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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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Mar 6, 2017

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Are you worried you're doing intuitive eating wrong? Does listening to your intuition around food choices make you concerned for your health? Do you just feel a little bit lost and confused with this whole intuitive eating thing? Listen now for some solutions for these struggles.

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Dieting trends. Endless images of ‘perfect bodies’. Find a permanent solution to struggles with food, weight and body at Green Mountain at Fox Run. Green Mountain is hosting weekly programs between May 14 and August 26 tailored to the needs of women between ages 18 and 25. Your whole life is ahead of you, and you deserve to live it happily and in good health. Visit https://goo.gl/2r8B2W for more information.

Episode's Key Points:

  • Perfectionistic tendencies can make embracing a more flexible way of eating, such as intuitive eating, a difficult adjustment.
  • Part of the intuitive eating process is craving foods that have previously been off-limits... these foods tend to be fun foods, such as french fries or cookies!
  • Eventually food will feel calm, fun, and not as exciting. There is a light at the end of the tunnel!!
  • Adrien Paczosa of iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy to talk about perfectionism and intuitive eating.
  • Mom's don't get enough credit!!
  • There's no good/bad or right/wrong way to do intuitive eating or recovery.
  • Social media can trap us into the idea of needing to be perfect.
  • It takes time to understand intuitive eating, and to really understand the process including our own hunger and fullness cues. There is always so much extra noise getting in the way from diet culture... so the first step really is to shut all that stuff out!
  • We need to gives ourselves PERMISSION not to be perfect, and understand that sometimes intuitive eating can feel really great, or not so great. That's just a part of the experience!
  • Cravings come in all shapes and sizes, fun foods and "healthy" foods. We can't judge either kind of craving, and we must grant ourselves permission for both.
  • Sometimes permission can make you feel out of control, especially when we're first starting out. This is when an eating disorder or intuitive eating dietitian can come in handy, as they can help guide you through all the twists and turns.
  • Everything is an EXPERIMENT!!
  • Adrien and I talk about the importance of learning about private practice as dietitians exploring a non-diet approach.
  • YOU'RE NOT DOING IT WRONG!

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.

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This episode is sponsored by my friends at Green Mountain at Fox Run.

 

Binge & Emotional Eating Weekend Intensive

The Women’s Center for Binge & Emotional Eating is offering its foundational one-week Pathway™ program in an intensive weekend format. Participants will explore personal barriers and how to counter them with evidence-based strategies to prevent eating in response to stress and emotions. Dates are scheduled monthly throughout 2017 although capacity is limited, so visit https://goo.gl/xFh2up  for more information.

There’s only ONE premier retreat for women who struggle with eating and weight.

It’s time to shine the light on yourself and make YOURSELF the priority. Here at Green Mountain at Fox Run, we’re all about embracing and supporting yourself through self-care. Through powerful tools such as mindfulness techniques, stress management skills, and movement that is customized to your body and fitness level, you’ll learn to practice self-care in your daily life. Visit https://goo.gl/si9wZi for more information.

Green Mountain at Fox Run’s Binge Eating White Paper - Myths, Truths and Treatments

Download Green Mountain’s free whitepaper to understand Binge Eating Disorder, the most common eating disorder. Explore the symptoms of and treatment for BED, assess where weight loss fits in, and gain clarity on common myths. Visit https://goo.gl/UGpF78 for more information.

Feb 27, 2017

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Did healing your relationship with food result in weight gain? Are you angry that healing your relationship with food has made you gain this weight? Do you feel judged based on the weight gain? Listen now for some ways to deal with this part of the food and body peace journey.

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Key Points:

  • It's Eating Disorder Awareness Week! It's time we tackle our cultural eating disorder recovery and speak out about the seriousness of eating disorders.
  • Dieting is a part of the eating disorder experience... if diets weren't normalized, we would have fewer eating disorders!
  • On March 1st start looking for #ChangeTheGame!! Let's change the conversation around dieting. Dieting is NOT healthy eating.
  • YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!
  • Eating disorders kill more people than any other mental illness. One person dies every 23 hours from an eating disorder.
  • The Canary in the Coal Mine metaphor:
    • Coal miners used to bring canaries down into the coal mines with them. If the canaries were singing, the coal miners knew they were safe. Once the singing stopped though, that was the coal miners' cue to get out quickly before the toxic gas killed them too.
    • We live in a toxic environment focused on the thin ideal... some people are impacted much more quickly or intensely than others, and they develop eating disorders (the canaries). They are our warning to fix our toxic environment before it gets us too (the coal miners).
  • Many people who go through classic eating disorder treatment receive a meal plan from their dietitians to guide their eating in recovery. This system may be flawed though, and potentially damaging, and we are actually discovering that we may be able to use intuitive eating much earlier in eating disorder recovery than we initially thought!
  • What exactly is a "set healthy weight?" We really have no clue what any single person is supposed to weigh. At certain points in eating disorder recovery this "set-point" can be an important number, and is determined by past weight experiences... but it's very difficult to actually pin this number down.
  • Our "healthy weight" CHANGES based on our age and other life factors!
  • Some research indicates that being in larger body as we get older can be protective.
  • It's time we change our thought process on what weight indicates!
  • Trying to manipulate someone's weight is going to negatively impact their behaviors.
  • What if the enemy is not food at all, and the enemies are really body hate, the need for control, the value attached to body perception, and the value we hold for the judgment others place on our bodies?
  • We do an activity from When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies, a book that approaches recovery from a feminist perspective. How would we lead our lives if we lived in a world where all bodies were valued, no matter their size? What if we were all considered important and precious the way we are now?
  • We DON'T know what anyone's weight is actually supposed to be, and we probably never will. We just need to accept where our body is at, no matter what. We don't have to fight against our bodies.
  • We need you in this world, as you are now.
  • Food is NOT the enemy!

