5 mantras to make it through the holidays

The holidays are a fraught time of year for anyone with food issues. Are you worrying about facing your fear foods? Wondering how to stay “on track”? Afraid that if you start eating you won’t be able to stop? It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a cure for binge eating, and it…

What does “kinda full” feel like?

The only full I ever really knew was “so full I’m gonna die” full. But intuitive eating lets you experience another kind of full: kinda full. “Kinda full” is magic. This simple little feeling was one of the most empowering things I’d ever felt. For so many years before, I could never stop my eating, even…

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…

Enough with the cheat days

Cheating on…what exactly? Cheat days seem to imply that food is a game, or a test, or a relationship. It is none of those things. Food is just food. Just an inanimate object, chillin’ on a plate. It doesn’t have moral goodness or badness. It doesn’t make rules, or punish you for breaking them. It is…

Turns out I’m still a food-control freak

I visited some friends for a weekend and when I got hungry, things got weird. So here’s what went down. My husband and I went to stay with some of his friends for a weekend. They are such lovely people and we had a great time…but. A few things. They apparently have smaller appetites than…

Why intuitive eating hasn’t worked for you

Yet. Intuitive or mindful eating boils down to eating when you feel hungry and stopping when you feel full. Which, lord knows, you’ve tried time and time and time again. Right? No one wants to feel out of control around food. No one wakes up in the morning hoping to binge until their jaw hurts….