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Christ-Centered Weight Loss Diets Still Dim Your God-Given Intuition

Intentional weight loss is a worldly view. And Christ-centered weight loss diets are no different in causing you to replace your God-given intuition with the worldly voices of diet culture. God gave us amazing bodies with the built-in intuition to honor its needs so we can thrive. But we instead take that God-given gift of

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

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

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

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,

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

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.

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,

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

Woman working at her desk pretending everything is okay when really her toxic workplace is making her unhealthy.

Is Your Job Making You Unhealthy?

No one talks enough about how much your job can be making you unhealthy. It’s frequently not the work itself, but the managers and colleagues you are exposed to 8+ hours of your day. We often think it needs to be some extreme, cutthroat environment before we’re allowed to call out our jobs as the

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Why Before and After Photos Should Be Banned

While the majority of Before and After photos are posted to sell a diet program’s results, sometimes Before and After photos are posted with relatively good intentions—someone set a goal for their body and they’re celebrating progress towards their appearance goals. In either case, the intentions don’t actually matter because Before and After photos are

When is stress eating okay? And when does is it a signal you need help?

Is Stress Eating Ever Okay?

Did you stress eat or emotionally eat last week? Congratulations—you’re normal! Instead of feeling disappointed in yourself though, you should thank yourself for wanting your values to be represented in the White House so much that it affected you emotionally.  Let’s unpack what stress eating (or emotional eating) is, when it’s okay and when it’s a signal

Stuck on the fence? How to get over the green pastures of food freedom.

5 Signs You’re Stuck Between Dieting and Food Freedom

There’s a frustrating, murky middle between dieting and food freedom. I believe the majority of chronic dieters must past through this low valley before they can begin their intuitive eating journey. I remember how scared I was to give up carb cycling and intermittent fasting. Part of me was so ready to walk away from

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Intermittent Fasting Destroyed My Hunger Cues

2 years of Intermittent Fasting destroyed my hunger cues. I would drown my morning hunger in coffee and collagen peptides (50 calories or less!) for such a long time that when I made the conscious decision to stop intermittent fasting, it was REALLY hard. The hardest part of becoming an intuitive eater, if I’m really

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Diet Mentality vs Non-Diet Mentality

Imagine you’re standing in your pantry deciding what to have for a snack. Your eyes fall on a bag of cookies. “Oooh those look good!” you think to yourself. Do you eat them? Let’s find out! You will ultimately make your food selection based on if you have a diet mentality or a non-diet mentality.

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I Trained Him to Enable My Disordered Eating

It was around noon and we were planning to go on a family hike. I had gone upstairs to change into hiking clothes, while my husband was downstairs in the kitchen. I could hear cabinets opening and closing so I knew he was making lunches to take on the trail with us.  When I came