"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
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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?
"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
Dieting can easily obstruct our internal cues, and interfere with our ability to eat "normally." But what does "normal" eating even mean? Is there a "perfect" way to eat? How does "normal" eating fit in with intuitive eating? Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. … [Read more...] about What is ‘Normal’ Eating? Is it Intuitive?
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