"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
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
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!
"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
With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now approaching the time of year when diet culture literally invades our homes. If you are tired of hearing about fad diets, consider buying a holiday gift that supports you or your loved one’s authentic health. Any of the following items will be sure to make your special person feel truly supported in making peace with food and their bodies. Here are some gift ideas for the anti-dieter in your life! Books to Encourage Body Kindness To send a message about size acceptance and the non-diet approach, I highly recommend Health at Every Size by Linda … [Read more...] about Gift Ideas for the Anti-Dieter