Love Food’s Favorite Things

It is a constant musical at my house since my kids love dancing and singing show tunes. “These are a few of my favorite things!” is winding its way through my head as I share with you Love Food’s Holiday Favorite Things. I hope they help you zap diets as their barrage starts this January.

  1. Why say it when your T-shirt can do it for you?!? You can shove that fad diet up your ass t-shirt could only be worn away from my kiddos although they know how I feel about diets: they promote harm not health. Turn up your anti-diet sass with this one from the Sarcastic Nutritionist. {{It has just come to my attention this shirt only goes to size XL and a small one at that. I hate that I missed this! Will do better next year picking a t-shirt that in more body inclusive.}}
  2. You’ve heard me say it 100 times: I just want you to feel at home in your own skin. My colleagues over at Be Nourished have a similar saying: Body Trust® is your birthright. Self acceptance is radical and political just like I mention in Love Food episode 99. That’s why we need to shout to the world: ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES! Say it with art with this beautiful Be Nourished and Jennifer Price Davis collaboration: Body Trust Angel®.
  3. My favorite gifts include giving back. Have you heard about PCOS? Well, 1 in 10 women experience PCOS yet it is greatly underfunded and under diagnosed. Sasha Ottey is a woman working to change that through PCOS Challenge, a nonprofit support organization globally advancing the cause for women and girls with PCOS. I got to meet up with Sasha, the founder and director of PCOS Challenge, at BEDA a few weeks ago and what a privilege! She fights for more research and meets with lawmakers ALL. THE. TIME. to improve PCOS diagnosis, treatment, and funding. And, she is body positive, weight inclusive, and non-diet. Consider giving to this amazing organization that is truly making a difference. Here is a pic of Sasha and me after my BEDA talk on PCOS, binge eating disorder, and weight stigma. Thank you Sasha for ALL you do for many!
  4. I encourage you to read magazines that help you feel nourished, fed, and empowered rather than catty, judged, or less than. Have you seen the magazine Flow? I was packing for a long flight this summer and wanted something to read. I appreciated that I would also be dividing my time convincing our kids to not yell “POOOOOP!” while kicking the seats in front of them. Instead of a book I found magazines that are meant to take a long time to read. Luckily, I also packed my noise cancelling head phones so I didn’t have to hear my kids and dove into this magazine. I am asking my partner to get a subscription for me this Christmas. Check it out and I think you will enjoy it too. Here’s a pic of the 2 Flow magazines I am STILL doting on. I have the smallest bed side table so it means a lot when something is chosen to be there. p.s. I made my bed in this pic so you think I do everyday 😂😜.
  5. When you are tired of constantly re-directing diet talk, throw this beauty on by Jai at her store Fat Mermaids. While the acronym may get lost on some, it will surely deliver its intended message to those who can decipher it. Do you know a Susan who needs this message? I do! I think this sweatshirt would look smashing tied preppy fashion around your neck over the Sarcastic Nutritionist T.

What are your favorite body liberating (my favorite term from Jes Baker!) and Food Peace™ promoting gifts to give?

 

 

Dear Diets, You F*cking Suck. {Ep 099 Season 1 Finale}

Food Peace™ is political, radical, and important. I’ve made mistakes and I am ready to plow ahead. Are you ready to stand up against diet culture with me? Listen now to my Dear Diets letter, and get fired up with me!

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • We’ve come to the end of Season 1 of the Love, Food Podcast, and to close us out, I’m going to be reading a letter written by me, straight to diets.
  • It’s time to dismantle diet culture, and I need your help. Send me your Dear, Food letter for next season to lovefoodpodcast@gmail.com. I’m looking forward to hearing them!
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to the show, and leave a rating and review. It’s so important to leave a rating and review, as it helps people who are struggling with their relationship with food and body to find the podcast.
  • “A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.” – Namoi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
  • We should all be raising our children as feminists.
  • Food IS political, and dieting IS political. We HAVE to talk about politics and feminism if we hope to dismantle diet culture and the patriarchy for good.
  • Diets have condemned certain body sizes, and they have distracted all of us from experiencing true joy in our lives and with food. Diets keep us from experiencing connection and joy with others! Diets tell us we aren’t worthy of love until we’re the “right” size. But none of the things diets tell us are true.
  • Diet culture pretends to be about health, and even has begun to feel like a religion. Diets have gone way too far.
  • Diets predict weight gain and eating disorders!
  • People who oppose diets, and the damage that they do, are coming together. The next generation of psychologists, dietitians, and health professionals will take diet culture down!!
  • We need to teach health professionals about weight bias and weight stigma. It’s harmful to our health, even more-so than eating that french fry.
  • Diets are sneaky manipulators, so smart that sometimes we don’t even know we’re being manipulated.
  • It’s time to engage in our politics, understand our privilege, and stand up to diet and body oppression. It’s time for us all to feel more at home in our own skin, and to end the normalization of diets and fatphobia. See you in 2018!

