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Meridith Oram is an Anti-Diet Nutritionist, intuitive eating coach, and disordered eating recovery Blog

What is an Anti-Diet Nutritionist?

An anti-diet nutritionist rejects any diet/lifestyle program, product or messaging that promotes intentional weight/fat loss, creates rules or restrictions around food and exercise, and/or suggests you can’t be healthy unless you look a certain way. So how the heck did I go from being fully immersed in diet culture, to now being an anti-diet nutritionist?

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Why ‘Never Miss a Workout’ is Toxic AF

Similar to how food is promoted as a way to lose or gain weight, exercise has been positioned as a way to manage your weight as well. Whether it’s a fad workout style promising to burn fat faster, or “never miss a workout” type messaging, it makes you believe you’re “good” if you exercise, and

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Intuitive Eating is Food Freedom

Food Freedom is a term that restrictive diets like Whole30 try to hijack. But food freedom really only applies to intuitive eating. People who honor their God-given intuition—and wholly trust their natural cues to properly nourish their body—have food freedom. But if you’re on a diet, you’re restricted to the foods that are only allowed

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5 Ways to Love Yourself and Your Body

Why does it seem like the most common advice around self-care is to take a bubble bath? While that might be enjoyable to some, it’s not getting to the root of why you struggle to love yourself and your body to begin with. As an Anti-Diet Nutritionist, mindset work is at the core of how

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Disordered Eating to Intuitive Eater

I don’t remember the exact date I realized carb cycling was a serious form of disordered eating. Or that I had taken nutrition and fitness to an obsessive level.  But I do know the twisted journey that led me to where I am today. I first coined “Don’t hate yourself towards skinny. Love yourself towards

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Dieting is a False Sense of Control

Dieting gave me a false sense of control. Every time my life felt chaotic, I would recommit. The food planning and tracking felt purposeful. Even empowering. Being told exactly what to do is grounding when you feel like you’re flailing in life. Is it the goal to lose weight or the sense of control for

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The Desire to Lose Weight is Not About Your…

You don’t need to lose weight. I get why you feel the desire to lose weight though. But wanting to lose weight is a response to something else going on in your life. Some external trigger or life circumstance that you’re trying to solve for by beginning a new diet/lifestyle. It’s not about your body

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How Diet Culture is Rooted in Fatphobia and Privilege

Once you start to realize the amount of white privilege, thin privilege and economic privilege perpetuated by diet culture, you can’t unsee it. The fatphobic, patriarchal and white supremacist roots of diet culture is why they focus on weight-based health, and promote causes like ending the “obesity epidemic.” If diet culture was truly rooted in

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Lifestyles are Diets with Better Marketing

The most innovation that has evolved diet culture over the years is simply a change in name—from ‘diet’ to ‘lifestyle.’ Not method, nor purpose. Because the investments that have been poured into each program has not been for better science. It’s been for better marketing. Marketing that is so good. It convinces intelligent, successful women

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Why Losing Weight Won’t Help Your Body Image

You think losing weight is going to fix how you feel about your body image. But it won’t. Sure, that initial rise of excitement when you zip up those smaller-sized pants can dupe you for a moment or two. But then it’s quickly deflated when you think about ALL the effort it took to get

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Triggered by Anti-Diet & Intuitive Eating Posts?

You’re angry at yourself. Once again, the pants don’t fit. Once again, the scale is showing a higher number. Once again, you’ll have to restart that diet. You ignore your hunger by scrolling through social media. You stumble upon an anti-diet post saying that Intuitive Eating is unlearning diet culture and reconnecting with our intuition,

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Signs You’re Ready to Heal Instead of Diet

It feels so good NOT starting a new diet on the first Monday of the new year! No false promises that I’m going to be shredded in 6 weeks. No “last supper” to say goodbye to my favorite foods happened last night in preparation for restriction. No 5 AM alarm clock went off signaling a

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Facts to Combat Diet Culture in 2021

As diet culture is preparing to launch their new rounds and tired programs in January 2021, consider how misguided and shameful their messaging is. Diet ads and fitness influencers will not only rely on their old “you’re fat and lazy” standbys. But this year will add in the shame of quarantine weight gain as well.

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3 Truths That Freed Me from Diet Culture

I knew diet culture was hurting my health, but I didn’t know what else to do. I just remember feeling so stuck. Part of me was ready to walk away from the significant amount of effort and brain space it took to micromanage my food and sustain my fat loss. While the other side of

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Body Image is Tied to Your Mental Health

Diet culture wants you to believe that losing weight will improve your body image; but your body image is actually tied to your mental health—not your appearance. This is why when we hit our weight loss goals, the excitement lasts for only a fleeting second. We’re left dissatisfied, mentally exhausted from the effort of restriction,

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Wins in Disordered Eating Recovery

There are so many goals to set and wins to celebrate in disordered eating recovery. When you’re doing the important work of un-learning diet culture and healing your relationship with food, fitness and body image, you are able to reconnect with your God-given intuition and achieve so much more for your health. The trajectory of

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3 Ways to Ween Off MyFitnessPal Food Tracking App

Weening off (and finally deleting) MyFitnessPal food tracking app was the HARDEST part of my intuitive eating journey. But realizing the extent of my obsession with it made me fully accept that I had an eating disorder. Even after I stopped carb cycling, I would come up with every excuse as to why I needed

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What is Diet Culture and Weight Stigma?

Diet culture is anything that promotes weight loss and/or thin bodies. Weight stigma is judgement and discrimination against bodies that are not thin. Diet culture and weight stigma together is the underlying message that you are only healthy if you are thin and therefore you are unhealthy if you are fat. Diet culture and weight

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4 Myths About Intuitive Eating

There’s a lot of myths out there about Intuitive Eating. Most are perpetuated by diet culture—often as a scare tactic so you purchase their product or program—or healthcare professionals (including personal trainers, nutritionists, registered dietitians, and doctors) because they truly don’t know any better. They themselves are so deeply entrenched in diet culture, they can’t