Giving yourself Unconditional Permission to Eat: 8 Ways to Help You Get Started

We’ve touched on unconditional permission before when we’ve chatted about why “cheat days” are problematic, but we wanted to give you some concrete steps to get there. When we give ourselves full permission to eat all foods, we eliminate that “forbidden fruit” factor, thus enabling us to have a much more fluid, relaxed relationship with food.

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Ten Principles of Intuitive Eating

Chances are, you’ve heard of Intuitive Eating (IE) by now. Originally coined by two registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in 1995, it has taken popular culture by storm.

The premise behind IE is that dieting is not only ineffective for weight loss in the long run (95% of diets ultimately fail), but may also be harmful for physical and mental health. They developed  ten principles to help guide individuals away from rigid dieting rules, instead to come home to their bodies and tap into their innate wisdom in order to heal their relationship with food and body.

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Diet Buzz Words

Consider this post a personal PSA to you.

As a dietitian I am constantly bombarded with these “buzz words;” it’s just the nature of the diet-obsessed world we live in. They are so much a part of our language that we’ve become desensitized to them so much so that these conversations have become commonplace and even expected. We want to arm you with the knowledge to see through this diet culture BS and better understand the science backing up what could potentially be harmful - not helpful - to your health.

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11 Body-Positive Resolutions for the New Year That Have Nothing to do With Changing Your Body

Cheers to another year around the sun! The New Year can bring a lot of excitement for the possibilities and opportunities to come, but it can also stir up some pressure to change. You know the old adage, “New Year, new me.” We can’t even go grocery shopping without being bombarded with diet-y messaging urging us to buy their “detox” powders or weight loss cookbooks.

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7 Ways to Survive the Holidays Using an Intuitive Eating Mindset

Enjoying the abundance of food centered holiday celebrations can be tough, especially if you’ve struggled with an eating disorder, emotional eating or have gotten caught up in the dieting > restrictive eating cycle before. Any sort of real or perceived overindulgence can lead to feelings of guilt or shame, which can only lead to more stress eating, restricting or unhealthy dieting tactics. So how can we approach the season without getting too caught up in the food?

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What is Health at Every Size? (and why we think your weight is the least interesting thing about you)

Health at Every Size (HAES) is based on the wealth of research demonstrating that being in an “overweight” or larger body does not correlate with poorer health outcomes. Chronic diseases occur across BMI categories; they aren’t limited to the higher BMI categories. In fact, there is research to support the fact that a higher BMI, such as being considered “overweight,” is actually protective.

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Stop Playing Tricks with the Treats: Why you Should Let Your Kids Enjoy Their Candy this Halloween

Halloween is a FUN holiday meant to be enjoyed. Actually, it’s a wonderful opportunity to practice intuitive eating. Restricting, rationing, hiding your child’s candy and communicating these restrictions to your child can create a sense of shame and guilt when consuming these foods. A kiddo who is never exposed to any fun food will have a tough time eating them without shame and often this shame around food is carried into adulthood. .Providing your child with the support and structure to understand their own hunger/fullness/satisfaction signals without restriction can help them develop a positive relationship with food and Halloween is the perfect holiday to make this happen. But how do we accomplish this?

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Joyful Movement: Making Peace with Exercise

In this week’s blog, we’ll chat about exercise and how to use the practice of “intuitive self care” to ensure you are truly tuning in and responding to your body’s needs. Very similar to our food intake, our relationship with exercise needs to come from a place of tuning in, listening and responding to what it needs: enjoyable, sustainable, satisfying activity.

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Nourished on Campus: The Essential Dorm Room Grocery List

While having access to food is so important, it often gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list when you head off to college. If the dining hall is at the other end of campus and only has set meal times you may not always be able to get there. Making sure that you have access to food that provides your body (and your working brain!) with the nourishment that it needs will keep you fueled for success.

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Nourished on Campus: 6 Steps to Tackling the Dining Hall with Confidence

Let’s face it. College dining halls can be overwhelming. It should be the time of day when you’re catching up with friends and refueling before you’re onto the next big event of the day. Fun instead of stressful, right?! We promise there is a way to enjoy your dining hall experience - enjoy the food, enjoy the company and walk out feeling ready for whatever your classes have for you next.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things

To round out our anniversary month, we wanted to share with you all some of our favorite things. These are some things that we here at NourishRX use on a daily basis to unwind and stay refreshed. There are also some random things that make our lives easier and more convenient. We’ve also incorporated some of our favorite products that we recommend to clients to help them in their journey.

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4 Reasons Counting Calories Does More Harm than Good and 10 Things You Can Do Instead

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt so consumed with calorie counting that you start to no longer see food for food, but as instead as a total number of calories. Instead of choosing foods because they are your favorites or because you know they are going to look and taste good and be satisfying, you choose them because the “number” is appealing or maybe the calories in that food item are so low that you feel that the food item is “better” suited for your diet.

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Can I Eat That?

Everywhere we turn, we find ourselves bombarded with this banter: from the media, diet books, family members, friends, even teachers and healthcare providers. “You ate vegetables? That’s GOOD! You ate ice cream yesterday? Well you probably shouldn’t have it again today...” Seems that food is either right or wrong, good or bad, dirty or clean these days…

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