The Love Food Podcast Episode 44 with Fiona Sutherland

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Do you have a hard time eating without worrying about “good” and “bad” food labels? Do you feel like food is your enemy? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the nutrition info out there? Join Julie and fellow dietitian Fiona Southerland to start unpacking this issue!

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Key Points:

  • Our bodies have lots of different methods, including our brains and our intuition, to help them figure out what they needs in terms of food in order to feel satisfied and full.
  • Healthy eating includes PLEASURE!
  • Fiona Southerland joins to help answer this week’s letter!
  • Self-compassion and kindness is super important when we confront our beliefs related to food rules.
  • We are not alone… so many of us feel this way.
  • It’s impossible to follow every single food rule!
  • The more we try to follow rules and live in our heads (intellectualizing!), the less we listen to our body and intuition (innate wisdom!).
  • There are so many crazy things going on in the world… why are we focused on whether or not something has gluten in it?!
  • Even the professionals don’t know everything about nutrition… it’s confusing!
  • When we try to control things that weren’t supposed to be controlled (like our food intake) we go haywire.
  • Our culture is confusing health with our appearance (like our body shape).
  • Our expectations about the female body inform our opinions of health.
  • Fiona’s “Build up and let go model:” build up our skills of inner awareness, which will allow us to let go of rigidity.
  • We need skills related to our intuition in order to drop the food rules and stick to it!
  • How do we find a stable place outside of food when we feel out of control with our body?
  • The wise parts of us are not perfect!
  • Intuitive eating can become another set of diet rules… don’t let it!
  • The foundation of intuitive eating is unconditional permission to eat.
  • We must help people build long-term resilience against the cultural crap! Self-care and personal connection are super helpful for our wellbeing, and we have to return to our well of wisdom and call upon a stable place of self-compassion to take care or ourselves and move past cultural expectations.
  • Intuitive eating is s different way of BEING with food. It’s peace. But it’s scary, and that’s okay!
  • Perfectionism and the all-or-nothing approach can get in the way of healing around food.
  • Fiona says, “Reassurance without assurance”… we will support you through the confusion!
  • HEALING YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO FOOD IS MESSY!! (Cultivate the mess!)
  • Although knowledge is important, it can take us away from living. It’s time to slow down and hone in on our intuition.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

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Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.

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Love Food Podcast Episode 17: I am an anxious eater.

 

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Our world believes food kills us or cures us but information tends to conflict. Eating a “no” food can provoke anxiety in many people. Does this happen to you? Let’s dig in to find ways to remove anxiety’s wedge and power.

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Key Points:

  • Thank you students from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Nutrition Department for the fun and energizing discussions on weight, eating disorders, and body image. Julie completed her dietetic internship there and thankful for the time there.
  • Even though it may appear to be simple, nutrition science is not an easy science A.
  • Our world believes food kills us or cures us. Stop the dichotomous insanity! Food anxiety exists because nutrition science is a fluid science that cannot be categorized into yes and no boxes.
  • Anxiety can’t hurt us yet the things we do to avoid the anxiety harm us.
  • Anxiety from food avoidance keeps us from experiencing joy. It also promotes poor health by increasing stress hormones which can promote heart disease and strokes.
  • Phobia 10 point scales combined with fear food examples can help one move past the anxiety from eating those fear foods. This is long term incredible work that requires a therapist and dietitian. So worth your time and energy!!
  • Let’s address that fear of fat. Fat phobia provokes Julie dropped an F bomb because that fear promotes disease, isolation, oppression, and ignorant stereotypes.
  • Size diversity makes us beautiful.
  • Size acceptance helps people of ALL sizes experience more health and better health care.
  • Peel back anxiety layers and find fears based on something old living in our body. Challenge it and you can get back to being you. Which brings you closer to your joy.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com. 

Click here to leave me a review in iTunes and subscribe. This type of kindness helps the show continue!

Thank you for listening to the Love, Food series. Give me feedback via Twitter @EatingPermitRD.