A customizable diet is still a diet

The January diet monsters are out in full force. This year, the hot trend is clearly the customizable diet. MADE JUST FOR YOU! In this magical MODERN version of a diet, for MODERN people, you can dare to…eat something that you enjoy! Leave your home! Live a life! (For a fee, of course. Freedom is…

When anti-dieting feels dismissive

When I was in my early 20s, just out of college and adjusting to Real Life, I wanted to lose weight, and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t happening. I watched what I ate (obsessively), I worked out (obsessively), but the scale never budged…so then I binged. I was so frustrated I decided to return…

How can you stop binge eating in one day?

Eating vs. binge eating….how can they feel so incredibly different? Both involve consuming food. Both are driven by hunger. But one is complicated by the messages of diet culture, our society’s glorification of under-eating, and a lost connection with the body’s natural hunger and fullness cues. Eating is defined by the action: “I am consuming…

Control isn’t coming

When I was a kid, my changing body drove me crazy. I was getting larger in all the ways I didn’t want to. Taller? Nope. Wider? Constantly. Why couldn’t I make my body do what I wanted? Why couldn’t I control it? I had control over so little then. My class schedule, my teachers, my…

Weight loss is not the key to health

Weight loss = healthy. Health = weight loss. It’s a simple, tidy equation. Nothing to it! If you want to be healthy (and who doesn’t???) then you could probably stand to lose some weight (and who couldn’t???). If you aren’t losing weight then you clearly aren’t trying. And if you aren’t even trying……well. Shame on…

If you’re setting intentions, be intentional

It’s the time of year that so many people around the world set health and fitness intentions, and this year that’s on my mind too. Now that the holidays are over and I’ll have a bit more time, I’ve decided to make a goal for the coming months: to strengthen my abs. I’ve set a…

Giving thanks for giving up

Here we are again, y’all. The holidays. It’s the time of year dieters and binge eaters dread all year long: the food is SO good, the temptation is SO bad, and the guilt is so deeply ingrained that it’s a point of conversation at holiday celebrations. Yep. All across the globe, we’re wading through airport…

Body acceptance is a superpower

Body acceptance sounds pretty touchy feely, doesn’t it? Maaaybe even a little cheesy? But boy oh boy, it’s so much more powerful than that. It’s like a force field that protects you from bullshit. And guys…there’s so much bullshit out there. If body acceptance were easy, everyone would rocking it. But it takes work, introspection,…

You might have an eating disorder. Yes, you.

I didn’t know I had a problem. Everyone at school, on TV, in magazines talked about weight all the time. It didn’t seem odd that it was all I thought about. I didn’t know that dieting could be a bad thing. Every time I skipped a meal or dropped some weight, all I heard was…

The trouble with weight-loss resolutions

Last week, my coworker walked over to my desk to talk about her New Year’s resolutions. She said she wanted to study for the GMAT, the U.S. entrance exam for business school required to take her career to the next level — and also lose weight. But she felt she could only tackle one of…

Beware the word “healthy”

“Healthy” is an empty word. You have to fill it. Defining this word for yourself is both an opportunity and an imperative. Unless you take the time to think critically about what “healthy” means to you, the gazillion-dollar diet industry will find your weaknesses and exploit them. It’s that very special time of year where…

Don’t let diet culture fill in the blanks

Humans communicate in shorthand and subtext. Who has the time or inclination to spell out every single implication within every single comment every single day? Sometimes we aren’t even consciously aware of the hidden meanings in the things we say! This leaves the listener with a lot of unknowns, and our own cultural experiences and…