Videos and Social Media
Here are some of my favorite videos by leading experts and Social Media accounts (actually worth following!) that I often share with my clients.
Dieting can CAUSE Weight Gain
Would you really start a weight loss diet if you knew it would actually contribute to MORE weight gain, and increase your risk of binge eating? This short video by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, shows how dieting creates bigger problems with your health and mind.
There are also an extensive list of studies on her website that support how Intuitive & Mindful Eating can promote sustainable and healthy changes without damaging the mind and body.
Prepare your mind to be blown!
Why Dieting Doesn't Work
In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old! Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to explain the "set-point weight" and how our brains manage our bodies as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She also suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.
What it's Like Living with an Eating Disorder
“If you want your life back, you’re gonna have to start being honest, both with yourself and with the people around you. Do not spend another day listening to the voice that tells you you’re ugly, or fat, or not good enough. It doesn’t get any weaker, but you can get stronger. It doesn’t get any quieter, but you can choose to stop listening.”
Self-Compassion (insight into body image issues as well)
Dr. Kristen Neff, Ph.D explains self-compassion brilliantly and how it is different from self-esteem.
In her words: "Self-compassion is not a way of judging ourselves positively. Self-compassion is a way of relating to ourselves kindly, embracing ourselves as we are, flaws and all."
Why are we so hard-wired to be negative to ourselves and our bodies? How can we cultivate self-kindness? Watch her video for answers and visit her website for more resources: Self-Compassion
The Greatest Motivator for Self-Care
Lynne Hurdle-Price talks about her struggles with her weight and how our culture's "war on obesity" and focus on weight did not help her become healthier nor happier.
She explains what did help her instead.
Orthorexia: When obsessing over "healthy eating" becomes dangerous
Can there be such a thing as being "too healthy"? The answer is "yes."
When "healthy eating" is taken to the extreme: i.e. feeling the need to follow a specific diet super-strictly, only being able to eat "organic" and "pure" foods, avoiding social situations or other life enjoyment due to worries of "imperfect" foods, you may be suffering what's called "orthorexia." Find more about it in this video and this article.