Should I join Overeaters Anonymous?

Overeaters Anonymous is based on the 12-step program that originated with Alcoholics Anonymous. If you are struggling with binge eating, overeating, inability to lose weight, or yo-yo dieting… you might have asked yourself: Should I join Overeaters Anonymous? As an Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size dietitian nutritionist, my food & life philosophies do…

You are not addicted to food. Food is not addictive.

Am I addicted to food? “I’m just an addict. I just crave it, and I then when I let myself have a little, I can’t stop.” Have you ever called yourself a food addict? No, you are not addicted to food. I could debate the nuances of whether or not certain qualities of food are…

Weight Stigma – Discrimination based on body size

Weight bias or weight stigma = negative attitudes, discrimination, and stereotyping of people living in larger bodies. This bias is everywhere: in American/Western media & culture, the health & fitness industry, and the fields of medicine & dietetics. Yes, discrimination based on body size is real; it is harmful; and it is absolutely never “deserved.”…

My Nutrition Philosophy

If there is one core tidbit of “nutrition” advice that I can pass on to you, it is this. This is my foundational philosophy when teaching any and all nutrition concepts. We cannot make choices about food in a vacuum that sucks out all other factors and puts nutrition as the one and only factor…

Hunger / Fullness Scale – Listening to Your Body Cues

Do you think it’s simple to listen to your hunger & fullness cues to tell you when and how much to eat? News flash: For most people, it’s not! It takes practice to develop that higher level of attunement with your body. By applying Intuitive Eating principles to your daily life, listening to  hunger cues…

Fullness in Your Throat? Feeling Full After Eating a Small Amount?

If you feel fullness in your throat, it might be getting in your way of nourishing yourself and developing a healthy relationship with food and your body. Stop interpreting this symptom as a sign that you should stop eating! Just because you are feeling full after eating  a small amount… This does not mean that…

Intuitive Eating Tips – Your Guide to Making Peace with Food

My latest article written for HealthQuarters! Read on for intuitive eating tips to guide you in your journey to ditch the diet and develop a healthy relationship with food. We tend to think of diets and meal plans as the IKEA furniture instruction manuals to healthy eating: a little complicated, but worth the effort. But…

After a Night of Drinking… Try the 3 M’s

Did you drink last night? What’s your plan to get back to feeling your best today? My self-care routine after a night of drinking involves 3 M’s: Matcha, Movement, and Milk Thistle extract. Matcha tea I hope I don’t lose you with this one right off the bat! It’s probably not the best choice to…

Nutrition Counseling: Expectations vs. Reality

“Eat salad for every meal, and cut out carbs entirely” said no balanced nutritionist/dietitian ever. But I swear, that’s not much of an exaggeration of what people think I’m going to tell them when they ask me for diet advice. I think the general perception is that a nutritionist or dietitian will begin your nutrition…