What Step Will You Take

One of the first things I like to discuss with clients is their motivation behind dieting. Most the time, the answer is somewhere between diet culture mindsets and body image issues. For me, it was a little bit of both. I was not happy with the way my body looked, so I followed the rules put forth by diet culture in order to change it. Thanks to all of the diet trends out there, I thought certain foods would make me fat and I tried to avoid these “bad” foods at all costs. I restricted my food intake and over-exercised my body because I thought I would find true happiness in being a certain size.

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How to Become an Intuitive Eater

Diets have too many rules that are not sustainable over a long period of time. I understand that following a specific diet may help you lose weight and/or help you feel healthier, but one day you are going to want to break the rules.

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My Current Struggles

In a few days, I will be heading to Nashville for my friend's bachelorette party.  I cannot wait to see my girls and spend the weekend celebrating!  I've been before and am excited to show them around and enjoy all the things Nashville has to offer.  We will be enjoying a lot of good music along with a lot of good food.  Lately, I've noticed some food anxiety and body hate creeping up in my mind and I wanted to share how I've been dealing with it.

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No More Special Occasions

I am back from my west coast trip and while I loved California, I am so happy to be home.  I missed my routine and the familiarity of where I live.  Does anyone else function better while in some sort of routine?

One of my favorite routine things to do in Durham is partake in brunch on the weekends - sometimes one morning or both if I don't feel like cooking myself breakfast (#lazy).  When I go to brunch, I do not restrict myself.  I judge how my body is feeling and go from there.  Since I am sensitive to gluten, I judge how my digestive system feels.  If I'm feeling off, I most likely avoid anything with gluten.  If my digestive system is feeling good, I will go for the gluten containing foods such as pancakes or biscuits.  My choices vary from week to week and I allow myself to eat anything I'm craving - I never save anything for a "special occasion".

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A Glimpse Into My Binge Story

Recently, I was looking at old pictures and I started to come across pictures that reminded me of the time when I was in the darkest part of my disordered eating.  When I look at those pictures, they remind me of the time in my life where everything looked great on the outside but what was going on inside was not so great.  As I continued to flip through those pictures, I started to feel ashamed and embarrassed.

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