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Same Brand, Different Fit

Same Brand, Different Fit

I am not your typical girly girl. I don’t gush when someone gives me flowers, I haven’t gone anywhere near nail polish since my wedding, and I would rather clean my toilets than go clothes shopping. Memories of trying on dozens of pieces of clothing and only ending up with one, or even none, in my to-buy pile just squashes my desire to even walk into a store. It seems like each time I pick up a pair of pants in what I think is my size, it doesn’t fit! While some of this may be due to vanity sizing or my changing body,1 a good part of this comes from the frustrating fact that sizes are simply inconsistent.

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Can Intuitive Eating and Distracted Eating Coexist?

Can Intuitive Eating and Distracted Eating Coexist?

 

Mindful eating is a huge part of intuitive eating, and rightfully so. When you are in the moment and eating mindfully, you’ll be able to savor your food and really get in touch with your fullness. On the flip side, there is distracted eating. This often means eating in front of the TV or with your phone in your hand. Even though there aren’t any hard and fast rules with intuitive eating, distracted eating is definitely discouraged. I have a secret though.1 I eat with distractions sometimes…and, in certain instances, it can be surprisingly helpful!

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10 Years of Intuitive Eating

10 Years of Intuitive Eating

This is a guest blog post from Katcha, my friend and former Intuitive Eating Community Forum moderator. She has been practicing IE since March 2007 and has so much experience with it that I want to share some of her wisdom.

March 2017 marked the 10 year anniversary of the start of my intuitive eating journey. My first introduction to not dieting happened years before in the 1980s when I read all of Geneen Roth’s books and even attended one of her 3-day seminars. What I now know was missing from those initial efforts was the support I needed to understand and continue rejecting diet mentality and reconnecting with my own INner (body) wisdom.

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Free E-Book!!

Free E-Book!!

Greetings! Here is a free compilation of a few of my articles about my first steps towards recovery from an eating disorder. It also includes a brand new introduction!

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Battling Buffets & Potlucks

Battling Buffets & Potlucks

 My husband and I recently paid his parents a visit. Well, this visit must have meant a lot to my mother-in-law because she really went all out. Rather than simply ordering a pizza, she laid out a whole spread for us. We had fruit, salad, cheese bread, and every single sandwich fixing you can think of. She even made apple cake for dessert! As I was eating, I started thinking about buffets. The meal at my mother-in-law’s house was far from what I would consider a buffet, but it was buffet-like in the sense that I had a variety of foods to choose from, some of which I don’t normally have on hand. Buffets, and even potlucks, can be hard for me because they’re so different than other types of eating experiences.

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My Friend, Maslow

My Friend, Maslow

I am going to nerd-out for a bit and show off some of my psychology background. Although I find it fascinating that Sigmund Freud did enough cocaine to kill a small horse and Jean Piaget had an obsession with mollusks,1 I’m going to talk about the comparatively boring, Abraham Maslow.2 Maslow came up with a hierarchy of needs pyramid to show how our more basic needs have to be addressed before our more complex needs. My goal has always been to work on reaching the higher levels of the pyramid so I could move towards my personal potential. The irony is that I thought dieting would help me get to that goal when it really only forced me to chip away at the foundation of my pyramid, making it increasingly unstable.

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Finding Fullness

Finding Fullness

Dieting messed with my fullness cues. Big time. Restricting made me ravenous and then I usually overate because I was just so damn hungry. This ruined my ability to identify comfortable fullness because I only knew what it felt like to be stuffed. It was either-or; there was no middle ground. Because I had ignored this sensation for so long, I forgot what it was like for gentle fullness to emerge.

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Birthday Bummer

Birthday Bummer

 I always get a coupon for a free Baskin Robbins scoop of ice cream on my birthday. It is something that I look forward to every year as my birthday month approaches. Sure, it’s only a kid-sized scoop, but I love free stuff and I love Pralines ‘N Cream, so it’s win-win. When I received my coupon this year, I eagerly drove to my local Baskin Robbins, happily presented my coupon, and left with my treat in hand.1 However, when I sat down to eat it as my post-dinner sweet, it just wasn’t how I remembered it.

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Is Emotional Eating Bad?

Is Emotional Eating Bad?

 

Our brains have an interesting relationship with words. Words can either be taken at face value or they can have an underlying meaning that takes the word to a whole different level. Let’s look at the word “rose”. If you bust out the dictionary and look up this word, you’ll find the description of a flower. While that may be accurate, the same word also can elicit certain feelings or thoughts. In this case, roses are usually associated with something positive like romance and love. Now let’s look at the the term “emotional eating”. It literally means to eat in response to emotions. However, “emotional eating” tends to evoke negative feelings and thoughts in people. But is emotional eating really bad? I would argue that there can be a time and place for it in our lives.

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Purging My Closet

Purging My Closet

Yesterday, I purged my closet. Over the last year, I donated a few pieces of clothing here and there, but this big purge was something I knew I had to face at some point. My dresses, skirts, and tops have always been quite forgiving, but I had put off trying on my pants and shorts for a long time. Because of my insecurity about the current amount of padding on my stomach, I knew that going through them would be something to tackle only when I was mentally ready. Well, I decided that yesterday was that day. Knowing that I had to try on every single pair of pants and shorts didn’t fill me with dread, but I wasn’t exactly anxiety-free.

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