The holidays are fast approaching and I’ve already been daydreaming about the rich, indulgent foods that only are made at this time of year. They are calling my name! How do I choose what to eat? Do I go all in with my favorites, like green bean casserole or pumpkin pie, at every party… or do I not indulge in my favorite foods because I know how many more parties I will have to go to?
I am beyond excited to announce a gift to you from me and N.E.W. Motivation Coaching. Because I am so unhappy with the Diet Culture / Weight Loss wheels turning as we come to the end of another year, I am giving away – yes free – both a video course and a booklet this…
It’s that time of year, I know. That time where every crazy idea about weight loss and getting ripped invades every media outlet in our lives. Just this week, I’ve seen very disturbing ads. Disturbing on one hand because they are utter ridiculousness. Disturbing on the other hand because of people’s reactions to them… or should I say blind faith in them being their magic bullet for weight loss. Oh, yeah, without having to do anything except buy and use this magical new product.
It makes me sad because of all the bullshit out there and people peddling this type of bullshit should be ashamed of themselves.
The Vitruvian Man is a sketch done by Leonardo Da Vinci which represents the “perfect proportions.” The circle and square surround the man providing touch-points for the arms and legs as they move.
Why we chose it?
It’s an art and a science: Leonardo’s new twist – to place the circle and square on top of each other – combine science and art. This is similar to our approach.
Many body types can fit. We like that a body with little fat and a body with lots of fat can both fit into the circle and square.
Read on for more!
Have you heard that diets don’t work?
Actually, all diets work. Any way you can dream up to cut calories will usually result in weight loss (assuming no underlying health conditions, sleep and stress are in check, you have a healthy gut microbiome, have not screwed up your metabolism from a history of chronic dieting, etc. etc. etc.). So go for it – paleo, atkins, intermittent fasting, no white foods, whatever – they all work until you stop following them.
Ah, there’s the catch. Who could follow any of them for a lifetime? So, diets only work short term. Health is not a short term proposition. Diets don’t work.
Health is a field overwhelmed with experts and more who claim to be experts. On one end of the spectrum is Diet Culture offering quick, easy ways to get skinny and ripped for no effort and a few bucks. At the other end of the spectrum are the anti-diet, non-diet, Health at Every Size®, body-positive, and No Body Shame approaches. And then there’s me.
Read more to learn about my journey as I research the health benefits of a weight-neutral approach.
You may have noticed I’m a dietitian and health coach and I’m overweight. Does that make you question my abilities? Do you think that I can’t help you because obviously I can’t take care of my own health? If so, well, that’s too bad. You see, too much our current culture thinks (1) healthy =…
Expectation: Once I can finally decide to make the changes to lose weight, I should lose weight every week! If it were a line graph it should look like this one: Notice that pesky word “should.” Take that word out of your vocabulary. Should according to whom? THEM??? Who are they? YOU?? Where did you get…
I recently wrote, “Change your body or don’t – we are all works in progress – but please start from a place of self-love and body-acceptance.” (Blog here). Today, I share some of my journey. My weight fluctuates. I remember being 13 and thinking I was too fat (at 115 lbs!). I also remember being…