Monthly Q&A #24, May 2018

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Topics Discussed

  • How to set goals for this course

  • How to deal with a family member’s “successful” dieting

  • How to handle an extended honeymoon phase

  • How to stop judging yourself for how often you get hungry

  • How to deal with thoughts that try to talk you out of eating what you want

  • How to push back against thoughts that eliminating certain foods will help you be healthier

  • How to stop measuring foods and adhering to a strict meal plan

  • How to avoid slipping into diet mentality when you feel your health is declining

  • Whether cutting out gluten and dairy is necessary for thyroid conditions, with reference to this study

  • What if someone WANTS to lose weight and doesn't feel they are in their set weight range?

  • Whether the physical pain and discomfort you get from overeating could be a way of avoiding dealing with emotional pain

  • How to close the door on a particular UK-based weight-loss company for good (content warning [CW] in this question for the name of the program)

  • How to handle a tricky relationship with wine

  • Whether the Ellyn Satter approach could work for an adult trying to heal a traumatic relationship with food

  • How to approach indecision that makes you not eat enough

  • Why I talk about the diet industry but not the processed-food industry, with reference to these two studies on intuitive eating (CW: weight-stigmatizing terminology) and weight stigma (CW: weight-stigmatizing terminology)

  • What to do if you feel like you’re stuck on the bingeing side of The Restriction Pendulum

  • How to stay motivated and in "the zone" of wanting to work on your intuitive eating journey

  • Whether mental “food chatter” will ever go away

  • Why there’s no need to restrict certain foods for cancer recovery

  • How to advocate for oneself at the doctor’s office when in a larger body, with reference to Ragen Chastain’s guide

  • How to make Sunday suppers with dieting family members more enjoyable

  • Whether anxiety around eating a particular “off-limits” food can make it less enjoyable

  • How to deal with the realization that coffee and tea drinking are interfering with eating-related cues