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What to Do When You’re Off Your Regular Routine

What to Do When You’re Off Your Regular Routine

Between fighting a nagging cold and moving into a new house, to say that I’ve been off my regular routine is an understatement. I’ve been painting, packing and unpacking instead of getting fluids and rest, I haven’t been going to the gym, and late dinners have become the norm.

Of course, it doesn’t always take a big event to knock someone off their regular routine. Even something as small as a traffic jam or sleeping in on the weekend can throw a wrench in the best laid plans.

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Can You Be Addicted to Food? {An Open Letter to CBC’s White Coat, Black Art}

Can You Be Addicted to Food? {An Open Letter to CBC’s White Coat, Black Art}

Dear Dr. Goldman & the White Coat, Black Art team:

As a registered dietitian, certified Intuitive Eating counselor and CBC fan, I listened to the season premiere of White Coat, Black Art with interest. “Food addiction” is indeed a controversial topic, and I was hoping that more airtime could’ve been given to arguments against food addiction as a diagnosis and an abstinence-based treatment.

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What Does It Look Like to Make Peace with Food?

What Does It Look Like to Make Peace with Food?

You know that feeling when you’re really mad, upset or sad about something, and you just can’t stop ruminating over it and/or blaming yourself or others for messing up?

That’s the exact opposite of what it looks like to make peace with food.
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All Food is Good. All Eating Serves a Purpose.

All Food is Good. All Eating Serves a Purpose.

Recently, I was at a dinner party where as the hostess cleared the dishes from the main meal, she proclaimed, “There is a good dessert, and a bad dessert.”

I was confused – if she was so concerned about how her dessert tasted or turned out, why bother serving it?

As it turns out, the “good” dessert was fruit, and the “bad” dessert was donuts.

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Body Positivity? HAES? What It All Means (To Me, At Least)

Body Positivity? HAES? What It All Means (To Me, At Least)

A few months ago, I declared that I was no longer going to help people lose weight. Since then, I’ve been diving deeper into the world of body positivity, Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size® (HAES®), with the help of podcasts, blogs, articles and colleagues.

Many of these concepts are becoming more popular, which is great, but in some cases are being co-opted for purposes that run counter to these philosophies. *cough*weight loss*cough*

I thought that I would define these terms as I understand them, so that I can better articulate how I have transitioned my practice (and you can better understand what you’re getting into if you decide to work with me.)

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Why It’s So Hard (And So Crucial) to Let Go of the Weight Loss Dream

Why It’s So Hard (And So Crucial) to Let Go of the Weight Loss Dream

Let me start by saying that there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight. There is a $60 billion industry that feeds off of (and into) our insecurities with our body and our weight, so we’re constantly bombarded with these marketing messages. We also live in a culture that conflates weight and health, and places morality on body size. No wonder it feels like trying to lose weight is the “right” thing to do!

However, to truly heal our relationship with food and our bodies, letting go of the desire to lose weight is crucial. In many cases, our desire to lose weight or change our bodies is what got us here in the first place – obsessing over calories, points and/or macros, feeling guilt and shame whenever we eat a “bad” food, letting the scale dictate our mood, weight cycling, etc. This same desire is also what’s going to keep us from moving forward and making progress.

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Help! I’m Addicted to Sugar!

Help! I’m Addicted to Sugar!

“I have an uncontrollable sweet tooth.”
“I’m obsessed with chocolate.
“I can’t have anything sweet, not even fruit! If I do, I’ll just lose control and binge.”

Does this sound like you?

If so, you might have heard of the idea of food addiction. Though not an official diagnosis, the idea that food itself is addictive, like drugs or alcohol, has been gaining lots of attention and traction in the past few years.
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The Secret to Stopping Emotional Eating? You Can’t. {Here’s What You Can Do When it Feels Problematic}

The Secret to Stopping Emotional Eating? You Can’t. {Here’s What You Can Do When it Feels Problematic}

This week’s Nutrition Month sub-theme is “Help! I Eat When I’m Stressed!”

Eating for comfort or to numb your emotions doesn’t address the true issue at hand, but I think often the frustration around emotional eating stems from the fact that we’ve been conditioned by diet culture to believe that eating for any reason other than fuel or nutrition is “bad” or “wrong”.

Heck, it’s not just emotional eating – any eating that happens outside of our planned meals and snacks, even when we’re physically hungry, is blown off as “emotional”. As a result, we beat ourselves up for the simple act of nourishing ourselves (then eat again because of how bad we feel for beating ourselves up.)
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