Why am I taking a stand?
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Alexander Hamilton.
Who else is obsessed with the Broadway Musical Hamilton? As one of the most popular musicals of all time, it has it all, a strong history, unique music, and drama! It was definitely one of my favorite Broadway shows and I’ve seen a lot. One of the many traits of Alexander Hamilton I admire is his courage. The courage to stand up for what he believes in at the greatest cost, his life.
Ok, so you might be wondering what Alexander Hamilton has to do with nutrition and wellness. As a health care provider for over two decades, I too have decided to publicly take a stronger stand against diet culture and weight bias specifically in sport culture. I’ll still be offering the nutrition and fitness education you’re used to, but above all, one of the changes I’m most excited about is my new message. It’s been on my heart for a long time to focus more on how disordered diet culture and sports culture can be.
With that being said you may have noticed some subtle changes to the look and tone across my ABS Nutrition and Fitness website and social media platforms. It is an intentional shift to bring awareness of my true mission and vision for my work as a nutrition and fitness expert.
If you didn’t already know, I’m a trained eating disorder specialist and member of several eating disorders organizations to provide the best evidence-based care for my patients. Since starting my private practice about 2 years ago, I’ve seen the harm and devastation that diet culture has caused. So much so that many have now developed long-term disordered eating behaviors or a diagnosed eating disorder. This increase in patients coming to my office for these issues has motivated me to do more for them and to help prevent this in others, especially the younger generation. In fact, I’m creating an eating support group for this exact purpose that will be launching early May 2023.
It’s my passion to help as many as I can find a balance between reaching their peak fitness and fueling for success. We need to change the way we think and talk about bodies in sports. Please help spread the message, if you agree. Invite friends to my social media @absnutritionfitness on Instagram, and Facebook and my website for more resources on diet culture, disordered eating, and eating disorder recovery and support.