I don’t know how to stop dieting.


Are you ready to leave dieting behind, but are too afraid to make that final leap and embrace intuitive eating? Are you looking for a way out, but aren’t sure where to turn? Listen now to hear some great tips to transition into this part of the food peace journey.

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This episode is brought to you by my PCOS summer series: Empowering Your PCOS Journey. You CAN make peace with food even with PCOS and I want to show you how. This series and our Facebook group will be with you every step of the way.

Episode’s Key Points:

  • Diets don’t work, and losing weight doesn’t actually fix any of our problems!
  • Dieting = MISERY!
  • Healthy eating includes pleasure! If a certain eating pattern HURTS, then it’s definitely a diet, and it’s definitely not health promoting.
  • We give food way too much power and brain space… we should only really have to think about food when it’s meal time! Food preoccupation can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors.
  • Compassion is key! It’s super common to avoid “healthy” or “diet” foods like fruits and veggies, or to overeat when you first abandon dieting and restriction, all in an effort to overcompensate and make sure you don’t fall back into disordered behaviors. So if you catch yourself engaging in these behaviors, just be kind and understanding to yourself. This is all a part of the mess of figuring out your own internal hunger, fullness, and satiety cues. And it won’t last forever!
  • This is a PROCESS! Food peace isn’t a fast journey.
  • Be curious about your eating behavior rather than judgmental. This will allow you to uncover the root of your food preoccupation!
  • You may have to think about food a lot when you first start the intuitive eating journey, but this won’t last. Think about learning how to drive or riding a bike… you have to think about it at first, but once you get it, it’s intuitive.
  • If jumping into intuitive eating still feels too scary, try experimenting with check-in times instead! Set an alarm so that you can check in with your hunger every three-ish hours throughout the day, every day. Make sure your check-in times go all the way until you’re asleep, and do an intentional body scan to check in with your hunger, fatigue, and other bodily needs. Eventually, this will get you into the habit of checking in with yourself consistently, but not obsessively.
  • Making peace with food is HARD, especially because we live in a world that hasn’t recovered yet. Find a dietitian and/or therapist, group therapy, or an online course to help you on this journey!

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.

The Love Food Podcast Episode 41

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Are you working toward eating disorder recovery yet wonder if you have the strength to see it through?? Does your battle toward 100% recovery feel like an impossible dream? Listen now for insight.

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Key Points:

  • Julie needs your letters! Send your letter detailing your complicated relationship with Food to LoveFoodPodcast@Gmail.com
  • Get out paper and pencil for an exercise!
  • Recovery is messy, unclear, bumpy, weathered not linear or a destination.
  • Our world has not recovered yet.
  • First, learn to live with your biology then how to rewire it.
  • Eating disorder recovery is not a sprint rather a marathon.
  • ED recovery takes usually ~7 to 14 years.
  • Carolyn Costin quote:”Recovery can’t be something you dip your toe in to. For it to be fully felt and completely comprehended, you have to immerse yourself.”
  • We can’t pick and choose parts of recovery to get there. Part of recovery is facing the fear of fat and staying with it if indeed your body needs to be.
  • Size diversity is healthy yet live in a fat-phobic world.
  • Seek out group support to aid in recovery.
  • Health of every size is an approach to attuned eating, movement and body image that does not use the scale as a measure of progress. Size diversity is celebrated and a social justice issue. img_7553

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. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.

The Love Food Podcast episode 39

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Are you at diet rock bottom and longing for food peace yet feel just as stuck in things like mindful eating and intuitive eating? Do you experience more shoulds and rigid rules within tools meant to release your complicated relationship with food? Can you escape rule prison? Yup. You can. Listen now for insight.

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Key Points:

  • Editor’s note: This episode 39 needed to be released a week behind episode 40 because it wasn’t quite ready. I’m trying to be ok with the break in numbering and hope you can be too.
  • Mindful eating can be twisted to be harmful rather than health promoting and compassionate.
  • Mindfulness’s foundation: a compassionate nonjudgemental presence. Being in the moment and noticing brain messages, feelings, etc.
  • Shoulding leads to dieting.
  • Watch out for the hybrid: mindful dieting.
  • Mindfulness connected to dieting, pursuit of weight loss, or “right” way then twisting mindfulness to make it no longer mindful.
  • How to change?
    • Compassionate nonjudgemental curiosity. Center on this concept. Be aware of judgements and notice them too without judging. Normal and natural especially living in a fat body.
    • Practice pausing. Decide what you’d really like it to be as a grown up and in charge of yourself.
    • Healthy eating includes pleasure. Honor this pleasure. Learn to be ok with it.
  • “When you take the joy out of eating, nutrition suffers.” Ellyn Satter RD LCSW
  • Jinx experiences = personalization

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. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.

The Love Food Podcast Episode 31: PCOS, cravings, and bingeing

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Have you been told to cut out sugar or carbs to treat PCOS or pre diabetes and it is just leaving you bingeing and hopeless?

Listen now for ideas to bring to your next doctor’s appointment.

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Key Points:

  • Have PCOS and looking for more tools to work toward Food Peace? If you live near Greensboro NC you are in luck! Give us a call for details 336.273.2808 x 0.
  • Every diet leads to a binge and weight gain.
  • Dieting is the greatest predictor of weight gain and eating disorders.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women and has genetic connections. Stop blaming yourself!
  • PCOS affects ovulation, mood, hair, male pattern baldness, and central adiposity. This affects body image for many women.
  • High circulating insulin = growth hormone
  • Hard core restricting may help decrease weight in the beginning yet over time harms health, increases weight, promotes bingeing.
  • Increased cravings, more symptoms, weight gain = time to look into how PCOS managed rather than blame the person.
  • Doctors: How do you treat patients with PCOS in smaller bodies? What are their recommendations??
  • Which foods energize you? Which foods drain you??
  • Do you feel like you are carrying around a bag of rocks when you go to exercise?
  • How are you sleeping??
  • Let’s keep talking about PCOS!

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. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.

The Love Food Podcast Episode 30: I want to make peace with food while pursuing weight loss.

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Have you been working on making peace with food and yearn to lose weight? Can you practice mindful intuitive eating while pursuing weight loss? Julie and her guest, fellow dietitianAaron Flores, sort this out. Listen here now!

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Key Points:

  • Eating disorder recovery has two steps: making peace with food then making peace with your body. Living in a fat body in our thin-obessessed world has many challenges especially if you are trying to live without diets and the desire to lose weight.
  • As making peace with food, it is common to not trust the process. Aaron uses a cool metaphor about being in the shallow end of the pool and knowing work needs to be done in the deep end. But going to that deep end is terrifying without floaties.
  • Remember to look how far you’ve come and be proud of the progress so far.
  • Binge eating disorder recovery is messy and not linear. It can be even messier if living in a fat body because our society undermines making peace with food. This chips away the trust we build through the process.
  • Do I need to learn to be a little bit hungry?? ABSOLUTELY not.
  • Honor the function of your rebellion. Deprivation will further fuel the rebellion.
  • We dietitians need to be comfortable with this rebellious time. Help clients hold the space.
  • Seek out people and resources that help you maintain positive body image. See the Food Peace Syllabus addition below.
  • Compassionate curiosity is the foundation for your food peace.
  • You cannot work on peace with food while pursuing weight loss.

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. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.