Dr Rick Kausman is recognised as the Australian pioneer of the person-centred approach to food, eating behaviour, weight and health.
This site has been created to provide help and support for people to:
Be the healthiest they can be, and as a result of that, achieve and maintain a healthy, comfortable weight for them without being deprived of food or losing quality of life.
To enjoy food without feeling guilty.
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Watch Dr Rick on the Today Weekend Show on Channel 9 to discuss mindful/intuitive eating (July 5, 2014). You can watch the clip at:
Watch Meaghan (Dr Rick's daughter), Pip Summerville (fabulous photographer) and Dr Rick discuss how one of Meaghan and Pip's photographs was photoshopped without their permission, and the broader issues of the harms and risks of photoshopped images on Channel 9's Today Weekend Show (August 24, 2014) at:
On-line Mindful Eating, Weight-Inclusive program launching later in 2014.
For a replay of the 3 segments from ABC 774 Radio with Dr Rick and Libbi Gorr:
Links to all SoundCloud items (weeks one, two and three) are as follows:
Sundays 'Dieting' (is not helpful!) with Dr Rick Kausman and Libbi Gorr: WEEK ONE (17th November)
Sundays 'Mindful Eating' with Dr Rick Kausman and Libbi Gorr: WEEK TWO (With psychologist Louise Adams, 24th November)
Sundays 'New Moves' with Dr Rick Kausman and Libbi Gorr: WEEK THREE (With physiotherapist Steve Sandor and dietitian Fiona Willer, 1st December)
Great article written by Kasey Edwards on 'Five lies the weight loss industry wants you to believe' at: http://www.dailylife.com.au/health-and-fitness/five-lies-the-weight-loss-industry-wants-you-to-believe-20130802-2r3vp.html
'Medical Observer' recently asked me to write an article for them about the psychology of food, eating, weight and body image. It has just been published and you can read it on-line at: http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/weight-management
The If not dieting Empowerment Card App for iPhones is now available - see information about the App and a direct link to the Apple store at: http://www.ifnotdieting.com.au/iPhoneApp/
There is a Lite version of the App which is free and a Full version.
See Dr Rick's inspiring YouTube slide show of some of his ifnotdieting empowerment cards at:
** Interview with Jon Faine and Dr Rick on ABC radio 774 from June 12th, 2013 at: http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2013/06/13/3780795.htm
For all Australian Practice Nurses, I will be doing the opening keynote (110 minute talk) of the 2-day workshop, in 8 different locations around Australia, beginning in Melbourne on March 21st, 2014. For other dates and locations of these workshops, please click on the following link. See more info at: www.apna.asn.au/nigp
For enquiries about engaging Dr Rick to speak for your school (for parents and teachers), for medical, educational, community group and corporate conferences and seminars, please contact Nikki on 041 3000 969 or Dr Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org
For individual support, please see the list of health professionals (multidisciplinary) on this web site. This can be accessed from this home page, and can be found under 'If not dieting information' (above), and the drop down box 'Health professionals'.
Read Dr Rick's published article/blog for ASDAH entitled 'Punching holes in the Matrix' at: http://healthateverysizeblog.org/2013/02/05/the-haes-files-punching-holes-in-the-matrix/
To hear Dr Rick's interview on RRR FM radio station on the program Radiotherapy, on Sunday, October 7th, 2012, click on the following link at http://ondemand.rrr.org.au/ and click on 'previous week' until you reach Sunday, October 7th, 2012, and then click on 'Radiotherapy'.
To hear an interview as part of the 'Hack' program on ABC, JJJ radio, Wednesday 16th February, 2011, hosted by Tom Tilley: This program starts with an interview with the Opposition spokesperson for immigration Scott Morrison re the asylum situation; and then the difficult dynamic between GPs and people dealing with weight problems, including an interview with Dr Rick.
To hear an interview with Dr Rick and Empowerment Coach Deb Kolb, click on the following link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/EmpowermentCoach/2007/12/06/If-Not-Dieting-Then-What
To listen to a podcast with Dr Rick and Professor Steve Trumble, click on the folowing link: http://www.racgp.org.au/AM/Template.cfm?Section=AFP_Podcasts&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=27310
If not dieting 2-day health professional training program (RACGP and APNA accredited).
