The Anti-Diet blog is aimed at helping people radically change their relationship with food and their body. I cover the gamut of topics impacting the way that we feel about our body and food. My posts are inspired by scientific research, pop culture, my clinical and personal experiences, and just about anything else that may dance across my mind. If you like The Anti Diet blog, you may also enjoy my blog Eating Mindfully, hosted by Psychology Today.

Can Everyone Be Healthy?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be “healthy.”  Thanks to diet culture, “health” has become synonymous with thin, white, young, and wealthy. It’s a path paved with $12 cold pressed juices, $30 barre classes, and $60 vaginal jade eggs (thanks Goop, insert eyeroll here). But is that what health is […]

Can You Value the Caterpillars As Much As the Butterflies?

Dear Alexis, Last week, my daughter got one of those grow-your-own-butterflies kits. For those of you not familiar, you get a plastic container with 5 caterpillars in it and watch as they grow into butterflies that you eventually release into the wild. It’s a great gift and makes me feel good that my daughter is […]

How to Manage Your Kids Halloween Candy

Halloween is just over a week away and I’ve been slowly coming to terms with the fact that it’s going to look pretty different this year. In the midst of a global pandemic, many (if not all) the annual traditions have been cancelled. No Halloween parades, no trick-or-treating, no big parties. Like many parents, I’ve […]

Lizzo’s Body is Nobody’s Business But Her Own

Last week the internet erupted over comments that Jillian Michaels, former host of The Biggest Loser and well-known fatphobe, made about Lizzo, a larger-bodied black female artist who has been making waves in the hip-hop community for over a year now. Lizzo’s music is often hailed as some of the best pump up, body-positive jams […]

Please Don’t Put Your Kids on a Diet

Dear Parents, Please do not put your children on a diet. As a parent myself, I get it. We want the best for our kids. We worry about our children. When we think that there could be something wrong with our child, we want to do whatever we can to fix it. That’s what being […]

Why Mindful Eating is not a Weight Loss Plan

Can mindful eating help me lose weight? Maybe, but we’re missing the forest for the trees. Mindful eating isn’t a weight-loss tool, and I’m here to tell you why. I believe that mindful eating is an excellent tool to add to your arsenal when trying to change your relationship with food. I use it with […]

How to Welcome Spring with a Body-Positive Attitude

Warm weather is arriving! And while visions of al fresco dining, pool floats, and frozen daiquiris can make us giddy with excitement, for those of us struggling with body image issues (and research shows that is over 91% of us), the thought of baring more of our bodies can send shivers down our spines. All […]

How To Care For Yourself After A Binge

Your head feels fuzzy and your stomach feels like it’s about to burst. The cabinets are strewn open, and the wrappers surround you like a halo. The shame and guilt builds inside of your chest, and the panic about how to fix it send your brain into a tizzy. You’ve binged. You probably want to […]

Be Your Own Valentine This February

Valentine’s Day itself may be over, but the month of festivities is still in full swing. Here’s your reminder that the most important Valentine is you! Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but themessaging around this month of love is still alive and well. As a psychologist, I hear all too often about how frustrating this […]

New Year, Same (Fabulous) You!

3 Intentions to Boost Your Self-Love In 2019 In our self-improvement obsessed culture, year-end reflection is focused not on gratitude for what we have, but on striving for what we have not yet obtained. We make BIG resolutions to change all of the things that we don’t like about ourselves. And then, despite the grand plans that have taken […]

Managing Stress During The Holidays

The holiday season can feel like a whirlwind, so be sure you have some stress-management tools in your toolkit to survive it all… and maybe even have some fun! The holiday season can be stressful for so many different reasons. For starters, we may be thrust together with family (enough said) and/or we may feel […]

How To Have A Mindful Thanksgiving

Can mindfulness transform your holiday? Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety. Here are my 3 tips for having a stress-free holiday meal. These mindfulness tips can transform your Turkey Day experience! There is a lot of panic and hysteria surrounding Thanksgiving. The Internet is filled with misguided tips such as such as “dress to […]

3 Tips for a Mindful Halloween (Including How to Avoid Bingeing!)

Halloween is here! Let’s leave the scare-factor to the horror films, not the candy. The holiday season is about to officially begin, and the first celebration is Halloween. Halloween is an exciting and spooky holiday that so many of us enjoyed as children. But, as with most things in this world, diet culture has ruined […]

You haven’t failed your diet. Your diet has failed you.

