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!
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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
"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
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
Intuitive Eating is the most effective and lasting nutritional approach to your health. Intuitive Eating is a method that teaches you to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are comfortably full. Intuitive Eating helps you integrate the messages of your body with your thoughts and behaviors and ultimately puts YOU in charge of your body and its health. Research consistently shows that diets do not work, but the problem is we live in a world where our entire perception of health and fitness is molded by a diet mindset. Many of us reach the point where we are done with obsessing … [Read more...] about What is Intuitive Eating?