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It's time to break up with your diet.
(You've probably cheated on it anyway.)

Diets cause damage to your health, peace of mind, and trust in your body. If you’ve been on one, you’ve probably been off, then back at it, and so on. If you’ve been through weight cycling and the stress and confusion of the diet merry-go-round, tried to figure out the “best” way to eat, or felt the pressure to constantly be working on your body and never feeling truly fulfilled,  you’re at the right place. 

Have you ever said,
"it's not a diet,
it's a Lifestyle"?

Little sayings like this that trick you into being on a diet certainly do not receive enough attention for the problems they cause.

Does your “lifestyle” have you missing out on social events because of the food being served? Does it make you weigh, measure, or count what you eat to make sure it “fits” into the day? Does it encourage you to burn or earn your calories as if they are some sort of currency? Does it encourage deprivation and call it “discipline”? Do you have to re-start this “lifestyle” every week, month, or new year?

If your lifestyle plan has any of these flags, it’s not a lifestyle. It’s a diet. And it takes the decision-making ability about your body and food choices out of your hands and gives it right back to diet culture. 

Worse, this can lead to nutrient deficiencies, hormonal changes, muscle loss, fatigue, and even eating disorders. Talk about a lifestyle change!

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Hello!

I'm Gloria, Registered Dietitian

I used to follow a weight and calories-focused approach to nutrition and emphasized what was “right” or “wrong” to eat. And to be totally honest, when I first came across the concept of Intuitive Eating, I wasn’t buying it. I thought it meant leaving health goals behind and just eating anything, anytime. Or everything, all the time. For a past dieter, that feels scary!

But after enough research and work on weight and food control, plus looking at my own history with food and diets, one thing is clear: diets don’t actually help people live a healthier life. 

Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size have brought light and purpose to my career as a dietitian as well as my personal life. I now teach, guide, and inform people how to recognize dieting’s empty promises, ditch the diet mentality, and build a safe place to land and move forward with health goals after months, years, or even decades of diet-related deprivation.

My nutrition philosophy: When you make choices about food and movement that impact the way you feel and not the way you look, the next part of your life can begin. 

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Questions?

Here are some frequently asked ones.

Yes, it’s possible. It’s also possible for you to lose weight, or for your weight to stay exactly the same. Perhaps the more important question is, “How do I deal with being uncomfortable about weight changes?” Your body and weight will change multiple times during your life. That’s normal! We look closely at how you view yourself and others when both “good” and “bad” changes happen.

Not all aspects of diets are bad. Having health goals, choosing nutritious foods, and feeling energetic enough to get through the day are common elements to many diet plans. But when regimens get too strict, they carry lots of judgement and guilt along with them. When food becomes an obsession, the line between discipline and disorder gets crossed which can result in poor body image and disordered eating. Most diets cause long-term weight gain rather than loss or maintenance. It is much healthier to maintain a positive relationship with food than it is to stress about trying to control your body size.

Having allergies, intolerances or medical conditions are valid and often necessary reasons to limit intakes of some foods. Ethical and sustainability concerns may play into your food choices as well. But things can turn into a slippery slope and lead to excessive restrictions in the name of “health” if your list of food avoidances gets too broad. If you are questioning your food avoidances, consider if these are truly necessary. How do they impact you physically and mentally?

Body size is not a predictor of health. Although it is easy to correlate weight with health outcomes, that does not mean a certain weight causes illnesses. Health-promoting behaviors are a better indictor of your overall wellness. Physical activity, smoking, stress management, and getting adequate sleep are some behaviors that impact health, and there’s plenty of research to prove it. Weight is not a behavior. Even larger factors, such as education, financial stability and access to healthcare likely have the biggest impact on your health and lifespan.

The point is, dieting and constant criticism of your body will not produce a healthier life. If you are curious about recognizing the harms of weight stigma, rejecting toxic diet culture messages, and learning how to navigate this world that is obsessed with what your body looks like, then stick around to learn. There is a path to wellness that does not include weighing, measuring, restricting, comparing, and battling hunger and fullness. If you’re not ready to let go of the food rules or “lifestyle change” just yet, that’s okay too. After all, Diet Stops Tomorrow. 🙂

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