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Pursuing new areas of interest

Pursuing new areas of interest

Starting a family can be a huge blow to your career. For both me and my husband, having our daughter means that career can’t always come first, we need to adjust our work schedules to accommodate family time, and we need to worry about both arranging and paying for child care.  However, for me there has been an unforeseen benefit of becoming a mom. Since starting a family, it has become clear to me what other areas of nutrition besides Intuitive Eating are of interest to me. For example, I’ve become really passionate about child feeding practices. Since having my daughter I’ve read extensively and taught classes about Baby Led Weaning and Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility. Another area that I’ve become interested in is lactation Read More…

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Stepping into Crazy Town?

Stepping into Crazy Town?

I’ve wanted a FitBit for a while. But I’ve also been a little worried about getting one, which is why I still haven’t taken the plunge. Having dealt with disordered eating in the past, I realize that putting a numerical value on anything (calories in food, my weight, etc.) can lead me down a dark path towards Crazy Town. The same goes for exercise. When I was pregnant, my midwife told me that she recommended to all her clients that they walk 5 miles, 5 days per week in order to ensure a shorter labor and better birth. Challenge accepted! The only problem was that I became a little bit obsessed with making sure I did exactly 5 miles, exactly 5 Read More…

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Balance, Exercise
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When ice cream is more than just ice cream

When ice cream is more than just ice cream

My daughter’s asleep, the dishes have been washed, and (most of) the toys have been picked up off the floor. I walked towards the kitchen with just one thing on my mind…ice cream. I take two scoops of Double Dark Chocolate gelato (my absolute favorite Talenti gelato flavor) and ease myself onto the couch. For the next 10 minutes, there is nothing else on my mind. I’m not thinking about how I need to pack snacks for our mid-morning play date the next day, or how there are clean clothes in the dryer that need to be folded, or how there are countless emails to be answered. I take a reprieve from all of my responsibilities for a few brief moments, Read More…

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Confessions of a not-fat nutritionist

Confessions of a not-fat nutritionist

I have a confession to make…I’m not fat. No, I’m not a size 0, and you definitely won’t see me strutting down the runway during Fashion Week any time soon (and not just because I’m clueless when it comes to fashion and can barely walk in heels!). My body has been slightly bigger in the past when I wasn’t honoring my hunger and satiety quite as much, but even then I was still considered within the “normal weight” range (whatever that means!). Most people would think that being in a smaller body is an asset for someone working in the nutrition field, and definitely not something to be ashamed of. In fact, when I was in graduate school I had Read More…

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Tricks for handling Halloween treats

Tricks for handling Halloween treats

Halloween was probably one of my favorite holidays growing up. Yes, I enjoyed dressing up and being someone else for the day, but truth be told, I was mostly in it for the CANDY! I have fond memories of getting home from a night of trick-or-treating and lording over my stash of Halloween candy. I would lay out my loot on my bedroom floor, and my friends, sisters, and I would commence an elaborate trading session, getting into tense debates over how many Smarties one needed to trade for a Fun Size Snickers (it’s three). I will never forget the year when a trick-or-treating partner couldn’t eat any chocolate, as her doctor suspected it was the cause of migraines she Read More…

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Calipers of doom

Calipers of doom

A friend recently shared this excellent article called “It Happened to Me: I Taught Fitness and Failed a Fat Test.” The article is written by a yoga instructor who volunteers to undergo a fitness test. In addition to examining things like her cardiovascular health and flexibility, she was also subjected to measurement of her percentage body fat using calipers. While she passed all other parts of the test with flying colors, she was told that her body fat percentage was over the recommended level. As someone who was clearly physically fit, and who ate a balanced, healthful diet, this was unwelcome news. Thankfully, as an intuitive eater and someone familiar with the Health at Every Size (HAES) philosophy, the author Read More…

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“I’ll try Intuitive Eating…but let me go on this diet first!”

“I’ll try Intuitive Eating…but let me go on this diet first!”

I recently shared a link to a podcast called Savor on my Facebook page. In the episode I shared, Linda Bacon, author of Health at Every Size and Body Respect, is interviewed by the two hosts, one of whom is a dietitian, and the other a therapist. I’ve blogged about Health at Every Size (HAES) before, but if you’re interested in hearing about this amazing philosophy from the source, I would highly recommend listening to this podcast, and/or reading either of Linda Bacon’s books. Anyway, something Bacon said in the interview really resonated with me, and I wanted to share it with you all.  At one point in the interview, one of the hosts asks Linda Bacon how she deals with clients who are on board with Read More…

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Toddlers– they’re just like us!

Toddlers– they’re just like us!

I had the pleasure of hosting a talk a couple weeks ago about Stress-free Toddler Feeding. About 10 moms (and a couple dads too) came to a local coffee shop to hear me talk about feeding their toddlers based on Ellyn Satter‘s Division of Responsibility (which I’ve written about before), with the hopes that they will become intuitive eaters as adults. I touched on how developmentally, toddlers are at a stage in which they are striving for autonomy, which is one of the reasons why feeding them can be so challenging. Children at this age are trying to show us that they are their own little people with their own opinions, so eating can become a power struggle as they Read More…

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You’re more than just what you eat

You’re more than just what you eat

We’ve all heard the old adage “You are what you eat,” but I think a lot of people take that statement to heart, and believe that how they eat defines who they are as a person.   I read a story recently about a popular blogger, Jordan Younger, who called herself The Blonde Vegan, admitting to suffering from orthorexia. Orthorexia, while not technically classified as an eating disorder by the DSM-5, is recognized by eating disorder professionals as an “unhealthy obsession” with healthy eating. Younger is the classic example of this disorder– she started eating vegan for her health, and in the beginning she felt great eating this way. Over time, however, she found that she was no longer enjoying food, she Read More…

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Sometimes you just need to eat cookies

Sometimes you just need to eat cookies

A little over a month ago, I lost my grandma, who was truly the matriarch of my family. We were very sad, and we will all miss her dearly, but I also feel extremely privileged to have known her for as long as I did. She was someone who never said a negative word about another person, and rarely complained. She had a spreadsheet outlining each grandchild’s and great grandchild’s birthdays, and we all looked forward to her singing telegrams each year (which always ended with “and many maaaw” in her thick New York accent!). Another thing I will always remember about my grandma was that she had a sweet tooth, and loved chocolate, cake, cookies, ice cream…you name it! Read More…

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