Losing weight is not a requirement for feeling better in your body and improving your health and well-being. The prevalence of eating disorders has been on the rise over the past two decades. I understand this statement entirely contrasts with the message many health experts and society teach us, that losing weight is the cure for many health and body image issues. But focusing on weight … [Read more...] about Focusing on Weight Loss is NOT the ONLY Way to Feel Better in Your Body
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Everyone is so scared of fat in every sense of the word. Getting fat, eating fat, looking fat. Well, if you are familiar with intuitive eating, you probably already know these concerns are not health-promoting. We're taught to fear fat and calories, but they provide the fuel we need to live. The calories from fat provide long-lasting energy and adequate body fat. Did you know that fat protects … [Read more...] about Why you shouldn’t fear fat
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with elevated cholesterol, would weight loss be the first thing on your mind? September is National Cholesterol Education Month and I would like to share information about cholesterol and cardiovascular health. Intentional weight loss will not be a focus; rather, the focus will be on promoting health behaviors that are within our control. What is … [Read more...] about National Cholesterol Education Month and Heart Health
The very first principle of Intuitive Eating, Reject the Diet Mentality, is one of the hardest for my nutrition clients. Most come to me with a history of being unhappy with their weight and struggling with eating foods that leave them feeling satisfied, healthy, and happy. Some clients have a history trying diets like Weight Watchers, Atkins, Paleo, etc. Others tell me how they learned to … [Read more...] about You Did Not Fail the Diet, the Diet Failed YOU!
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
Today I want to share with you my own journey with diet culture and some of the lessons I have learned along the way. Did you ever have to write your own obituary? I thought it was weird then, but now I understand why I had to write my obituary as an essay for admission to college some 43 years ago! Trying to imagine - from a 17-year-old’s perspective - how we would like to be remembered in … [Read more...] about I was part of the diet culture problem… but that has changed!