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is reality TV negatively impacting your body image? with Sam Abbott, MS, RD

is reality TV negatively impacting your body image? with Sam Abbott, MS, RD

Sam Abbott (@pcos.nutritionist) is back on the pod to share something near and dear to her heart: reality television. In this episode, Melissa and Sam talk about the way reality TV portrays stories about body image, diet culture, and eating disorders. We explore storylines from the Real Housewives franchise, Love is Blind, Love Island, Selling Sunset, and more. We hope you’ll learn how to use your body image skills to enjoy the “escapism” of these shows without activating disordered thinking, eating or body image struggles. We talk about how to challenge harmful body norms that impact both your individual anti-diet work and society as a whole. Sam is a fellow registered dietitian...

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how to find the best books for your weight inclusive reading list with Amy Rapone, MS, RD

how to find the best books for your weight inclusive reading list with Amy Rapone, MS, RD

CALLING ALL BOOK LOVERS! Is your anti-diet, body positive “TO BE READ” pile just eyeing you, collecting dust? Becoming more weight inclusive is an important part of healing your relationship with food and body image. In this episode, Amy Rapone MS, RD (@radlovenutrition), fellow Anti-Diet Registered Dietitian, talks about: How to find the best books for your Intuitive Eating and body image journeyFiction vs. non-fiction books - which are better to support your understanding of yourself and the anti-diet, fat positive philosophy?The importance of telling fat stories for individual healing and to push back on biased body standards we see in societyHow book club discussions can help you...

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getting over intuitive eating fears with Aston M

getting over intuitive eating fears with Aston M

So many people love the idea of Intuitive Eating but struggle with putting it into practice because it feels WAY too scary to start on your own! In this episode, former No More Guilt client Aston Moody shares her main fears about Intuitive Eating before coming into the No More Guilt program over a year and a half ago, how she overcame her fears of weight gain, redefined “doing the right thing” around food, and what’s been happening since she graduated. She talks about her love of Enneagram and how she used it as a tool alongside Intuitive Eating skills to heal her lifelong struggle with dieting. We talk about the impacts of growing up in the 80s and 90s on food and body image. Aston talks...

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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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intuitive eating nutritionist

did you grow up in a family obsessed with weight and dieting? 

If generational diet 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 lifelong diet cycles, 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