Obsessed with Eating Healthy – Is it Orthorexia?

It is not healthy to be obsessed with eating healthy. Yes, healthy eating can go too far. It’s called orthorexia. And while it’s not actually a clinical diagnosis, it can be just as dangerous and life-threatening as anorexia. What is orthorexia? Orthorexia is an unhealthy obsession with eating “healthy” foods, in which actions surrounding your…

Not all “Nutritionists”​ are Created Equal

So, you are looking for nutrition advice… and wonder who to talk to? Should you hire a nutritionist or dietitian? What’s the difference? Nutritionist or Dietitian? Let me be frank and tell you that you should ALWAYS seek nutrition advice from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). No, not all people who call themselves “nutritionists” are…

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.”…

How to stop being lazy and stop making excuses

Rephrase and reframe! You want to know how to stop making excuses? Stop using that phrase, and reframe your thinking. You are not lazy, and those aren’t excuses. Those are your habits, convenient behaviors, values, and unspoken priorities. “I didn’t do my meal prep.” “I only got 1 strength workout this week.” “I skipped breakfast.”…

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…