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…

Imagine eating a stick of butter

Picture yourself unwrapping a whole stick of butter. Now take a biiiiig bite. Chew it around your mouth, focus on the flavor. How’s it taste? Want another bite? AHHH GROSS NO THANK YOU. Even if you are in a place in your life where you feel completely out of control around food, I bet you…

Let’s make meal prep about convenience, not calories

Meal prep can minimize the daily “aw hell, what’s for lunch today” in your everyday life. And you can save money, too!!! But please, for the love of sanity, stop making it a diet plan. If you’re dutifully packing rows of Tupperware so you can stay “on track,” “control your portions,” and “resist temptation” throughout…

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….

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…

If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple…

…maybe you’re just in the mood for something else. Jeez. You know that old diet trope “If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re not hungry”? I used to live by that — or tried to, anyway. But man oh man, I just never ever ever wanted an apple. And that provided me…

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?…

Hunger is not all in your head

Is breathing all in your head? C’mon. Don’t let diet culture gaslight your body’s most basic needs. And don’t do it to yourself. Can you imagine if we treated other primal functions the way we treat hunger? “I’m out of breath again????? I JUST breathed.” Like breathing and blinking and sneezing and peeing, your body’s…

You can survive Halloween candy

So it’s the day after Halloween, and you’re surrounded with candy. Now what? First things first: Candy isn’t bad. And you aren’t a bad person for wanting to enjoy candy! Applying moral values of goodness and badness to food is a sign of disordered eating and an old standby from the diet-guilt playbook. Now that that’s out of the…

Just because it doesn’t happen to you doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen

Months ago, when the New York Times published a piece about the former Biggest Loser contestants, I noticed a reader comment that has stuck with me ever since. As a rule, I aggressively avoid comment sections of…pretty much anything. But there it was, highlighted in the sidebar, in all its judge-y, preach-y glory: “Sorry. But cravings are…

Actually, cravings are amazing

Cravings are what tell you after a long holiday of cookies and ham and heavy cream, “You know what sounds so delicious right now? A SALAD.” Let’s give it up for cravings. Poor, misunderstood cravings have this terrible reputation, and I don’t know why. Cravings are the best! When I’ve been drinking a little too much…