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.

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This episode is sponsored by my friends at Green Mountain at Fox Run.

Weekend Program for Women who Struggle with Eating and Weight Concerns

Green Mountain at Fox Run is excited to announce a one-time opportunity to newcomers – an all-new A Taste of Green Mountain weekend program (March 3 – 5)! Key strategies for mindful eating, mindful movement, self-care, and stress management will be introduced to help participants to eat, move, feel, and LIVE in the moment...to #BeHerNow! This opportunity is only open to new guests of Green Mountain. https://goo.gl/tCVQWl

Specialized Track for College-Aged Women

Dieting trends. Endless images of ‘perfect bodies’. Find a permanent solution to struggles with food, weight and body at Green Mountain at Fox Run. Green Mountain is hosting weekly programs between May 14 and August 26 tailored to the needs of women between ages 18 and 25. Your whole life is ahead of you, and you deserve to live it happily and in good health. Visit https://goo.gl/2r8B2W for more information.

There’s only ONE premier retreat for women who struggle with overeating and weight.

It’s time to shine the light on yourself and make YOURSELF the priority. Here at Green Mountain at Fox Run, we’re all about embracing and supporting yourself through self-care. Through powerful tools such as mindfulness techniques, stress management skills, and movement that is customized to your body and fitness level, you’ll learn to practice self-care in your daily life. Visit https://goo.gl/si9wZi for more information.

Green Mountain at Fox Run’s Binge Eating White Paper - Myths, Truths and Treatments

Download Green Mountain’s free whitepaper to understand Binge Eating Disorder, the most common eating disorder. Explore the symptoms of and treatment for BED, assess where weight loss fits in, and gain clarity on common myths. Visit https://goo.gl/UGpF78 for more information.

 

Aug 22, 2016

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Were you raised with mixed messages around food? Told to not enjoy pleasurable food and yet got encouragement to bond over the same items? I bet you're exhausted! Listen now for a different way.

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Key Points:

  • Have PCOS and looking for more tools to work toward Food Peace? If you live near Greensboro NC you are in luck! Give us a call for details 336.273.2808 x 0.
  • Food is pleasurable as a means of survival.
  • Healthy eating includes pleasure. Eating feels good and that keeps us alive and well.
  • If food did not feel good then we wouldn't have survived. Eating food that is just fuel and never pleasurable denies a part of our physiological need.
  • Honor the pleasure that comes from food.
  • There's just one version of you...not a fat version vs skinny version.
  • Have a son or daughter in a larger body or have a child that really enjoys eating?? Is it pecking at your own food experiences or negative body image? Take care of your own shit to not pass it on.
  • Are you a competent eater?
  • Yo-yo diets harm health.
  • You're not broken our culture is. We need to rewrite our truths about our body and our food.
  • Honor all the sizes you have experienced as the safe keeper for your soul.
  • Shame never promotes health.
  • You are acceptable just the way you are right now.

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.

Aug 15, 2016

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Have you been told to cut out sugar or carbs to treat PCOS or pre diabetes and it is just leaving you bingeing and hopeless?

Listen now for ideas to bring to your next doctor's appointment.

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Key Points:

  • Have PCOS and looking for more tools to work toward Food Peace? If you live near Greensboro NC you are in luck! Give us a call for details 336.273.2808 x 0.
  • Every diet leads to a binge and weight gain.
  • Dieting is the greatest predictor of weight gain and eating disorders.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women and has genetic connections. Stop blaming yourself!
  • PCOS affects ovulation, mood, hair, male pattern baldness, and central adiposity. This affects body image for many women.
  • High circulating insulin = growth hormone
  • Hard core restricting may help decrease weight in the beginning yet over time harms health, increases weight, promotes bingeing.
  • Increased cravings, more symptoms, weight gain = time to look into how PCOS managed rather than blame the person.
  • Doctors: How do you treat patients with PCOS in smaller bodies? What are their recommendations??
  • Which foods energize you? Which foods drain you??
  • Do you feel like you are carrying around a bag of rocks when you go to exercise?
  • How are you sleeping??
  • Let's keep talking about PCOS!

