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About Us

Lynette McGarrell RD

Lynette earned her degree in Nutrition from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and completed her dietetic internship with Hamilton Health Sciences. While studying she became fascinated with the psychology of eating, eventually finding her way to the rewarding work of eating disorder treatment. Through this work she immersed herself in the philosophy of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size and is passionate about spreading the word of these philosophies to those around her. 

April Melis MSW RSW

April received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Western Ontario and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. Initially practicing in mental health, she quickly developed an interest in working with people struggling with eating disorders and body image. She has spent the last twenty years working in Eating Disorder Programs within Ontario. Her passion for working with individuals struggling with body acceptance has brought her to a place of wanting to share her experience and knowledge with all people that are at war with their body.

Together a Team

We have been working together as a dynamic duo for over 18 years, supporting people in their journey to improve their relationship with their body and end their Body Battle. 

The positive differences we noticed from bringing mindfulness, self-compassion, and gratitude into our own lives inspired us to bring these practices into our professional work. It didn’t take long for us to see the impact these principles had in supporting people to shift their thinking about themselves and their bodies and make important strides in healing their relationship with their bodies. By shifting from criticism of their body to gratitude towards it, and beginning to show kindness and care to their body, they were able to come to a place of peaceful acceptance rather than hatred and war. We realized the power this transformation could have for anyone struggling with a Body Battle, not just our clients.  Our friends, family members, neighbours, colleagues...the struggle for people to accept and honour their bodies is epidemic!

We became excited about the idea of a journal and Body Compassion groups that would help to guide people through the process of making this powerful change in their lives.

The Body Compassion Journal. 
We designed the journal to include daily prompts for reflection and Weekly Embraces. These are activities that encourage you to explore and heal your relationship with your body, food, and many other important aspects of your life. ​

We are forever grateful to all the people we have encountered over the years who have allowed us to join them on their journey. They have inspired this journal, and we couldn’t have created it without them.​

Enjoy the journey!

April & Lynette