See feedback from a number of health professionals with regard to the ifnotdieting training program below.
Workshops and training for health professionals.
If Not Dieting 2-Day Health Professional Training: Available for ALL health professionals.
The Person Centred Approach to Healthy Weight Management. Presented by Dr Rick Kausman.
The training is endorsed by the RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) as a Category 1 (ALM) Activity, 40 points; is endorsed by the APNA (Australian Practice Nurses Association) for 11 CPD hours, and Physical Activity Australia. A certificate of attendance will be provided so practitioners can apply for CPE points from other relevant professional bodies.
Feedback comments from previous health professional training programs over the past 4 years include:
Thanks again, the workshop was wonderful, practical and compassionate towards those struggling with issues around weight.
Janet Conti, psychologist
We use your principles in our practice routinely now and we have an incredible response from patients, they expect to be restricted on so many foods and they are thrilled with the non-restrictive, mindful, exploring all the pieces of the puzzle approach we take.
Antoinette Ackerie, Dietitian, Team Leader, Adults and Maternity Services, Mater Hospital, Brisbane
I'd also like to feed back the changes to my practice after attending your course. While my previous approach to my patients had been similar, I had not had an overarching umbrella or framework under which to hang the whole approach. I am now amused by the fact that the number times patients say "that makes so much sense" or "I wish I'd come here years ago" or "why has no-one explained it to me like that before" has increased approximately fourfold.
Thanks for your help, and keep up the good work.
Dr Madeleine Nowak
'I have been utilizing the If Not Dieting principles with my existing weight management patients with excellent results. What a revolution! Thanks so much for the empowerment. Now that I have all the pieces of the puzzle, I finally feel like I am truly helping people end their war with food.'
Rebecca Elkington, APD (Dietitian), PhD
'I have just arrived back in Sydney fully inspired by your 2 day workshop. Thank you. I can't wait to spread the word...'
Anne Lee-Lindsay, Registered Nurse
'Thank you for the training days. I got a lot out of them and have come back to work quite "evangelical". Although I had read your book, and thought I had a good grip on it all, being at the workshop was so much more valuable.'
Libby Reid, Registered Nurse
This was one of the most sumptuous, delectable, satisfying, satiating and fulfiling workshops ever. Best of all I really wanted it AND I really felt like it!
Psychologist, NSW, AACBT Training Program
'We loved the 2-day course and left feeling totally inspired and excited to report that we have already implemented some of the strategies in our practice and getting a great response!'
Jodie Sheraton, Dietitian
'Thanks Rick. I have been to a lot of training in 30 years of nursing and in my new profession psychology but I have never undertaken any training that had such an impact.'
Angela O'Brien, Counsellor
'I have always been a huge believer that diets don't work, which is what drew me to your book in the first place. But it is the clear and simple way in which you presented the concept that makes it so practical to use straight away. Your training program has given me so much inspiration to approach the area of weight management in a new light.'
Anna Keusgen, Dietitian
'Dr Rick Kausman provided a brilliant and inspiring workshop. His passion and dedication towards this work is infectious and I walked away very excited about implementing a fresh approach with my clients. The person-centred approach needs to be the standard approach... and in years to come I think it will be.'
Carrie Hayward, APS College of Health Psychologists
'Hi Rick, thank you, I use your principles all the time with my diabetes clients... encouraging them to enjoy their food and have a good relationship with it.'
Helen Grummett, Diabetes Educator
'Thank you so much, it was an excellent two days'.
Angelina Salamone, General Practitioner
'Can I just say that I think that was the best conference that I have ever been to! I walked away feeling so empowered and inspired, personally and professionally.'
Rebecca Smith, APD, AN, Senior Clinical Dietitian
Nutrition and Dietetics, The
'Thanks for a great two days at the workshop. The workshop has definitely given me lots of food for thought and I will be definitely incorporating this information in my care planning sessions, health assessments and diabetes sessions.'
Leanne Bourke, Nurse
'Thanks for the wonderful training session! I am finding everything very useful.'
Clare Stone, Dietitian, Leeton Community Health Centre
'The workshop was great and I'll be putting what I learned to good use.'
