When anti-dieting feels dismissive

When I was in my early 20s, just out of college and adjusting to Real Life, I wanted to lose weight, and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t happening. I watched what I ate (obsessively), I worked out (obsessively), but the scale never budged…so then I binged. I was so frustrated I decided to return…

Weight loss is not the key to health

Weight loss = healthy. Health = weight loss. It’s a simple, tidy equation. Nothing to it! If you want to be healthy (and who doesn’t???) then you could probably stand to lose some weight (and who couldn’t???). If you aren’t losing weight then you clearly aren’t trying. And if you aren’t even trying……well. Shame on…

If you’re setting intentions, be intentional

It’s the time of year that so many people around the world set health and fitness intentions, and this year that’s on my mind too. Now that the holidays are over and I’ll have a bit more time, I’ve decided to make a goal for the coming months: to strengthen my abs. I’ve set a…

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…

Why do you want to stop binge eating?

Your answer may reveal crucial insight to your current relationship with diet culture and your readiness to embrace the intuitive eating lifestyle. So be honest — which of these two resonates most with you: 1.) I want to stop binge eating because it is preventing me from living a fully engaged life. 2.) I want to…

The trouble with weight-loss resolutions

Last week, my coworker walked over to my desk to talk about her New Year’s resolutions. She said she wanted to study for the GMAT, the U.S. entrance exam for business school required to take her career to the next level — and also lose weight. But she felt she could only tackle one of…

Don’t sacrifice 90% of your life to weigh 10 pounds less

Weight loss isn’t easy. It’s really hard. It takes a full-time commitment, laser focus, and a lot of sacrifices. I used to think that made it a noble pursuit — an admirable, even enviable, way to live a life. I no longer feel that way. At the end of it all, what do I get?…

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…

It’s a beautiful day to start a journey

It’s June. The sixth month. The halfway point. How’s the year going? Good? Okay? Off the rails? It’s the perfect time to check in with yourself about food and body issues — what’s working for you, what isn’t, what deserves more time, and what doesn’t deserve another second. Has a well-intentioned effort to “eat healthy”…

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…

Binge eating is a symptom

Binge eating is not a choice, or a reflection of willpower. But it’s not the real problem, either; it’s merely a symptom. In order to stop binge eating, you must dig deeper and address the underlying root of the issue: hunger. I know it’s hard to believe that hunger could have anything to do with…

It is not your job to fit the jeans

The jeans are supposed to fit you. They have one job. You pay them for it. And if they don’t do the job, FIRE THEM. Get new ones. Don’t read into it. Don’t stress about it. It isn’t worth another moment of your precious life. When a pair of jeans doesn’t fit you, it is…