Here’s the thing about slowing down: I am not good at it. Don’t get me wrong - I’ve gotten much better. There was a time in my life where sitting down and watching TV without an elliptical under me or a laptop in front of me felt pointless. I rarely did things that didn’t add to my productivity - books I read were work related, things I wrote were for content production, and all down time was filled with cleaning, planning, or preparing meals. I’m happy to say that I have come a long way since then - I am a regular TV watcher, a pleasure reader, an occasional napper (a very recent development). But I would be lying if I said that there weren’t nights where my partner has to remind me to close my laptop at 10pm and physically guide me towards the couch when I’m spinning like a top on the weekends.Read More
Alcohol in intuitive eating can be tricky to navigate for many reasons including that unlike food, alcohol isn’t necessary. But the goal of recovery and/or healing your relationship with food is return to or create a life in which you can live by your values and not let food and body control your life. Alcohol may or may not be part of this equation. In my practice, I see various ways diet culture has influenced people’s decision to drink (or not to drink). If you need proof, see the alarming number of restaurants that are adding “light & fresh” cocktail sections to their menus (more on that in a bit). The goal of intuitive eating is to unlearn diet culture and figure out what makes sense for you. Before diet culture took hold, was a glass of wine with dinner something you enjoyed? Did you enjoy going out for a few drinks with friends? Were brewery tours something you looked forward to?Read More
A few months ago, I announced I was going to start doing some “Thursday Thoughts” posts - and then I promptly ceased blogging or doing anything creative for about 3 months. I shared more about that in my newsletter this week and may write a separate post about it in the future but suffice it to say, I was tired and stressed and needed a break (also if you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter yet, what are you waiting for? You can sign up here to hear from me every month and get blog, book, and podcast recommendations in addition to other thoughts and diet culture rants). Anyhoo- the bottom line here is that I’m back and happy to be sharing some thoughts with you all.Read More
The Instagram fam has spoken! Yesterday, I posted in my stories about starting to share “5 Thoughts” blogs. You may know the kind - with thoughts/musings/recommendations/bits and pieces from the person’s life. It’s a little bit like the mixed bag you can sometimes find in the Whole Foods cheese section - odds and ends that don’t constitute their own package. So taking my inspiration from the cheese section (as you do), I’m going to share little bits and bobs in this format with the exception that I’m only going to share four thoughts rather than five - purely because I do not like multiples of five (anyone else?). It’s been my intention for awhile to share relevant pieces of my life on this blog for awhile which is something I used to do a lot more of and miss. So I’m going to try it out for a bit on a semi-regular basis and would love your thoughts/feedback as always!Read More
I’ve been talking a lot about self-care this week with my clients- I don’t know whether it’s the time of year or what, but it seems like a lot of people I’m talking to this week are feeling particularly anxious. And it’s this time of year- holidays, finals, parties, wrapping up the year - that can feel really challenging to make time for yourself and engage in that good ol’ self-care. I’m not talking about spa days and fancy bath products from Lush - I mean the kind of self-care that makes your life more manageable (and enjoyable) and allows you to better connect to yourself and others. When’s the last time you took some time for yourself? If you can’t remember, if it was more than 24 hours ago, or if it’s something that feels really uncomfortable for you - those are all signs that maybe it’s something you need to create some space for in your life.
Two things I want to acknowledge: first, the title of this post is a play on the 25 days of Christmas because it seemed timely but the post itself is as secular as they come. Second, most of the things on this list require some degree of privilege whether that’s time or money or ability or food access. But I tried to make a list that felt accessible to all bodies in some way. I certainly can’t tell you how to best take care of yourself- but these are some things that help me personally as well as some of my clients.Read More
Can you believe that it’s already more than halfway through November? It feels like this year is flying by and there hasn’t been much room to slow and down and breath. Thanksgiving is in less than a week (what?!) and while I am excited to go home and spend time with my family, I am also acutely aware that this can be a really challenging time if you’re struggling in your relationship with food. I’ve been talking with a lot of my clients recently about the upcoming holiday and wanted to share some of my thoughts about navigating food on the holidays.Read More
Similar to my last post, this one is inspired by a recent trip I took. At first, I thought how odd it is that they both inspired me to write something here considering I really don’t travel very often- then I realized it’s really not that odd given all the bullshit diet culture ideas I harbored around food and travel, all the articles I used to read about how to “stay on track” while traveling and the best way to detox and reset our bodies when we get home.
So I wanted to share a little bit about how I’m detoxing this week after a weeklong vacation. If you follow me, it will come as no surprise that I find most detoxes and cleanses to be bullshit, forcing you to pay hundreds of dollars for something your liver and kidneys are perfectly capable of doing (even if you do have any issues with renal/liver function, a week of $300 juices is not going to be your cure). There’s no need to cleanse or detox- your body is very well-equipped to rid itself of toxins and absorb nutrients when you eat something. No lemon cayenne fire water is going to make that process any more efficient.Read More
If you've ever struggled with disordered eating or have been stuck in the diet mindset, you're likely familiar with the panic/anxiety/fear that comes with any sort of trip or vacation. And I get it- there are so many things that make traveling a challenge when you have a poor relationship with food. Recently, I found myself on a 10-hour road trip (when I say recently, I mean 5 weeks ago and this post has slowly but surely been in the works since then) and I was reminded of how several years ago, spending multiple hours sitting in a car without access to my "safe" foods was my worst nightmare.Read More