Amy Pickering, Associate

Amy Pickering, Associate

EXPERIENCE

I have dedicated almost 6 years to the field of nutrition, which brings me great joy and appreciation.

I have worked in diverse areas within the public health, community, and primary health settings, including: eating disorders and disordered eating; nutrient deficiencies; chronic disease management; irritable bowel syndrome; vegetarian eating; prenatal nutrition; youth and adolescent nutrition; healthy eating in schools; and collective cooking with many diverse groups. In addition to my position at Food to Fit, I work part-time at the University of Saskatchewan’s Student Health Centre.

I've had the priviledge of facilitating workshops and presenting to various groups including: the YWCA; gymnastics and dance clubs; College of Pharmacy and Nutrition; College of Education; School of Physical Therapy; Indigenous groups and communities; International students; high school and elementary school teachers and counselors; and various health care professionals.

My primary area of focus is in eating disorders and disordered eating including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other problematic eating. A team approach is imperative in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating and I connect regularly with psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, physicians, pediatricians, and nurses.

Aside from disordered eating, I also counsel and coach individuals with irritable bowel syndrome; family dynamics around food and eating; mental health as it relates to food and eating; mindful/intuitive eating and general healthy eating goals.

MEMBERSHIPS/CONTINUED LEARNING

I have been a member of Dietitians of Canada for 7 years, and have been an active member of Saskatoon Weight Attitudes and Disordered Eating (SWADE) for 5 years. SWADE is an interdisciplinary committee working towards prevention and treatment of disordered eating and body image issues.

In 2013, I participated in a full day workshop entitled 'Eating Disorders: Enhancing your Therapeutic Toolbox'. In 2015, I attended the National Eating Disorders Association conference in San Diego, CA. And I recently completed a 50 hour course around the role of the practitioner in Indigenous wellness, providing me with rich learning and reflections on how I practice and serve our diverse population.

My personal philosophy is highly focused on overall wellness and how food, eating, and movement relates to and impacts our physical, mental, and emotional health. Knowing what to eat is important, but equally important and often forgotten, is why and how we eat. I strive to provide nutrition counseling that is realistic and focuses on the whole person, while bringing humor and a relaxed tone to the sessions. I practice in a compassionate and respectful way, and I encourage my clients to bring this same attitude towards themselves.

As registered dietitian, Ellyn Satter, says, “Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life”.

 

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