An Apology

An Apology

I’m back! It’s been over 4 months since I last shared here and I have to say I’m so thankful for that break.  I appreciate y’all sticking with me during my blogging silence, but can’t wait to get back to sharing, ranting and creating conversation in this space.  In my time off from blogging, I’ve done a lot of growing, learning and reading. I immersed myself in ANTI-DIET culture and am now a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.  In the coming months, you’ll be seeing a lot more on Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size here, but today I want to start with an apology.  I’m sorry for the things I’ve said, done and recommended when I myself was caught up in diet culture.  You see…dietitians aren’t immune to some of the influences of the media and popular culture. Our education and experience as “nutrition experts” was supposed to empower us to help others, but too often I think it functions to fuel diet rules and restrictions. 

Looking back, I cringe thinking about how many times I told people to ask for a to-go box immediately upon ordering at a restaurant, sending the message that they should ignore hunger and fullness cues and only eat half a meal.  I can’t tell you how many times I suggested someone brush their teeth right after dinner to avoid sweets or eating more. Eek. Worst of all, I would recommend clients pass up the warm bread baskets at restaurants! Do you know how delicious fresh bread (with butter) is?!

But when you know better, you do better. And now I know not only that diets don’t work but that there is another way, so I want to spread that message.  I want consumers to recognize (and truly believe) that the diets are failing them, not the other way around. I want other dietitians to be willing and open to look beyond their training and become non-diet, weight-inclusive practitioners. So here I am, spreading the word and apologizing for not getting on board sooner.

If you’ve seen the words “anti-diet”  and thought, what the heck is that?, you’re not alone. As a dietitian, it’s a given that we prescribe diets–right? WRONG.

The first (though not necessarily most important) principle of Intuitive Eating is Rejecting the Diet Mentality. For many of us, dieting has simply become a way of life and it’s tough to remember what it’s like to NOT focus on weight management or controlling our food intake in one way or another. It does seem as though the tide is shifting and people are starting to recognize that diets simply don’t work. However, diet culture is still flourishing, especially with companies maneuvering around the term “diet” and re-branding their programs as sustainable, “lifestyle changes”.

If you’ve gotten to the point of being frustrated, angry, annoyed or just plain sick of diet culture, welcome to the club! Learning to tune into your body and rediscover true health is not easy. It’s not a simple switch. But it’s possible. Here are my top 3 tips for ditching diet culture and getting started on your intuitive eating journey:

  1. Unfollow and stop supporting people who are engaging in or pushing diet culture. Their messages are what normalizes dieting and tricks you into believing you should be on a diet.  Some telltale signs to look for: before-and-after photos and posts about Whole 30/Shakeology/Macro Counting, etc. As soon as I see one of these things in my social media feeds, I hit unfollow! 
  2. Do not engage in conversations that involve negative body talk, fat phobia, food shaming, etc. You may even have become immune to these types of conversations by now, but try to start paying closer attention…The woman at work who is talking about how “fat” she feels after missing a few days at the gym, your friend you’re out to dinner with who says she is going to be “good” and only order a salad. You don’t need to “correct” these comments/statements, as the person may not be ready to hear it, but you can choose not to engage.
  3. Let go of judgement. In order to change a thought or behavior, we must first be aware of it, so noticing your tendencies to lean into diet culture or participate in the above conversations is key. Pay close attention, but be gentle with yourself–no need to judge, belittle or beat yourself up.

Ready to work on this? I’m here to help and so are lots of other anti-diet dietitians. Check out my resources page for a few of my fave fellow IE/HAES dietitian friends.

RD Real Talk Round Table

Also, if you happen to be an RD, Dietetic Intern or nutrition student who wants to learn more about the Anti-Diet Approach, don’t miss the first RD Real Talk Round Table event (affiliate link), hosted by Heather Caplan.  I’m honored to be participating, along with Christy Harrison, Anne Mauney and Robyn Nohling. You can sign up to attend a live discussion or purchase the recording and listen in later. Early Bird Pricing ends TOMORROW, so register now!

Something’s Gotta Give

So this space has been pretty quiet lately–no workout updates, no recipes and no rants.  In fact, it’s been well over a month since my last post. I don’t have a huge following here, but I do feel like my loyal readers deserve a little update and some explanation for the silence.

Long story short–I’ve been overwhelmed and something had to give. In early April, I just didn’t feel like writing. With no real drive to post anything, I wasn’t going to force it. Then, life started to get a little bit hectic and I didn’t have time to post even if I felt so inclined. Let me fill you in on what’s been going on in the world of KH Nutrition…

I’ve cut back on seeing clients and am busy immersing myself in the world of Intuitive Eating and disordered eating. I’ve always embraced the non-diet approach, but now I’m taking steps to ensure I’m walking the walk. I’m in the process of becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and am reading/learning/listening to everything I can about IE and Health at Every Size

I also started working at an outpatient eating disorder clinic a few evenings a week. This opportunity kind of came out of nowhere and I couldn’t pass it up. The ED world is what inspired me to get into nutrition, but after becoming an RD I was too nervous and felt under qualified to practice in this space. Here’s my chance to learn and really help people struggling with disordered eating. We’ll see where it takes me!

In addition to switching gears in my side hustle, I also got a promotion at my FT gig. This was somewhat unexpected and is super exciting, but means I have a lot more responsibility and stress. Hence the need to step back a bit from this blog.

The pressure I put on myself to maintain this space is not serving me, so I’m letting it go. I’m not going to worry about trying to come up with new content or post x times a week. With all the things on my plate these days, taking this one thing off is my way of practicing self-care. I’m not quite ready to just quit blogging. That being said, my goal is to keep this space authentic and honest, so if I don’t have time or don’t feel like writing, I just won’t write. 

You can still expect some RD rants and recipes as I work on them, but no pressure and no expectations.  Definitely be sure to follow me on Instagram.  It’s my favorite social media outlet and lately it has become so much more than pretty pictures. Instagram is a place where I can still get my message out there without sitting down to write an entire blog post.  Not to mention Insta stories where I can share my day-to-day eats and adventures. Oh and puppies, I share pictures of puppies there too! 

Thanks for sticking with me and letting me step back, adjust to career/life changes and take care of myself. Xo