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Tips When Clothes Don’t Fit

Stuck between delight in warmer weather and panic that many of your spring clothes don’t fit you anymore? Deciding what to wear in general can cause a spiral of negative self-talk for many people. But if your body has changed in the past year (which is normal!) you might be dreading going through your closet

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How Diets Cause Self-Doubt

“I can’t trust myself.” Is that one of your biggest fears about intuitive eating? After years of losing and gaining weight, you’ve likely grown comfortable with self-doubt. You have written the narrative that you can’t trust yourself because you lack willpower. And diet culture keeps swooping in to confirm it. Keep reading for how diets cause self-doubt.

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Is carb cycling restricting your potential?

You feel like you have food freedom with carb cycling. It’s so much freer and way less restricting than that awful time you did Whole30. You love that you can eat whatever you want…as long as it fits your macros. But that “as long as” part gets you into trouble a lot, doesn’t it? It

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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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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…

I understand why you feel the desire to lose weight. But you don’t need to lose weight to improve your health. 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

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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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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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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 it quickly deflates when you think about ALL the effort it took to get there.

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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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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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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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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

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Order What You Actually Want

On a beautiful Fall afternoon, I went into my local Starbucks to order a grande chai tea latte to enjoy during my son’s baseball game. While standing in line, the college-aged girl socially distanced in front of me was up to order. Calories over Desires “What has less calories: a grande pumpkin spice latte or

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Actual Health Goals

Dieting focuses on two goals only: weight loss and inches lost. Both are related to altering your appearance and have nothing to do with actual health goals (despite what diet culture will tell you.) I get it. I used to think shrinking my body was the only goal that mattered too. I was able to

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Signs You’re a Chronic Dieter

Below are 10 signs you’re a chronic dieter. Take this as a quiz and answer “yes” or “no” to each item. You might discover that your dieting behaviors are causing you to be more unhealthy! If you do 1 or more of these things, you’re likely a chronic dieter. If you do more than 2

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What Does Recovering from Chronic Dieting Look Like?

While the path and journey of recovering from chronic dieting look different for everyone, it ultimately comes down to loving yourself towards healthy instead of hating yourself towards skinny. And what that really means is not depriving yourself of food or using fitness as punishment for what you ate (or what you’re about to eat.)

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What is Intuitive Eating?

If diets didn’t exist, intuitive eating would just be called ‘eating.’ God created our bodies to have the natural ability to thrive on its own. But because diet culture does exist, we’ve normalized disordered eating behaviors. We allow external rules override our body’s natural ability. And so once we realize diet culture doesn’t serve us

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Why I Stopped Tracking Macros

For several years, I felt tracking my macros in MyFitnessPal based on daily gram goals I set for protein, fat and carbohydrates was the healthiest approach to fat loss. Why? I believed macro tracking, carb cycling, and pairing my workouts to my nutrition would result in weight loss and muscle gain. And it worked! …