Food Psych #80: The Truth About "Food Addiction" with Marci Evans

Marci Evans - Food Addiction & Eating Disorders Dietitian

Fellow body-positive dietitian Marci Evans shares how she developed a healthy relationship with food in childhood, when it started to go awry, how she decided to go into the nutrition field, why it's so important that eating-disorder specialists NOT also try to sell weight loss, why some people feel "addicted" to food, what the science actually says about so-called food addiction, and lots more. 

Marci Anderson Evans MS, CEDRD, cPT is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, certified Intuitive Eating Coach, and owner of Marci RD Nutrition Consulting.

“Food is meant to be pleasurable. We are meant to enjoy it.” [Click to Tweet]

By combining her passion for food, nutrition, and fitness her goal is to take help each of her clients find a healthy and happy relationship with food and exercise. She works exclusively with clients with eating disorders, disordered eating, or those interested in intuitive eating counseling.

Marci has two professional passions. The first is empowering individuals to find a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and their bodies. The second is teaching and supervising dietitians on how to effectively counsel people with eating disorders. Marci finds great satisfaction in utilizing a psychologically informed approach to counseling and feels grateful for a career that helps her to learn and grow every day. 

Find Marci online at MarciRD.com, and learn more about her online training for dietitians

 

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We Discuss:

  • Marci’s relationship with food growing up, including funny food quirks, her natural inner wisdom relating to food, and the pleasure factor with food

  • Marci’s introduction to dance, food shame, and a preoccupation with “healthy eating”

  • The arc of Marci’s relationship with food as she grew older, including panic over weight gain during puberty, induction into diet culture during her teenage years, and the eventual bingeing of her college years

  • Marci’s reaction to her weight gain, including shame, and how the unconditional kindness and body-acceptance of others helped her to heal

  • Marci’s experience in her nutrition education, which luckily encouraged balance and moderation, and her eventual introduction to Intuitive Eating through an eating disorder treatment center

  • How long eating disorder recovery truly takes

  • The impact that culture has on our relationship to food and our body, and the importance of not including weight management in eating disorder recovery

  • Marci’s immersion into the books and resources surrounding HAES, body positivity, rejecting diet culture, and intuitive eating

  • How intuitive eating and body positivity are often co-opted by the diet industry for marketing purposes, and how navigating the HAES philosophy can be very difficult for private practitioners and clients who are so used to the diet mentality

  • How important it is for dietitians and nutritionists teaching HAES to do their own intuitive eating work, especially as it relates to rejecting the goal of weight loss

  • The ways in which we can self-select the media and conversations we engage in to better ensure that we are surrounded by body-positive messages

  • How intuitive eating seeps into all areas of our lives, including personal relationships

  • Dealing with the health media as a HAES dietitian

  • The complicated topic of “food addiction,” including interpreting food addiction from the perspective of HAES and intuitive eating, interpreting the research in the context of our cultural food beliefs and history, and validating those who feel addicted to food while simultaneously guiding them away from disempowerment

  • The importance of giving people intuitive eating tools before they try legalizing all foods without the proper support

  • How to have realistic expectations for ourselves in eating disorder recovery and intuitive eating practice

 

Resources Mentioned

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