Have you considered using a weight inclusive approach to nutrition counseling for your clients with gestational diabetes, but lost your confidence before an initial session because:
- You feel like nutrition changes for GDM are critical and there’s no time to tackle the nuances of food relationship in that first hour?
- You work in a traditional clinical or community nutrition setting teaching GDM classes and feel pressure to comply with policies or set curricula?
- Your clients come in with so much shame and fear, and you so badly want to be their advocate in a more gentle approach to GDM management?
You are not alone. Advocating for evidence-based prenatal nutrition care for women with gestational diabetes is one monster, and tackling weight stigma and diet culture on top of this is yet another. Finding the confidence to use your knowledge and empathy in an efficient way is hard, but a successful initial nutrition counseling session or class for GDM using a weight inclusive approach can allow for:
- Clients coming away with actionable skills for working towards both better blood glucose management and a better relationship with food
- Implementing evidence-based diabetes management strategies without perpetuating weight stigma
- Positioning yourself as a trusted advocate that clients will genuinely want to continue working with
The Weight Inclusive Approach to Gestational Diabetes Management: 12 Steps to a Successful Initial Meeting is a free resource that includes:
- A step-by-step flow to efficiently structure your counseling session or class
- Which essential information to help your clients jumpstart their GDM management
- Reminders to screen relationships with food, check for cultural relevance, and maintain empathy
This resource pairs perfectly with the Feed Your Zest Gestational Diabetes Resource & the Weight Inclusive Gestational Diabetes Webinar (coming soon!)
The document offers things for a dietitian to consider. Bullet points are to the point and easy to understand, assuming the GDM mom is overweight.
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