Carolyn Rogers, Psychologist
'I came away from the training feeling excited about being a Dietitian for the first time in 10 years, it was that powerful. We have known for years that diets don't work, and we have known for years that we need to support people in client centered behavior change, but until now I have not really know exactly what tasks I can work on with clients to allow that change to happen. So I am extremely grateful and excited!!'
Janet Tomlin, Dietitian
'Rick, your workshop was outstanding, most inspiring - congratulations. A great blend of practice, research, discussion and activities.
Caroline Horwath, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
'I just want to say thank you for the awesome and inspiring workshop. It was such a refreshing insight into the wonderful world of weight loss!!'
Lucinda Walters, Dietitian/Exercise Physiologist
'Thank you so much for such an amazing couple of days. I got so much out of it. Further more, I will be now able to educate many of my clients in the 'if not dieting approach'. VERY EXCITED!'
Dan Dixon, Personal Trainer
Dr Rick's 10 Top Tips to be a Healthy Weight
Dr Rick Kausman is the author of the award-winning book If Not Dieting, Then What?
1. Don't be fooled by the fad
Weight-loss diets can trick many of us with their 'quick fix' solutions. However, in the long term, most people end up regaining the weight they lost on the diet...and then some! Furthermore, the harmful effects of weight-loss diets increase the risk of developing an eating disorder.
2. Don't get weighed down by the scales
If we are above our most comfortable weight and we want to change this situation, it is vital to focus on our thinking, our eating and/or our physical activity, rather than concentrating on what is happening with changes to our weight. By looking after ourselves and our bodies in the best way we can, our weight/size will be the healthiest level that is possible for our own body type.
3. Practice a positive attitude towards food
Labelling food as 'bad' or 'junk' often causes us to feel bad about ourselves and guilty about what we have eaten. Ironically, this guilty feeling can even make us eat more of that type of food, even when we no longer feel like it. So, do your best to think about food as 'everyday' food (fruit, vegetables, cereals) rather than 'good' food and 'sometimes food'® (chocolate, chips) rather than 'bad' food.
4. Eat slowly and enjoy
While this can take some practice, slowing down the speed of our eating makes it much easier to recognise when we are full, allowing us to stop before we have eaten more than we really feel like. It also allows us to pay better attention to the foods we are eating; the real flavours, textures, smells etc. In this way, we enjoy our food more, it tastes better, the sensations last longer, and we recognise more easily when we have had enough.
5. Your body knows best
We can all eat food when we are not really feeling physically hungry – for example because we are bored, or even just because it's there! It's quite normal to do some non-hungry eating®, but when we do too much, it can tip our eating out of balance. Do your best to check in with your body before you eat; ask yourself, 'Am I really hungry?' (Important note: If we are under our most healthy weight or currently have an eating disorder, our body might not be able to give us accurate information about the right amount and/or type of food our body needs. In these situations it is important to get some help from a health professional such as a dietitian to work out the best type and amount of food for you.)
6. Do your best to not get too hungry
It's easy to get so busy that we ignore our body's signals that are telling us to eat! If this happens, it is very hard to eat slowly, we can easily eat more food than we really want, and we can end up becoming overfull or completely stuffed full. It can be helpful to have some snacks with us just in case we start to get too hungry.
7. Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes
Health and vitality come in all types of body shapes and sizes. Remember that nobody is perfect, and no body is perfect!
8. Nurture yourself
As well as dedicating time to our families, our friends, our study etc., we need to make sure we are doing things for ourselves. Taking care of ourselves is essential. Make a list of healthy things that help you feel good, and try to do these things as often as possible.
9. Move your body
Some people think you have to pound the pavement or work out at a gym to get any benefit from physical activity. This is not true. There are many ways of putting more physical activity into your daily life, such as walking to school, walking to the shops, or taking the stairs when you can. Taking up a fun activity that involves moving your body such as dance, social tennis or yoga can be enjoyable ways of working your muscles.
10. Focus on feeling good
Focus on FEELING not LOOKING good. When you feel good you are naturally attractive and fun to be around and you are much more likely to cope well with any situations that might otherwise get you down.
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