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Why Noom is the Worst Diet Trend of 2021

Let’s be real: all diets are awful. Intentional restriction is unhealthy for the body, mind and spirit. A life spent fixated on food rules and self-criticism is a small life. Dieting is associated with a whole host of negative psychological and physical health outcomes including eating disorders and disordered eating, body image dissatisfaction, and weight

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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

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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

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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

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Why “Curing” Emotional Eating Isn’t Necessarily Going to Make You Thin (And Why It Really Doesn’t Matter)

Heal your relationship with food! And lose weight too! These are the claims that many programs focused on treating emotional eating make. And it’s easy to understand why. It’s enticing, right? The problem is, it’s not always true. When I see this kind of marketing, I can’t help but feel like it’s diet-culture-in-disguise capitalizing on

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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

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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

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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

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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

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