when “eating what you want” backfires

when “eating what you want” backfires

Do you ever worry “eating what you want” will 100% backfire on you? Like you can’t handle the responsibility of being without ANY kind of structure or plan? You’re not alone. Having grown up in a diet culture - it would make sense! Many generational dieters never had a role model for a healthy relationship with food and need more structure than the boilerplate Intuitive Eating advice to “eat what you want”. In this solo episode, Melissa covers what can go wrong when you don’t have enough structure in your Intuitive Eating journey, how to figure out how much structure you need, and how to recover from common pitfalls like: feeling even GUILTIER as an Intuitive Eater than you did on a diet,...

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how to reframe your lifelong diet mindset with Megan C [Melissa’s client]

how to reframe your lifelong diet mindset with Megan C [Melissa’s client]

If you grew up in a family that valued thinness and diets… and then went on to diet yourself for YEARS - your brain is now set up to think of food as series of rules and steps to follow.  Then enters Intuitive Eating with all its messages to: “jUsT LisTeN to YouR BoDy” and “eAt WHaT yoU wAnT”. Especially if you are a black-and-white thinker who *LOVED* the structure of dieting, this new world of Intuitive Eating can feel terrifying.  If you’re sure that you’re done with diets, but still struggle to trust yourself to be “responsible” with the flexibility of Intuitive Eating – we're going to talk about how you can move forward. In this episode, Melissa's client Meg shares her...

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when does body image become a problem? with Nicole P [Melissa’s client]

when does body image become a problem? with Nicole P [Melissa’s client]

I mean - we can assume most of us have a body image origin story here, right?!  Food guilt doesn’t spring out of nowhere... when did it start for you?  My client Nicole shares when her body image problems started, when she realized it was time for her to make a change, and how she leaned on the No More Guilt program for 3 months to: Stop harmful dieting practices (hello, binge restrict cycle) every time she experienced negative body imagePlay with her son on the beach…in a bathing suit…no drama, totally carefree like she never imaginedLet her friends in on her journey, instead of hiding itPractice SUPER strong self-careUse her intuitive eating mindset to improve multiple aspects of her...

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does eating more help you lose weight? [part two]

does eating more help you lose weight? [part two]

Last week we replaced the question “does eating more help you lose weight?” with an even better one: "what regulates our weight in the first place?" And is it even food? As it relates to nutrition, there are two accepted theories about why some people are in bigger bodies compared to others. We talk about which theory makes sense with our available research, and which one doesn’t - as we continue chatting our way through a review paper from a prominent researcher in the weight loss world.Melissa breaks down the limitations - and findings - of the current available population studies, as well as diet intervention trials as they relate to weight and diet. She talks about why Intuitive Eating...

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does eating more help you lose weight? [part one]

does eating more help you lose weight? [part one]

As the harms - and ineffectiveness - of dieting become more well known, Melissa has noticed an interesting phenomena. A lot of “weight loss experts” are starting to give you messages like “of course you’re not losing weight, you’re not eating enough!” - in stark contract to older messages like “learn to eat less”.   In this episode, Melissa explains why this messaging is just more diet culture keeping you stuck in the “calorie model” and how “eating more calories” isn't the magic bullet to weight loss they say it is. In this 2 part series, Melissa walks you through a recent research paper to give you background so you can feel more confident in your choice to become an Intuitive Eater...

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intuitive eating nutritionist

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