The holidays are around the corner and that usually means an onslaught of articles about healthy eating during the holidays. A recent article was published about how to prevent holiday weight gain. Since some of the advice was contradictory and fatphobic, we felt compelled to give a more weight inclusive side of the story and challenge the weight loss rhetoric that too often co-ops the holiday spirit.
The concepts of intuitive and mindful eating have grown enormously in popularity in the last few years.
The terms intuitive eating and mindful eating are not very descriptive. So using words and terms that we use every day to describe our difficult relationship with food is helpful to understand how they can work for us.
You’ve probably heard about intuitive eating or mindful eating. Unfortunately, since they are hard to describe in a sound bite, you likely have been given the overly simplified version or worse, an inaccurate one. To make matters worse, these now popular terms have been co-opted by weight loss sellers (ahem…WW) to pretend that their programs aren’t diets and thus keeping up with the times. Mindful and intuitive eating is more than savoring each bite or slowly eating raisins (see more about that below 😉 ). To help clear up any misunderstandings, I’d like to tell you what they are not rather than what […]
If social media and health “gurus” (I use that term lightly) are to be believed, it seems like all you have to do is want something hard enough and set a SMART goal in order to achieve your dreams. However, the business of helping people achieve success is a big one. You can hire someone to help motivate you, push you and pull you to success. But are these promises of success really as easy as they sound? Are SMART goals helpful? Are SMART goals helpful? One of the oldest bits of advice about changing your habits that remains from […]
Co-written with Nisha Parker I bet you have spotted at least one of these hashtags recently (maybe even today): #cleaneating, #lowcarb, #paleo, #weightloss, #diet, #cheatmeal or #whole30. Is it possible that these tags perpetuate lies about healthy eating? Are they being used unwittingly (which is bad), or deliberately (which is worse) by well-intentioned health practitioners? Do diet hashtags harm our health? Do diet hashtags harm our health? I feel that we are now living in a hashtag hell where intuitive eating, basic healthy eating, and science go to die. Perhaps what is most angering is that health practitioners who claim […]
I have an amazing recipe I’d like to share with you that has been inspired by my recent social feeds. It contains a secret ingredient that helps squash food cravings and cut down on portions, both of which help with weight management! But first, a little background on what I saw on my feeds that stirred up some emotions and motivation to share this secret ingredient. First I scrolled past what looked like a dessert, but the description indicated it was a protein cake mixed with protein whip cream topped with protein pudding for someone’s breakfast. Then I saw a […]
Mindful Eating can be helpful in so many different aspects of healthy eating: it can help naturally reduce portion sizes (if you tend to over eat due to emotions or mindlessness), it can help reduce emotions that can lead to eating when not hungry and improve confidence in food choices. It does, however, take some practice to truly work. That is why actively taking part in activities that increase mindfulness are integral and is how/why this series came about! Here is what Rachel, the Grounded Therapist, had to say about Mindful Eating in Part 2 of our series: I really wanted to […]
This time of year you can’t glance at any social media feed without being bombarded with (bad) advice on how to lose weight/be healthy/shape up. There IS an alternative to all that diet & clean eating crazy speak: Mindful Eating. I understand that it can be a hard to understand concept- so I have embarked on a project to help you understand what it is and how it can help you and (perhaps more importantly) how you can start practicing it today. This is a collaboration between myself and The Grounded Therapist. I met Rachel Dougherty, The Grounded Therapist, through a […]
There is one surefire way to reduce the stress of holiday cooking: stick to what you know. However, in this world of “clean eating” and never-ending hacks on how to lighten recipes, it can be hard to feel comfortable preparing traditional recipes. Here is the secret: there IS a way to get through the holidays without being fearful of holiday weight gain or overeating even if you eat special holiday foods (hint: it has nothing to do with skipping meals, switching out sugar for agave syrup or passing up your favorite foods and feeling deprived)- it is called mindful or intuitive […]
Have you ever swam in the ocean? I remember the first time I did. I grew up around lakes and rivers so you can imagine how vast and intimidating the ocean is compared to, well, anything else. Forget the blow up mattress and quiet lounging in the water- I was in for a surprise. Did I mention this was the east coast of Australia? Not Cape Cod or Cuba. The waves were about 4 feet high- on a calm day. I was told that the best way to avoid being hit by the crashing waves, in order to get into […]