a futile (and pretty depressing) way to live your life. A focus of intuitive eating allows you to extend your values out much broader than just the physical space that you occupy on this earth. Our weight tells us one thing: our gravitational pull to the earth. If we zoomed out far above us, and just looked down, what would be more important is who we are inside, the lives we have touched, the people we have loved, the impact we have had on others’ lives and beings, not the weight and size we were while we did all of that! You are so powerful, and so much more than a number on the scale. Your body is just the physical vessel that allows you to do all that you are doing in this world!
So, we cannot say what your weight will do. For we don’t know what it will do. What we do know, however, is that whatever does or does not happen to your weight, we will be with you every step of the way to support you in unpacking any emotions you feel surrounding such, and have a safe space to understand what that all means for you. For a more detailed list of supporting evidence regarding HAES, click here.
How long will it take to become an Intuitive Eater?
There is no timeframe to becoming an Intuitive Eater. There are 10 principles to Intuitive Eating, and we often say that completing an Intuitive Eating course with CFIE and moving through the 10 principles with a trained Intuitive Eating practitioner, is actually, often, just the beginning stage in moving toward becoming an Intuitive Eater. This stuff is life-long work, but if we can have a curious, open, aware and compassionate sense of self, then we are actually already an Intuitive Eater, as these are the only requirements needed! For if we have this strong sense of self, then we are constantly learning.
Intuitive Eating is a process of learning and discovery, not a process of pass or fail. Building awareness and curiosity, and replacing judgement with self-compassion are core components of Intuitive Eating that you will be taught and guided through during the coaching process. But we cannot put a timeframe on this journey—you and your experiences are unique and important, and are the key drivers of your own unique pathway. Let’s enjoy the ride!
GENERAL APPOINTMENT FAQ’S
Can I get a rebate on services from either Medicare or Private Health Insurance?
Medicare: Your Doctor might refer you under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) or Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) referral. An amount of $54.60 will be covered by Medicare for each appointment under your plan, with the remaining being an out of pocket fee paid by you.
Private Health Funds: If you have Private Health Insurance, some (or all) of your appointments may be covered by your Private Health Fund. The extent of the cover will depend on your specific level of cover. Please check with your Private Health Fund to find out exact rebate amounts you can claim.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): If you have NDIS funding, and this includes Dietitian services, this can be used for Dietitian appointments. We currently see self-managed (not plan-managed) NDIS participants only as we are not NDIS approved providers (though we are undertaking that process throughout 2022). Our pricing for NDIS appointments are regulated as per the NDIS recommendations under the code for Dietitian appointments 12_025_0128_3_3.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA): DVA Health Cards (Gold) are accepted as full payment with a referral from your Doctor.
Full Cost: If you are coming for an appointment with nil options of those listed above (i.e. no EPC, no EDP, no Private Health Fund Cover and no DVA) then the full fee will be incurred for the service you are requiring.