In Intuitive Eating, obstacles are teachers

When you’re dieting, any challenge that pops up is meant to be whacked like a carnival mole. Obstacles in this sense are all about overcoming, overriding, vanquishing, and emerging victorious. This seems ok, until it isn’t. Once we hit an obstacle that truly challenges us – and admittedly, many of us are in a diminished […]

Read More

The truth about discipline

In our diet culture, the word discipline has taken on a particular meaning – one of militant, self-denying, aggression. . In the Buddhist sense, however, the word discipline has a completely different connotation. It is not about overriding our desires or rigidly applying rules despite changing conditions. . True discipline is about coming back to […]

Read More

Sometimes generosity is about receiving, not giving

Traditionally we think about generosity as giving to others – material goods, services, help, kindness. But I would argue that as other-oriented as we may be, sometimes true generosity looks like accepting from others. Think of the joy you receive when you give to others. When that person realizes that you have considered their feelings […]

Read More

Everything we experience is a combination of our physiology and our psychology

When I work with clients, I usually find myself drawing two circles in the air with my index finders – one representing our physiology or biology, the other representing our psychology. Then I move my hands together to indicate that these two circles are more overlapping than not. This is how it is for us, […]

Read More

Ultimately, this is about being yourself

Intuitive Eating and mindfulness have a lot in common: trusting in your own body, self, and judgment; living your life according to internal (rather than external) drivers; being in the moment and constantly referencing yourself and your environment to take the next right step. Ultimately, both Intuitive Eating and mindfulness are about being yourself – […]

Read More

How resisting discomfort robs us of joy

This simple truth never fails to provide perspective: It is completely normal and human to prefer pleasure over suffering; it is also completely normal for grasping onto pleasure to increase our suffering. What does this mean? For evolutionary reasons, our human minds and bodies prefer things that feel good to things that feel bad. Doesn’t […]

Read More

It’s my birthday – here’s a gift for you!

Hi there, Today is my 45th birthday and I want to give you something to celebrate!! Before, during, and after the Thanksgiving holiday, I heard and read so many things about eating, weight, and body image. The good news is that there was an amazing array of body-positive, intuitive eating-inspired posts about how to hold […]

Read More

The intuitive eating movement is growing – I share one small example of how we are moving into the mainstream

Hi there:Last week I did something totally new for me: a live interview. The Daily Burn is an online fitness community that streams live workouts daily and offers other resources and inspiration including interviews with people like me!JD, the host, and I spoke about diet culture, why focusing on weight loss is exactly the wrong […]

Read More