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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: January, 2021
Jan 26, 2021

Many chronic health conditions are invisible and include multiple medications to manage. For many, these medications are life saving, life giving, and lead to weight gain. Do you try to eat less yet the food cravings worsen? We hope this episode gives you more options. Listen as guest expert Alissa Rumsey, author of Unapologetic Eating, explores way to care for yourself leading with self-care rather than self-control.

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Dear Food, 

    You are awesome. You're simultaneously one of my favorite hobbies, and life-giving sustenance. I love to cook, and to eat. You fill me with pleasure, comfort, and joy when I successfully cook a new recipe. I have to admit, food, you and I are quite a pair. We make awesome things together. Unfortunately, though, we have a serious problem. I have a rare and serious congenital health condition called Panhypopituitarism. I know, it's a mouthful. It took me a long time to learn how to pronounce it properly. Anyway, with this condition comes so many complications... Hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, adult growth hormone deficiency and so many other hormonal deficiencies, I would literally die if I didn't take replacements for all of them. 

    My medications are mandatory... and they have nasty side effects. My thyroid medication, growth hormone injections, and birth control I have to take in order to have a menstrual cycle all cause me to gain weight. The steroids I take for my adrenal insufficiency cause me to crave salt and other terribly delicious junk, and it really increases my appetite to maddening levels. To put things into perspective there, this medication is often given to chemo patients so they will have an appetite. I take 40mg daily.

    I really started packing on the pounds worse and worse a couple years ago. I tried to go on an exercise regimen to control my weight, but an unfortunate part of my diagnosis includes exercise intolerance, meaning I can't do vigorous workouts at all, and even light exercise causes me to get weak and shaky after only a few minutes of activity. I can pretty much only walk, do yoga, and simple aerobics and pilates. Because I can't work out sufficiently enough to lose weight, I had to do something terrible, food. I had to start seriously restricting my time with you. I pretty much starved myself on a tight portion-control diet for a while, and that inevitably failed after I had a particularly nasty craving that led to a disheartening binge. I decided to ask my endocrinologist what I should do. He agreed that my weight increase was worrisome and instructed me to go on a XYZ calorie a day diet. He also helped me get into contact with a very nice nutritionist who helped educate me on healthier choices and how to count calories. It's been hard, but I've stuck with it so far. Unfortunately, I still tend to overeat and go over my calorie budget often enough that it's really starting to make me worry I could binge again. 

    What are we going to do, food? I try my hardest. I enjoy cooking at home and making delicious meals, going for healthier options. I've fallen in love with Zucchini lasagna, rather than the noodle-based original. Substitutions like this are great, and a lot of fun to experiment with, but I still crave the nasty junk food. Do you know what I ate last week? Mac n Cheetos from Burger King. That's what. I felt so guilty afterwards, but damn if it wasn't delicious. Help me out here, food. What can I do to learn to ignore these cravings and put the health of my body first? I'm in a race against my medications, trying to at least maintain my current weight. I'm afraid this diet is going to fail like the others, but I can't afford not to diet... or can I?

What should I do?

Much love,

Forced to diet

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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Jan 12, 2021

Welcome to International Dieting Month. Let's Rally together to withstand the pressure from Diet Culture. This episode's letter connects the dots on the pressure to diet, lose weight, and control oneself. Content Warning: this letter describes eating disorder behaviors linked to Bulimia.

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Dear Food
Dear food,
or really, dear me
for we are nothing without one another.
Together we have navigated rocky terrain,
a tumultuous relationship
full of more fear than love.
I have needed you,
hated you,
and in that
needed and hated myself.
I have blamed you,
restricted you
binged you
earned you
burned you
enjoyed you
hidden you
purged you.
My Self is tied to you
closely and painfully.
But as I have arrived
at my 23rd year
most of the previous 22 spent focusing far too much on you,
I am unravelling
some of the tangled web we exist in together
and realizing
it is not your fault, food.
Ant it is not mine either.
It feels cliché to say
but I have seen the truth.
It’s society that has created all of this.
It’s all lies
mirrors and smoke
illusions to suck away happiness and freedom
and, most importantly, money and power.
It’s the patriarchy and capitalism
two systems of oppressive power
that taught me to worry about you
about us
about my size and shape

and the effect that you have on those parts of me.
So young I felt for the first time like I took up too much space
with this body of mine.
That I needed to shrink
so I could fit into tiny little premade boxes.
So young I cut you out
I forgot the pleasure you could bring me.
I thought only of numbers,
trying to get you as small as possible
so I could be that way as well.
The rush that success brought is tempting even now,
but I have learned since the first time
that trying to make yourself smaller
is a process doomed to fail.
That in fact our bodies try to protect us
by making us take up even more space after.
Because our bodies don’t believe the lies.
Our innate wisdom
sees through the smoke and mirrors.
And if only I was better at balancing my body and my mind
I would also be able to see the truth.
Instead, I still look in the mirror
and hear the voices of the systems
whispering their poison.
So insidious they are that I yearn
to listen to them
to try again to shrink.
But I won’t,
not anymore.
Because after years of finding myself with my fingers down my throat,
after years of having the most abusive relationship with you, food,
I’ve decided to save my own life.
I am unlearning the lies.
I am shouldering a lifetime of clearing away
the darkness that has been put into my mind.
Because I realized that
even when my body is not
what the world tells me it should be,
I feel lighter
When I can just see you, food,
As a friend.

SHOWNOTES:

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!

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