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How To Take The Diet Mentality Out of Nutrition

How To Take The Diet Mentality Out of Nutrition

I’ve been doing more Q&A’s on Instagram lately and got a great question the other day that felt right for a blog post: how do I care for my body with nutrition without dieting?

This can be a such a hard question to approach if you have a history of dieting or an eating disorder. Diet culture tends to reduce nutrition to restriction, whether it’s through villainizing certain foods, calorie counting, ignoring hunger cues, or other methods. It’s my goal for this post to share how to start reframing the diet mindset and be able to use nutrition knowledge to support your body instead of punishing it.

Reader Question | What's the deal with macros?

Reader Question | What's the deal with macros?

I posted on my Instagram stories the other day with some fun questions to see what information y’all are looking for - and you delivered! Here’s a question that came up more than once:

What’s the deal with macros?

So today, we’re chatting all things macronutrients - what they are, why I don’t count them, and how you can tie knowledge from this post into gentle nutrition to fuel your body.

A Gentle Approach to Nutrition

A Gentle Approach to Nutrition

There's this misconception that when we begin to eat more intuitively, we'll immediately go out and eat only energy-dense (cupcakes, bread, fried items) foods, and I think it's pretty ridiculous. For one thing, all foods are part of a healthy eating pattern if you are aiming to listen to and satisfy your body as opposed to micromanaging its size via food.

Healthy eating requires enjoyment and pleasure! Also, respecting your cravings actually makes you less likely to restrict/diet and then binge as a result, meaning you can eat with less anxiety.

The bottom line is that your motivation for nutrition has to come from a place of body respect - not an attempt to change your body.