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Keto. Paleo. Vegan. Do this not that. None work yet still trying? Now what? Eating is getting too stuffy and complicated. Throw open your windows to allow a new stream of health, wellness, and peace. Time to examine your dusty food belief knick-knacks. What if you could write a letter to food? Pen to paper, you hash out the love/hate relationship and food’s undeserving power. Details go back years, to your first childhood diet trying to fit in. How you relate to food chronicles many of your life’s ups and downs. In this letter, you examine your dusty food beliefs and wonder which go in the trash, are for others, and which remain in your heart. What if you wrote this all down and food wrote you back? This is Love, Food. Food behavior expert and host, Julie Duffy Dillon is rolling up her sleeves to get to the bottom of what is really healthy. This award-winning dietitian seen on TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life has a secret: food is not your enemy and your body is tired of the constant attacks. She will partner with you on your Food Peace™ journey. Show topics include: *emotional eating *intuitive eating *anti-diet *binge eating *orthorexia *body image *eating disorders *dieting *parenting and food *healthy eating *stress eating *food addiction *mindful eating *non diet approaches Pull up a chair to your dusty kitchen table and set it for a meal. Ask food to sit alongside you and chat over coffee. Or a margarita. You have some reconnecting to do. In that connection is Love, Food. In that conversation is health and peace.
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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 29, 2016

There's no such thing as a perfect eater so making mistakes is a part of normal eating. What if you were raised to believe larger bodies are disgusting or eating is to be controlled? Then what? When the mind and society expect eating perfection, how can someone become a normal eater? This week's letter writer asks food to help direct her to the path toward healing.

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Key Points:

  • The longest relationship we will have on earth is the relationship with ourselves. How we feed ourselves is important to our health and quality of life. Therefore our relationship with food is important to heal.
  • Nutrition science is a fluid science.
  • Another shout out to Ellyn Satter and her awesomeness. This time, we hear her definition of Normal Eating.
  • Hear how Julie defines Eating Disorder recovery and why she believes you can 100% recover!
  • Our family of origin's belief on size and food behavior can get in the way of normal eating. Normal eating includes mistakes and trusting our body. Teaching size discrimination will keep us from trusting our hunger and fullness cues. It teaches us to rely on dieting and disordered eating.
  • Disordered eating is society's normal eating *Julie pouts*.
  • Picking out 1 or 2 new foods to try each week will help your brain and taste buds get more comfortable with normal eating.
  • The only FDA approved medications for eating disorders are foods.
  • Looking to become a normal eater? Find other normal eaters! And, it may impact your family and friends to also become normal eaters.
  • Patience and acceptance will help you move forward to healthy normal eating.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Click here to leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.

Feb 22, 2016

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Do you feel addicted to carbs, sugar, or any foods? Hear the latest research on food addiction and what dietitians in the trenches have to say about the experience. Can food addiction explain your problematic eating? Or is it something else?

Key Points:

  • Eating is just like peeing. Yup, it is although don't mix the two. Stop judging your food choices unless you also judge your urination habits.
  • Food can have too much power and if it does in your life you are not alone!
  • Don't believe the hype! The food addiction theory model has many limitations including:
    • Food addiction is poorly and vaguely defined. Too catch all.
    • Most research done on animals and can't translate directly to humans.
    • Fails to consider alternative explanations for neurobiological pathways seen in food addiction research.
    • When food restricted, pleasure centers of brain light up stronger than when not restricted. This means diets will make you feel addicted to food rather than food causing the addiction.
  • Marci says, "Food is meant to be rewarding" {My new favorite quote!}
  • We can be addicted to food just like we can be addicted to music and laughter.
  • Tug and pull with food can promote the food addiction experience when other underlying experiences promoting the experience.
  • Do you know of any food addiction research that is controlling for dieting, restriction, avoidance? Let us know!!
  • Dieting gets us in the way of primal evolutionary systems. When food feels addicting and a person is not a failure! The body is being a successful human.
  • What are the steps to recover from what feels like food addiction?
    • You are not alone!
    • Let's redefine the word healthy eating.
    • Is your eating satisfying and pleasurable. Be sure eating includes these!
    • Ponder this: what's happening in my body rather than what's happening in my brain?
    • Move the judgement and moralistic thinking away from food and the body will find balance to find health.

