You might have an eating disorder. Yes, you.

I didn’t know I had a problem. Everyone at school, on TV, in magazines talked about weight all the time. It didn’t seem odd that it was all I thought about. I didn’t know that dieting could be a bad thing. Every time I skipped a meal or dropped some weight, all I heard was…

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…

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…

Numbers drive me nuts

Dieting is like a little prison built out of numbers. For people like me, counting, tracking, and measuring are not harmless ways to track your “progress.” They are sneaky little judgment weapons. Applying numerical ideals to your hunger or the size of your body is an invitation for obsession. You might as well walk outside and shout at…

What is diet culture?

When you’re surrounded by diet culture, it can be hard to see what’s right in front of you. In light of NEDA’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I want to talk a bit about the words and actions that perpetuate diet culture every day. It’s not enough to discuss eating disorder symptoms and prevalence and call it…

What exactly does it mean to be “on track”?

Because it sounds suspiciously like a diet to me. Do you ever feel like you’ve fallen off track? Like you need to get back on track? When you dig deeper into those feelings…do they alllll lead back to food? That’s a pretty serious warning sign that you are limiting your food intake and feeling guilty…

New year’s resolution: Stop the madness

If you ever doubt for a second that the diet industry is playing us like a fiddle, check out this graph: It’s not a nice healthy heartbeat. It’s a five-year insight into how the diet industry has programmed us to begin each year with self-loathing, self-punishing behavior that has been cleverly marketed as “normal.” This…

If you gained a pound or two this holiday season

Then you’ve been weighing yourself. STOP THAT!!! Sit down, let me give you a pep talk. I lived in a constant state of yoyo dieting for more than a decade. Starting around age 13, if I wasn’t actively on a diet, I was planning the next one — and always, always living in fear of…

Sneaky little diet triggers

It’s not easy to detox your life of diet culture. Even after you’ve stopped counting calories and weighing in, you might be surprised at the diet detritus lingering around. If you are still feeling guilt about who you are, how you look, or how you’re living your life, it’s time to dig a little deeper and…

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…

My weight is none of my business

What am I going to do with it, deadlift myself at the gym? Prescribe myself some properly dosed medication? Check myself as luggage at the airport? Of course not, that’s ridiculous. And so is weighing myself. There is absolutely no reason why I need to check in with a scale and know what I weigh….

What if you had never heard the word ‘diet’?

What if you never learned to compare your body to other people’s bodies? What if you never looked down at your plate and wondered how many things you were doing wrong? What if you didn’t look in the mirror and see something perpetually inadequate? What if you weren’t taught that your worth is determined by your…