What’s keeping us from enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Diet culture, disguised as wellness, and its simplistic, one-dimensional definition of health: that a thin body is ideal. This false and simplistic definition of “wellness” can lead to lifelong weight worry and make it difficult to feel good in our bodies - and enjoy a holiday meal - no “earning” or “burning” of food required.Read more →
Worrying about your weight as you shelter in place need not be on your mind. Social media’s latest pandemic hashtag — quarantine15 — is diet culture ramping up again to prey upon our body insecurities, body shaming us for profit. Go easy on yourself and others and don’t push weight stigma or food rules during a crisis, or ever.Read more →
Health comes in all different sizes and shapes. Smaller bodies don’t necessarily tell the story of a healthy person, nor do larger bodies tell the story of a lazy person. You can’t know everything about a person’s behavior or life by simply looking at her body.Read more →
Our culture has indoctrinated us to fear fat if we want to be good, happy and healthy. As a result, those assumptions are accepted as truths.
All weight gain is bad; all weight loss is good.
All thin people are happy; all fat people are unhappy.
All thin people are healthy; all fat people are unhealthy.
I am asking you to question these assumptions.Read more →
Let’s openly discuss and redefine healthy male body image. When we live and teach an elevated definition of health, no matter what our gender, all human bodies benefit. This is radical acceptance.Read more →
Don’t be fooled into thinking your next food plan or “watching what you eat” in the name of health isn’t just a diet in disguise. There’s a way out of diet culture and its defining, controlling characteristics of willpower and restriction: not dieting.Read more →
When we were born, we instinctively knew how to eat. But as we move through life, we are impacted by the messages from the world around us. We’re taught over and over again about what to eat. We are taught not to trust ourselves, but instead trust the food authorities. And the “what” we are told to eat to promote our health, shifts, year after year.
These lessons come from family members (more often than not with good intentions), the latest clean eating book, social media and more. And that finger wagging at us telling us we shouldn’t eat this or that, comes from our own thoughts and self-judgement about food and our bodies that we learned from living in diet culture. These lessons can also come with a side of guilt and shame.
Many (most!) of us need to relearn how to eat: intuitive eating.Read more →
Do you ever feel burdened by the fact that you know so much about nutrition? This is what is called a “high-fact diet”. Many of us are almost too well educated about what we eat, and this is actually creating stress in our bodies. And yes, I am speaking from personal experience. If we overthink every morsel we eat, we can be causing more harm than good.Read more →
I know from my professional Non Diet Nutrition | Healthy Body Image practice that many of us want to change our bodies to meet culture’s ideals because of the messages that we hear and see every single day. This is not OK and is producing an epidemic of body dissatisfaction. We have the power to make a change and shift towards body positive fitness.Read more →
There is so much stress and confusion around what to eat these days that many of us have no idea what normal eating is anymore. You may even be suffering from disordered eating or an eating disorder and not even know it. Disordered eating and the pursuit of thinness is so normalized in our culture that it is often dismissed and even encouraged within health and wellness fields.Read more →
Do you or someone you love struggle with health, self-esteem or body image? Dynamic Eating Psychology Coaching is valuable for anyone who eats (yes, I know that’s everyone) who wants a more harmonious relationship with food, body and self. Why? Because life is too dang short. It’s time for a new approach.Read more →