Here’s to a nourishing new year

What does it mean to nourish? It’s so much bigger than nutrition panels or micronutrients. It’s about how I’m feeling while I’m eating. It’s about what I’m thinking while I’m eating. And really, it’s even bigger than eating. It’s about living free of obsession or obligation. It’s about permission to feel pleasure and joy without…

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…

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…

My body is not a topic

I can’t believe how much body and diet talk I hear every single day — at my job. Politics are inappropriate because they are so divisive, but trashing our bodies? Yes please, lots of that. We can all agree on hating our bodies. Gross. The billion-dollar diet industry has made bodies, especially female bodies, a…