I have to be careful with food. And, I am tired of it. (Ep 115)

Are you struggling to find a peaceful relationship with food? Do you just want to feel normal again around food? Do you feel like food is taking up too much of your brain space? Listen now to get tips on how to handle this part of the Food Peace™ journey.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Food is an ultimate connector! It helps us to define our culture, family, and community.
  • Health at Every Size was started during the late 60s to discuss the mistreatment of people in larger bodies.
  • Mealtime should be pleasurable, but for some of us, it becomes a battlefield.
  • Obsession around food develops from deprivation around food! But this means food starts to develop TOO MUCH meaning, to the point that it interferes with our life.
  • Our relationship with food is often a mirror image to how we’re relating to something or someone else in our life. It indicates an unmet need! We have everything within us to meet our needs, and so investigating what those needs are might be the key!
  • What would it be like to no longer fight the power that food has in your life? What if you gave food the power that it wants, and gave yourself permission to spend more time with food? Or to bring new foods home? To eat them and appreciate them? Instead of fighting food, what if you gave it the power that it’s been yearning for? Connect with food in a way that gives you space to experiment!

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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My mom criticizes my body and food choices. (Episode 114)

What do we do when our foundation for Food Peace™ is rooted in negative self-talk and shame? How do we find make peace with our body when those around us are hyper-critical of our appearance? Listen now to get my tips on how to handle this part of the Food Peace™ journey.

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This episode is brought to you by my online course, Your Step-by-Step Guide to PCOS and Food Peace™. Sign up now to get on the waitlist for the next enrollment period in April, and receive my FREE road map: Your First 3 Steps Toward Food Peace™ with PCOS. You CAN make peace with food even with PCOS and I want to show you how.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Caregivers have a HUGE impact on our sense of self-worth and the development of positive self-talk. If our primary caregiver is a critical voice in our lives, we are unable to create our own internal compassionate voice.
  • If we have a caregiver with a personality disorder, it can be doubly hard to assert your right to your body. Personality disorders can be super rigid, and it’s important to set boundaries around what is and isn’t allowed. Tell this person that you won’t talk about food and body with them anymore, period!
  • Specifically, having a primary caregiver with narcissistic personality disorder can really effect your ability to have a peaceful relationship with food and our body.
  • Our relationship with food MIRRORS our relationship with other aspects of our lives!
  • Experiencing a foundation of criticism related to our body will have a lasting impact on how we view our body.
  • The “shoulding” inner voice aims to shame us! It’s important to react like a rebellious teenager to these shoulding voices.
  • When we deprive our bodies, they react by seeking out large amounts of highly palatable foods. This is the way our body tries to save us! It’s important to reframe these experiences as something shameful, to something necessary for survival.
  • Compassionate curiosity is the foundation to Food Peace™. Seek out safe spaces to further enhance this journey, including online groups, therapists, and more.

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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Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series.

Does the non-diet approach make diabetes worse? (Episode 113 with Megrette Fletcher)


Does the non-diet approach make diabetes worse?? How does intuitive eating fit when a person has real health concerns are impacted by food choices? Listen now to get my tips on how to grapple with this part of the Food Peace™ journey. Special guest expert is Megrette Fletcher, diabetes AND mindful eating dietitian expert.

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This episode is brought to you by my online course, Your Step-by-Step Guide to PCOS and Food Peace™. Sign up now to get on the waitlist for the next enrollment period in April, and receive my FREE road map: Your First 3 Steps Toward Food Peace™ with PCOS. You CAN make peace with food even with PCOS and I want to show you how.

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The transcribed episode can be found here.

Episode’s Key Points:

  • Black and white thinking is a cognitive distortion. Real like, and real health, isn’t like that at all. Being a weight-inclusive, fat-positive, non-diet dietitian is NOT an approach that harms health.
  • Gastric bypass does NOT rid the world of fatphobia! The answer to this problem is a combo solution: to help people heal their relationship with food AND with their bodies. Part of this means healing the cultural fatphobia our world is currently struggling with.
  • Megrette Fletcher joins us to talk about medical nutrition therapy!
  • Moving away from a job that doesn’t support our passions and values is an amazing step.
  • The culture surrounding diabetes is super saturated by diet culture, and so moving out of the diet-centric paradigm in diabetes work is hard! Before insulin was invented, restriction was the only way we knew how to manage the disease.
  • We need to pause and think, why are we so afraid of nourishing the body?
  • When we teach diabetes from a Health at Every Size perspective, we address every body as an individual.
  • We’re ALL marinating in diet culture, and people who struggle with diabetes exist in a diet-culture pressure cooker. We don’t cause diabetes as it’s a genetic disease, but so much of diet culture blames the individual and individual food and exercise choices.
  • Compassion is KEY for diabetes care, as there really isn’t a cure and it’s not a disease anyone asks for. It’s a genetic condition that’s VERY complex.
  • The goal needs to be to nourish the body, period. Where our weight ends up doesn’t matter!
  • No matter what your body size, you need to eat! We need more food than we think, and we’re allowed to nourish our bodies.

