You know what today is? It’s my Birthday! And I fully intend to have my cake and EAT IT TOO!! When we restrict and deprive ourselves of foods we love, we tend to fixate and obsess over them more than ever! And when we do allow ourselves even a taste of that food, we go crazy, eat tons of it and feel guilty! This is a sad way to move through life, yet many of the people I work with can’t imagine being able to eat a piece of cake on their own birthdays for fear of weight gain or “unhealthy” food intake. Let’s break that cycle! Foods are meant as much for pleasure and satisfaction as they … [Read more...] about Three Tips for Enjoying Birthday Food (or any special occasion) WITHOUT GUILT!
"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
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
Satisfaction is a key part of "gentle nutrition," which is why it's the very last principle of intuitive eating! It takes time and lots of patience to unlearn years of dieting and to fully embrace and respect your body. There are many ways that diving into nutrition too early can derail your intuitive eating journey. Fears of weight gain, and worries about eating in an “unhealthy” way, lead some people to turn intuitive eating into another diet. Some people try adding rules or restrictions around their food intake in the name of “nutrition,” while others try to avoid weight gain … [Read more...] about Gentle Nutrition: End Dieting, Find Satisfaction with Intuitive Eating
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