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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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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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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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Quality vs. quantity

One of the things I love about Intuitive Eating is the idea that satisfaction and pleasure are important tenants of the philosophy, arguably even more important than actual nutrition. That may sound counter-intuitive…how can you place pleasure above nutrition and expect to be healthy and fit? Here’s how: When you experience satisfaction in your eating, you tend to need less. Satisfaction means eating what you truly want, and allowing yourself to enjoy the experience of eating it. When you eat what you think you should eat, you might get the same amount of calories, but you won’t feel satisfied, leading you to look for satisfaction elsewhere, which could result in overeating. This article talks about how foods we would traditionally think Read More…

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Chocolate beignets and mindful eating

I’ve written about mindful eating in a previous post, but the concept seems to be gaining some traction these days, as I’m finding more and more articles discussing this philosophy in recent months, so I thought I’d revisit the issue. I read this article titled Think as you eat to get more from less from the Detroit Free Press, where the mindful eating philosophy is explained in a way that makes it clear that it is a close cousin to Intuitive Eating. One of the ideas discussed in the article that is also an important principle of intuitive eating is that eating should be pleasurable, and that once you notice that you are no longer deriving pleasure from the eating experience, you Read More…

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Too good to stop

I read this article, written by one of the authors of Intuitive Eating, Elyse Resch, and the title alone speaks to me.  It’s called The Sadness of Saying Enough.  It appears in a newsletter for the Academy for Eating Disorders and, as such, is targeted more towards nutrition counselors than the general public, but I still feel like it’s a great read, and it might be something you can relate to like me.  The article addresses the fact that respecting your fullness and stopping when you’re satisfied can bring up feelings of sadness. I can definitely relate to this feeling. I know that some people, myself included, sometimes overeat to distract themselves from having to deal with negative emotions, or Read More…

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