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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The Nurtured Mama Podcast

Hello there! I was recently on the Nurtured Mama Podcast sharing my story of becoming a mother, growing my family and fielding comments about my body throughout the journey to motherhood.

As an expert in PCOS, food behavior and body image, I also share how I came to specialize in PCOS, why dieting is harmful to women with PCOS and how they can manage their symptoms WITHOUT dieting. Listen here now!

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. 

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 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.