you're meant to be here

like right here, right now!

I know this because I think there may be part of you that knows deep down you are struggling to keep it all together with racing food thoughts, endless food rules, and constant self criticism....

And I'd like to hold space for that part of you right here on my blog.

My favorite quote is an old Swedish proverb that says, "joy shared, joy doubled; sorrow shared, sorrow halved." So linger a while here and let's double some joy and halve some sorrow.

to my girls off to college

Ahhhhh!! I am so excited for you. So excited that I made this 9 page guide to give your the basics on food, exercise, and body image as you start this new season of your life. Going into my freshman year, all things food felt really overwhelming. I am really proud of my younger self […]

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eating disorder recovery, life

some days I don’t eat any vegetables

Just like somedays I don’t eat any “sweets.” What was your first reaction to that – a hint of celebration when a day passes by without dessert or a tinge of guilt when you look back on a vegetable-less day? There’s a some good insight behind that reaction. Diet culture praises one and vilifies the […]

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eating disorder recovery, food

lent & your relationship with food

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, that prompts the usual question, “what am I giving up for lent?” Common items to give up for those 46 days include social media, TV, and food. And of course you don’t give up food entirely, it’s usually sodas, dessert, bread, added sugars, or foods deemed as unnecessary (aka “junk”). […]

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eating disorder recovery

what’s normal eating

Sugar-free, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, caffeine-free, fat-free, GMO-free, carb-free, soy-free, salt-free. Those all sound not only fun-free but mental-sanity-free. And sure, there are allergies and intolerances to certain foods. However, eliminating foods to be hip wid it or in hopes to lose weight is harmful. It’s also unsustainable. Dieting is one of the top risk factors for […]

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eating disorder recovery

how to get back on track

It’s Monday. Maybe this past weekend you “let yourself go” or you “cheated” a lot and now you’re wanting to get back on track. First of all, I am all for fresh starts. They can be so refreshing and exciting! But I think it’s important to point out that a healthy eating pattern shouldn’t cause […]

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eating disorder recovery

body & brain hunger

Body hunger is typical hunger, the kind where your stomach growls. Brain hunger deals with the emotions, like cravings and eating for the experience. Body hunger Body hunger includes stomach growls, headaches, shakiness, lack of concentration, irritability, and nausea. Without a doubt, find food ASAP once one or more of these symptoms start. Keep in […]

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body image, eating disorder recovery

if you have to cheat, then break up

It could be a specific diet with laid out meals. Or following a personal ideology of “good” and “bad” foods. Or rigidly counting calories. Or really just any eating plan that controls your food decisions. My guess is day after day of eating only “clean” foods and adhering to strict rules, that diet is going […]

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eating disorder recovery

how to cut carbs for your best body

Swimsuit season is right around the corner. Here’s a quick how-to cut carbs for your best body. First of all, you shouldn’t. Cutting carbs will do nothing but make you a less nice version of yourself. And second of all, your best body is the one that you don’t undernourish or over exercise. Your best […]

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body image, eating disorder recovery

the best diet for 2018

There’s the raw vegan diet, Whole30, paleo, Weight Watchers, ketogenic, alkaline, If It Fits Your Macros, the baby food diet, and literally thousands more. So which is the best to begin your 2018 with? I think it’s interesting how many diets there are. You’d think that if a diet was so incredible and powerful, there’d […]

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body image, eating disorder recovery

is (fill in the blank) good for me?

Anytime I tell someone that I am studying nutrition and dietetics, within seconds, the person’s eyes open wide and their whole body leans in to ask me: is (fill in the blank) good for me? And while semantics can be annoying, I can’t help but ask back what exactly “good” means. On Merriam-Webster, it says good […]

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eating disorder recovery