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!
"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
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”
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 the topic is from a wonderful colleague of Erica's: "We're trying to recover in a world that hasn't yet recovered itself." - Julie Duffy Dillon And it's so, so true. Our world is stuck in it's own … [Read more...] about How to Be Anti-Diet in a Diet Culture World
Halloween doesn’t have to be a scare-fest! Stick to your intuitive eating guns and find pleasure in the trick-or-treating festivities. Halloween is the start of the holiday season, and though it can be merry and bright for some, for others struggling with food and body image, it can be the beginning of a stressful and complicated few months. The key to surviving the most candy-saturated holiday of them all, though, is to remember one basic promise: You are allowed to feed yourself. Seems simple, right? Too simple? I don’t think so. There are way too many guides out there on how to … [Read more...] about My Number One Secret To An Intuitive Eating Halloween
Mindful eating and intuitive eating often go hand in hand... but is there a problem with conflating the two as the same? If you've ever perused the intuitive eating webiverse, you might notice that this kind of eating is often discussed alongside other terms, mainly "mindful eating." Mindful eating is something that's brought up in the intuitive eating conversation a lot, and it's definitely an important part of the process. Mindful eating is way of relating to food that encourages true connection with what we put into our mouths, and asks us to investigate whether or not we truly … [Read more...] about Intuitive Eating vs Mindful Eating: What’s the Difference?