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.

Everyday starts out good then I binge. Am I broken? (Ep 112 with Dana Magee)

Is Food Peace™ and intuitive eating your goal, but you’re finding that being in a larger body is holding you back from that healing work? Listen now to get my tips on how to approach this part of the Food Peace™ journey.

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This episode is brought to you by my online course, Your Step-by-Step Guide to PCOS and Food Peace™. Sign up now to get on the waitlist for the next enrollment period in April, and receive my FREE road map: Your First 3 Steps Toward Food Peace™ with PCOS. You CAN make peace with food even with PCOS and I want to show you how.

This episode is also brought to you by my new Fat-Positive Dietitian t-shirt and mug! All proceeds go to funding this labor of love to keep it as a free resource for you. Check out the whole Love Food Podcast store here. All T-Shirt designs have an option with sizes ranging from XS to 5X.

Product links may be affiliate. If you click and make a purchase, there’s no extra cost to you.

The transcribed episode can be found here.

Episode’s Key Points:

  • Food brings us health and connection, BUT it doesn’t deserve the amount of power that we give it in diet culture. Food can’t really cure us OR kill us!
  • Thin privilege is very, very real! Our ability to heal our relationship around food IS impacted by our size and how the world treats us based on that size.
  • You aren’t “bad” based on your food choices!
  • Food deprivation in our past can translate into our present in the form of dieting.
  • Boys and men are often given permission to take up more space in the world and consume more food without negative associations. But growing girls need nourishment too!
  • Intuitive eating is essential for Food Peace™, but it’s important not to turn it into yet another diet rule. It isn’t the eat-when-you’re-hungry-stop-when-you’re-full diet! It’s about listening to your body and being curious about how certain foods make you feel.
  • Intuitive eating is NOT a weight loss plan!!
  • The desire to be in a smaller body is often about the need to be accepted, rather than the need to actually be physically smaller.
  • Remember, you can still want to lose weight but not pursue it! The pursuit of weight loss is harmful for our health, but it can be hard to let go of that desire completely because we live in a fatphobic society. So put weight loss on the back-burner, otherwise Food Peace™ will continue to be out of reach. We can’t listen to our fullness and hunger cues and honor them if we’re worried about weight gain!
  • Historical deprivation gets in the way of our intuition around food, so it’s important to unpack that with an intuitive-eating professional.
  • Intuitive eating work takes time, it’s not linear, and it’s messy. And the work is never really over because we live in diet culture! You’re not doing it wrong. You’re just in the process like everyone else.
  • Too much of morality is wrapped up in our food choices, and it’s time to reject that!
  • If we don’t eat enough during the day, our body pushes us to eat more at the end of the day. This is the restrict-binge cycle, and to stop it, you need to eat more!

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.

Alive and Well Podcast: A Healthy Perspective on Nutrition

Hello there! I was recently interviewed as a guest on the Alive & Well podcast regarding nutrition and health promoting ways to think about the food we eat. You can listen to the podcast here: http://aliveandwellpodcast.com/julie-dillon/ or scroll below for the highlights 🙂 I hope it provides more mojo for your Food Peace journey.

A few main points that were discussed:

  • You’re not failing the diet, the diet is failing you.<— Such a key point!!
  • The keys to health are the food peace journey and intuitive eating. <—Not dieting!
  • It’s important to give yourself unconditional permission to eat. <—-It’s not letting yourself go. It’s letting yourself BE!

Highlights of the podcast include:

The Food Peace Journey

“So many people believe that if they’re not dieting, they’re letting themselves go. That’s simply not the case. We’re all born knowing what to eat and how much, but we lose that along the way.”

“The journey usually feels more like counseling than a diet regimen. It’s about helping us understand why we view food the way we do.”

“Intuitive eating is a big piece of this as well. It’s simply finding a way to rely on your own hunger and fullness cues and establishing ways outside of eating to cope with emotions, while also having permission to eat what you want.”

Losing Weight as a Part of the Food Peace Journey

“Weight loss isn’t a behavior and it’s not the goal of the journey, which is hard for a lot of people to accept. Some people’s body weight, as they make peace with food, really won’t change much. We have to get to a place where we respect that our bodies may not change even when we’re living a healthy lifestyle.”

Navigating the Unconditional Permission to Eat

“Unconditional permission to eat scares a lot of people. The more our brain is exposed to a food, the less our brain gets excited about it. Our brain is always rooting for us to have a variety of foods so when we get used to a certain food, we no longer crave it. That’s why we generally don’t want to eat the same food multiple days or weeks in a row.”

“Relationships are equally or more important than the food you eat, so when you keep yourself from eating food and generate a craving for it, you give it more power than it should have.”

Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders for Women in Mid-Life

“Eating disorders do not only affect young women. Many, many women begin an unhealthy view of food and eating disorder midway through life, or around 45 years of age.”

“These eating disorders are often caused by big life changes such as moving, divorce, or a change in career. Thirteen percent of women in midlife experience the effects of some sort of eating disorder.”

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