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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: March, 2016
Mar 28, 2016

Talking about a diet is just as normal as talking about the weather or the crazy that is Donald Trump. I can handle the weather yet diets, detoxes, and Donald need to go! 

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Key Points:

  • Thank you for your feedback! It feeds me like a bowl of fresh french fries.
  • Win a Body Activism Kit by HAES Kits. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes. Take a screenshot of this and email it to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. First person who does this after this show airs will win this awesome Body Activism kit.
  • Someone with an eating disorder history going on a diet is just as deadly as someone with a peanut allergy eating a peanut butter sandwich.
  • Diets, detoxes, cleanses, and exercise boot camps are indeed bullshit.
  • Essential ingredients for an eating disorder: altered eating habits (diets!), negative body image, and genetics.
  • Because cannot tell a person’s genetics by sight, we must use universal precautions: diets can potentially hurt anyone.
  • Diets and disordered eating is considered normal eating—Boo!
  • We are helping people recover from an eating disorder in a world that has yet to recover from its own eating disorder.
  • Going against diet culture will feel like going against one’s biology. It’s hard work!
  • 4 ideas to help stay on the path of recovery: Keep quarterly meetings with your eating disorder team even when in recovery; Find those normal eaters. Check out Episode 7 for more on Normal Eating. Take a social media detox especially during stressful times. Stay attuned. Your body has the wisdom so work to stay connected. Meditation practice gives your body a chance to flex its attunement muscle.
  • When feeling vulnerable, our body can show its white surrender flag and that it needs something via the craving to diet. When crave a diet/eating disorder behavior try this instead:
    1. What was going on right before the temptation?
    2. What were you experiencing/feeling/hearing via brain messages?
    3. Examine what you find and give yourself what you NEED during those times.
    4. Craving diet and over exercise may be your body’s way of letting you know you have an unmet needs.

Show Notes:

  • Julie's favorite meditation app (oh, the irony!): Insight Timer. Be sure to check out their inspiring Instagram page @insight...it is Julie's favorite for pictorial words of wisdom.
  • Win a Body Activism Kit by HAES Kits. Subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes. Take a screenshot of this and email it to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. First person who does this after this show airs will win this awesome Body Activism kit
  • Eating Disorder Dietitians
  • Julie Dillon RD blog

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

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

Mar 21, 2016

Has healthy eating gone too far for you? A woman writes to food about the stress, exhaustion, confusion, and shame she experiences when she choses something not clean. Can you relate?

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Key Points:

  • Are you a clean eater? If you ask me, I say "Nope. I am dirty." Sanitary? Yes. Judge food choices or throw morals into what's consumed? No way.
  • "The fondest memories are made gathered around the table." This is the mantra we at BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy see before we meet with every client because it's the basis of our work. Relationships connect us with joy and the meaning of life and when food gets too much power it will negatively impact this.
  • Healthy eating advice is everywhere we look so not surprising this letter writer is experiencing this struggle with how much power to give food.
  • Orthorexia nervosa, coined by Steven Bratman, is not classified as an official eating disorder yet it will feel just as paralyzing and crappy as a diagnosed eating disorder. It affects their mental health.
  • First steps to heal from orthorexia nervosa:
    • Make a pro and con list of this eating style
    • You decide if the feelings of control outweigh the impact on relationships, life, career
    • Appreciate recovery will take time
    • Get proper nutrition education from a reputable dietitian
    • Appreciate that healthy eating includes pleasure
  • Carbs, although demonized right now, are a necessary part of each culture around the world. You can't name a single culture around the world without a carb staple.
  • People are healthy; food is nutritious. Label food their actual names rather than categorize to be mindful and in the present rather than running on anxiety.
  • Clean eating is washing food and cooking it to the right temperature.
  • Healthy eating is not being black and white about food choices no matter how you categorize them.
  • The journey to food peace is always worth the stress and anxiety. Take those first few steps, they will be worth it!

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. 

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.