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

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I have a complicated relationship with exercise. {Ep 97 with Jessi Haggerty}

Are you struggling with your relationship with exercise while pursuing food peace? Do you attach your self-worth to how much physical activity your body is capable of doing? Listen now for some tips on how to tackle this challenge in the food and body peace journey.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Jessi Haggerty joins us to tackle this listener’s letter!
  • Fat acceptance and feminism can be KEY to finding recovery… and it can help us to keep going along the recovery path if we start to feel stuck!!
  • It’s important to inspect our beliefs about ability, and see how our relationship with exercise is influenced by ableism. Social justice can help us break free from other ways that diet culture holds us back!
  • It’s important to think about the INTENTIONS behind our physical activity… if the intention is about body manipulation, weight suppression, or to “prove” something, then it’s probably time to take a step back and rethink that choice.
  • Comparisons steal our joy!
  • Remember, compassion is key.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

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Is PCOS over-diagnosed? Why are we still asking the wrong questions about women’s health?

I love reading scientific literature challenging my assumptions and forcing me to step out of my comfort zone. Challenging the norms are a crucial part of scientific advancements, so when I learn about surprising PCOS theories, I try to remain curious.

There is a new article found here suggesting that the diagnostic criteria for PCOS is too broad, and this broad diagnostic criteria may be doing more harm than good.

As I read through this article I was deeply disappointed by the attempts to stretch a small amount of PCOS knowledge to make such a drastic assertion.

I am disappointed in the lack of PCOS research. If PCOS affected men’s reproductive health and quality of life, would there be more research?

Would there even be a fear that they are being over diagnosed? Not in a million years.

I cannot remember a time that the validity of men’s experiences was questioned, so I cannot answer begin to answer this question.

As with other health conditions, the diagnostic criteria for PCOS have changed over time. The most recent changes in diagnostic criteria include more types of PCOS and is partly responsible for the increase in PCOS prevalence.

However, since the change in prevalence since 1930s, there have been a countless number of environmental changes, such as changes in the food quality, pollutants, and lifestyle.

There is also a vast difference in the access to consistent healthcare for people of various socioeconomic statuses. The amount of changes that may contribute to a change in prevalence since the 1930s should not be understated.

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The authors of this article suggest that the increase in prevalence is largely due to an unnecessary over-diagnosis of PCOS. They argued that it might be best if people with PCOS are simply treatment without given a label. The authors argued that people with PCOS who seek pregnancy might benefit from knowledge of their ovulation status.

Is the author suggesting that people should only receive detailed information about their reproductive health if they are willing to have children? 

Regardless of their fertility status or interest in having children, people are of equal value. Their worthiness of knowledge is not dependent on their interest in getting pregnant.

The article argued that the main benefits for receiving a diagnosis were related to treatment. They failed to acknowledge the support people with PCOS may receive as a result of their diagnosis. Discovering communities of other people with PCOS may improve their quality of life and learn to better manage their symptoms. This may reduce the feelings of isolation about their differences in appearances and experiences.

Providing treatment to people with PCOS without sharing the PCOS label will reduce the likelihood of engaging in PCOS communities that oftentimes empower people with PCOS.

The article argued that a PCOS diagnosis will likely add unnecessary stress to people with PCOS.

I cannot help but see the authors’ worries about fragile women that cannot contain their emotions about their diagnosis.

The authors even argue that people log onto social media, absorb invalid information, and will overestimate the severity of their diagnosis. They fail to acknowledge that people seek PCOS information on social media because their doctors provide such little information about the diagnosis.

