We live in a world that is obsessed with diets and manipulating our bodies in the pursuit of weight loss. Obsessed. Our world is obsessed with thinness. Why do we all live in mortal fear of “gaining weight,” getting fat,” or “being fat?” Why is our value as a human being supposedly determined by our body weight? Why do we live in a world that aims to erase body … [Read more...] about What is Diet Culture and Why Should We Challenge it?
Have you ever picked up a book and skipped to the last page? This happened recently with one of my clients who wanted to learn how to make peace with food. On my recommendation, she purchased the book, Intuitive Eating by Tribole and Resch. Instead of reading chapter one, which talks about ditching diets and why diets don’t work, she skipped to the last chapter of the book – Gentle … [Read more...] about Gentle Nutrition: Stop Dieting and Have a Healthy Relationship with Food
As a certified eating disorder registered dietitian, this is a question I am frequently asked: What is the Difference between Disordered Eating and an Eating Disorder? I am going to shed some light on this for you today and explain it. Picture this: You or your child decide to “get healthier” so you start increasing your intake of fruits and veggies. Sounds great! Yes, it sounds … [Read more...] about What is the Difference between Disordered Eating and an Eating Disorder?
Are you ready to Choose your Own Adventure when it Comes to your Nutrition? This is a story about Diet Culture -- how it seeps into our consciousness and affects perceptions as well as decisions around food, physical activity, and body image. We are inundated with messages all day long from social, print and broadcast media, as well as friends and family members about foods we should and … [Read more...] about To Diet or Not to Diet — That is the Question!
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 … [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 … [Read more...] about How to Move From Diet Culture to Intuitive Eating