Surprise! Not all cupcakes are delicious.

This was the craziest thing I came to realize during my six-month reset. All those trigger foods I was so afraid of? Some of them aren’t even that good! Just because I like cupcakes doesn’t mean I like all of them. Some cupcakes are just not delicious. Some are dry and tasteless and kinda gross….

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 the same state of need: hunger. Both are irrevocably complicated by the messages of diet culture. So let’s get back to basics. At a core level, eating is defined by the action: “I am consuming food. When…

My body is not a topic

I can’t believe how much body and diet talk I hear every single day — at my job. Politics are inappropriate because they are so divisive, but trashing our bodies? Yes please, lots of that. We can all agree on hating our bodies. Gross. The billion-dollar diet industry has made bodies, especially female bodies, a…

Eating is not a privilege. But movement is.

“I work out so I can keep eating burgers and pizza.” Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard something like this. Raise both hands if you’ve ever said this. Both hands up over here. This was my rallying cry back in the day. I said it proudly and unprompted whenever I ate something “naughty.” I…

Six months — and then what?

So you finished your six-month reset. a.) CONGRATS!!! You are freaking awesome and I am so happy for you. b.) What’s next? Well…it’s time to move into Phase 2, aka the rest of your life. It’s time to live your life without an eating plan. How freeing! But also: terrifying. That’s what so seductive about dieting:…

You’re still you

I wrote a post recently about how different life is before and after a six-month reset. But some things stay with you. I’m still me. You’ll still be you. I don’t view them as weaknesses per se, because I don’t like that connotation, but I can see in retrospect how some of my innate qualities…

The ONE problem with intuitive eating

Cavities. It’s the cavities, y’all. I just got three fillings at the dentist. Threeeeeee! And my old fillings are starting to need fancy new fillings. And man oh man, fancy fillings get expensive. Why do I get so many cavities? I’ve always thought of myself as a dental hygiene superstar. I preach nightly flossing to…

If you feel like you’re gonna binge, throw yourself a party

A binge is not a binge if you give yourself permission; then it’s just eating. And begrudging permission won’t cut it; it must be unrestricted, guilt-free, no-strings-attached. But…what the heck does that even feel like? If you’ve spent years feeling unimaginable guilt every time you even think about food, you may have to work to…

It’s a beautiful day to start a journey

It’s June. The sixth month. The halfway point. How’s the year going? Good? Okay? Off the rails? It’s the perfect time to check in with yourself about food and body issues — what’s working for you, what isn’t, what deserves more time, and what doesn’t deserve another second. Has a well-intentioned effort to “eat healthy”…

Intuitive eating is a trust fall

I know it sounds crazy. It sounds like it’ll NEVER work. But you can’t do it halfway, or half the time, or half-heartedly. Intuitive eating demands a lot — but if you let yourself fall, it will change your life.  Think about how a trust fall works: Your partner is right there behind you, ready…

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…