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How to Start Intuitive Eating

Wondering how to start Intuitive Eating? It can feel intriguing at first. To ditch diet culture and the exhausting routine of following food rules. But it can also feel really scary to think you’ll gain weight if you stop restricting your food. Keep reading or watch the video to learn how you can lose the

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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. You have a God-Given Intuition 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

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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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Christ-Centered Weight Loss Diets 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. Trusting diet culture over the Holy Spirit. God gave us amazing bodies with the built-in intuition to honor its needs so we can thrive. But

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How Diet Culture is Rooted in Fatphobia and Privilege

Once you start to realize the amount of fatphobia and privilege perpetuated by diet culture, you can’t unsee it. If diet culture was truly rooted in health, their focus would be on equality, food access, quality healthcare and sustainable behaviors. Instead they focus on weight-based health, and promote empty causes like ending the “obesity epidemic.”

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Lifestyles are Diets with Better Marketing

The most innovation that has evolved diets over the years is simply a change in name to lifestyles. 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. Better marketing that is so good. It convinces intelligent, successful women that

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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

Diet culture loves the new year. And 2021 will be no exception. January is the main month they launch new rounds of tired programs. Diet ads and fitness influencers will not only rely on their messaging variations of “you’re fat, you need to fix yourself” standbys. But diet culture in 2021 will add in the

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3 Truths That Freed Me from Dieting

I knew dieting 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 me

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What is Diet Culture and Weight Stigma?

Diet culture is anything that promotes weight loss 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 Intuitive Eating Myths

There’s a lot of myths out there about Intuitive Eating. Most intuitive eating myths are perpetuated by diet culture as a scare tactic so you purchase their weight loss product or program. But unfortunately healthcare professionals (including personal trainers, nutritionists, registered dietitians, and doctors) are guilty too because they truly don’t know any better. They

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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

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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 women who have spent years chronic dieting must past through this low valley before they can begin their intuitive eating journey to food freedom. I remember how scared I was to give up carb cycling and intermittent fasting. Part of

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Intermittent Fasting Destroyed My Hunger Cues

When I began my intuitive eating journey, I really struggled with feeling my hunger. Because after 3+ years of Intermittent Fasting, I had destroyed my hunger cues. Intermittent Fasting has become a socially-accepted way to not eat when you’re hungry. To instead define a certain period of time, known as an “eating window,” where you

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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

Once you get married or in a serious relationship, you disordered eating impacts more than just you and your body. It affects your relationships. This is my story of the moment I realized I trained my husband to enable my disordered eating. Lunch for everyone. But me. It was around noon and we were planning

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The Secret Behind “After” Photos

There’s often a secret looming behind those “after” photos that diet/lifestyle programs so often post to prove what amazing results others have achieved. Before/After Photos Get ‘Likes’ on Instagram. One of the most common sales tricks for diet culture is to use before/after photos. They are proven to generate a lot of likes and engagement