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…

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…

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…

Learn to rest, not to quit.

Whoa. Hi again. It’s me, I’m alive. I swear I didn’t plan to drop off the face of the earth into a black hole. All I did was have a baby! …..and then I dropped off the face of the earth into a black hole. Babies, man. I didn’t announce that I’d be taking time…

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…

Why do you want to stop binge eating?

Your answer may reveal crucial insight to your current relationship with diet culture and your readiness to embrace the intuitive eating lifestyle. So be honest — which of these two resonates most with you: 1.) I want to stop binge eating because it is preventing me from living a fully engaged life. 2.) I want to…

Here’s to a nourishing new year

What does it mean to nourish? It’s so much bigger than nutrition panels or micronutrients. It’s about how I’m feeling while I’m eating. It’s about what I’m thinking while I’m eating. And really, it’s even bigger than eating. It’s about living free of obsession or obligation. It’s about permission to feel pleasure and joy without…

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…