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Find Your Food Voice

It’s time to name the neglect from typical food advice. Welcome to the Find Your Food Voice podcast, hosted by Julie Duffy Dillon, a registered dietitian with 20 years of experience partnering with folks just like you on their food peace journey. What have we learned? Well, the cookie cutter approaches exclude too many people, and you don’t need to be fixed. It’s not you. It’s not me. It’s all of us. Only together we can start a movement and fix diet culture. And we will. Let’s begin now. 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 exploring topics like: *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
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Jul 11, 2016

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Do you have a roller coaster relationship with food or your body??

As your work on your relationship with food, you may notice bad body thoughts remain. Will it always be this tough??

Listen now for thoughts from Julie and her guest psychotherapist Nicole Christina.

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Key Points:

  • Always have HOPE!
  • The way to heal our relationship with our body is via repairing our culture. 
  • Myth of solid wall of misery via Sharon Salzberg: These feelings eb and flow. They are more like storm clouds and you will get a break. The dark clouds are not the sky. The sky is still there.
  • During days with lots of negative body image keep in mind that those feelings won't last.
  • Buddhist techniques can help you make steps forward. Notice WHY bad body thoughts happen.
  • You don't have to be hijacked by feelings.

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.

Jul 4, 2016

 

You know diets don't work. Do you gravitate toward the body positive message yet hung up on one thing...

You don't love your body because you want to lose weight. You find your body unacceptable.

There is a way through this. Listen now for insight.

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Key Points:

  • Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help. Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com.
  • If you feel like a failure because you can't lose weight or keep it off, know you are not to blame. Diets have failed you.
  • Dieting predicts weight gain.
  • Dieting promotes the idea of body hate and conditional acceptance.
  • Does a deeper understanding of diet culture, its toxicity, and manipulation make you angry? Stay with it!
  • It's ok to not accept your body.
  • You are acceptable the way you are today. The end. Your body is acceptable no matter what.
  • Oprah Winfrey joined weight watchers and Julie's mind was blown to see diet culture and its reign make one of the most amazing women also feel not enough.
  • First step: work on RESPECTING your body.
  • Challenge the false truths.
  • Claim your space and find those who agree with body positivity.

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.

Jun 27, 2016

 

Do you try to eat mindfully yet frustrated with the times you don't? You know eating with distractions bring relief, pleasure, and relaxation. Does every eating experience need to happen when we are hungry? Is emotional eating ever ok? Julie and her guest Michelle Kuster RD discuss. Listen now for insight.

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Key Points:

  • Reunited and it feels so good 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶
  • Is all mindless eating bad?
  • Some within the mindful eating industry forget to incorporate compassion and unintentionally encourage all or nothing thinking.
  • Eating for pleasure and emotional eating are normal parts of eating. They are universal human experiences. If emotional eating is the only way to cope then it can become something that is not health promoting.
  • Notice your eating without judgement with compassionate curiosity.
  • What would it be like to experiment with relaxation without eating?
  • Could perfectionism be getting in the way of healing the letter writer's relationship with food?
  • Examine expectations and shoulds.
  • As noticing distracted eating ask self: "What are you feeling? What do you need?"

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

Jun 20, 2016

Have you had a dysfunctional relationship with food since you were a kid?? Was food a protector from horrible life events yet you are still feel shameful years later? Listen now for insight.

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Key Points:

  • Thank you for the feedback on how you are experiencing the show. So glad you are experiencing more peace with food and at home in your own skin!
  • Julie says thank you for sharing the kind words after she expressed her own body image struggles during times of infertility (Not episode 21 as I state in this podcast rather Episode 18)
  • Have you read Dietland yet? Amazing and sure to help you heal your relationship with food and your body. Would love to hear your thoughts about the book. #JenniferExists. Shall we have a Dietland book club??
  • It is important to honor the functional relationship we have with food. Tell Food thank you and compassionately time to move on and grieve it when it changes. Unless it is not time.
  • Trauma work can help you heal and be able find another way of relating with food.
  • Unhealthy coping is still coping. Stop beating yourself up for how you’ve gotten this far.
  • Should we blame weight for health problems? Weight probably has a relationship with health yet not causation. Just a relationship. Health behavior change associated with weight gain shouldn’t be considered the cause rather a symptom.
  • Not everyone in larger bodies has health problems. Not everyone who has lost weight is healthy.
  • Cause for health problems multifactorial probably from oppressions, traumas, behaviors, and stress.
  • Food addiction: when one takes away the deprivation, they no longer using the word addiction to describe her relationship with food.
  • Many people can relate to the trauma of sexual abuse and/or bullying.
  • Next time you find yourself in a binge or bad body thoughts, take a deep breath, in this exact moment, someone else is sitting with the same shame and anger. Use that common bond to help you energize your healing.

