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…

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…

Don’t sacrifice 90% of your life to weigh 10 pounds less

Weight loss isn’t easy. It’s really hard. It takes a full-time commitment, laser focus, and a lot of sacrifices. I used to think that made it a noble pursuit — an admirable, even enviable, way to live a life. I no longer feel that way. At the end of it all, what do I get?…

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…

Why is holiday food so complicated? 

When you live your life on and off diets, every day becomes defined by what you are, or aren’t, eating. Are you being “good” or “bad”? Are you “on track” or “off track”? When you view certain foods as off limits, you create a mindset of scarcity that makes food seem absolutely, impossibly irresistible. Making…