The Binge Eating Diaries: What is Normal Eating?

My Journey to Healthy Eating I’m allergic to peanuts. I can’t stand the texture of mushrooms. I have equal parts salty and sweet teeth. I think raisins and onions are the perfect combination in a salad. I could eat raw cashews for days. I give kale, apples, and cake 5 stars each. For most of […]

It Happened this Week: Felled by a Cold

The week started out great.  Rebecca Scritchfield, dynamic RD from the DC area, joined us at Green Mountain to observe our mindful eating/mindful living or intuitive eating/intuitive living program.  She's been a delight to have around, if for nothing else to feel her energy and hear her great ideas.  Her blog this week features several […]

Diet Exposure

Last year my niece, who was 5 at the time, reported to her mother at dinner one night that she was “on a diet.”  My sister was shocked since the word “diet” has never come out of her mouth or her husband’s.  My sister does model healthy eating for her daughter.  So where did this little […]

Raising Healthy Eaters: A Mother’s Day Tale of Sugar &, Finally, Spice

Sunday is Mother’s Day — a perfect time to talk about feeding our kids.  ‘Cuz even on ‘our’ day, we’re thinking about our favorite people in the world. When my kids were young, I was faced with an ironic challenge for a dietitian.  My son’s definite predilection for sugar and adamant rejection of vegetables, whole […]

Maybe Self-Control Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Every week when we introduce the concept that overeating is part of ‘normal’ eating, and that occasional overeating can be healthy, we hear  sighs of relief from women who have been struggling for years to control that urge. Normal eating can be thought of as a style of eating that’s hardwired into most of us […]

Holiday Survival Tips

Tip #3: Enough is Enough. It’s Wednesday of Christmas week – that week after the big event that multitudes spent weeks, months, even the whole year shopping and planning for.  And this year, we have Hanukkah added to the mix! Next on the list is New Year’s Eve, then it’s finally back to our regular […]

Out with the Old, In with the New — Does It Make Any Difference to Healthy Eating As Long as We're Still Dieting?

I can hardly stand all the noise around the release of the new healthy eating graphic – the revised version of Food Guide Pyramid. My frustration isn’t with the new graphic – it’s with all the ‘experts’ expounding on the problems with the old one. My favorite quote: “The pyramid was partially responsible for the […]

Normal Eating versus “Perfect Eating”

Having spent a lifetime thinking about food and weight and weight loss, I consider myself a connoisseur of these matters. Although I haven’t been on every diet in the world, and I did avoid the riskier weight loss endeavors like growth hormone shots, fat farms or adult fat camps, I’ve certainly done my share of […]