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

Jun 13, 2016

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Have you spent your whole life being told your body is not acceptable? 

Do you have times when eating seems enjoyable yet many other times when it feels exhausting and shameful? 

It is time to recalibrate and reset your relationship with food. Listen now to make sense of the confusion and start to heal.

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Key Points:

  • "The only time we need to feel guilty about eating food is when we have stolen it." Evelyn Tribole  RD
  • Just because we feel it doesn't mean it's true.
  • If told your body is not acceptable, it is easy to cultivate a complicated relationship with food. 
  • Letter writer loves food, and enjoys food yet may need to do grief work concerning relationship with food...what it used to be and what it never will be. Letting go of what she had hoped for with her relationship food will make room for what really is and can be.
  • Living in our world as a fat woman, it is typical to experience messages that that's not ok, should change it, and her own fault...those are not truths. Yet probably felt sense of shame to be different so fighting up-stream to enjoy food, her body, and make peace.
  • Eating for show puts physiology in a place where starving, rapid eating, then shame.
  • Grief work would be tough work yet hopeful eventually.
  • Intuitive eating with permission giving could be first steps to this grief work. Would be enhanced by working with a counselor and no longer dieting.
  • Put down your "weapons" and reconnect with On the Battlefield.
  • Women and men in larger bodies often have experienced trauma due to existing in a body that culture says is wrong. Doing trauma work may help heal your relationship with food.

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.

Jun 6, 2016

Have you been told you can't get fertility treatments, or any other medical treatments, until you lose weight? What if you know the pursuit of weight loss just leads to more poor health especially for you? Acknowledge the rock and hard place yet there is a way through. Listen on for insight.

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Key Points:

  • I recorded this podcast on my 41st birthday and I am incredibly grateful to have the honor to be in your ears right now.
  • Thank you dietitians for sharing this podcast with your clients. I appreciate your confidence in my work!
  • All NC ED RDs, email me so you can meet up at the next IFEDD dinner.
  • Intuitive Eating can help you heal your relationship with food and the intent does not include the pursuit of weight loss.
  • New to intuitive eating will make you have lots of excitement and fear. This will be terrifying! This doesn’t last forever as long as you continue to move forward. When you experience it, call it out as just a part of the transition.
  • The start of a diet is a seductive fantasy and has a calming effect. Intuitive eating may feel similar in the beginning yet a typical buzz kill. This doesn’t mean it isn’t working. Hold on! It has just begun.
  • Trying to control food will promote a tug of war and counteract the pursuit of food peace. Notice when it happens and remind yourself this happens because of the long term diet experiences.
  • IF you held your breath, you would take gasps for air. Same happens with foods and the types we restrict once given permission.
  • Mutually conclusive idea that losing weight = more health. If you’ve been heavy your whole life then probably what supposed to weigh.
  • Weight cycling hurts health and harms ovulation by increasing insulin levels.
  • If told have to lose weight in order to get fertility treatments, ask health care providers to show you the data. Further, show me the data on which type of diet that will help me long term. Put up or shut up!
  • Diets are the only medical intervention that places blame on the person rather than the intervention. Humph.
  • Be sure more people are on your side while exploring food peace. This may mean working with a therapist, dietitian, and get a second opinion from a fat-positive medical provider.
  • Your body has the wisdom and this outside noise will keep you from it.

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

May 30, 2016

If you've always been on a diet or off a diet bingeing, then you can relate to this episode's letter writer. Do you yearn for a healthy relationship with food yet can't stop bingeing? Listen now for strategies to ease your mind and promote healing.

