Dietician Talks: Eating Disorders, Gastric Procedures, Portion Control, and more

Inspiring story - How Taylor’s surroundings led her to find her vocation

Taylor’s story is incredibly wholesome. From how she began her journey to how she’s helping patients now, the passion, empathy and knowledge in which she bases her practice is inspiring. Let’s start there. Taylor is now a registered nutritionist specializing in eating disorders and managing weight through gastric procedures. Her journey, however, is rooted from watching loved ones struggle with eating disorders. 

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During her university years, she came across friends who experienced eating disorders during which, at the time, didn’t know they were expressing these symptoms and she wanted to help them. Taylor says: “I guess these were symptoms I noticed as a friend or a caring person, I was sort of trying to work out what was happening. And I never really knew what was going on for those people. Eventually, it all came out that these people I knew needed help and that stemmed my interest in learning a little bit more about how you can actually help people. Ultimately, everyone I was talking to was just really interested in how to improve their health and nutrition.”

As she cursed her career Taylor had the chance to work with bariatric surgeons and began noticing how intertwined these were. She then founded Tailored Well Being, a clinic focused on providing holistic support to clients seeking transformative health outcomes. The most interesting and inspiring aspect that stood out for us is that she wants to create a safe and inclusive space where clients' health goals are heard and addressed with personalized care. 

Three Pillars: Mind, Body, and Soul

Tailored Wellbeing’s philosophy stands on these three pillars: mind, body, and soul. Her team is guided by these to practice and emphasize the interconnectedness of mental and physical health with nutrition. More than simply talking about the body and its nutrition, Taylor and her team address mindset and behavior at the base. With this in mind alongside dietary habits, they endeavor on fostering changes in their clients lives by empowering them. 

Long-term outcomes require long-term commitment and also patient relationships. It’s a process and a journey towards overall well-being and people should feel safe and comfortable sharing it with their nutritionist.

Most Common Health Goals and Challenges

It is very common for generations who grew in the yo-yo dieting era dominated by physical stereotypes to have grown without a good relationship with food or their bodies. For years many were driven to believe foods were good or bad and that being thin was the solution to fit in or even simply to “be pretty”. There was a lack of interest in the behavioral aspect of health and physical love. Most of Taylor’s clients have the same struggles.

Many arrive looking for weight loss or simply improve their overall well-being. Their primary concern being their physique as they want to look a different way or avoid any underlying issues that may arise, which is absolutely valid. However, she stresses the significance of the feeling aspect of improving their health. More energy, mental clarity, reduced stress, less stomach discomfort, etc. She aligns their initial goal by firstly dispelling misconceptions and fears surrounding dietary guidance, emphasizing the importance of fostering trust and open communication in a safe environment.

Creating a relationship with food should come from a healthy place, and a place of understanding and self-love. We’re doing it because we love ourselves and want to take care of our mind, body and soul. Her holistic approach is backed by mental health support, highlighting her role of mindset in sustainable behavior change. By addressing clients’ emotional connections to food, Tailored Well Being endeavors to cultivate a positive and nurturing environment for their clients’ health journey.

Portion Control and Enjoyable Eating

Our curiosity with regards to how Taylor and her colleagues introduce portion control as a strategy for some, stems from the common knowledge that many adults are not getting the proper nutrients or quantities their bodies need. Taylor discusses the importance of empowering clients to make informed choices while avoiding restrictive measures and therefore, have a more positive introduction to a healthier lifestyle. 

Portion control awareness works best for people undergoing bariatric surgery and to manage conditions such as binge eating disorder. By portioning, they can be more aware of quantities and enjoy foods within a balanced diet. Portion control is not a lifestyle, it’s a tool used to achieve your goals or continue improving your lifestyle. It can be used for introduction to healthy balanced eating or as a continued support for weight management or diabetes prevention as well. 

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The word control feels restrictive for some, however, we don’t want it to have that negative connotation and much less, related to restriction, because it’s not what we believe in. Tools are to be used but just like Taylor, the foundation and the reason why has way more impact and importance, and we’re here to support whatever health journey you’re going to embark on. 

Book a free call

Taylor emphasizes the accessibility and personalized support and we invite you all readers reaching this point to reach out to her and book a free call to connect with her if you have any questions regarding your personal circumstances and unique needs.

Through her compassionate approach to nutrition and well-being, she empowers clients to embark on transformative journeys towards better health. As awareness grows about the interconnectedness of mind, body, and soul in promoting well-being, initiatives like Tailored Well Being are poised to make a meaningful impact in the field of nutrition and holistic health.


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