"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 … [Read more...] about Moving From Diet Culture to Intuitive Eating
Eating Disorders & Prevention
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!
The media is partially to blame for disordered thoughts around food and weight. Almost every headline mentions how many calories a person will be having during the Thanksgiving meal -- even calling it “The Great American Cheat Day!” We are literally drowning in diet talk and diet culture all year round. For most of us, Thanksgiving is synonymous with family, festivities and feasting. While the notion of gathering with loved ones around the table is pleasant for many, it can be filled with landmines if you’re struggling with food, weight, and/or body image. If you’re a chronic dieter, the … [Read more...] about The Great American “Cheat” Day”
Eating disorders exist in all shapes and sizes, and we need to do a better job of representing people who suffer from eating disorders if we hope to dispel stigma and promote lasting recovery. The issue of eating disorder representation in the media has come up in the last year due to the highly controversial Netflix movie, To the Bone. People in eating disorder recovery circles and the Health at Every Size community clashed, both within their own groups and with the public at large, about the potential impact of the movie, and the affect such a depiction of an eating disorder sufferer would … [Read more...] about We Need Better Eating Disorder Representation
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
Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. There’s a common refrain in intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery work: when am I going to be done? There’s this enduring idea that there’s an end point; an event or moment that you can look at and say, “Hey, here’s where it all was fixed!” But recovery and intuitive eating work isn’t like that. In fact, I would say life isn’t like that. Not one bit. … [Read more...] about Finding the Gray: When Intuitive Eating and Eating Disorder Recovery Aren’t So Black & White