Brain Over Binge 

Brain Over Binge

After six years of chronic bingeing and purging, Kathryn Hansen stopped her eating disorder independently and abruptly, using the power of her own brain.

I recently heard Kathryn’s story while listening to the Nutrition Matters podcast. Her story was powerful and her approach to recovery sounded compelling. She also sounded very bright, and she supported her ideas with research. So, I purchased and read her book, Brain Over Binge, to learn more.   Continue reading

Build a Body Image Shield

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If you live in today’s world, there is a good chance that you feel insecure about your body.  Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of digitally-enhanced images of unattainably perfect bodies.  Without realizing it, we compare ourselves to these images, and take in the message that our bodies are not good enough.  However, it is possible to respect and appreciate your unique body.  The secret is to protect yourself from society’s damaging messages by building a Body Image Shield.  Here’s how… Continue reading

Pursue Pleasure to Improve Health

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Do you really need to kill yourself to save your life?  You might think so, if you look at the way some health fanatics strictly follow their diet or exercise plans.  However, not-so-novel research suggests that being healthy is much easier and more fun than we’ve made it out to be.  In Healthy Pleasures, an old but timeless book, authors Robert Ornstein, PhD and Davis Sobel, MD identify life’s simple pleasures and describe the proven ways they contribute to health and well-being.   Continue reading

Intuitive Eating or Structured Eating – Which is right for you?

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Both intuitive and structured eating styles are compatible with a Health At Every Size® approach. But which is right for you?  Take this quick quiz to find out:

  1. Are you able to reliably identify mild hunger?
  2. Do you have a flexible enough schedule to eat when you are hungry?

If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, intuitive eating may be right for you.

If you answered ‘no’ to one or both questions, start with structured eating.  Continue reading

A Dietitian’s Path to HAES®

I think that it’s important to share stories of why individuals decided to adopt a Health at Every Size® approach.  This story is from Dana Sturtevant, a wonderful dietitian at Be Nourished.  It is reprinted with permission.   Continue reading

Reclaim your tastebuds and learn to love nourishing food

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Do you get cravings for ice cream and French fries, but rarely for fruits, vegetables, whole grains or other nourishing foods?  Inspired by Chapter 11 of Linda Bacon’s book, Health at Every Size, this post provides tips and tricks to change your tastes.

Eating is meant to be pleasurable.  Don’t eat: die.  If food wasn’t rewarding, our species may not have survived.  We are especially hard-wired to enjoy foods rich in sugar, fat and salt.  Food manufacturers have taken advantage of these preferences to ‘hijack’ our tastebuds. They have designed foods loaded with sugar, fat and salt, but devoid of any filling fiber, or beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Dieting may have also hijacked your tastebuds.  Labeling certain foods as off-limits can make them more tempting and tasty.  Likewise, resigning yourself to only ‘healthy’ foods can make them taste dull and dreary.

However, most taste preferences are learned, and with time, we can learn to love and appreciate nourishing food.  By reclaiming your tastebuds, you take an important step in reclaiming your health.  Read on to find out how. Continue reading

My Message to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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The president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr. Evelyn Crayton, visited Sacramento last month.  She wanted to hear our concerns and priorities for the Academy.  So… I mustered up the courage to write a passionate letter about Health at Every Size® (HAES®), and read it aloud at the event.

In this post, I will share segments from the letter as I describe my experience speaking at the event.

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