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?
A midlife perspective on weight and why it is so easy to diet when life gets rough, especially for middle-aged women. Middle-aged women* are often put into caregiving roles -- for children, spouses, aging parents, relatives, and more. What does being a caregiver mean? We all know the literal definition, but what does it really mean for you and your body? Are you ignoring your own needs and … [Read more...] about How to Stay Out of The Diet Trap when Life Gets Rough
"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 … [Read more...] about Nope, Food Addiction Isn’t a Real Thing
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 … [Read more...] about How to Be Anti-Diet in a Diet Culture World
Written by Ashley Seruya, BA When I (Ashley) first started my journey towards eating disorder recovery, I recall one simple phrase that I thought to myself over and over again: “What the hell do I eat now?” Having followed various food rules for so long, I was at a point where my brain felt inundated with contradictory, confusing nutrition information. Not only that, but I was just dipping … [Read more...] about Recipes for Eating Disorder Recovery, Barbecues!!
Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. The intuitive eating process brings about a lot of change, some of which can be downright terrifying. Enter: weight gain. It should be noted that weight gain is a possible side effect of making peace with food, but it isn’t necessarily inevitable. Some people lose weight on their intuitive eating journey, others maintain, and still others gain. Which camp you … [Read more...] about 3 Steps to Making Peace With Weight Gain