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Key Points:

  • Overweight = Over What??
  • What if no one ever told you your weight was wrong? How would you relate to food and your body? Important questions to consider as working toward healing.
  • Healing can happen by honoring the valid functions and roles food plays in life and coping with life's transitions, stressors, and traumas.
  • Healing also happens when we jump off the diet train instead of focusing on being on or off the wagon. Disembark now!
  • Grief work will find a place in this space and that's ok.
  • What if focused more on a healing relationship with food instead of a healthy relationship with food? Will be less all or nothing and pefectionistic tendencies (which helps no one experience health).

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.

May 23, 2016

Do you think you know everything you need to know about yourself?

And that's keeping you weighted down with negative beliefs??

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Think you are destined for a life of mediocrity? 

Listen to my University of North Carolina at Greensboro Nutrition Department Commencement address. I wrote it and spoke it from my heart to you.

I can't wait to hear what you experience as you take these next important steps.

Warmly,

Julie

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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May 23, 2016

Making peace with food and body is tough work yet what if you work in the food industry? Is there a way to have a career that is food related AND learn how to heal? Julie thinks the struggle with food begins with the struggle with weight. Dive in and listen now for solutions for you.

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Key Points:

  • Julie and Jennifer McGurk will be speaking at FNCE 2016 on the Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders. Rebecca Scritchfield RD will be introducing us. Will you be there?? Stop by and say hi!
  • Having a job in the food industry, Julie included, can be taxing on our relationship with food. Julie calls it an occupational hazard. Be sure to enjoy time outside of activities around food. A therapist and dietitian can also help.
  • Struggle with accepting weight is fueling the obsession.
  • Julie was not shocked by the Biggest Loser New York Times study. The research results indicate we need to stop pursuing weight loss. Does that mean we let ourselves go? No. It means we let ourselves be.
  • What if your weight is not a problem??
  • "Weight becomes a problem because it is viewed as one." ⇠Julie LOVES this quote from Jonah Soolman.
  • What if you don't want to stay at your certain size? Unfortunately, we don't have a diet, plan, lifestyle change that promotes long-term safe weight loss for the majority. More exception than the rule. There isn't anything that will promote weight loss long-term.
  • Continuing to "work on it" or dieting will only harm health.
  • Those who work in the food industry, Julie is curious if your struggle with food and bad body thoughts brought you to this career choice. Body respect work may alter one's career choices??
  • How do you stop thinking about food? You can't since we need it as humans. First, make peace with the struggle and your current body size.

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.

May 16, 2016

Body positivity promotes body respect, acceptance, and love. If you don't always love your body, does that mean you can't model body positivity? Julie and a guest discuss the letter from someone who feels like a hypocrite for telling people to love their body when she doesn't always love her body back.

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Key Points:

  • Julie shares a part of her personal struggle with her body image. She feels a bit awkward doing it and hopes it ok to share with you.
  • Julie and guest Paige Smathers explore the definition of recovery. Recovery can be the food times enjoying food as well as the messy tough struggles when we may feel out of control. Recovery includes awareness of the moment, no matter what it looks like in the moment.
  • If all or nothing thinking plagued food choices or body image it can also negatively affect your definition of eating disorder recovery.
  • Paige says all we can do is try our best.
  • Do you have to always love your body to be a model of body positivity? Julie and Paige say no! That just means you are an aware human.
  • Model self-compassion and vulnerability.

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

May 9, 2016

Our world believes food kills us or cures us but information tends to conflict. Eating a "no" food can provoke anxiety in many people. Does this happen to you? Let's dig in to find ways to remove anxiety's wedge and power.

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Key Points:

  • Thank you students from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Nutrition Department for the fun and energizing discussions on weight, eating disorders, and body image. Julie completed her dietetic internship there and thankful for the time there.
  • Even though it may appear to be simple, nutrition science is not an easy science A.
  • Our world believes food kills us or cures us. Stop the dichotomous insanity! Food anxiety exists because nutrition science is a fluid science that cannot be categorized into yes and no boxes.
  • Anxiety can't hurt us yet the things we do to avoid the anxiety harm us.
  • Anxiety from food avoidance keeps us from experiencing joy. It also promotes poor health by increasing stress hormones which can promote heart disease and strokes.
  • Phobia 10 point scales combined with fear food examples can help one move past the anxiety from eating those fear foods. This is long term incredible work that requires a therapist and dietitian. So worth your time and energy!!
  • Let's address that fear of fat. Fat phobia provokes Julie dropped an F bomb because that fear promotes disease, isolation, oppression, and ignorant stereotypes.
  • Size diversity makes us beautiful.
  • Size acceptance helps people of ALL sizes experience more health and better health care.
  • Peel back anxiety layers and find fears based on something old living in our body. Challenge it and you can get back to being you. Which brings you closer to your joy.

