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Creating Inclusive, Accessible Wellness Spaces

Last weekend I attended a workshop with Dianne Bondy, yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement (and also my new bff), hosted by the New Leaf Foundation. The workshop was titled “The Path to Empowerment, Self-Love and Body Acceptance” and I signed up as I have personally been struggling with these three things since the birth of my daughter in 2015. Going into the workshop I assumed that I would leave with some tools to help me learn to love this post-partum body that I’m still getting used to – and I certainly did. And perhaps more importantly, I also left with a new perspective on the wellness industry and the real issues it has with inclusion and accessibility.

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The Perfect Diet

On a summer’s evening, a month or so before I started nutrition school, my guy and I drove out to our favourite old-timey ice cream place. I ordered my usual – a hot caramel sundae with nuts – and since it had been a tough week, hell it had been a tough 30 years, I upgraded my sundae to a size medium even though it was always too much and left me with a stomach ache.

As I sat there eating the ice cream I didn’t even want, ashamed that I was once again overeating, I thought to myself, “when I’m a nutritionist I’ll finally have the perfect diet.”

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