Category: Intuitive Eating

“The thing I hate most about this time of year is walking into every store and the first thing that you see is a huge display of Halloween candy,”said my client. It’s a common theme that I hear from clients.  On one hand- you really want to be able to enjoy candy, to eat it without […]

I took my daughter to see a plastic surgeon.  That sounds like a shameful secret confession, but it’s not! She was six months old and was born with a few skin tags on her face that needed to be removed.  We consulted with several different doctors about removal and a plastic surgeon was one of them.  (They didn’t […]

Clarifying Truths about what Health At Every Size® Is and Isn’t. I’ve always found it so frustrating when people played an air flute backwards.  It’s seriously not that confusing and the flute always goes to the right.  I did my bachelors degree in music and I played the flute, so when someone does the air flute backwards […]

Weight stigma is defined as negative thoughts, attitudes, devaluation and social rejection of a person because their body shape or size doesn’t comply with the cultural norms (from diet culture) about what a body “should” look like. Weight stigma also includes: stereotypes about people who live in larger bodies, bullying and teasing, nasty comments, being […]

Our culture (diet culture) makes food and eating so stressful!  Diet culture has strict rules about what you should eat, but those rules are always changing. When you try to follow the rules from diet culture, it’s a guaranteed way to feel more stress, anxiety, guilt and shame around food.  To truly feel at peace […]

I’m not sure there’s a macronutrient with a worse reputation than carbs.  Diet culture has labeled carbs as the root of all evil, the epitome of all illness, the thing that is going to make or break your health.  Heck, even your life! The fear mongering around carbs is out of control! It’s unnecessary, and it couldn’t be […]

Over the weekend, a client emailed me a link to an article about intuitive eating (IE).  It was one of those articles about IE that appears on a diet culture fitness page- where in reality it had very little to do with IE.  The client was emailing it to me saying- “look someone I know […]

I remember when I was 10 years old my 5thgrade English teacher was afraid of Halloween.  She described it as the worst day of the year.  I can vividly remember her saying that after school was over she’d rush home, hang up sheets over her windows and turn out all the lights so that no […]

Several years ago I was at an eating disorder conference where one of the presenters showed a video clip from Oprah about a very young girl (I think 5 -6 years old) who had anorexia nervosa.  They interviewed the mom in the video and she repeatedly stated that she had no idea where the daughter […]

Remember that part in the movie Forrest Gump where Lieutenant Dan is talking about how it’s a tradition in his family to die in combat? He describes how his father, and his father’s father, and his grandfather’s father (and on and on) were killed in war; that this is the legacy in his family.  He […]

  Sometimes people get really mad when I talk about orthorexia.  Like shouting match loud and mad.  “How can healthy eating be a problem? Next you’re going to say that it’s fine to eat fast food…”    And the truth is- it’s fine to eat fast food.  I’m not saying you should eat it every day […]

This blog is written by two interns in the coordinated program at Stephen F. Austin State University.  To become a dietitian you must complete a 1200 hour supervised internship and both interns spent two weeks with me fulfilling hours towards that time.   At the end of their rotation I asked them to write a […]

  If there’s one thing I’m tired of hearing people say it’s “that food has no nutritional value.” {facepalm}   I do get it. You’re saying that food doesn’t offer a lot of nutrition, it doesn’t have a lot of vitamins and minerals, it’s “empty calories.” BUT you don’t eat calories. You don’t eat vitamins and […]

Did you know that you don’t have to diet? It’s true, you don’t. You don’t have to diet* or restrict your eating.  (And by diet I mean any type of restrictive eating pattern including paleo, keto, clean eating, whole 30, etc.) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say I had no […]

When you live in diet culture it can be really hard to get away from diet talk. You can work to separate yourself from diet culture but you cannot make anyone else stop. It’s like that saying- you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. You can share all that […]

Intuitive Eating is a core component to the philosophy at My Signature Nutrition.  Wondering what that even means?  Read on… Intuitive Eating is an approach coined by dietitians Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA and Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body by learning to […]