Body Image, Eating Disorder Recovery, Self Care

Five Reasons Diet Culture is So Enticing

Diet culture is pervasive. The messages we internalize are often received inadvertently and yet, they sometimes gain immense power that can shift our mindset and behavior related to how we treat our bodies. How does this happen? Jamie Marchetti, Registered Dietitian and Author of the Wonderfully Well blog sheds some light on the ways diet culture can easily capture our attention and arrest us in our journey toward intuitive nourishment and insightful self care.

It is HARD to quit diet culture.

I know that I can sit over here in my desk chair and type pretty words about how lovely it is to not stress about dieting or exercise, and reassure you that you are beautiful because you exist. Maybe that sounds wonderful and you feel good reading that, but then you try to go about your life with that in mind, and it just doesn’t work. You feel scared and worried and like quitting diets is harder than dieting. Why is it so hard to leave diet culture behind?

    1. We’ve been lied to. Yep, I said it. That whole thing about how you’ll die if you don’t lose weight? Not true. All that “research” that shows a correlation between higher weight and various health issues? Correlation does NOT equal causation, plus, the studies are set up looking for that correlation in the first…

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Self Care

It’s okay to not get the massage.

Self care. Self care. Self care. While reserving space and time to care for ourselves in a chaotic, pressurized world is essential, the concept of "self care" has also become idealized and even exploited in recent years. Certain forms of self care (ex. "spa days", exercise, etc.) have been pedestalized in mainstream media, which narrows… Continue reading It’s okay to not get the massage.

Eating Disorder Recovery, Self Care

How To Look After Your Mental Health Whilst Travelling

Ahhhh, summer-time: the season of beach weekends, family vacations, trips, and travel.  This time of the year can be a whirlwind of fun and adventure, but let’s get real – it can also be extremely stressful and challenging for recovery.

How can we take recovery on vacation with us?  How do we maintain the efforts necessary to stay stable and safe without compromising enjoyment and spontaneity?

Check out this post from Moods, Meds, and Meals, a mental health and lifestyle blog, on how to care for yourself and still enjoy the summer (or any season, really) of fun around you.

Cara’s Corner

Having mental health problems can make life difficult, but I am a firm believer that it shouldn’t stop you from doing anything you want to do.

As many of you will know, I have bipolar disorder and struggled with an eating disorder for many years. I also love to travel. Whilst it’s true that it might be slightly more challenging to travel if you struggle with your mental health, it is absolutely still possible and something I would recommend to anyone! I’ve learnt lots of ways to make travelling with mental health problems accessible, safe, and most of all, fun!

Be Prepared:
Pack everything you would use at home for your mental health. Medication, anything that calms you down or comforts you, and phone numbers for people to talk to if things get tough.

Get the right insurance. You don’t want to be worrying that if anything does go wrong…

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Body Image, Eating Disorder Recovery, Self Care, Uncategorized

Sharing the Love

This month's post pays homage to some of our most favorite blogs.  We at Nutritious Thoughts are showing appreciation, sending shout-outs, and sharing the LOVE with some stellar platforms that are recovery-positive and rooted in joyful living. Favorite #1: Dances With Fat Writer Ragen Chastain (she also identifies as many other incredible things - seriously check… Continue reading Sharing the Love

Body Image, Eating Disorder Recovery

The Jeans Don’t Fit

Body image is defined by The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in the following terms: Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses: What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations). How you feel about… Continue reading The Jeans Don’t Fit

Eating Disorder Recovery, Self Care

Spring Forward – The Movement towards more Recovery Positive Media

Spring time - A season hallmarked by growth, renewal, and according to popular point of view...getting "bikini ready".  This time of year, many media outlets flood the public with messages promoting appearance-focused methods of "self-improvement".  You know the type!  Daily interaction with the world around us may not completely eliminate exposure to suggestions such as… Continue reading Spring Forward – The Movement towards more Recovery Positive Media

Eating Disorder Recovery, Self Care

Dear Me

I wrote this letter to myself at a painfully pivotal point in my life.  I still read it regularly and hope it provides a sense of safety, hope, and unity to others that may need it. -Lindsey M. Yemc, MS, RD, LDN This is a letter to yourself when things seem impossible.  Read this when… Continue reading Dear Me