Posts in the ‘Diets Don’t Work’ Category

Nutrition & Health: Don’t Sweat It

Tyler Oliver, a grad student in Communications at Michigan State University, asked if I would share my thoughts about food and nutrition for her video documentary thesis project. Although I dislike the spotlight—both figuratively and in reality—I wanted to help her out. So, I gathered my thoughts, mustered my courage, and braved the bright lights.

Make Your Home a “No Body-Bashing Zone”

How you feel and what you say about your own body affects your kids. As parents, we want so much for our children: We hope they have a positive sense of self, good friends, a rewarding career, a loving partner, and [insert your other hopes and dreams here]. So we do the best we can

The Trouble with Food Rules

If you were told that you could never EVER eat cake again, what would you do? If you like cake, even a little bit, you would probably experience a sequence of thoughts and emotional states—similar to the grieving process: 1. Disbelief. What??? Why??? Are you crazy? I can’t believe this. This is ridiculous. What is

Planet Pain or Planet Peace?

I recently spoke to a women’s group about mindful eating. I thought you might like to listen in. Thank you for inviting me to talk with you today. As one who  experienced the pain of self-imposed food restriction many years ago, but who now experiences the pleasures of savoring the food I love, I’m excited

On Banning Big Bad Beverages

When the news broke that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes to ban the sale of sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces, I just shook my head and sighed. Seriously? As a registered dietitian, I have a major passion for food, nutrition and human health, but this kind of thing is spoiling my pleasure, ticking

Weighing Heavy on Your Mind

Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with Judith Matz, LCSW, director of The Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, Inc. and co-author of The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care. The book’s subtitle makes you want to hug yourself, doesn’t it? First, throw your scale in the trash; then hug yourself.

The Bottom Line about Body Weight

Instead of worrying about weight, focus on the physical activities and nutrient-rich foods you enjoy.

The Crab Factor: Another Reason to Ditch Dieting

Another item in a long list of reasons to ditch dieting: Diets mess with mood and may even provoke aggressive behavior.

6 Reasons to Scrap Your Scale

You’ll be healthier and happier if you don’t allow the number on the scale to rule your world.

How You Eat Trumps What You Eat

Diets don’t work long-term. It’s time to get back to basics: Eat what you enjoy in amounts that are satisfying in a dependable fashion.

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