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.

May 2, 2016

Eat this not that? Now what?? After a lifetime of fad diets andhealth pursuits can leave you confused and distrusting your body.If you are at diet rock bottom and want to relearn how to trustyour body and get off the crazy diet train, this episode is foryou!

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Key Points:

  • Mind and body connections promote health yet when our mind istoo active it can keep us from our own innate wisdom for health.Get better attuned by sitting with the curiosity.
  • Society's body size standards for women make it tough to trustyour body.
  • Big bodies ARE acceptable even though you may get anothermessage from your family, friends, society, and culture.
  • Flexibility, nonjudgmental approaches, permission are the wayto further attune to the body, improve body image, and cultivatetrust.
  • Mindful eating = compassionate curiosity without judgment. Ifone eats past fullness that doesn't mean you're doing itwrong.
  • Internal vs. external dialogues are key.
  • Imagine breathing through a drinking straw for awhile...whenable to breath normally will need to gasp for air. Diets are likethe straw and your eating is like our breathing. It's not yourfault you're gasping for air and not your fault when we feelobsessed with food around diets. Blame the diets and straws instead;-)

Show Notes:

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

Clickhere to leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. Thistype of kindness helps the show continue!

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

Apr 27, 2016

Special bonus sans letter to keep you connected to your innate wisdom and quiet the noise that distracts you. Walking this path can promote health and peace. I hope you enjoy.

Warmly,

Julie

Apr 25, 2016

Body acceptance and respect is all fine and good yet what if one gains weight due to medications? Does this trump non-diet approach research? Does this make the pursuit of weight loss health promoting? If so, how can one lose weight in a healthy way??

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Key Points:

  • Our family of origin teaches us how to relate to food and our body. If you grew up in a family with disordered eating and/or body hate, it teaches us to fear fat and to prevent it all costs. Even if it hurts.
  • The only thing we can tell about a person from their weight is our own weight bias (based on a quote from Marilyn Wann). Not health.
  • Those at higher weights may very well be eating in a health promoting way so if you get at a higher doesn't mean you must now worry about your weight. The worry very well could lead to more disease.
  • Should you diet if you've gained weight from a medication? No. What if you've gained 100 pounds or more...does that make a difference? It's a moot point for Julie. The weight gain amount does not matter. We have no diet that promotes effective and health promoting outcomes long-term for more than 3 to 5%. Julie demands better data before I can recommend a weight loss diet. Otherwise, Julie would be promoting something without sound scientific backing.
  • Twin studies suggest the more one diets, the more they weigh.
  • Friend: "I am going on a diet." Julie: "Oh, are you trying to gain weight??" Friend: "Uhhh, no. Huh?"
  • All change brings melancholy so respecting your current higher size due to medication may warrant a time of grief.
  • If you don't agree with this podcast episode, I welcome the conversation. Please send me the data.

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.

Apr 18, 2016

Raising children and all its food mess can bring up somepast,somewhat resolved, bad body thoughts. Throw in everyone'sopinionon the best way to feed your children, and you may feel likeyouare in an eating disorder relapse tailspin. How can youprovidevariety and teach healthy eating without sparking thateatingdisorder?? Can you prevent passing it on toyourchildren??

