Loving your body when you’ve been taught to hate it
Being a non-dieter in a fatphobic society — and being a product of that society — means you are not only rebelling against societal beliefs, you're challenging your own ingrained beliefs. You're becoming the person you've been taught to pity or even hate — and that shit can get emotional and messy.
"Giving up on weight loss is unhealthy, right?"
How am I supposed to give up on weight loss when a) it’s all I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember, and b) I know I’ll feel happier and healthier if I lose weight? It’s true, walking away from dieting means walking away from the pursuit of weight loss — which seems totally unhealthy, right? Wrong! This week, I talk about how replacing the pursuit of weight loss with an emphasis on lifestyle habits is the true path to health and wellness.
How to stop feeling like crap around thin people
Whenever you’re in a crowded room, or supermarket, or airport (or basically anywhere where there are lost of strangers), your eyes tend to drift toward the thinnest, prettiest people. You spend a few moments admiring them, then heap disgust and judgment on yourself. Or wait, is that just me? Anyway, this week I talk about my recent trip to Japan (where I was a giant, lumbering beast among the tiny porcelain dolls) and I share the simple exercise I’ve starting doing to snap out of my own self-pity and change my perspective (oh, and my sanity).
"I'm not a binge eater. Or am I?"
I talk about binge eating A LOT. After all, I’ve struggled with it for years, and I know a lot of dieters who also secretly struggle with it. And why not? Binge eating is a very common (well, basically inevitable) symptom of the dieting mindset. But the term “binge eating” tends to conjure an image of someone stuffing massive amounts of food in their body until they can’t move anymore. And while that’s certainly an extreme example, it’s not the only form. Binge eating has far less to do with the quantity of food you ingest, and has everything to do with what you’re feeling about that food before, during, and after you’ve devoured it. Yup, I’m guessing you know what feelings I’m talking about, and I’m guessing you’ve felt those feelings with food before. In this week’s video, I talk more about the nature of binge eating and why I believe it’s so important to recognize and diagnose this disorder in ourselves before we can tackle its root cause. What do you think? Have you ever experienced binge eating? Do you agree that it’s way more prevalent than we let on?
Dealing with diet talk over the holidays
Help! They’re everywhere! You know the ones: The co-worker who tells you the number of calories in every single holiday cookie (and how many sit ups you’ll have to do to work it off). The brother-in-law who won’t shut up about his keto diet. Or your mom, who talks disparagingly about her body in front of your kids. Diet talk is everywhere, especially around the holidays. And if you’re actively trying to avoid it, it can often feel impossible to avoid and completely aggravating! (I used to call it “white Jetta syndrome” — you know, when you buy a white Jetta and suddenly you see them everywhere on the road — before I knew it had an official name: the Baader-Meinhof complex.) This week I share some tips on how to deal with diet talk, and how to help yourself avoid triggering moments around relatives, friends and co-workers. Stay strong, young Padawans! (And don’t worry. I’ll be revisiting this topic in January, when the real diet trolls come out in full force!)
How Worth It with Katy came to be
It’s been a little over a year since I first watched the documentary Embrace, and I’ve been feeling nostalgic about how much my business radically transformed since watching that film and why. In this week’s video, I reminisce about how Worth It with Katy first started, how it has changed, and how I constantly struggle with the term “health coach.”