Articles by Natalie Thompson

Hi! I’m Natalie Thompson, a non-dieting Accredited Practising Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviours to help improve health whilst nurturing relationships with food and body. I help mums who struggle with nutrition and body image and worry about the impact they have on their children discover the joy in eating and make peace with food and their beautiful body whilst being the role model they imagine for their children, focusing on compassionately nourishing the mind, body and spirit of themselves and their children.


Why Dieting is Not a Good Form of Self-Care

I had the honour of writing a guest blog post for Jess McCallum at Confident Life. Jess is a Clinical Psychologist focusing on women’s wellbeing. Jess helps women build up their sense of identity, confidence, and set care routines. The post I wrote is called ‘Why Dieting is Not a Good Form of Self-Care’. In…

What Does It Feel Like To Have An Appetite?

  “Don’t fear it, having an appetite is a sign that you are alive and well. Celebrate this connection to your hunger and needs”. This quote is something that I put together to reassure people that we need to feel hungry, otherwise we are not driven to eat. If we are not driven to eat,…

Nutrition & Fitness Workshop for Mums

Hello Cairns Mums! Are you concerned about your nutrition and/or level of fitness? Do you find that time, family commitments, everyday stress and overwhelm, money and lack of support are getting in the way of caring for yourself? Join Philippa Bowman – Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert and me (APD) for an interactive workshop designed specifically designed…

No, obesity isn’t Australia’s biggest health problem

‘No, obesity isn’t Australia’s biggest health problem’ is the guest blog post I wrote for www.bodyandsoul.com.au. In this blog post, I explored the fact that we are not in an ‘obesity epidemic‘, rather a ‘dieting epidemic‘. I specifically talk about: What are the signs of disordered eating? Risks of disordered eating/dieting The Research How to…

Disordered Exercise: What Mums Really Need To Know

In the work I do as a dietitian, I not only see people with disordered relationships with food, but also with exercise. My philosophy on exercise/movement is: Movement should be enjoyable – Movement should not be used as a strategy for changing your body shape, size or weight. Don’t do a type of exercise that…

I’m Not Dieting. Or Am I?

Dieting. What a controversial topic. I feel most people do not want to be associated with dieting. Even though some people have this awareness that dieting is unhelpful and harmful, they still diet because they do not know what else to do or how else to behave. There is a growing trend where dieting behaviours…

Secrets of Nutrition Every Mum Needs To Know

  I was interviewed by Cairns-based Philippa Bowman, Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert at Nurtured Fitness. To listen to the interview click here, otherwise read the questions and my summary points below: 1. Discuss how there is a lot of expectation that Mums will ‘bounce back’ after child birth & people becoming obsessed with their diets. There…

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