Book Review–Diet Cults: The surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us, Matt Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald isn’t a science writer, and I don’t know how evidence-based this book qualifies as. He discusses science, but it’s in the popular, journalistic narrative sort of way rather than in the accumulation of data over time with critique and drawbacks sort of way that a more science-minded author would likely do. In any case,Continue reading “Book Review–Diet Cults: The surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us, Matt Fitzgerald”

What would you want if you let go of shame?

Shame is a shit motivator. Loads of research has found that instead of inspiring people to quit smoking, lose weight, be more patient parents, whatever, it instead pushes them into a loop of self-loathing and self-punishment followed by reactive over-correction for short periods of time. Shame is the cornerstone of large-scale diet and fitness industryContinue reading “What would you want if you let go of shame?”

#TBT–Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture?

Today, I’m resharing my most popular post with the bots that follow me. (LOTS of “likes,” very few “reads.”) Is there a way we can talk about changing our physiques that doesn’t do harm to ourselves or others? What are the guidelines for recognizing when we are perpetuating diet culture and when are respecting personalContinue reading “#TBT–Can We Talk About Physique Goals Without Perpetuating Diet Culture?”

“Get this hunger monkey off my back,” Breaking Up with Binge Eating, Moving from Calorie Counting to Using Body Signals (And Emotions!)

It seems like the evidence-based folks I listen to and respect land in two camps when it comes to calorie counting. There’s those who see calorie counting as a tool, just a thing you do to keep your awareness and educate your choices, and there’s those who see it as a slippery slope, often leadingContinue reading ““Get this hunger monkey off my back,” Breaking Up with Binge Eating, Moving from Calorie Counting to Using Body Signals (And Emotions!)”

“Intention and trade-offs,” Balance 365, Ep. 207: Weight Loss Considerations For Smaller-Framed Women

CW: Talk of fat loss, body size and calories Do you have fat loss goals? How are you defining them? Are you trying to reach a particular number or size, or is success defined by a feeling? Why is your goal the goal? Many folks are in perpetual fat loss attempts, or more likely, cyclingContinue reading ““Intention and trade-offs,” Balance 365, Ep. 207: Weight Loss Considerations For Smaller-Framed Women”

“Single by choice,” The Food Medic Podcast, EPISODE 7 – Diet culture and the highs and lows of being a person online with Lucy Mountain

I have this hypothesis that rejecting society’s standards in one aspect of our lives makes it easier to do so in others. If you reject diet culture, the assumption that our value is based at least in part on our body size and the solution to feeling undervalued is to do extreme things in orderContinue reading ““Single by choice,” The Food Medic Podcast, EPISODE 7 – Diet culture and the highs and lows of being a person online with Lucy Mountain”

“Healing your intuition,” Balance 365 Episode 202: How Men Can Navigate Diet Culture, Weight, And Wellness with Chris McMahon

Wow, wow, wow. I don’t know how many men read me, but I’m hoping those who do will take an hour and listen to this interview. And if you’re not a man but you’ve pair-bonded with a male-identified person, there’s some good stuff in here for you, too. When I first joined Balance 365, someContinue reading ““Healing your intuition,” Balance 365 Episode 202: How Men Can Navigate Diet Culture, Weight, And Wellness with Chris McMahon”

There is Nothing Magic about Kale

For the love of whatever you find holy, please do not force yourself to eat 2 pounds of kale a day. Don’t convince yourself that there’s something magical about confining your eating to a 6-hour window. Don’t talk yourself into thinking it’s rational to cut out all fat, all fruits, all dairy, all starchy carbohydratesContinue reading “There is Nothing Magic about Kale”

Cutting my hair and loving my strong legs

This morning is the first time in over two decades that I’ve woken up with really, properly short hair. I’ve been playing around the edges of a shorter ‘do for a handful of years now, but last night, I committed to going pixie. Or a kinda long, shaggy, pixie. I feel a little like aContinue reading “Cutting my hair and loving my strong legs”

What does a habits-based approach to physique change look like?

CW: Talk of fat loss and weight loss The most recent episode of Stronger by Science was all about evidence-based practices to create goals and to establish new, healthy habits. I thought it might be worthwhile and interesting to provide my own examples of these, not from a place of expertise but from a placeContinue reading “What does a habits-based approach to physique change look like?”