Planning Ahead to Stay On Track

Over the years, my relationship with food has undoubtedly changed. Not only have I changed my relationship, but I’ve tuned into how I feel before and after eating certain foods, I’ve learned what foods to eat so I feel energized, how to plan and cook my favorite meals, and I have learned to be more flexible in my eating.

That’s great until… now I’m traveling three weekends each month, so what do I do now?

You’ve probably heard the term “Fail to plan and you’re planning to fail.” Well, I think we think about staying on track with one’s diet and exercise plan. We think about meal planning in neatly packaged Tupperware containers and laying our clothes out the night before a morning run.

But, for me, I know what happens when I don’t eat for a long period of time. I feel fatigued, distracted, and sure, a little cranky. I know that once I find food, I’m very hungry and will be happy to devour whatever I can find. That’s okay, except after that, I feel very full and sleepy once again. Continue reading Planning Ahead to Stay On Track

You Can’t Just Look and Tell

One of the biggest misconceptions about eating disorders (and there are many) is that a person can tell if another person has one… just by looking at them.

You probably have a picture in your mind what someone who suffers from an eating disorder looks like: 

He or she is frail and gaunt with sunken in cheekbones, knees bigger than thighs, and biceps smaller than the elbows. You can pick them out because they look tired and never eat. Sound right? Continue reading You Can’t Just Look and Tell

Are We All Doomed in Eating Disorder Culture?

As I prepare for my speaking engagement about eating disorders and athletes, I have been having this thought (fear!) in regard to these young people I’ll soon address:

They might think that eating disordered behaviors and thoughts are normal.

Let’s think about that for a minute. What I’m saying is that the thoughts of wanting to become smaller, fitter, and more appealing are WIDESPREAD… and the behaviors a person will engage in to achieve those things, are normal. Continue reading Are We All Doomed in Eating Disorder Culture?

My Garage Gym Workout Essentials

Last time I talked about doing away with a gym and competitive exercise. No calorie counting, no timers, no pace goals, no super-fit competitor on the machine next to me…

I’d say it’s been almost two years since I have been a part of a regular gym. On occasion, I pop into local fitness classes or college weight rooms to escape the weather or mix things up… but as a regular gym enthusiast (and because I still see so many benefits in exercise!), I found my stride at home and in the great outdoors. Continue reading My Garage Gym Workout Essentials

The (Mindful) Exercise Equation

I struggled for a long time with exercise, and it came as a surprise in all the different ways I did: too much, too little, no motivation, a lot of motivation with an asterisk* (from my exercise addiction days)… finding a balance was difficult not only in my body and schedule but (mostly) in my mind. Continue reading The (Mindful) Exercise Equation