Monthly Q&A #25, June 2018

Topics Discussed: 

  • How to give up guilt when legalizing foods 
  • How to deal with changes in appetite from mental-health conditions
  • How to distinguish between punishing movement for body change and joyful movement
  • How to cope when a family member’s eating disorders are endangering their kids
  • My advice in a past Q&A to “avoid mirrors” 
  • How to define your own goals and intentions for this course
  • How to have compassion for yourself even when having fatphobic thoughts
  • Why distractions while eating are a part of intuitive eating   
  • How to handle only being hungry for foods you considered “bad”
  • How symptoms fo mental health conditions fit into the diet mentality
  • How set-point theory and intuitive eating interact
  • Whether it’s possible to drink diet soda and be an intuitive eater
  • How to let go of a problematic idea of what full recovery looks like 
  • How to let go of the concept of the “perfect” diet
  • How to deal with other people’s assumptions that dietitians eat “perfectly”
  • How to respond to comments like “what about people who are X pounds and can’t get out of bed because of their weight?”
  • How to respond to comments like “people are fat because of what they eat, not because of genetics,” with reference to these studies (trigger warning for weight/BMI numbers and weight-stigmatizing terminology):
  • How to get over some of the lingering guilt for eating foods like dessert
  • Whether asking yourself if eating something is in your best interest a diet-y question      
  • How to handle the desire to snack while working
  • Whether there are any apps to track potential food-related symptoms, as well as fullness and satisfaction
  • Whether a diet for Candida overgrowth is necessary (and whether systemic candida overgrowth is even a scientifically valid diagnosis), with reference to this article (trigger warning: diet-y ads on the page; recommend NOT clicking through to the writer’s website, because she seems like an otherwise diet-y dietitian)
  • How to know if you’re doing intuitive eating “right”
  • Whether it’s possible for some people not to have emotional eating
  • How to tell the difference between chronic dieting and an official eating disorder diagnosis
  • How to honor your fullness at dinner and not eat to the point of discomfort
  • How to recognize and honor fullness and not beat yourself up for feeling stuffed
  • Whether there’s a weight limit after which IE and HAES aren’t safe to use, with reference to Episode 139 of Food Psych
  • How to practice IE while managing Grave’s Disease
  • How to talk to people about how your perspective on dieting and weight has changed
  • How to deal with the out-of-control feeling at the beginning of intuitive eating, with reference to this study (trigger warning for weight/BMI numbers and weight-stigmatizing terminology)
  • How to put Module 4 into action if you don’t really have any “off-limits” foods 
  • How intuitive eating and movement work with pregnancy and conception, with reference to this book (Amazon affiliate link)
  • What would Christy do personally if she started gaining large amounts of weight? 
  • How to stop assuming others are judging your food choices or stop caring if they are
  • How to deal with feeling like you’re hiding what you eat from a spouse