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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

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

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

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 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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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

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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But, seriously…what should I eat?!

Sometimes, people who are used to diets and regimented eating plans get frustrated at the fact that I’m not going to tell them what to eat. Because I follow an Intuitive Eating philosophy, I believe that you possess the internal wisdom that tells you what, when, and how much to eat, and that my job is to help you reconnect with those internal cues. If you learn to listen to it, your gut or intuition will tell you what it wants or needs at any given moment. But, I get it…sometimes you might need a little guidance. So, while everyone is different, my advice would be that in general, eating a little bit from all food groups will not only make you Read More…

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Intuitive Eating for babies

Among the many hopes and dreams I have for my daughter, one is that she be an intuitive eater. As someone who has suffered from a negative relationship with food in the past, and who sees people all the time who struggle with chronic dieting, obsessive thoughts of food, and body image issues, I sincerely hope that she never has to deal with any of these things.  Because of this, I sought out methods of feeding my daughter (let’s call her “E”) that would start her on the path towards being an intuitive eater from the very start…or rather, that wouldn’t interfere with the inner intuitive eater she has been from birth. When E was nearing the recommended 6 month mark for 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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