Happy New Year’s Eve, friends! While I’ve accepted that real life is a messy place where closure is rare, I love that I can wrap up 2018 blogs with a bow and a Best Of post. Today I’m sharing the best blog posts, Instagram posts, and things that happened in my personal life this year - make sure to scroll down to the comments and let me know what your best things were!
Best of the Blog
I’m basing best-of blog and Instagram items off of engagement! Did I miss one of your faves? Let me know in the comments!
In October, I shared some perspective on why sugar isn’t addictive, why it doesn’t cause hyperactivity, and why you should let your children (and yourself!) have it. These kinds of posts breaking down the lack of science behind diet culture values are my favorite - because I can’t stand for fear mongering and I know how powerful this type of post can be in breaking down the diet mentality.
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If you tuned into This Is Us’s season 3 premiere this fall, you’re one of the millions of people who were exposed to some harmful misinformation about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS isn’t caused by a person’s weight or anything they did. You did not cause your chronic condition. This post digs into some other PCOS misconceptions and shares what I really think about medical information on TV.
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I’m clearing up a few things in this post about overeating including that there’s no set definition of overeating (there’s not a magical amount of food over which you’ve gone too far), why I posit that overeating is a normal part of eating, and practical tips for when you feel uncomfortably full.
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Best of Instagram
On A Non-Diet New Year
What if, instead of the year you resolve to try harder at a diet, 2019 is the year you break up with diets for good? As a former dieter with a thing for Mondays, the first day of the month, and New Year's resolutions, I want to challenge you to prepare for your best year yet by adding more of the good stuff (rest, fun food, laughter, sleep) and taking out the stuff that makes you feel less-than (diets, strict plans, and accounts that promote weight loss and glorify specific body types). It's also okay to not set intentions and allow your 2018 to flow into your 2019. It’s ALL good, friends. Read the post
On Diets Not Working
If you’re looking at 2019 and thinking “This is the year. The one where I make changes for my health. The one where I finally stick to a diet.” I see you. I hear you. And I know what that’s like. But let me offer up a thought: if diets worked, would you constantly be searching out the next one? Wouldn’t you have stuck with one of the first you tried, freeing your brain space up to set intentions unrelated to eating?
If you’re intrigued, but still thinking you just haven’t found the right diet yet, consider this:
At their primal core, our brains aren’t wired to undereat. They view diets as starvation and send increased hunger and cravings as well as slowing metabolism to help us survive it (yep, there’s physiological reasons for binge eating).
Permission to eat all foods results in more balanced and varied intake over time, but permission MUST come first.
Things not required for health: weight loss, elimination of whole food groups, detoxes, cleanses.
If it’s hard for you to give yourself permission to stop dieting (and I know it can be), this is me telling you it’s okay to explore another option. You don’t have to live underfed & overthinking food. Read the post
On the Normalness of Bloating
If you're recovering from dieting, disordered eating, or an eating disorder, it can be difficult to distinguish bloating from fullness - but I'm here to tell you that BOTH are normal and it's okay to not pursue a "solution" to a symptom of simply being human. Read the post
On Bloating in Diet Culture
I’m level 10 into these revamped “before and after” photos floating around the #intuitiveeating community lately so here’s one that’s on my mind. Bloating is so often attributed to some kind of food intolerance or scary-sounding pathology that requires a diet change... but really, occasional bloating is just a symptom of being human. If you're recovering from an ED or restrictive eating behavior, it can be especially hard to distinguish feeling bloated from feeling full (which is why it's so important to have a dietitian + others to support you!). If this sounds like you, here's some questions that may be helpful:
Has restricting after feeling bloated ever served me in the past?
Did it help tune me into my body's needs, or did it disconnect me?
What do I really need right now?
If this is resonating with you/if your relationship with your body has felt hard today, know that you can sit through discomfort, and you are resilient. Read the post
Best of Life
In June, my husband and I took a 2-week trip to Europe with his family and it was: awesome, unforgettable, and exhausting. We bounced from country to country, eating and sightseeing our way through: Barcelona, Paris, Bern, Grindelwald, Munich, Prague, Krakow, and Rome. It was easily one of the highlights of my year and I made photo books for our family to gift during the holidays, which felt doubly special.
Move to Denver
In November, my husband and I got notice that his job relocated him to Denver (we lived in southeast Idaho) and we picked up and moved within two weeks which was a lot. But once I got over the shock of moving so quickly (I feel like I blinked and we were in a different apartment), I relaxed into our new city and realized it’s full of fun and a million opportunities! I’m grateful to have friends in Hannah and Karlee, who made the whole experience feel so natural, and I’m grateful to have the perfect storm of circumstances which led to…
I’ve been wanting to start a private practice for a while now, but between a verbal non-compete at my previous job and finishing grad school (2018 was wild) I didn’t feel like I had the capacity. But moving to Denver and consequently leaving my job in Idaho at the same time I finished my Master’s and then finding office space in such a fast and furious manner meant that I not only blinked and was in a different apartment, but I blinked and now own a business which feels so bananas and exciting.
I also realized I haven’t said much on the blog about this yet - ironically, setting up a practice has taken so much time that I haven’t had time to blog. But if you’re local to Denver, I’m in the process of getting contracted with Cigna, Aetna, and United Healthcare. And if you’re not local to Denver but in the US and wanting to improve your relationship with food and your body through working with a dietitian, we can meet virtually! Either way, you can schedule a free 15-minute discovery call through the link below so we can get to know each other.
Because of the unexpected (but very exciting) opportunity to establish a brick-and-mortar practice, I’ll be postponing the release of my e-course on intuitive eating. I’m tentatively hoping for a March launch, but fully pausing work on it in January while I focus on other things. My hope for 2019 is do give meaning and purpose to all that I do, which involves setting some boundaries to make sure I’m creating quality content instead of just a lot of content.
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I hope you have a fun (and safe) New Year’s Eve! See you next year!