Did you know that the word frappé means beating or striking together in French? Or that the frappé originated in Greece? A distributor of Nescafe coffee accidentally created the cold frothy drink which is now the most popular coffee beverage sold in Greece. Visit New England and youwill find the frappe is a milkshake. A frappé is quite the international drink. If you google the word, frappé, you’ll be inundated with articles on the best and worst coffee drinks for your health, how to order healthfully at Starbucks, and watch your waistline with frappés! It’s enough to make a person feel … [Read more...] about Frappés, food morality and food neutrality.
Recently, we talked about satisfaction being a necessary part of intuitive eating. Discovering which foods we actually enjoy can help us tune into what feels just right for our mind and bodies. As a dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor, I often encourage my clients to experiment with variety when letting go of dieting and/or disordered eating. Intuitive eating is all about exploring a wide variety of foods and food groups, to help you discover which foods are satisfying and pleasurable. It will take some time, patience and lots of learning experiences until you feel … [Read more...] about Gentle Nutrition: End Dieting, Find Variety with Intuitive Eating
As parents, we have to be SO careful about the behaviors we demonstrate in front of children. Kids absorb everything around them, and even subtle diet rules and body shame will seep into their brains, and they will mimic it. We have to do our best to show kids that no foods are "bad", and that all bodies deserve respect. If we diet in front of our children, we show them that they shouldn't trust their bodies, and that food is out to get them. Instead, we should be showing them how to trust their internal cues, and to always put their needs above societal expectations. Kids' … [Read more...] about Kids and Body Shame: Preventing Disordered Eating with Non-diet Approach
The movie hasn't been released -- yet the trailer itself has created much controversy in the eating disorder community and press. In the first 9 seconds we see disordered eating behavior. By the end of the 2 minute & 23 second promo we have now seen at least 5 very serious eating disorder rituals, including calorie counting, excessive exercise and fluid intake, difficulty eating, body checking, as well as scenes from the hospital, fainting and the skeletal spine of an emaciated body. These can negatively impact someone struggling with recovery or potentially trigger someone over the edge … [Read more...] about To the Bone Trailer Chills to the Bone: Trigger Warning for Disordered Eating & Diet Behavior
It’s Spring -- time for proms, graduations, and thoughts of warmer weather. For many, this time of the year is also synonymous with insecurities about body size, leading many to start a brand-new diet. The billion-dollar diet industry feeds off our insecurities, and sales of the latest and greatest diet products soar. At the same time, the incidence of eating disorders also rises. Although eating disorders involve complex biological, psychological, social and cultural factors, dieting is a strong risk factor for their development. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, … [Read more...] about April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Diets / Disordered Eating?)
The "Gentle Diet" Recently, a client told me that she looked up the words, “gentle” and “diet.” to learn about Intuitive Eating. I love that description, because intuitive eating is a gentle approach to improving health as we become the expert over our bodies and its many sensations. This means saying “goodbye” to strict diets as they promote: negative self-judgments, shaming, and "should" around food intake and body size. We must welcome compassionate self-care by: honoring hunger, registering fullness cues, moving our bodies in a way that feels good, and finding new ways to comfort … [Read more...] about Is Intuitive Eating like a “Gentle Diet?”