Unfortunately, food shaming is alive and well (even during a pandemic). But is all the fuss really necessary? are we really more healthy by avoiding some foods while choking down others?
With the new year comes an onslaught of advice on how to atone for our eating during the holidays and “get back on track”. But what if I told you that the way we “get back on track” can actually create and perpetuate a cycle of overeating and undereating? The very things we are encouraged to do to be healthier (which usually means lose weight or eat fewer calories) leads us straight towards bouncing between being too strict with food and reactionary “over” eating. Tired of swinging between eating well and binging? If you are tired of feeling like you […]
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 […]
Halloween and the upcoming holiday season can send anyone who is vulnerable to body hate and emotional eating screaming. There is also a lot of pressure in messages from our family, friends and the media to fear Halloween treats and make sure they are immediately taken out of the house. So, if you would like a fresh approach to keeping candy (or any other yearly treat) in your house, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a roundup of some non-diet, intuitive eating blogs about Halloween and the delicious treats that come with the celebration: To Treat or […]
Co-written with Naureen Hunani, RD The school year has been underway for almost 2 months. How are you coping with school lunches and snacks? If you are feeling stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed by the food rules, you are not alone. I am not talking about banned foods due to life-threatening food allergies but so-called “healthy” food rules. Food rules like these lead to people feeling ashamed and guilty of eating the banned food- emotions that harmful, not helpful for our health. Here is my take on why we should ban food shaming in schools. Although I do not yet have […]
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 […]
Could Going Without Do More for Your Health? Co-written with Holly McGarr, BSc Nutritional Sciences, MScPH (candidate) Fasting has been used for health and religious reasons for hundreds of years and due to an explosion of new interest from the media, intermittent fasting is becoming the newest trend in dieting. But is there any supporting scientific evidence that would make it anything more than another weight-loss fad? Does intermittent fasting work and hold up to their claims? What is intermittent fasting? There are three types of intermittent fasting (IF) diets: alternate-day fasting, whole day fasting, and time-restricted feeding. Alternate-day fasting involves […]