It Happened This Week: Diet Show Fatigue, Raw Food Diets & Food Needs



Adia Colar told NBC, “Enough with the Diet Shows,” giving a brief look at some of the big problems with shows like the Biggest Loser.  Don’t get me started!  Oh, wait, we’ve already been there.  And there.  And there.

That’sfit reviewed the pros and cons of a raw food diet. Bottom line:  It’s only for the extremely disciplined.  We’d also add for those who aren’t disordered eaters.

Sociological Images explained Satter’s Heirarchy of Food Needs, which provides a good explanation of why we can’t always choose the “healthiest” food.  Which always gets me talking about what is healthy.  It can differ according to the situation.  In our class at Green Mountain called When Is Cake the Best Choice?, we get into some really interesting discussions about this.

Wondering if some of your problems could be due to a food intolerance?  Check out this list of symptoms of food intolerances.  At Green Mountain, we recommend (and do) MRT testing.  Although a traditional elimination diet is the gold standard for discovering food sensitivities, it’s not something all of us can do successfully due to feelings of restriction.

Christie of Honoring Health talked about how dieting is a coping skill, too. Good stuff.  I’d just add that unlike emotional eating, which can actually help us cope sometimes — if we do it without guilt and, of course, if it’s not our only coping tool — I’m not sure dieting ever helps those of us who are using it to cope.  Don’t think that’s part of my bias against dieting, which I openly admit I am radically biased against.

It’s going to be a good weekend here in Vermont.  Hope you have a great one wherever you are!

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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