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…