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.

Aug 8, 2016

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Have you been working on making peace with food and yearn to lose weight? Can you practice mindful intuitive eating while pursuing weight loss? Julie and her guest, fellow dietitian Aaron Flores, sort this out. Listen here now!

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Key Points:

  • Eating disorder recovery has two steps: making peace with food then making peace with your body. Living in a fat body in our thin-obessessed world has many challenges especially if you are trying to live without diets and the desire to lose weight.
  • As making peace with food, it is common to not trust the process. Aaron uses a cool metaphor about being in the shallow end of the pool and knowing work needs to be done in the deep end. But going to that deep end is terrifying without floaties.
  • Remember to look how far you've come and be proud of the progress so far.
  • Binge eating disorder recovery is messy and not linear. It can be even messier if living in a fat body because our society undermines making peace with food. This chips away the trust we build through the process.
  • Do I need to learn to be a little bit hungry?? ABSOLUTELY not.
  • Honor the function of your rebellion. Deprivation will further fuel the rebellion.
  • We dietitians need to be comfortable with this rebellious time. Help clients hold the space.
  • Seek out people and resources that help you maintain positive body image. See the Food Peace Syllabus addition below.
  • Compassionate curiosity is the foundation for your food peace. 
  • You cannot work on peace with food while pursuing weight loss.

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.

Aug 1, 2016

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Do you work in the entertainment industry and struggle with your body image? At times you may feel unacceptable yet what if it's them not you? Listen now for solutions.

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Key Points:

  • PCOS and Food Peace Course set to begin in Greensboro. Give me a call (336.273.2808 x 0) if you'd like to attend this in person only event.
  • Are you looking for acceptance in your body's appearance? The way this letter writer defines an acceptable body does not fit her DNA.
  • This is reinforced with the media's discrimination and pressure for all to lose weight. This is wrong on so many levels.
  • Problem: didn't see other women who looked like you. Julie wonders if this letter writer's body size more like dad's side of the family rather than mom's side.
  • Problem: if more like dad's body shape/size, he said he "struggled" with his weight which is code for didn't accept it.
  • Do you feel unacceptable for taking up too much space??
  • Do you feel anger, frustration that feels endless? This mimics the body image struggles and symbolic of feminist issues.
  • You have permission to take up your space...whatever that is.
  • Redefine what an acceptable body is for you and everyone else.
  • Describe feelings as ugly?? Julie struggles with that description of normal experiences.

Show Notes:

  • Body Respect: What conventional health books get wrong, leave out, and just plain fail to understand about weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphamor

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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Jul 25, 2016

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Have you ALWAYS had a complicated relationship with food? Did you learn at an early age how to cope with your emotions using food and cannot imagine living a life with food peace? This episode is for you! Julie and her guest Christy Harrison from the podcast Food Psych discuss possible solutions.

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Key Points:

  • You are NOT too damaged to heal your relationship with food.
  • Remember and appreciate the functionality of food bringing a way to cope with chaos and trauma.
  • Appreciate the subtle hungers.
  • Humans are adaptive.
  • Find professionals who are body positive, understand eating disorders, and a trauma specialist.
  • Food may be like a security blanket. Before yanking it away, be curious about why the coping mechanism is there...that's where the healing begins.
  • Self compassion is the foundation for food peace.
  • Your cravings for disordered eating may be from an unmet need. What was just happening? What do I really need?

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 18, 2016

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Do you think your chronic conditions make you a slave to rigid diets or chained to the scale? Do you have a long history of coping with your emotions via food and now want to find other ways to survive?? There is a way for you to heal your relationship with food AND find health. Listen now for insight.

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Key Points:

  • Hoarding, bingeing, and other related behaviors are the most common experiences from childhood dieting/restriction.
  • I am sorry on behalf of all health and medical professionals for the oppression.
  • You don't have to choose health OR healing. Working on healing your relationship with food will help you promote health long term.
  • Healing is not passive or giving up or weakness. Healing is an active process never passive.
  • Fat on the body didn't CAUSE the problems. Eating sugar didn't CAUSE the problems. Being shamed in your body and not teaching you how to tolerate feelings caused the problems. 
  • Healing from Binge Eating Disorder (BED) takes on average 7 to 14 years.
  • Restricting nutrients or calories may show favorable outcomes in short term yet worse in the long term especially if affected by BED.
  • Keep the data! You need proof that you're bingeing less as time goes on.
  • Diabetes is a chronic progressive disease. It is always changing and slowly getting worse even if you do everything you can.

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 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. 

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 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. 

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 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.

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

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:

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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

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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:

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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:

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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 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:

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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