Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN
Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Huntington, NY helping clients with eating disorders and disordered eating recover their relationship with food and their body. She utilizes a Health at Every Size® approach and supports Intuitive Eating and knows that while she is the food and nutrition expert, you are the expert of your body and life.
It’s Monday which means you might be thinking about starting something new like a new fitness routine. Maybe you were inspired by other peoples’ 5K or marathon pictures from the weekend. You may reason that running is just what people do to get and stay in shape. Or that it’s the activity you should choose if you’re just starting to exercise before you get on to the other activities you want to try. Or you think running is the only activity available to you that’s free and fits into your schedule.
But not everyone likes to run. And there’s absolutely no reason to try to force any activity you don’t enjoy.
No one food holds all the nutritional power. No one food will prevent and cure disease. If you don’t like kale, eat another vegetable (my preference). If the superfood du jour doesn’t taste good to you, don’t force it. Sure, you can try it prepared different ways and maybe you’ll find a way that you like it, but if not, try something else. Enjoyment of food is an important part of health too.
Get the weight you were in high school or before kids or before major life changes out of your head. We’re meant to grow and change as we go through the seasons of our lives. It may require you to grieve the loss of your former body or your former weight, and that’s okay.
“I don’t care about your diet”. I’ve made posts like this before, but I always want to add an asterisk. I don’t care about society’s newest diet for weight loss or to live longer. I don’t care about the fads and the gimmicks.
However, even as a non-diet dietitian who doesn’t care about these diets, I most certainly care about my clients’ diets. Your diet helps make up who you are.
We’ve all probably done it. We relax with a few drinks, order the apps we would normally avoid, and eat dessert. We may even slack off with our workout routine. And then by Sunday night we’re thinking about the week and going back on our diet in time for Monday morning to start the whole cycle all over again. This week, we reason, we’re really going to stick with our diet. But then by Tuesday or Wednesday we’re polishing off a whole bag of cookies and telling ourselves we’ll start over again on Monday.
So how do we combat this? Well, if you picked up on all the dieting language in the introduction, you’ll probably realize that we’re going to get back to the opposite of dieting which is of course intuitive and mindful eating. Let’s explore how to eat freely every day of the week.
You can’t always tell a person has an eating disorder simply by looking at them. And you can’t tell a person has recovered from an eating disorder simply by looking at them.
Your body is not an “after”. You are simply continuing your process of becoming.