How to Quit an Obsession With Weight Loss Stories

Personal stories are powerful. I’m naturally drawn to someone who shares their story openly and honestly. Everything I write, I try to write in a conversational tone, as if we’re sharing some real talk over coffee, or on a run. I get sucked into personal stories far more easily than I do a research paper or the latest media piece on nutrition or politics. So, I get why weight loss stories catch your eye. I get their appeal. I just wish the story was different. I wish it read, “I ditched a diet mentality, starting respecting my body and my…

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Fit Fueling Course: What I Wish I had Known Then (Marathons 1-8)

This is a part of a series of our Fit Fueling course posts that outlines how and why Kelly Jones, RD CSSD and I decided to create a virtual Intuitive Eating and Sports Nutrition course for active women.

My first marathon training cycle memories are full of bottomless mimosa brunches in DC and freezing winter runs. Training was a lot of fun. The race was not fun. Really, if we’re being honest here (as always), I didn’t enjoy it. I felt nauseous, overheated, and fatigued for the entire second half. I crossed the Finish Line with little to no sense…

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Don’t let Trader Joe’s make you feel guilty about eating

Move over, RDs! Trader Joe’s has taken over food policing. We’re off the hook! They use a reduced guilt label to save us the trouble.    JK. Dietitians are not the food police. I think I speak for most of us when I say we do not care what you’re eating in every moment of every day. (Well, I’m 100 percent sure I don’t.) We’re not stalking the grocery store aisles or fast food stops waiting for the right moment to chastise you for making “bad” choices. We don’t know your life. We don’t care to judge you for…

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Should You Become a Registered Dietitian (RD)?

I’m not cut out for medical school. I was a student intern in my hometown’s hospital for one summer. I was a new college graduate, about to start my dietetic internship, and completely unsure of the path my career might take. Hospitals are weird places. Not everyone is up for spending their days walking the hallways of any given floor—surgical, pediatrics, ICU or NICU, etc.—past the rooms of people who are experiencing some of their lowest lows. I was shaking the first time I walked into a patient’s room. I only had three questions to ask; Patient only wanted to sleep…

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In the Anti-Dieting Age, it Starts With Ditching the Diet

Not ready to ditch the diet mentality? Or, totally clueless as to what that even means? I don’t blame you for your hesitancy. How many other ways can you be told what to eat or not eat? How many times will nutrition science fold in on itself and declare the opposite of what it once collectively thought was true? Why should anyone be quick to ditch the diet mentality when dieting has become the norm? Why are diets not okay now, but they used to be the key to health? How is the anti-diet movement any different than…

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