Health At Every Size

Food Is Not Medicine

Food Is Not Medicine

In a season where diets are often veiled under shield of the "wellness" pretense, the idea of food as medicine is also in the spotlight - although it's been around for quite some time.

"Let food be thy medicine." -Hippocrates

Let's start with this quote. First of all, Hippocrates was probably misquoted. And second, it's okay to let food just be food.

And a third side note - even if Hippocrates said this, he lived in a time where bleeding was still considered a legitimate medical treatment. I'd take food over bloodletting any day, too.

Three Helpful Practices for Unkind Body Thoughts

Three Helpful Practices for Unkind Body Thoughts

I used to envision that there would be a point where I'd arrive with intuitive eating and body image. Like, one day I'd just wake up and love my body and food would always be easy. But I think that the goal is more continuous learning rather than arriving. We're all on a journey and I still have less-than-kind thoughts pop up about my body sometimes, but they're further apart, less loud, and I don't react as quickly or deeply to them. Depending on my mood/day, I can even react to them with humor. Here's three helpful practices for dealing with unkind body thoughts:

What To Do If You Can't Love Your Body

What To Do If You Can't Love Your Body

When you're starting to move from dieting to a HAES approach, I think one really common question/concern is: how do I love my body beyond my weight? How can I embrace my size and do what's best for myself? How do I love my body, period, when society makes it really hard to be in a body that doesn't fit into a specific mold? First off, I think a better and more productive question is: can I tolerate my body and find other values to focus on? Because as much as it would be nice to have this constantly high level of warm and cheerful love towards our bodies, I don't know that that's a reasonable goal - and I think that's okay.

Health At Every Size | The Basics

Health At Every Size | The Basics

I want to start by saying if you've heard of the Health at Every Size approach and want to trust it, but have emotional reservations holding you back... I get it. The idea that we can be healthy and even happy at any body size goes against the world's culture right now, and it can be a scary leap to take. But I hope this blog post helps walk you through why you don't have to try to control your body size to be healthy, and provides some peace for you.