"Food addiction" isn't a real thing. Yup, I said it, and I'm standing by it. And believe me, I'm not the only one saying so! In fact, there's a ton of RDs, nutritionists, and researchers out there debunking the "food addiction" science all day, every day... and really, they do it much better than me. But here are some of the basics that even someone allergic to science (like me) can swallow: Food addiction posits that food lights up the pleasure centers of the brain, which means that food elicits a pleasure response, similar to that of drugs. Sugar, in particular, has been a target … [Read more...] about Nope, Food Addiction Isn’t a Real Thing
Being "anti-diet" is counter-cultural! When I think about what it takes to maintain my anti-diet truth in this diet culture world, I get really, really mad. I get mad that I have to put in so much effort to protect myself from the world that I live in, and to protect my own mental health and my recovery. And I know that we all feel this struggle and frustration. One of my favorite quotes on the topic is from a wonderful colleague of Erica's: "We're trying to recover in a world that hasn't yet recovered itself." - Julie Duffy Dillon And it's so, so true. Our world is stuck in it's own … [Read more...] about How to Be Anti-Diet in a Diet Culture World
Mindful eating and intuitive eating often go hand in hand... but is there a problem with conflating the two as the same? If you've ever perused the intuitive eating webiverse, you might notice that this kind of eating is often discussed alongside other terms, mainly "mindful eating." Mindful eating is something that's brought up in the intuitive eating conversation a lot, and it's definitely an important part of the process. Mindful eating is way of relating to food that encourages true connection with what we put into our mouths, and asks us to investigate whether or not we truly … [Read more...] about Intuitive Eating vs Mindful Eating: What’s the Difference?
Nutrition is the last principle of intuitive eating for a reason!! If you focus on nutrition too soon, making peace with food and removing good and bad labels from different food groups will be SO much harder. In fact, it'll probably be pretty impossible. But if you put nutrition on the back-burner and just wait it out, you can give yourself the space and time to really investigate how you relate to food on an emotional and mental level. Then, once all of that is sorted, you can start thinking about how foods make you *feel*; which foods give you energy and make you feel great. In … [Read more...] about Put Nutrition on the Back-burner to Make Peace with Food
"Imagine a world where all bodies were valued and all people are supported in compassionate self-care." - Linda Bacon Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. When we're talking about creating a healthier society, we need to be asking some specific questions that most people never consider. Instead of wondering how we can shrink the population, or how we can continue to educate youth and families on the nutrients and vitamins in fruits and vegetables, it's time to ask different questions. It's time to really investigate what we prioritize when we talk about health, and whether or not that … [Read more...] about How Health at Every Size & Self-Care Can Improve Your Health
"Fears of weight gain lead some people to turn intuitive eating into another diet." - Erica Leon Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. Desire for weight loss is SO normal in our society, and fear of weight gain is completely understandable. We're steeped in fatphobia, and we live in a culture where people are systemically discriminated against because of their size. It makes sense that you don't want to be fat! Be here's the thing... fatness isn't actually bad! We live in a world that perpetuates this falsehood, and we need to do the hard work to debunk this myth on a societal level. But … [Read more...] about Doing Intuitive Eating When You Still Want Weight Loss