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“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!

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

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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Putting weight loss on the back burner

Many people start intuitive eating counseling at a time when they’re uncomfortable with their current body shape.  Sure, they’re pretty much convinced that diets don’t work in the long term (since they’ve likely experienced this first hand), but they still really really want to lose weight.  So it can be discouraging to hear that the focus of intuitive eating isn’t on weight…that they need to put weight loss on the back burner.  You might end up losing weight, especially if you’ve been eating in a way in which you are not honoring your hunger and satiety cues, or eating emotionally on a regular basis, but focussing on weight loss will distract from the process of becoming an intuitive eater, and ultimately Read More…

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Why do you really want to lose weight?

Ask yourself honestly…why do you want to lose weight?  Some might say it’s because they want to be “healthier,” but is that really why?  This super interesting and revealing editorial in the LA Times exposes the truth…most people want to lose weight for cosmetic reasons, going so far as to say that they would be willing to die sooner if they were guaranteed to achieve their desired weight.   In fact, 91% said they would not take a pill that would extend their lives by five years if it meant they would have to stay overweight.  Isn’t that sad?! But is being overweight such a terrible thing?  Maybe not: As the article points out, the association between higher weights and health problems is Read More…

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January 7, 2013 5:24 am
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Reframing diet “failures”

Big news…the third edition of Intuitive Eating was released last month (click the image below to buy it on Amazon)…yeah!  I’m super pumped to read it, because it’s been completely revised, and there are even two new chapters: one about raising kids to be intuitive eaters, and another about the science behind why intuitive eating works.  If you haven’t purchased the book already, I highly recommend doing so.  As I’ve said before, this philosophy has been absolutely life-changing for me, and I just know that it can help so many other people out there who are fed up with diets and obsessive thoughts about food and their bodies like I was. When I was reading the “Reject the Diet Mentality” Read More…

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“A Fat Rant” rant

I’m in the process of becoming a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor (yay!), and while listening to one of the required recordings, this YouTube video was mentioned, so of course I had to watch it.  I found it pretty interesting, so I thought I would share.  Here it is: Some parts (like the beginning, for example) are a little strange, but I’m loving the overall message– your life isn’t over just because you’re not a size 0-6!  And don’t let anyone tell you that it is! Some of the comments posted about the video criticize it for basically promoting an unhealthy lifestyle.  But the woman in the video clearly states that she agrees that exercise and proper nutrition are important, but Read More…

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