Here are some different gift ideas for the non-dieter in your life! As we say goodbye to Thanksgiving, we are now heading into the time of year when diet culture literally invades our homes. If you have grown tired of hearing about fad diets and finally recognize (or are starting to recognize) that diets don’t work for the long term, consider giving thoughtful, body positive gifts. These gifts … [Read more...] about Body Positive Gift Ideas for the Holidays for the Non-Dieter in Your Life
Thanksgiving is synonymous with family, festivities and FOOD. While the notion of gathering with loved ones around the table is pleasant for many with an eating disorder, it can be filled with landmines if you’re struggling with food, weight, and/or body image. If you’re a chronic dieter, large holiday meals can reinforce binge behavior. Dieting, in fact, predicts binge eating, which in turn, … [Read more...] about Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays and Holiday Meals
I had the privilege of attending the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Philadelphia. This is a national conference for nutrition professionals that can only be described as the Superbowl of Dietitian and Nutritionist Conferences! A highlight for me was meeting Evelyn Tribole, RD and Elyse Resch, RD, the two dietitian authors of the book, Intuitive Eating. The message and … [Read more...] about Can Mindfulness Help me Make Peace with Food and my Body Image?
You can make peace with food without obsessing about body weight...here's how. What is Health at Every Size® and How Can it Help? For so many of my clients working towards making peace with food and their bodies, the notion of not having to be weighed each week as a measure of progress is radical, and is often met first with disbelief, followed by genuine relief. NOTE: It is important to … [Read more...] about What is Health at Every Size and Why is it Important?
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?
Weight stigma -- or any of its synonyms: weight bias, weight discrimination, fat phobia, fat shaming, sizeism -- are all the same thing. Weight stigma impacts us all, but impacts people in larger bodies the most. Weight stigma is so pervasive that it can almost feel invisible. And for those in smaller bodies, it IS invisible. But for people in fat bodies, weight stigma is something they have … [Read more...] about What is Weight Stigma and Why is it Important?