The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs

Eat when you’re hungry. Dieting teaches us that we should ignore our hunger, that it is a personality deficit we should overcome and overpower, that it will “adjust” and we will “get used to it.” No. I can trust my hunger. My body is telling me that I need more energy. It’s not a trickContinue reading “The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs”

Reblog: Food Tracking and the Allure of Mathiness

The folks at Stronger By Science, with support from lots of other evidence-based folks I admire and trust (Danny Lennon and Jeff Nippard amongst them), released their food tracking app Macrofactor last week. With a free 2 week trial, I have given it a whirl, not because I’m likely to start tracking my food regularly,Continue reading “Reblog: Food Tracking and the Allure of Mathiness”

“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!)”

“I feel like I could use a little bit of Gatorade right now,” Jeff Nippard, My New ‘Maingaining’ Diet Explained (How to Eat for Lean Gains)

At about 2pm every day, I hit a slump. I’m a morning person, and no question part of it is simply running low on steam. I’ve put in most of my best, most productive, most creative energies early in the day. By mid-afternoon, though, I’m done, at least for a while. I could use aContinue reading ““I feel like I could use a little bit of Gatorade right now,” Jeff Nippard, My New ‘Maingaining’ Diet Explained (How to Eat for Lean Gains)”

“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”

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?”

“Reducing your suffering is the point,” Breaking Up with Binge Eating Podcast, Dec. 20, 2021–Sugar, Sweetness and Self Compassion

I have big love for Georgie Fear, and although I don’t need to “break up with binge eating,” I listen to her podcast anyway. She’s got great ideas and practical tools for dealing with all kinds of emotional eating, not just binge eating. I’ve been following her long enough to notice a shift this lastContinue reading ““Reducing your suffering is the point,” Breaking Up with Binge Eating Podcast, Dec. 20, 2021–Sugar, Sweetness and Self Compassion”

Protein Cake with Yogurt Frosting? Only if you actually want it.

There are no good foods and bad foods, there are just foods. I believe this, AND I recognize that holding it to be true in my own mind is a work in progress. It’s diet culture bullshit that teaches us to create restrictions–we can or ought to eat these things, we can’t or shouldn’t eatContinue reading “Protein Cake with Yogurt Frosting? Only if you actually want it.”

Emotional Eating in Athletes: Revolutionary You with Dr. Susan Kleiner, a follow up

One of the very cool things about writing this blog has been that it gives me a chance to connect with some of the folks who produce the content that I devour! Well, lucky me, one of those people is Jason Leenaarts at Revolutionary You, and he often is kind enough to share these postsContinue reading “Emotional Eating in Athletes: Revolutionary You with Dr. Susan Kleiner, a follow up”