Navigating the Holidays With Intuitive Eating

Depending upon your personal situation, the holidays can be a wonderful, relaxing time with family and friends, or they can be stressful, full of drama, and exhausting. This year’s holiday season will be different thanks to the global pandemic, but many people still plan to get together either in person or virtually with family and […]

Mindful Eating vs. Intuitive Eating

An Introduction Since starting this blog, I have had a blast connecting with people who read my posts and those who follow me on social media. I have heard incredible stories of people triumphing over disordered eating, body image issues, and diet culture as a whole. Another part of this whole thing called The Diabolical […]

Diet Pills: High Risk, Low Reward

An Introduction Picture this: you could swallow a pill that would help you lose weight, prevent diabetes, heart disease, and cancers. It would help you balance out your hormones, and it would make you happy, confident, and finally feel worthy of love. That would just be the bees knees, wouldn’t it? This is the image […]

ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences

If you have seen the amazing TV show Fargo, based on the movie of the same title, you may associate the term “aces” with beloved/hated antagonist Lorne Malvo. If you have not seen the amazing TV show Fargo, you should check it out on Hulu as soon as possible, because it is a dramatic masterpiece. […]

Youth Sports Round 2

Welcome to part 2 of our discussion on youth sports and how they relate to diet culture. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, definitely start there, and come on back when you’re done. Last week, I did a fair amount of bashing when it comes to youth sports. These are thoughts and feelings I […]

Youth Sports: Toxic or Transformative? Part 1

An Introduction Asking people about their youth sports experiences can be a bit of a mixed bag. Some will say they always had great experiences, and that sports taught them to be resilient, respectful, and resourceful. Others, will say youth sports destroyed their confidence, body image, and overall well-being. Most people lie somewhere in the […]

Orthorexia: When The Pursuit of Health Goes Too Far

An Introduction When I first heard the term “orthorexia”, I felt confused. I knew the suffix ‘orexia’ meant appetite, and I always associated the prefix ‘ortho’ with orthodontist. Could this be a condition where people can’t eat because of tooth and jaw problems? Well, after doing a bit more digging, I found that this was […]

Anti-Diet- October Book of the Month

An Introduction Hello and happy October! October may be filled with cooler weather, sweaters, warm beverages, and Halloween decorations, but before you get too caught up in October things, it’s time to talk about the book of the month here at The Diabolical Dietitian. I know you’re on the edge of your seat in anticipation, […]

3 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

An Introduction I think it’s safe to say that we have all been there. At one time or another, the vast majority of Americans have looked in a mirror and felt concerned about one part of their body, or several. Maybe it was stretch marks, or thunder thighs, or bat wings, or any other number […]

3 Reasons Why Supplements can be Sketchy

An Introduction $35 billion. That’s approximately how much money we collectively spend on dietary supplements each year.1 Another fascinating numerical value? There are over 85,000 dietary supplements marketed to us and are available for purchase in the United States alone.2 These figures may make it seem like dietary supplements are important, that they are the […]

How Bad Science Helps Diet Culture

An Introduction “Coffee Will Kill You and Your Entire Family” a headline in the local newspaper reads. One week later, you see a different headline bragging about how a “New Study Shows Coffee Can Increase Your Lifespan.” Many people who are exposed to these constant conflicting messages become, understandably, huffy about the topic of nutrition […]

What is Intuitive Eating?

An Introduction Chances are good you have at least heard of the phrase intuitive eating. It gets thrown around on social media, news outlets, and other mediums in such a conflicting manner that it can be hard to decipher what intuitive eating actually means. That feels so defeating, as intuitive eating is supposed to be […]

What is Diet Culture and How Do We Defeat It?

For those of you that have been following along on this blog’s journey from the start, you know that we have been talking about different studies that show calorie restriction and dieting doesn’t work in the long term. We have discussed how focused our culture is on weight loss and getting a “better” body. I wanted to take a few steps back to discuss and define diet culture in more depth so that we can all be on the same page. Diet culture is all around us, and the more you know about it, the easier it is to identify and dismantle it. And dismantling diet culture is what this entire blog is about.

Health at Every Size- August Book of the Month

An Introduction Hello and welcome to August! It’s the first of the month again, and you know what that means: it’s time for The Diabolical Dietitian’s book of the month pick! Last month, we talked about I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson. It isn’t about diet culture, but it is about the importance of […]

Three Reasons Why Calorie Counting Sucks

Introduction Welcome to this week’s article all about the crappiness of calorie counting!!! I’m trying to be cheerful while talking about calorie counting, but it’s difficult because the premise simply makes me grouchy. Truth be told, there are many, many reasons why I dislike calorie counting. Most of them come from my experience of doing […]

Spreading Ourselves Thin

First, A Parable Stories have a way of getting through to us and sticking with us for the long haul. The discussion this week is an important one, so we will start this thing off with a parable from the 4 Hour Work Week (affiliate) by Tim Ferriss: An American investment banker was taking a […]

Overcoming Diet Culture with the 1% Rule

When we find a bout of motivation, we feel like we could make huge, sweeping changes in our lives and move mountains. Unfortunately, that motivation wears out pretty quickly when we feel overwhelmed by our ambitious plans. It took me 5 years to work up the courage to create this blog and write regularly because I was frozen by my perfectionist tendencies, especially for an undertaking this large. I have since learned that dipping your toe in the water first and working your way in from there may be a more sustainable way to make changes and get things done.

Be The Person You Needed When You Were Younger

An Introduction Hard work, thick skin, and constant striving were the three pillars instilled in me as a child. I wouldn’t have become a dietitian or accomplished the other things that bring me pride without those values and skills. I feel so grateful and lucky to have grown up in a two-parent household that always […]

Break Free From Your Inner Bully

I love jokes, comedy, and humor. Dad jokes are my number one choice of wisecracks. Those are my favorite because they’re light-hearted, and they usually don’t come at anyone’s expense. I actually just heard a really funny one the other day, here it goes:

From Fitspo to Hell No

Hot Bod: that was the name of one of my Pinterest boards when I was a freshman in college. It had pictures of females who had the body that I wanted more than anything. They could wear tight sports bras without that dreaded armpit bulge and spandex bottoms without a fresh-baked muffin top. For a […]

Exercise Should Be Fun, Not Compulsive

It’s a chilly Sunday morning in the middle of February. I pull up to the yoga studio to meet my sister for our weekly hot yoga sesh, which is a tradition I look very much forward to. It allows us to catch up about the week, work up a good sweat, and maybe go for […]