Are you working on your recovery from an eating disorder? Or trying to quit dieting because you’re tired of starving yourself, exercising to the point of total exhaustion and counting macros or calories day after day? If you value authentic health and happiness -- then starving, bingeing, over-exercising or any other disordered eating behavior would seem to go against those values. But the fact is you can do both! Let’s start with understanding what are Values? Values are the core aspect of who we are as people. We drive our kids to soccer and attend all their baseball games because … [Read more...] about How can Values help me Recover from Disordered Eating and/or Chronic Dieting?
Has food become the latest battleground in your house? Do you notice your child eating all the time and worry they are gaining too much weight? Having worked as an eating disorder dietitian for the past 20 years, this is a concern I hear from parents all the time. It’s hard to relinquish control of our kiddos’ food now that they are spending so much more time away from home. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your child is gaining weight as a by-product of puberty, or if they are eating out of stress, boredom, avoidance, or just not being as physically active as they used to be. No matter … [Read more...] about How to Help your Teen Feel Good about Food and Body Image
Many of my dietitian and nutrition clients looking to let go of diets ask … “Should I have a meal plan if I am trying to become an Intuitive Eater?” When I meet a client, either recovering from an eating disorder or trying to let go of diets, they are usually weary of strict rules and guidelines but fearful of NO structure whatsoever. A meal plan, meal guidelines, or even a few suggestions for satisfying meals, are all good tactics to use while a person is figuring out what and how much they like to eat! It all comes down to one main thing...Meal Planning. Read on to learn about the … [Read more...] about 3 Surprising Tactics that help you become an Intuitive Eater and get off the Diet Roller Coaster
"Dieting (in the name of diet culture) makes your brain think it's starving itself, and so your body, survival mode kicking in, has no choice but to binge-eat. Enter the diet-binge-diet cycle." In the landmark book, Intuitive Eating, the authors present ten principles which are designed to help you break free from diet culture. The very first principle is to Reject the Diet Mentality: "Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every … [Read more...] about How to Move From Diet Culture to Intuitive Eating
It’s January - “National Diet Month” - and how many of you have already grown tired of Paleo, Whole 30, clean eating, Weight Watchers or Nutrisystem? Or, if you are new to the NON-DIETING lifestyle, is the onslaught of diet ads and conversations getting hard to listen to? If the answer is yes, I’m finding it hard to stick to this plan, or yes, I can’t stand listening to this diet bull s_ _ t, it’s because diets come with an expiration date! As soon as you start restricting your food, your body has the opposite effect - it wants MORE of the very foods you deny yourself. Health at Every … [Read more...] about It’s National Diet Month!
As we approach the New Year, I am sure that many of you are thinking about your goals, resolutions, and ways to improve yourselves in 2018. Consider this: instead of burdening yourselves with restrictive diets which only lead to feelings of deprivation, backsliding and guilt, why not focus on self-care strategies to improve your health? Healthy bodies can exist in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and self-care leads to lasting health-promoting behaviors. Speaking of self-care, below are 7 simple ideas to take care of yourself in the coming year. Happy 2018! What is … [Read more...] about Ring in the New Year with 7 Simple Strategies for Self-Care