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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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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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Respecting our post-baby bodies

“My body is full of life. My body is powerful. My body made me a mother.” I’ve been wanting to post something about accepting our post-baby bodies for a while now, but I couldn’t find the words to express my feelings about it.  Recently, however, I stumbled upon this post from a blog called “We seek joy”  that words it perfectly.  The author writes about how people say that women’s bodies are “ruined” by having babies, but that she can’t possibly be ashamed of how her body has changed after witnessing the miraculous thing that it was able to do…create and sustain a LIFE! I feel exactly the same way.  As a new member of this community of moms, I now 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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Damn skinny friends

I’ve said to my friends and family before that someone with a history of an eating disorder must be completely recovered before entering into a nutrition Masters program, or else they’d lose it. I say this because studying nutrition forces you to talk about food and weight all the time, and means being surrounded by people who have their own ideas about what to eat and how to stay fit, and if you’re not confident in your recovery, it would be easy to be influenced by them and slip back into destructive thought patterns and behaviors. Even though I wouldn’t say I ever had a full-blown eating disorder, my past struggles with body image and disordered eating behaviors make this Read More…

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Unattainable standards

I saw this video posted on Facebook, and it made me think about the unattainable standards we’re constantly exposed to in the media. Enjoy!     The video is supposed to be funny, but it also brings up some good points about how images we see in the media, particularly of women, are altered, often drastically. Meanwhile, we are made to believe that this is what we should strive for, and that this is the standard by which we should measure ourselves. How unfair is it that we’re made to believe that we’ve somehow failed if we fall short of this standard, when in reality, it doesn’t even exist?! Before I became an intuitive eater, during a time when my Read More…

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Loving yourself at every age

I was looking back at old photo albums today, reminiscing about the old days, and I stumbled upon some pictures of myself in a friend’s wedding about 7 years ago. I distinctly remember looking at the other bridesmaids at the time and thinking “Ugh! Why can’t I look as good as she does in this dress?! I’m so fat!”. However, looking at the photo now, 7 years later, I marveled at how thin I looked. In fact, next to the bridesmaid I was comparing myself to at the time, I look to be just about as thin as she is. What was I thinking?! I hate the fact that I didn’t appreciate what I had when I had it. Not Read More…

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January 9, 2012 4:46 am
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The Anti-Resolution Revolution

So, I was going to type up this whole post about how New Year’s diet resolutions don’t work (because diets in general don’t work, so why the hell would they work just because it’s the start of a new calendar year?!), but then I stumbled upon this fantastic article in which two anti-diet sisters (both of whom are Licensed Clinical Social Workers and authors) discuss this very issue, so I thought I would just share it rather than rephrase everything they said. And, below, I will share a few of my resolutions (which aren’t really resolutions, per se, because these are things I am already working on, and will probably continue to work on for my entire life) that are Read More…

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