Serving sizes don’t care about you

We love round numbers: *100-calorie packs of Oreos *1 oz of potato chips *1/2 of cooked rice The problem is that these lovely, knowable, concrete numbers have absolutely nothing to do with your body, your needs, what will be satisfying to your unique needs in a given moment. They are in fact completely arbitrary, having […]

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Don’t take my word for it

Yet another thing that Intuitive Eating and Buddhist philosophy have in common is their deep and abiding trust and belief in each individual’s judgment and experience. Any Buddhist teacher (and Intuitive Eating counselor) worth their salt have uttered “Don’t take my word for it” (or something similar) many, many times. The bottom line is this […]

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We have more important things to do

I hope you are well and safe and surviving these crazy days. The news of Justice Ginsburg’s death hit me like a Mack truck. The morning after I found myself restless, despairing, and ultimately wandering around Manhattan hoping for some deus ex machina to save us all. That clearly has not happened. What I have […]

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You also get unconditional permission to think

Perhaps the most striking difference between Intuitive Eating and, well, everything else is that you have full and unconditional permission to eat. That applies to what, when, and how much. Knowing that we have unconditional permission to eat allows us to stop “eating at” anything that limits us, whether a diet or ourselves. I think […]

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There’s no going backward in Intuitive Eating

I’ll be short and sweet this week: The way I see it, there is no such thing as backward movement on the Intuitive Eating path. We are only moving forward – noticing, collecting data, connecting dots, learning, and practicing. When we experience difficulty or even roadblocks, we do not regress. We join those obstacles with […]

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Intuitive Eating helps us deal with uncertainty

Let’s face it, we don’t tend to love life’s uncertainties. It’s ok – being uncomfortable with uncertainty is human and completely normal. If it’s any consolation, one of my favorite books is Pema Chodron’s Comfortable with Uncertainty (get it just for the title). Naturally, we like to feel as though we are in charge, that […]

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