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Dietetics

Nutritional support centred on you and your family

The Talbot Centre’s dietitians are committed to supporting you as you cultivate a healthier and more nourishing relationship with food and become more accepting of yourself.

We can help you with

Eating disorders
Feeding disorders
& fussy eating
Non-diet approach – Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size (HAES®)
Dietary aspects of medical conditions

Dietetic support for eating disorders

A skilled dietitian is a valuable source of knowledge and support regarding eating disorders and treatment. We’re here to help you ensure that your nutrition information is accurate and aligned with recovery.
Comprehensive assessment of your unique needs

We explore your eating behaviours and attitudes towards food and consider any nutritional deficiencies or imbalances.

Meal support and guidance
A safe, non-judgemental space to help you establish a balanced, flexible approach to eating and reconnect with your internal hunger and fullness cues.
Nutrition and health education

Empowering you with knowledge about intuitive eating, body acceptance and the importance of balanced nutrition for health and well-being.

Emotional and psychological aspects

In collaboration with your psychologist, we explore your thoughts and feelings about food, body image and self-worth to help you develop a healthier future.

Body acceptance and self-care

Helping you develop a positive body image and cultivate self-compassion through self-care practices regarding your mental, emotional and social well-being.

Long-term recovery and preventing relapse

Ongoing support and strategies to manage triggers, cope with setbacks and prevent relapse.

Parental support for feeding disorders and fussy eating

We understand that a child’s struggles with eating affect the whole family. It can be frustrating, confusing and overwhelming at times.

We can help your family develop a more positive relationship with food so that mealtimes become a source of connection rather than conflict.

At The Talbot Centre, we provide access to dietitians with extensive experience in childhood nutrition and feeding concerns.

We look beyond faltering growth as the only indicator of concern and value parental instincts in identifying feeding concerns.

Foremost in our minds is the need to respect each child’s autonomy while ensuring they receive a healthy intake of vital nutrients.

Using the principles of Responsive Feeding Therapy (RFT) and the Division of Responsibility (DOR), we provide a supportive environment to help children engage with food in a healthier, calmer, way.

Feeding disorders and fussy eating
Responsive feeding therapy (RFT)
  • (Re)discover internal cues and motivation.
  • Build skills and confidence.
  • Nurture a healthy feeding relationship.
  • Develop and respect autonomy.
Division of responsibility (DoR)
  • Removes the pressure to eat a certain amount and focuses on more rewarding goals.
  • Sets clear roles and boundaries:
    • You choose what, when and where your child eats.
    • They choose whether to eat and, if so, how much.
  • Eating competence improves (slowly!) with a balance of structure, support and autonomy.

Finding freedom with the non-diet approach to eating

Dieting is manipulating or controlling your food intake in order to lose weight or change your body shape or size.

It doesn’t work.

Contrary to the diet industry’s propaganda, dieting rarely changes your weight (indeed, some people gain kilos). Many people then feel even more unhappy with themselves and may also have developed unhelpful eating behaviours based on faulty ideas about food.

The Talbot Centre’s dietitians focus on you and your relationship with food – not on your weight. We help you tune into your body, recognise its cues and find joy and satisfaction in nourishing it.

on-diet approach to eating

A You-centred way of eating

Traditional diets

  • Founded on a dubious premise that you must be slim to be healthy, beautiful or even acceptable
  • Based on externally imposed control – control of calories, portion sizes, timing of meals etc
  • Define success as reaching a certain goal weight
  • Set up a deprivation model that leads to cravings and bingeing – you react against feeling controlled by ‘cheating’ with a ‘bad food’
  • Mentally and emotionally exhausting
  • Usually leave you weighing the same – or even more – than you did before
  • Can actually increase your risk of health problems
  • Can be psychologically harmful, triggering feelings of shame, guilt, stress and poor self-image.

The non-diet approach

  • Follows principles of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size
  • Removes weight from consideration and instead promotes eating for wellbeing
  • Defines success as a sustainable pattern of eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure
  • Based on identifying your body’s hunger and satiety cues – helps you eat mindfully, enjoy the taste and texture of each meal and stop when you feel full
  • Encourages emotional awareness, movement for the feel-good effects of exercise and respect for your body, no matter what your clothing size.

A non-diet approach emphasises self-care through food. You begin to see eating as part of nourishing your body and caring for yourself. You begin to enjoy a new sense of freedom in your food choices. And you begin to feel more in touch with yourself and more appreciative of your body – it really is wonderfully made and intricately woven together.

Your non-diet dietitian supports you by asking open-ended questions about your eating habits, your beliefs about food and your ultimate goals. It’s a collaborative, empathetic approach that seeks to help you enjoy food, make peace with your body and live your life well.

Dietary aspects of medical conditions

If you’re living with a medical condition, your doctors may have told you that your food choices play a role in managing it. Now you may be wondering what you should or shouldn’t eat or how to find a sustainable way to approach food.

Medical nutrition therapy helps manage many common conditions

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Diabetes & Insulin resistance
Irritable Bowel (IBS)
Allergies & Intolerances
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
Nutrition deficiencies
High cholesterol
Crohn’s disease

Our focus is not on calorie restriction or weight management, we want you to be able to prioritise your health AND eat the foods you love.

Our focus is on:

Understanding your condition and how food affects it.
Working with you to help manage your medical condition.
Exploring and accommodating your food preferences.
Finding a way of eating that you enjoy and that helps manage your condition.

Neurodiversity-affirming nutrition

We recognise that normal, healthy eating looks different for each person and needs to take your unique needs into account.

A dietitian who understands and values diversity can help you find ways of enjoying eating and providing your body with appropriate nourishment, whilst managing any sensory preferences or executive function differences.

Together, we can find an approach to food that works for you and makes mealtimes easier and more enjoyable.

Sensory aversions

Selecting foods based on your sensory preferences to help you to maximise your nutrition within your range of accepted foods.

Food preparation

Finding accessible, convenient ways to prepare food you enjoy. This includes finding options to maximise nutrition for those low spoon days.

Introducing new foods

Creating a climate of emotional safety and acceptance so you can try new foods when you’re ready in a way that is aligned with your goals.

The Talbot Centre is a contemporary health service focussed on providing integrated health care programs. Our dietitians work in collaboration with other professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team providing patient-centred care.