We live in a world where we are taught that our value is in being small, that we aren’t good enough as we currently are, and that we must abide by the demands of diet-culture. But it doesn’t need to be this way. It’s time to wake up from these distorted ways of thinking about […]

The Top 3 Benefits of Group Therapy

There are many reasons why people should do group therapy, especially if you think you aren’t a group person. I often joke that I run groups full of people who don’t like groups. Not only do most of the participants in the groups that I lead identify as “not a group person,” but since my […]

My Four Favorite F-Words for Fall

Fall is officially here and I’m welcoming it in with open arms. I love fall–the pumpkin and apple picking, the refreshing cooler air, and cozying up with a pumpkin-spiced latte (which I guess, according to Martha Stewart, makes me “a basic b*tch.”). I saw this post on Instagram from @fulcandles (whose account is hysterical btw) and it got me thinking […]

3 Myths About Mindful Eating (And Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them)

Mindful eating has the power to transform your relationship with food. I’ve seen first hand how peace and freedom can become available to us when we shift our beliefs and assumptions about food and our bodies and embrace a more compassionate approach to our own health and wellbeing. But that doesn’t mean that everything out there labeled “mindful […]

5 Tips For a Body-Positive End of Summer

We’ve officially reached August, which means we are in the final stretch of summer. I don’t know about you, but while I’m trying to be mindful and enjoy where we are right now, I also can’t wait for a blast of cool Autumn air! The heat has been brutal here in NYC! But we’ve still […]

Love Your Body Tribe Interview with Holly Toronto

I’m thrilled to bring you my interview with Holly Toronto, a body-image coach that I recently got to know through the anti-diet community! We talked about so much, including: Why I began to study sexuality in relation to body image The importance of finding weight-inclusive, Health at Every Size clinicians for treatment How I came […]

Conversations on Mindful Eating with Body Image Coach Holly Toronto

We’re back with my Conversations on Mindful Eating series, and I’m so excited to share this interview with Holly Toronto! Holly is a Certified Health Coach who specializes in body image and approaches issues of food and body from a non-diet perspective. With summer fast-approaching, breaking down body image can be crucial to maintaining recovery […]

Getting Beach Body Ready

As the temperatures start to rise, the amount of clothes everyone can stand to wear in the heat drops. With beaches, bikinis, and skimpy sundresses on the brain, some of us might start to feel some body-image panic. So what do we do when summer’s here, but we don’t feel “beach ready” yet? How can […]

Did you get a chance to see my Happify webinar?

Did you get a chance to see my Happify webinar?  If not, you can catch it right here! We had some fun with a mindful eating exercise, and broke down the problems with the current diet paradigm. We also answered a ton of live questions from the viewers. But, we didn’t have time to get […]

Four Steps to Unsubscribing from Diet Culture

Is your email inbox sabotaging your relationship with food? If you’re still getting emails from Weight Watchers, Whole30, or Jenny Craig, it just might be. I’ve had too many clients sit across from me and say, “I’m making so much progress, but I just got an email promising to help me drop a couple of […]

Conversations on Mindful Eating With Erica Leon, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD

For this installment of “Conversations on Mindful Eating,” we are sitting down with Erica Leon, MS, RDN, CDN, and CEDRD. She is a non-diet dietician, certified eating disorder specialist, and Intuitive Eating counselor. I was so excited to pick her brain about Intuitive Eating vs. Mindful Eating (something I wrote about here) and how she […]

Conversations on Mindful Eating with Shira Rosenbluth, LCSW

In this second installment in “Conversations on Mindful Eating” we are chatting with Shira Rosenbluth, LCSW. Shira is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of eating disorders/disordered eating, the author of the wildly popular body positive style blog “A Sequin Love Affair,” and—I’m SO excited about this–Shira has just joined me as […]

Why I’m Resolving NOT To Diet in 2018

On New Years Eve 2009, I made a resolution that I had made countless times before: lose weight. It was a ritual that I went through nearly every year, beating myself up for having gained weight and determined to have a fresh, clean, and thinner start to the New Year. Little did I know what […]

What are Mindful Eating and Intuitive Eating?

In the August 6th cover story for The New York Times Magazine titled “Losing it in the Anti-Diet Age,” Taffy Brodesser-Akner documents her journey through the winding and confusing landscape of diet and anti-diet culture. The story is told through the lens of Weight Watchers and their rebranding efforts to stay current (and maximally profitable) […]

Conversations on Mindful Eating with Jenna Hollenstein, RD

In this first interview in my “Conversations on Mindful Eating” series we are talking with Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RD, CDN about the true meaning of mindful eating and her tips to fit mindfulness into our busy lives. Simply put: Jenna is one of the most badass women I know. She’s a quadruple threat: non-dieting dietician, […]

The Body Image Revolution: Our Interview with Stella Boonshoft

Two years ago, Stella Boonshoft posted a photograph online that started a national conversation about body image. In the third installment of our Fat Shame series, Kim Buesser sat down with Stella to see what she’s been up to since a picture in her underwear made her an overnight celebrity. Read on for Stella’s thoughts […]

Interview with Shayne Figueroa

In the second post of our Fat Shame series, Kim Buesser talks with doctoral food studies student Shayne Figueroa, who is fascinated by the post-war era in the US and its affects on American culture. Below is a transcript of Kim’s interview with Shayne Figueroa. Interested in reading more about Shayne, food culture in the […]

Fat Shame: Interview with Dr. Amy Farrell

In the first post of our Fat Shame series, Kim Buesser talks with Dr. Amy Farrell, a professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and author of Fat Shame, a book which demystifies fat stigma in America by following its history across the globe. Below is a transcript of Kim’s conversation with […]