Can You Really Be Addicted to Food?

by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

There has been a lot of media attention on food addiction research.  Scientists are curious about this possibility because the brain region (and neurochemicals) involved with substance abuse, are also implicated in overeating.   But there are a lot of reasons, other than addiction, that can explain the rewarding aspect of eating.

Are You a Distracted Eater?

by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

There seems to be a common perception that mindless eating is a condition in which you have no idea that you just ate, akin to “eating amnesia”. Many of my clients eat while distracted—but don’t consider themselves mindless eaters, because they are aware that they are eating while engaging in another activity, such as watching television.

The Religion of Dieting—How to Tolerate Friends & Evangelists of the Latest, Greatest Diet

My patients often express difficulty being around enthusiastic friends, who incessantly talk about their new weight loss diet.  The friends are usually well meaning, with no intent to harm.  Yet, this diet talk stirs up a bunch of mixed feelings, such as:

•    Envy of the quick weight loss
•    Fantasies of embarking on just one more diet—(get the weight off, and then deal with “the issues”)
•    Triggering for patients with eating disorders

Warning: Dieting Increases Your Risk of Gaining MORE Weight

If dieting programs had to stand up to the same scrutiny as medications, they would never be allowed for public consumption.  Imagine, for example, taking an asthma medication, which improves your breathing for a few weeks, but in the long run, causes your lungs and breathing to worsen.  Or, imagine taking a medication to unclog your arteries, but ultimately, caused increased blockage.

Strategies for Dealing with Holiday Traps (Part 2)

by  Elyse Resch, Nutrition Therapist

I hope that you're finding that preparing and rehearsing your holiday plans is helping to reduce your stress and anxiety about the holidays.  Some of my clients find that they can avoid eating problems during these holiday events and have a happier holiday season.  Here are some of the strategies that might be helpful:

Intuitive Eater's Holiday Bill of Rights-Part 2


After creating the Intuitive Eater's Holiday Bill of Rights, I thought about the collective wisdom of Intuitive Eating Professionals on LinkedIn, (which consists of over 800 allied health professionals).  And so I posed the following question to the group:

Intuitive Eater's Holiday Bill of Rights

Intuitive Eater's Holiday Bill of Rights

by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

What if peace on earth could begin at the dinner table? Imagine experiencing an inner peace, free from incessant worry about what to eat. It's hard to enjoy the holidays when you are preoccupied with eating or worried about what to say to relatives who have an annual tradition of telling you what and how to eat.

The Difference Between Intuitive Eating and Mindful Eating

by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

I often get asked, "What is the difference between Intuitive Eating and mindful eating?" It can be a bit confusing since the terms seem to be used interchangeably [1,2].

Inaugural Intuitive Eating Blog

      Every day, one or both of us, receives an e-mail or a phone call about how Intuitive Eating has profoundly changed that person’s life.  Reconnecting with your internal wisdom about eating—wisdom that’s been with you from birth, will lead you to a life of freedom from negative thoughts about your food and your body.  It will give you the sense of security that can only come from knowing that you, and only you, have all the information you need to eat with satisfaction, tucked deeply inside.  You can take this with you whereve