Intuitive Eating

The Science (Or Lack Thereof) of Sugar Addiction

It’s been a wild few weeks around here, but I’m finally getting around to posting the recap of my sugar addiction webinar with Jessie Hoffman! You can catch the whole thing below (transcript coming soon!) - keep scrolling to find our references if you’d like to dig into those!

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Selected References

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Benton, D., The plausibility of sugar addiction and its role in obesity and eating disorders. Clin Nutr, 2010. 29(3): p. 288-303.

Burger, K., Stice, E. Relation of dietary restraint scores to activation of reward-related brain regions in response to food intake, anticipated intake, and food pictures. Neuroimage, 2012. 55(1): p.233-239

DiNicolantonio, J.J., J.H. O'Keefe, and W.L. Wilson, Sugar addiction: is it real? A narrative review. Br J Sports Med, 2017.

Epstein, L.H., et al., Long-term habituation to food in obese and nonobese women. Am J Clin Nutr, 2011. 94(2): p. 371-6.

Hoebel, B.G., et al., Natural addiction: a behavioral and circuit model based on sugar addiction in rats. J Addict Med, 2009. 3(1): p. 33-41.

Lennerz, B. and J.K. Lennerz, Food Addiction, High-Glycemic-Index Carbohydrates, and Obesity. Clin Chem, 2018. 64(1): p. 64-71.

Markus, C.R., et al., Eating dependence and weight gain; no human evidence for a 'sugar-addiction' model of overweight. Appetite, 2017. 114: p. 64-72.

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What Intuitive Eating Is, And Why You Should Try It

What Intuitive Eating Is, And Why You Should Try It

Diets don’t work, period. If you’ve dieted once, twice, thirty times, or haven’t stopped a cycle of new diets since you can remember, you might have discovered this by now. But diets are also loud - and because everybody eats, everybody has an opinion on food, which can make it feel radical to even suggest that the best path to health and happiness might just be… no diet at all.

But what does that leave us with? If we challenge everything we’ve been told about how to eat, where does that leave us? In other words: if not diets, then what?

Enter: intuitive eating, the framework that will teach you how to build a flexible and responsive relationship with food by, yes, eating whatever you want.

The Real Reason You Can't Stick To A Diet

The Real Reason You Can't Stick To A Diet

Happy New Year! I can’t believe I’m even typing that - wasn’t it just January of 2018?! Either way, 2019 is here and it brought tons of diet ads and “new year, new me” posts. I’m here to share two truths with you: you don’t need to seek out a new version of yourself just because you had to buy a new calendar, and the best way to improve your health this year is to not diet.

4 Things That Will Happen When You Work With A Non-Diet Dietitian

4 Things That Will Happen When You Work With A Non-Diet Dietitian

I’m doing my best to get to all my reader questions (you can ask me one via email or Instagram!) and today we’re tackling a big one: what is it like to work with a non-diet dietitian? Our cultural and societal view is so wrapped up in weight that it’s normal to be unsure of what, exactly, we can focus on if not weight. Similarly, it can also feel like, if we’re not recommending weight loss, there’s no point to working with a dietitian.