Healthy At Every Size: Is it Biblical?

Health at Every SizeĀ®: Is it Biblical? Principles of Health at Every SizeĀ® (HAES) Weight Inclusivity. Recognizing and embracing that all bodies are different shapes and sizes and that is a wonderful thing! Health Enhancement. Encouraging health policies and health care to be accessible and equal to all. We also support care of the whole person, and this includes physically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. Eat for Well Being. Promote flexible eating, paying attention to and trusting body hunger and satiety cues, and balancing nutrition and pleasure. Respectful Care. Acknowledge biases…

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Why Ditch the Diet?

Have you been on a diet before? Almost all of us have at some point in our lives. Many times people will tell me they are a “professional dieter” or they have been on so many diets they can’t even count them or that they have lost over 1,000 pounds! If this is you, keep reading! Even if you have only been on 1 diet, or if you are considering starting one sometime soon, you should keep reading! I realize I am going counter-cultural here as I suggest we say…

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How to Challenge the Food Police

Food Police

How to Challenge the Food Police You’re done with dieting! You want to be an Intuitive Eater! Except there is this voice in your head that tells you not to let go of diets just yet…Because there is one out there that has got to be “the ONE” that will work – right? It can be nearly impossible to improve your relationship with food and body if the diet culture voice is still being obnoxiously loud. The authors of the Intuitive Eating framework call this voice “the food police” because…

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Can Science and Faith Come Together in the Nutrition World?

Heart healthy

Can Science and Faith Come Together in the Nutrition World? Science and Faith I have been thinking about this question a lot lately. Confusion abounds when we consider how to believe science and still continue in our faith. Let me first just say they are absolutely not mutually exclusive. I firmly believe that God gave us science to help us understand His creation! We also must remember that His creation is so beautifully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) that it is certain, we will never know everything. It helps us…

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Intentional Eating: Using the Hunger Scale

Intentional Eating: What is it? Intentional eating is not a new concept, but we seem to have forgotten the benefits of being intentional about life in general and also about our food and nutrition. I have used the phrase Intentional Eating to describe a combination of Intuitive Eating concepts and Biblical Concepts and how they can come together. Intuitive eating consists of 10 principles. Each of these principles focus on getting rid of dieting! In fact, three of the principles involve getting back to feeling and understanding your hunger. Principle…

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Freedom from Shame and Guilt

Freedom from Shame and Guilt Do you ever get that feeling of guilt after eating a little too much dessert? How about a piece of pizza? Do you find yourself often feeling guilty about something you ate or because you didn’t do something (like exercise)? Hmmm. I wonder though, should you feel guilty? Guilt and shame happen frequently for many of us when we “break the rules”. These feelings come up more and more often as we continually add food and exercise rules to our list of “shoulds”. These feelings…

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