Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving


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Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips

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It’s that time of year when food is abundant, there is a seemingly never ending succession of holiday parties and events, all of which feature food. It’s also that time of year when you start to see a proliferation of articles about the average weight gain over the holidays and how you can save yourself from looking like the poor unfortunate headless woman in the photo by preloading your purse with celery sticks and doing 20 burpees every time you take a drink of rum and eggnog. This is not one of those lists.

The holidays should be fun. A time to connect with family and friends, have a reprieve from work, and yes, even eat delicious baked goods. If the holidays for you are a time to feel full of chocolate and regret, a time filled with anxiety about all of the “bad” food you’re going to be faced with, then these 10 tips should help get you through the holiday season without guilt.

  1. Stop imbuing food with moral value. There are no good or bad foods and you are not good or bad for eating certain foods.
  2. Don’t feel guilty for enjoying delicious foods or for eating food for reasons other than hunger.
  3. Don’t confuse the number on the scale with your personal worth or a measure of your health. Consider not weighing yourself.
  4. Ignore or call-out people who make judgemental comments about what you are (or aren’t) eating. Try to focus on your internal cues when deciding whether or not to eat or what to eat. It’s nobody else’s business what you put on your plate.
  5. Don’t let food-pushers pressure you into eating things you don’t want to eat. Conversely, if you’re someone who tends to show their love by pushing food on people please consider that someone declining your offer of food is not a reflection of their feelings toward you. Try just putting food out and not pressuring anyone to eat it.
  6. Don’t make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight/eat healthy/go on a diet.
  7. Wear clothes that make you comfortable and happy.
  8. Remember to nourish your body. Yes, it’s okay to eat cookies and chocolate but you won’t feel at your best if you’re eating these foods exclusively.
  9. Don’t read (other) articles about “surviving” the holidays.
  10. If you’re struggling with body acceptance, don’t feel like you have to go through it alone. Find a Registered Dietitian who specializes in a HAES or weight-neutral approach.


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Top 10 Nutrition Quacks to Follow

 

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Back in March, for Nutrition Month, my friend Emma featured a series of interviews with dietitians and others on her blog. Something I noticed when reading these interviews struck me. When posed the question: What’s your favourite food/drink that The Food Babe says you shouldn’t consume?” many people provided variations on the answer that they don’t pay any heed to what The Food Babe says.

I understand that response from the standpoint of not wanting to give the time of day to nutribabble. No publicity is bad publicity, right? Still, I tend to believe that it’s important to know thine enemy. Even though I’m loathe to give clicks to these self-proclaimed nutrition gurus I think that it’s more important for me to know what information people are reading so that I can combat it with the facts. So, in no particular order, if you too want to know who to ignore nutrition advice from or what nonsense is being spread, here are my top 10 nutrition quacks:

  1. The Food Babe
  2. Gwyneth Paltrow/pretty much any celebrity
  3. Pete Evans
  4. David Wolfe
  5. David Perlmutter/William Davis/anybody else who says that wheat is the devil
  6. Dr Oz
  7. Any “nutritionist” who claims to have “cured” their “incurable” autoimmune disease through diet
  8. Joseph Mercola
  9. Nina Teicholz
  10. Freelee Banana Girl

I know that there are many others out there. If you can think of others who you think should be on this list please feel free to add them in the comments!