When all you can think about is food, you’re probably hungry

Do you ever have a day when you’re just living your life, minding your own business, trying to eat intuitively, when suddenly you get hungry…like REAL hungry. Okay, fine. So you eat the lunch you packed, but you’re still hungry. Fine. So you eat the snack you packed, and you’re still hungry. What is going on?…

I don’t slip up

I eat beyond fullness sometimes, sure. But “slipping up”? Nah. That’s the guilt-trip language of diet culture, trying to pull me back into its orbit. Slipping up goes hand in hand with getting back on track, and I already know how this story goes for me — restrict, binge, restrict, binge, forever and forever amen. A slip-up…

Maybe pretty isn’t the point

“Pretty” is complicated. I want to be pretty, but I’m not sure that I am pretty, and I don’t want to want to be pretty because that makes me shallow, but it’s always there, just the same: I want to be pretty. That’s why I loved this latest Ask Polly column from New York Magazine….

What is diet culture?

When you’re surrounded by diet culture, it can be hard to see what’s right in front of you. In light of NEDA’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I want to talk a bit about the words and actions that perpetuate diet culture every day. It’s not enough to discuss eating disorder symptoms and prevalence and call it…

Binge eating is a symptom

Binge eating is not a choice, or a reflection of willpower. But it’s not the real problem, either; it’s merely a symptom. In order to stop binge eating, you must dig deeper and address the underlying root of the issue: hunger. I know it’s hard to believe that hunger could have anything to do with…

How do I love me? Let me count the ways

Whether you’re single or coupled or somewhere in the abyss in between, I hope you remember who your true valentine is, today and every day. Your damn self. You’re the one who makes you happy. No outward force can do that for you. Contentment and fulfillment come from listening really hard to your inner self,…