No more food shame

No more food shame

This is the fourth principle in the IE + Scripture Series and if you read Monday’s post, you’ll know this is one of my favorite Intuitive Eating principles. The gospel has SO much to say on the topic.

So without further ado, the fourth principle of Intuitive Eating is “Challenge the Food Police”

The authors of the book write this about the third principle:

Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating minimal calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor unreasonable rules that dieting has created. The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.

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All Foods Are Clean

All Foods Are Clean

Ever been around a toddler? Or better yet, tried telling them what they should or shouldn’t do?

We have a running joke in our house. It goes like this, If I tell my 2 year old to go to the bathroom he 100% of the time stubbornly tells me, “I don’t want to go to the bathroom.” Even if he clearly needs to pee. But then my husband or my father-in-law chime in, telling him “Judah can’t go Mom, but I’ll go.” Instantly my son rises up and runs with vengeance to the bathroom screaming, “No, I’ll go potty.”

We attribute this little happening to reverse psychology, but the same principle is also called a paradoxical injunction in psychology and restriction mindset in intuitive eating.

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Hunger is God's good idea

Hunger is God's good idea

Our bodies need food regularly in order to function at their best. Unfortunately, we as a culture have glorified restriction, fasting, and downplaying hunger, but how has it served us? We’re more distracted, fatigued, anxious, unhealthy and worried about food then ever before.

Principle number 2 of Intuitive Eating is to Honor Your Hunger, a concept that goes directly again the cultural trend towards food-restriction.

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The False Hope of Dieting

The False Hope of Dieting

This is the first post in a series of posts titled IE (intuitive eating) + scripture.

I asked what you guys needed/wanted on instagram and you voted first, for a series on the bible and eating, and a close second, for a series on the 10 intuitive eating principles—So I’m giving you both!

This series will look at each of the 10 principles of intuitive eating from a biblical view point. Where they don’t align perfectly, scripture will always take precedence!

Here’s principle number one: reject the diet mentality.

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Body image, Jesus, And My Thoughts

Body image, Jesus, And My Thoughts

Body image, it’s a monster of a topic—A concept that’s processed in no less than 9 areas of our brains. Because of this, many dietitians and therapists are hesitant to broach it. But if we aren’t talking about it, who is? We can’t ignore the elephant in the room, we have to address it. In that vain and since Christ’s grace is the reason I do this work, here are 4 thoughts on body image, Jesus and everything in between:

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Transitioning from Diets to Intuitive Eating

Transitioning from Diets to Intuitive Eating

Most of my clients have been chronically dieting or engaged in disordered eating of some sort by the time we begin work together. In these instances, it’s pretty tough to transition cold-turkey into Intuitive Eating. So the journey to becoming an intuitive eater often involves some “in-betweener” steps, kind of like going from riding a tricycle to a bike, we first need some training wheels. In this case, the training wheels are the “in-betweener” steps needed to transition from dieting to intuitive eating. They are not the end-all-be-all, but they provide more freedom and a greater opportunity to listen to your body on your way to becoming an intuitive eater.

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Meal Planning + Intuitive Eating

Meal Planning + Intuitive Eating

Meal planning and intuitive eating are not mutually exclusive. And I'll tell you why. But first, what do I mean when I use the term meal planning?

What I DON'T mean is planning out the exact meals and snacks you will eat in order to meet some arbitrary number of calories, portions or macronutrients for the day--that's a diet, and it just leaves you burnt out, dejected and worse off than you were.

No, what I'm talking still allows you to listen to your body.

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Freeing Thoughts on Digestion + 4 No nonsense ways to optimize it

Freeing Thoughts on Digestion + 4 No nonsense ways to optimize it

There's been so much written about digestion lately, I've hesitated to add my voice to the noise, lest I provoke the often angry opinions of the masses, but recently something shifted my perspective on this.

I was speaking with a group of women about digestion and elimination diets, sharing the same simple truths I do with my clients, and several of the women messaged me later to tell me how freeing those nuggets of information were. Honestly, their words caught me off guard. Of all the things we'd discussed that evening, I was surprised it was the two cents about digestion that really helped these women.

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5 Things for Friday + some BIG News

5 Things for Friday + some BIG News

So it's been a while (1 whole month to be exact) since I've written a blog post. I haven't forgotten about it, I promise. We've just been a little busy this summer between potty training, birthday parties and 3 trips back and forth to Indiana planning my sister's wedding.

On top of that, God's been teaching me through his word, but mainly through people, about the value of cutting away some good, but maybe unnecessary things in order to make room for the new thing he's doing in THIS season. 

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One Thing at a Time

One Thing at a Time

Confession time, I find it incredibly hard to do nothing, to be bored. Even more, I find it difficult to just do one thing at a time. 

I know I'm not the only one. Unless you've been hiding under a rock recently, you've probably noticed the surge of discussion around being present, mindful, and still. Why do we struggle with this so much? 

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