Love Food Podcast Episode 73

Are you worried about your bikini body? Does vacation food make your anxiety spike and start the inner dialogue of self-loathing? Is preoccupation with your body getting in the way of you enjoying time spent adventuring? Listen now to hear my tips from a previous Love, Food Podcast episode on how to start living in the moment.

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Episode’s Key Points:

  • Food should help us enjoy life MORE, not detract from the experience.
  • The best way to keep yourself bingeing while on vacation is to restrict before, and plan to restrict after. A lack of permission throughout the year leads to “indulging” while away!
  • When you’re on vacation, you’re there to enjoy the food and experience life the way another culture does… not to obsess over what you’re eating and how it may or may not be impacting your body size.
  • How do we work on permission to help prevent this kind of preoccupation about food and body during vacation?
    • Think about a pendulum (courtesy of Maria Paredes)… if we don’t interrupt the calm sway, the highs and lows stay pretty even-keeled. This is what an intuitive, normal relationship with food looks like! If we eat past fullness for any reason, the pendulum adjusts and we eat less at some point in relation to our intuitive hunger signals to make up for it. This is how our body takes care of us! BUT if we look at the pendulum another way, with a disordered relationship with food, we can see violent swings back and forth between restriction and bingeing. SO the only way to stop it from moving violently in the bingeing direction is to STOP pulling in the direction of restriction!
    • Take a hands-off approach!!
    • Check out my blog post to learn how to slow down that pendulum!
  • It’s ABNORMAL to have a competent relationship with food in our culture!!
  • Being human is about following rhythms… the seasons, hunger… we can’t contain these rhythms, but we should trust them!
  • When we step away from diets, it’s NATURAL to experience a feeling of rebellion. The best way to bypass this rebellion is to immerse yourself in this “vacation brain” while you’re at home.
  • Eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full is simple, but it’s NOT easy!
  • Unconditional permission is FUNDAMENTAL to food peace and intuitive eating.
  • Restricting food will only lead to bingeing, and if you want to have a vacation experience free from food preoccupation and filled with cultural immersion, it’s time to take away the food rules and diet talk during your regular, everyday life.
  • Always remember to reach out to an eating disorder dietitian to help you on your food peace journey!

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to 

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The Love Food Podcast Episode 32: Mixed messages about food

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Were you raised with mixed messages around food? Told to not enjoy pleasurable food and yet got encouragement to bond over the same items? I bet you’re exhausted! Listen now for a different way.

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Key Points:

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  • Food is pleasurable as a means of survival.
  • Healthy eating includes pleasure. Eating feels good and that keeps us alive and well.
  • If food did not feel good then we wouldn’t have survived. Eating food that is just fuel and never pleasurable denies a part of our physiological need.
  • Honor the pleasure that comes from food.
  • There’s just one version of you…not a fat version vs skinny version.
  • Have a son or daughter in a larger body or have a child that really enjoys eating?? Is it pecking at your own food experiences or negative body image? Take care of your own shit to not pass it on.
  • Are you a competent eater?
  • Yo-yo diets harm health.
  • You’re not broken our culture is. We need to rewrite our truths about our body and our food.
  • Honor all the sizes you have experienced as the safe keeper for your soul.
  • Shame never promotes health.
  • You are acceptable just the way you are right now.

Show Notes:

Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to 

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.

Positive Body Image in the Media

targetDSWhen my daughter comments on grocery store check out aisle magazine covers and their human-like forms, I tell her the pictures are basically cartoons. My rationale? The cover models aren’t real since a computer made it. With the powers of photoshop and toxic thin ideal, I was all smiles finding this Target ad in my Sunday paper.

Instead of calling out the negative body image promoters (which I will continue to do), I love finding the positives and want them to be celebrated. Target’s ad demonstrates size and ability diversity with a happy not stick thin girl with Down Syndrome. Thank you Target!

Another gem: ModCloth and their spring swimsuit campaign featuring women who work within the company. The models are women of all shapes, weights, heights, and colors.

To help change the toxic thin ideal culture we need to support and congratulate companies doing this. Have you found any campaigns supporting positive diverse body image? Spread the love in comments.