Mar 21, 2016

I had to tape a bonus episode after some brand spanking new content became available for Episode 10's Guilty Clean Eater. If you identified with Episode 10's letter writer, know that we clinicians now have more to go on to help you feel more at peace with food.

Key Points:

  • Julie and Jennifer met up at the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Symposium. They felt privileged to hear Dr. Steven Bratman speak on Orthorexia Nervosa with dietitians Amanda Mellowspring and Jessica Setnick. Dr. Bratman was the first person to describe the eating disorder obsessed with healthy eating. Yet, until now, it wasn't officially considered an eating disorder.
  • The presentation included the first official unveiling of the diagnostic criteria for Orthorexia Nervosa. Why does this matter? Julie and Jennifer discuss how this helps clinicians better treat this experience, promotes insurance coverage, and increases research funding.
  • Julie and Jennifer had a tough time getting technology to cooperate to make this bonus episode happen PLUS Julie knocked over a bottle of water on her chair just as taping started...so she had to sit in it the whole time. Gotta listen after all that!

Show Notes:

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

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Mar 14, 2016

Long term food fights and body dissatisfaction cause friction, anger, and longing. The letter writer describes her start with body hate and dieting as a child only leading to disordered eating and weight gain. Is her experience rare? Nope. Millions experience the same. This episode debunks calories in calories out especially as it relates to certain health conditions. Knowing this, pursuing health without focusing on weight loss is just about the coolest thing since sliced bread. *Rejoicing with the food pun!*

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Key Points:

  • Anger and rage is uncomfortable yet can project us toward change. Stay with it!
  • Your f*ed up relationship with food is not your fault. Not. Your. Fault.
  • No matter your size and no matter how your body got to be the size is today--you deserve respect and equality. Many years of self hate, diets, and cultural weight/size oppression may have promoted your body to be larger than what your DNA was originally programed to be.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a genetic/environmental hormonal dysregulation leading to infertility, high insulin levels, mood disorders, eating disorders and negative body image. Most PCOS research uses weight focused therapies which sucks; women told to "just lose weight" when diagnosed. High insulin levels make this impossible long term. Julie recommends healing the hormones with medical interventions then work on healthy behaviors to promote health and avoid eating disorders. Cutting calories too low causes more problematic inflammation and cravings to binge when affected by PCOS.
  • Health at every size (HAES®) is not:
    • encouraging bingeing yet does not demonize food choices
    • glorifying obesity yet does honor every body and think every body deserves equal rights
    • healthy at every size *the extra Y is huge!* Experience health today not once at a certain weight.
    • All sizes deserve equal health care and respect.
  • HAES® includes attuned eating, pleasurable movement (check out Episode 4 on the Love, Food podcast for more on this), social justice for all sizes.
  • Everyone deserves to experience health in their body today. You too! Let's rage against the machine together.

Show Notes:

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!

Mar 7, 2016

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A nutrition student writes to food because she feels ashamed of her fat body. Although she knows diets are harmful she is tempted because of the fear of rejection: from her peers, potential employers, future clients, and herself. Julie calls Glenys Oyston RD to discuss possible solutions for this student.

Key Points:

  • This student is not experiencing a nutrition problem yet a lack of exposure to size diversity messages. Could nutrition students be given more opportunities for personal health and well-being by exposure to more unconventional nutrition education such as attuned eating, pleasurable movement, and health at every size approaches?
  • Not everyone wants to work with a slim dietitian.
  • Glenys Oyston describes her transition from a body disparaging to weight neutral nutrition student which began after listening to Linda Bacon speak in a class. This helped her improve her body image while promoting healthy eating experiences. It also helped her appreciate she is much more than her body: she has thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc that mean much more to her.
  • Is there size discrimination in the dietetics profession? We say yes. Advocating for size acceptance can improve job satisfaction yet it is up to the individual on whether to speak up or not. Find allies on-line and unite!
  • Consider personal psychotherapy to proactively help your relationship with food and body image.
  • Hang in there Fat Nutrition Student! Things get better as you get more exposure to the profession and the diversity of body types.

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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