Dieting Doesn't Work

Dieting Doesn't Work

I used to tell myself that I was living a healthy lifestyle and NOT dieting. I used to tell myself that following all of those food rules was making me happy because i was taking care of my body. I used to tell myself that the issues I had around food was because I lacked willpower. I used to think that I would forever be dealing with guilt and anxiety around food.

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Why You're Craving "Junk" Food

Why You're Craving "Junk" Food

I’ve had a few people ask me if they will ever crave whole foods (protein, vegetables, fruit, basically anything unprocessed) when they begin to eat more intuitively. The short answer is YES because you will get to know your body and what helps it to thrive. When you follow food rules and are “made” to eat a certain way, you are going to crave the “forbidden” foods.

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How I Started Healing

How I Started Healing

When I was in my early twenties, I never thought I was on a diet.  I thought the discipline I had around my food choices was me simply choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.  For years, I did not think that the rules and the mentality I had around food were harming my physical and mental health.  I often felt proud of the “will power” I had when I said no to office treats and dinner rolls. I often judged others who were choosing to eat “unhealthy” foods and thought they were not taking care of themselves.

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Start Living, Not Existing

Start Living, Not Existing

When I was going through my dieting phase, I literally thought about food all day (and not in a good way). I thought about every little ingredient that went into the recipes I tried. I thought about every calorie and macronutrient that I planned on consuming that day and the timing of it all. I’m not kidding when I say that it also took me all weekend to meal plan and prep.

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The Root of the Problem

The Root of the Problem

When I was trying to eat as “clean” as possible in my early twenties, I thought I was being healthy. I was proud of myself for staying away from “bad” foods and only eating whole foods. I was proud of myself for spending hours in the kitchen and hours at the gym because I thought I was taking care of myself in the best way possible.

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Recovering From a Binge Episode

Recovering From a Binge Episode

One my least favorite things to face when I was recovering from disordered eating was dealing with the occasional binge episode.  When I was healing my relationship with food, I thought my bingeing would go away because I was actively trying to heal.  Turns out, that wasn't the case.  Sure, I was working towards bettering my relationship with food but it was not healed overnight.  I was still learning how to trust my body again and look at food as just food.  When a binge episode occurred, I had to learn how to not let it send me into a downward spiral.

Below are a few steps that I think are helpful to take when dealing with a binge episode.  In my opinion, these steps will help you to face it and will help you to become more aware so that they can occur less and less.

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