They also fail to acknowledge how little support people with PCOS receive from healthcare professionals. After neglecting to acknowledge these realities, the authors argue people with PCOS cannot and do not know how to decipher which information is valid, bringing them to dramatize the severity of their PCOS.

Rather than taking away the PCOS label, we should empower patients to learn how to seek accurate information. 

There is poor information about PCOS online. There is also poor information about almost every other health condition online. A clear distinction between PCOS and many other common health conditions is that people with PCOS do not get consistent and clear messages from healthcare providers.

People with PCOS are forced to do their own research and build communities of support. If they are inaccurately gauging the severity of their PCOS, I am sure the lack of support from healthcare professionals is a contributing factor.

There is not enough research supporting the assertion that providing a PCOS label to patients causes harm. The authors sited three resources as they suggested a label might cause harmful effects. Two of these articles did not even study people with PCOS, who have distinct experiences of infertility, miscarriages, and physical appearances that may benefit from the support they can receive from having a label. The third article had a small sample size that did not specifically study people with PCOS. They only asked participants to imagine they had PCOS symptoms.

Learning more about PCOS has provided researchers with more questions, including questioning the diagnostic criteria. The authors of this article argued not all people with PCOS would benefit with the PCOS label.

There is inadequate research to support their argument. In a general sense, the questions around the health benefits that result in labeling diseases remain unanswered.

I am confused as to why a topic that is so under-researched and novice should be applied to a disease like PCOS that has so many unanswered questions. 

I find myself asking if PCOS were a men’s disease, would such assertions be made? Would these assertions include arguments of fragility and dramatization about patients? I cannot help but think that the narrative would be different if PCOS was not a women’s issue.

Let’s continue this conversation in the Facebook PCOS Support Group. Click here to join! What’s your reaction to this? Do you think PCOS is over-diagnosed? How did you experience reading the medical analysis then Kimberly’s reaction?

Resources

Copp, Tessa, et al. “Are expanding disease definitions unnecessarily labelling women with polycystic ovary syndrome?” Bmj, 2017, doi:10.1136/bmj.j3694.

I have always felt ashamed of my body. {with Antonia Hartley}

Do you feel shame around your relationship with food and your body? Are you worried about disclosing your eating behavior to a current partner or loved one? Do you find yourself thinking about food all the time? Listen now for some concrete solutions to overcome these barriers to food peace.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Shame is so common in the eating disorder experience!!
  • Antonia Hartley joins to help tackle this letter writer’s struggles…
  • Eating disorders make us feel so alone and isolated, but there are many people dealing with the same issues.
  • Insight and awareness are vital to finding recovery and healing, but it can only take you so far. It’s important to work with a dietitian or other eating disorder professional to find lasting recovery and make changes!
  • Finding a Health at Every Size dietitian to work with is SUPER important to make sure you’re in a safe environment to find help.
  • If you’re thinking about food all day long, definitely inquire if you’re eating enough! Sometimes restriction is physical or mental, and adequacy with food is very important!! If you’re bingeing, it’s likely that you’re NOT getting enough, no matter what size you are.
  • It’s NOT as simple as calories in, calories out. Our metabolism is MUCH more complicated than that!
  • Sometimes there is fear in letting go of our eating disorder because there is a small part of us that feels these diet rules are serving us in some way… but they’re not!
  • “Honesty is the antithesis of eating disorder behavior.” – Antonia
  • Relationships are SO important in eating disorder recovery! Be honest with those you love, and set the boundaries around triggers.
  • Eating behaviors can be a messenger for our emotions or our needs… listen to them!
  • If you’re in a situation where someone in your life is consistently triggering you, don’t be afraid to bring them into a therapy session with you to parse out exactly what you need from them as a loved one. Remember, we live in diet-culture world, so give your loved ones some time to adjust to this new way of life!
  • Be aware of your own internalized fat stigma when exploring recovery.
  • You weren’t born with food rules!! These are LEARNED behaviors and “truths.”
  • Checking back in with your treatment team post-recovery is SO important! Remember, we live in a world that hasn’t recovered from its own eating disorder, so having a supportive community around you is essential for maintaining recovery.
  • On feminism: Feminism is for everyone, not just women! Ending sexism is good for everyone.
  • Ending weight stigma helps everyone!

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Click here to leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series.