5 intuitive eating tricks for Halloween treats

When you’re stuck in the binge-restrict cycle, there’s nothing scarier than a Halloween-sized bag of candy. YIKES! But you got this! If you like the candy, then eat the candy. If you don’t like the candy, then don’t eat the candy. It’s that easy! …okay, it’s not that easy. It’s actually really complicated, because we’ve…

Six-month reset: Before and after

In the diet world, before and afters are all about how you look. This one is different: it’s about how you feel. A healthy relationship with food isn’t just about what you’re eating; it’s about what you’re thinking and feeling while you’re eating. And the spectacular thing about food sanity is that it silences all the noise…

How saying yes changed my life

Diets create a life of no. “No I can’t have that. No I’m not allowed. No I don’t deserve that.” But YOU have the power to start saying yes instead. For me, it all started with a breakup. A brutal, rug-out-from-under-me dumping.  I thought we were about to move in together; I learned that actually the whole relationship had…

What is emotional eating?

Since the phrase “emotional eating” entered the lexicon in the 1980s, diet culture has been exploiting it. Our diet-obsessed society equates hunger with feelings, and we are taught to resist, suppress, and stigmatize it accordingly. While deep emotional wounds are certainly at the heart of some eating disorders, “emotional eating” should not be automatically assumed as…

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?…

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…

What does “kinda full” feel like?

The only full I ever really knew was “so full I’m gonna die” full. But intuitive eating lets you experience another kind of full: kinda full. “Kinda full” is magic. This simple little feeling was one of the most empowering things I’d ever felt. For so many years before, I could never stop my eating, even…

When you don’t know where to start, start with your words

Break free of the diet mentality with some simple ways to change your self-talk. At its heart, intuitive eating boils down to one thing: a change in perspective. So how do you make that happen? It all begins with your thoughts, which become your words, which become your actions, which become your habits. Here’s how you can get…

Food insanity turns good advice into bad advice

Water, tea, broccoli…I’ve used them all to advance my eating disorder. Have you? There’s a helluva lot of health advice out there, and some of it is even pretty good. Drinking lots of water, for instance — I bet a lot of people are chronically under-hydrated. But when you restrict your food intake and activate that part of…

When to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner

A handy, personalized guide that works every time. What and when you should eat is a much-debated topic among dieters, and it seems like everyone has a different answer! This can get pretty confusing, so I put together a simple reference guide to help you answer these questions the right way, every time. Happy eating, everyone!