Show Notes:

  • My colleague and friend Marci Evans RD, CEDRD and ways to connect with her wisdom via twitter: @MarciRD. If you're training to become a dietitian or want to work with those affected by eating disorders, be SURE to check out her online training launching very soon. Check her blog regularly for food addiction information.
  • Marci's food addiction blog posts: here and here.
  • Eating Disorder Dietitians
  • Julie Dillon RD blog

Food Peace Syllabus Additions:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Click here to leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.

Feb 15, 2016

Do you parent a fat child? This letter comes from a large woman raising a child who is now teased at school because of her size. Should she put her child on a diet? Take her to the gym?

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Key Points:

  • 12 in 100,000 children have Type 2 Diabetes* yet 2900 in 100,000 children experience an eating disorder**. Statistically, worry more about eating disorders than increased adiposity.
  • Teach kids how to have a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food.
  • Is fat a bad word? Let's neutralize it. Just may be the key to positive body image and respecting others.
  • The Division of Food Responsibility by Ellyn Satter
  • What to do about junk foods? Stop calling them junk and refer to them as fun foods because they are fun! Offer them a few times a week at a snack or as part of a meal.
  • Do you make your child go to the gym? No pain no gain = more body hate. Encourage movement that feels pleasurable. As a parent, our job is to help children to connect to the movement their body prefers.

Show Notes:

Food Peace Syllabus Additions:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD or leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

Feb 8, 2016

Changing culture to make room for all bodies including yours.

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A woman wants to exercise yet feels so uncomfortable in her larger body. She's too embarrassed for the gym, pools, and classes but she wants to exercise and move her body. She hopes Food can help her find the confidence to go to gym classes and a way to eat with enjoyment again. Can you relate??

I phone a friend, Debra Benfield, to help out Uncomfortable Wanna-Be Gym Rat and she speaks about magic carpets and ways to stay connected to promote health and peace.

Key Points

  • During season 2 of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Julie was Whitney Thore's dietitian. Whitney experienced similar experiences to the letter writer and found her way back to movement in her larger body.
  • The letter writer is connected to her body in a health promoting way even though feeling negatively about it...keep connected to that!
  • The fear of judgement is powerful and in yoga, in it's most basic sense, is about leaving judgement at the door. Separating what others think about her and what she thinks will be key on and off the mat.
  • Weight oppression
  • Yoga modifications: start with not add later. Goal is challenge and ease not pain. Downward facing puppy to downward facing dog.
  • Our bodies let us know when it is time to move and trust it that is so much better than rules and regulations
  • Debra and Julie will be the last people on earth without FitBits...why??

Shownotes:

Food Peace Syllabus Additions

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD or leave a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

Feb 1, 2016

Body Image During Life Transitions

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Going to the chapel, going to get married...only if I am skinny enough. Wha??? Today's letter writer struggles with body acceptance and can't seem to lose weight. She wants to have her soon-to-be husband to make a contract: he can divorce her if she gains too much weight. Do you think this will give her the willpower to stay skinny? Do you think this will increase her motivation?

Key Points:

  • Just say no to weight focused marriage contracts!
  • Earth suits and pie in the sky views on unconditional love and marriage.
  • "If it's not about your weight, what would it be about?" Elizabeth Scott, LCSW from The Body Postive
  • 4 transitions that seem to be high risk times to experience eating disorders.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.
  • Focusing on disordered eating keeps us from experiencing the present. What are these behaviors distracting you from?
  • Willpower is a noun that does not belong with eating behaviors.

Show Notes:

Food Peace Syllabus additions:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD or leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

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