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 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…

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…

Balance is not a number

You cannot count it. You can’t measure it or weigh it. You can only feel it. Balance is not a job. You are not required to clock in and out, or think about it every moment of every day, or arrange for special days off. You are allowed to keep it in the back of…

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…