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healthy new year WITHOUT the resolutions
What does a healthy new year even mean, honestly? And how do you make it stick? If you feel like if one more person says "new year, new me” you might snap. I'm saying - same, girl. Same. You are determined to start this New Year differently. In the past, you have dieted at the top of the new year every single year for as long as you can remember. The pattern is completely predictable and you’re sick of it. Each new year, you start with enthusiasm and a new diet. And then the diet doesn’t actually solve the problems or cultivate better self-esteem...or lasting weight loss. Your enthusiasm and willpower peter out. And then, predictably, you quit. Cue the mixed...
leaving the clean plate club for good
Thanksgiving is coming and you know what else is coming? A lot of food, a lot of leftovers and this nagging feeling to stay in the “clean plate club” because that is how you were raised. So you’re thinking ahead (go, you!): “whatever I do, I need to portion out my meals, plan and portion my snacks and then I can stay in control. This time I am not overeating.” The problem is that you can’t ever seem to *not* clear your plate. No matter what you promise yourself. Ugh! What gives? If you’re wondering how you break this dang cycle that seems to date back to your grandmother’s kitchen and let go of the guilt over starving children somewhere else in the world that would be grateful for...
how to stop the good food vs. bad food spiral: halloween edition
The air is beginning to turn crisp, so you’re thinking about apple crisp – can you make it healthier? – and bam: you start on the good food vs. bad food morality spiral. Or maybe you’re in the grocery store, overhearing folks talking about Halloween candy and how terrible candy is for you, our children, and that it should be banned. Whew. Does that feel a bit dramatic to you, too? We have a lot of labels that we use to describe our food. Healthy. Low-fat. Delicious. Forbidden. Satisfying. Off-limits. The more we categorize foods based on their moral value, the more complicated (and sucky) our relationship with food can be. It can feel exhausting to worry about...
back to work with body confidence
You’ve been rocking the work-from-home routine, enjoying commute-free living and yoga pants on the daily. But now it is time to go back to work: the boss has rung the back-to-work bell. And to be honest, you really don’t feel ready. At all. Why? Besides the fact you can’t do laundry in between Zoom calls - your body doesn’t look the same as when you were last in the office, and that feels a little terrifying. What will people think? If right now you’re asking “how do I replace this body shame and fear with some confidence”? This blog is for you! body confidence takes practice My clients have been yo-yo dieting for years. And if they do experience weight loss – even temporarily – it never...
is noom a scam? noom isn’t the key to a successful relationship with food
The Noom app is a dieting program that offers personalized nutrition coaching for people who are looking to lose weight. Is it worth the money? Or, is Noom a scam? Is Noom just another diet that will end up failing in the long term, like all of the others? These are some of the questions I am going to answer with this blog post. But first, let me reassure you that curiosity is a good thing. Considering all options in a situation allows you (and empowers you) to find the best solution for you, your lifestyle and your goals. As an Intuitive Eating dietitian, I am always advocating for the best, long-term, big picture solutions for my clients...and let me tell you, they aren’t...
did you grow up in a family obsessed with weight and dieting?
If generational dieting trauma impacts your relationship to food and body image today, you're not alone. I'm Melissa, Registered Dietitian offering 1:1 nutrition therapy and body image coaching that takes into account your lived experience with disordered eating, eating disorders, and body image concerns.
After the 1x1 program with Melissa, I have stopped dieting and no longer feel the need to. I have learned to trust my body and eat without guilt, a concept that baffled me during our first call.
I have talked about my journey and healing my relationship with food with others, being vulnerable about something that would normally cause me to put up a wall. I’m learning my boundaries and how to cope with negative and positive emotions more than ever before without leaning restricting and binging.
Melissa helped me change my life and learn to take care of my body after over a decade of learning to do the opposite - without dieting.
- Amanda S., former client