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Category: Wellness

Raising Intuitive Eaters

Kids, the original intuitive eaters.  From the very beginning, you cry and you are fed.  When a baby is done eating, he/she will turn away and there is no forcing a baby to have more.  They can truly respect their fullness.  Toddlers too, they are fascinating to watch eat.  They eat what sounds good and when they are done, they are done.  One day my daughter loves mac and cheese, then the next day it doesn’t really sound good, so she’ll leave half of it and eat the other options on the plate.  So interesting.  Why am I writing about intuitive eating and kids if they already have the ability?  Well, I want to illustrate that we all were intuitive eaters once, but that often gets hijacked at some point in life.  We heard someone in our lives talk about food or bodies in a way that made us think, “there is something wrong with me and I need to change”.  Thus, doubt in our own ability to feed ourselves and trust our bodies is born.     There are many ways that…

Intuitive Eating {The Basics}

Happy New Year! I hope you had a nice celebration, whatever that looks like for you, and you are ready for 2018. I think it is going to be a good one. I thought we could spend a little time looking at the basics of intuitive eating (IE) today.  Just in case you are new to this space or interested in learning a bit more.  In past posts, I explained what intuitive eating is in a general way, and why it is a part of my practice as a non-diet dietitian.  I thought we could break IE down by principal today, in case this is your first time hearing about it or you are intrigued, but not overly familiar. There are 10 principles of intuitive eating, which is great as it makes it feel organized for those of us who live mostly in the left side our brains, but it also allows us to jump around and start where we feel most comfortable.  It is journey, not a checklist.  You typically can’t accomplish one principle and move on to the next, they are woven together and very synergistic. Intuitive eating is a way…

A note on self-compassion

The holidays and the end of the year can be a little complicated.   There can be lots of joy and wonderful things, like traditions and time with family and friends.  It can also be an emotional time, one that includes some sadness, heartache, stress and maybe even guilt.  There are a mix of emotions, and I think that is okay.  Sometimes it is just about how we manage those emotions.  Or it can be a great time to just start with some self-compassion.  Self-compassion, is “how we handle and treat ourselves after/during a perceived inadequacy, failure or in the face of general suffering.”   Intuitive eating is a process, that often turns to the concept of self-compassion to help you heal your relationship with food and your body.  It is a theme woven throughout the process and can be challenging, but rewarding.  It is the idea that we can acknowledge what happens in life and not have judgement around it, but rather have compassion.   If you think about it, it is really just an act of kindness towards yourself.  Which can be hard…

You did not fail, dieting failed you

Happy Friday everyone, just popping in today for a quick chat! Lets talk diet culture, it is so pervasive.  I run into this a lot.  This sense of guilt and defeat when I talk to others about their health goals or nutrition.  Partly because we all live in this culture were the pursuit of thinness is real and aggressive.  People tell me all the time, that they know what to do to be “healthy”, but just don’t have the “willpower.” Or, they have tried “every diet in the book” and the diets “worked” but not for long, because they failed or “fell off the wagon.”  First off willpower is crap and diets are designed to fail.  Dr. Traci Mann did some great research on the myth of willpower and if you are interested it is outlined so well in her book Secrets from the Eating Lab.  Clients often want guidance when it comes to eating healthy, and I get that.  People also have weight concerns, and I get that, how could you not.  We live in a culture that really expects people…

Intuitive Eating & My Shift In Practice

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining as always! We are switching things up today.  I want to start talking about a few things on the blog that don’t have much to do with recipes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing our recipes and cooking here in the blog-world, but it is only a fraction of what I do.   I want to start having more conversations that are not only about food, but self-compassion, how we nourish our bodies, and maybe a little about life. I have always wanted this be a place where people saw food as beautiful and interesting, and would be inspired to make food for the ones they love, including themselves.  I hope to start sharing more topics about how we can look at food, and self-care in our lives in a more positive way.  Talk about how we can raise our little ones to feel amazed by their bodies, and touch on how hard it is to live in a world consumed by diet culture.  I also want to explain why I am always referencing Intuitive Eating, identifying your hunger/fullness, and body…