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Key Points:

  • We don't cry over spilled milk in our house yet it can getundermy skin.
  • When knee deep in the meal time chaos take a deep breath,stepback, and know many parents are feeling this same strugglefeedingtheir children. #TheStruggleIsReal
  • Julie's daughter decided to go rouge with her sour creamandjust about freaked Julie out.
  • With a few boundaries, our children will get the nutrientstheyneed without having to be constantly policed.
  • Katie Holder RD rock and rolls in the meal time chaos.Sheprovides insight to get us through.
  • Trust your instincts when something in feeding feels off.
  • Peace at meal time happens when our kids feel safe andcompetentwith the food choices yet meal time may still feelbonkers.
  • Family style dining can promote a healthy relationshipwithfood. Include a couple of starches, fruit, vegetable, aprotein,and couple sources of fat. Plop them on thetable. Kids decidehow much if any they will eat of these. Nopressure to eat certainfoods. No bribes. No foods beforeothers.
  • Expect food jags due to preference and appetite. At two yearsofage, pickiness peaks and willingness to try things changes.
  • Katie's son didn't eat a vegetable for a whole year...and noonetook her nutrition license away ;-)
  • Serve dessert at dinner not afterwards sometimes. Teachesallfoods are normal and enjoyable.
  • Never force a child to eat something. Child needs to be abletohave permission to not eat and learn how to say it politely.
  • Meal time boundaries help everyone. Including givingcaregiversa chance to take a break. At some time we need to be ableto say,"THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED!" Healthy boundaries can preventpassing onthat eating disorder.
  • All those caregivers out there: you are doing a great job!

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? Iwantto help! Send your Dear Food lettertoLoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Clickhere toleave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. Thistype of kindnesshelps the show continue!

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Givemefeedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.

Apr 11, 2016

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When trapped in binge eating cycles, we can focus so much on food or ways to avoid food that we miss out on relationships, experiences, and life's joy.

How can you break the cycle and get to being you? 

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Key Points:

  • Thank you for your letters to Food. They blow me away!
  • Food is one of the basic human needs to stay alive (with oxygen, water, sleep, and warmth) yet designed to be thought about only when not getting enough.
  • Even when you feel like the only person experiencing food like this, those in binge eating cycles are NOT alone!
  • Research has some solutions warranting experimentation.
  • In order for these to be possible solutions, you must practice personal kindness, compassion, and patience. Without these, no one can recover from binge eating experiences. Practice using a calm and compassionate adult voice as navigating recovery.
  • Mistakes will pave your way to recovery rather than keep you from it. Look for them and welcome them. They will help you understand HOW to move forward.
  • We have circadian rhythms with eating just like with sleep. It will take time for your body to get used to not bingeing because of these.
  • When a person experiences diet-restrict to binge cycles, the brain feels the threat of deprivation and acts accordingly. It sends more obsessions. They way out? Stop pursuing weight loss.
  • You CAN rewire our brain to not obsess about food except for when we need it. Julie describes using check in times to begin this process.
  • The proof is in the pudding: keep track of your rewiring process to show the ED that you are making important baby steps away from ED's grip.
  • Make an investment in you: do one year in personal psychotherapy. It's a gift that keeps on giving!

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.

Apr 4, 2016

I've learned to respect my body yet nobody gets it. Help!

What if you've worked for years to heal your relationship with food and your body yet some people in your life are just not there themselves? And may never be? To stay in recovery, do you have to defend abstaining from diets? Do you need to censure all bad body talk? Julie calls dietitian and eating disorder specialist Pam Kelle to discuss ways to navigate this complicated and common experience.

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Key Points:

  • Growing up, Julie loved alternative and punk rock. (Secretly still does!)
  • Those affected by eating disorders are the canaries in the coal mine: they let us know when the world has become too toxic with diets and self hate.
  • Working toward and maintaining eating disorder recovery can be exhausting because of the impulse to defend non diet ways of experiencing food.
  • Pam Kelle RD, CEDRD teaches us to recognize the struggle with toxic diet and body hate talk and lean into it. She says observe with compassion rather than putting your dukes up.
  • While leaning in, meditate on the gratitude that you're not currently in the throes of the diet trap like family or friends.
  • Remember how we connect with family and friends (safety, security, love, friendship, etc) and let it well up inside us. Next time we see those who diet, connect with this meditation rather than worry or be defensive.
  • Meditate, focus on the positive connections, and react with compassion rather than defensiveness. When we have the urge to be defensive, its a mirror to what we want to be away from in our own life.
  • Stay grounded in your own journey.
  • We all have a right to stand up and speak our truth yet try and predict the outcomes. If you want to speak up about diet conversations, decide what you would like to happen and consider if worth it.
  • Diet talk may be the gum on the bottom of your shoe: always there and sticky and triggering.
  • No one can rock your world if you don't want them to!

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.

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

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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. 

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