The Dangers of Losing Weight While Breastfeeding
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by Rachael Hartley
19h ago
For new moms, there’s a ton of pressure to “snap back” to your pre-baby body. However, losing weight while breastfeeding can be dangerous, physically and mentally. This blog post discusses the problems with dieting while breastfeeding. My lovely associate RD Kate is popping in with some more content for new parents! As a new mom herself, I so appreciate the perspective she brings towards a time in life that is vulnerable to diet culture. If you are looking for non-diet nutrition support yourself, feel free to reach out as she is accepting new clients. Today I’d like to share some thoughts on ..read more
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Problems with Exchanges as an Eating Disorder Meal Plan
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by Rachael Hartley
2w ago
The exchange system is a common eating disorder meal plan, but it has many flaws and is often over and inappropriately used. This blog post discusses the problems with the exchange system, and shares other tools for meal planning in recovery. If you’ve been to treatment for an eating disorder, you know what I’m talking about when I say exchanges. If not, allow me to introduce you to the concept. Exchanges are a type of eating disorder meal plan. With exchanges, each food group is broken down into units or portion sizes that are similar in nutrition value. Exchanges were initially developed by ..read more
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What to Eat When You're Too Tired to Cook
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by Rachael Hartley
1M ago
Burnt out? You might not have energy to cook or feel like going out to eat, but your body still needs food. This blog post has ideas for what to eat when you’re too tired to cook. One of the occasionally annoying things about occupying a human body is that we regularly need an input of energy in the form of food to survive. It’s fun when we’ve got the time and energy to make something that’s tasty and satisfying to eat…not so much when we’re feeling physically or mentally exhausted and can barely think about food, let alone go grocery shopping or cook. Those are the times I wish I had a perso ..read more
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Diet Culture and Feeding Babies
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by Rachael Hartley
1M ago
As any parent can tell you, there’s a lot of pressure to do things just “right.” The unrealistic expectations around parenting are perhaps most evident when it comes to feeding your child. This blog post looks at diet culture and feeding babies, and the harm it does to new parents.  Hi all! Bringing my associate RD Kate back in for another awesome post on intuitive eating, diet culture and parenting. As a new mom, I am so grateful for the wealth of personal and professional knowledge she brings to this area. It’s Kate, back with more baby-related content. My last post focused on pregnanc ..read more
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Intuitive Eating During Pregnancy: How It Helped Me Have a Healthier, Less Stressful Pregnancy
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by Rachael Hartley
2M ago
One of the benefits of intuitive eating is that it can help you navigate many different seasons of life. This blog post explores intuitive eating during pregnancy, and how it can help you cope with some of the very common joys of pregnancy, including reflux, morning sickness, and iron deficiency. Today’s blog post is brought to you by my lovely associate dietitian, Kate Bennett. She sees clients virtually throughout the US and out of our Columbia, SC office. Learn more about here. One of the many benefits of intuitive eating is being able to use those skills in different seasons of life. Sinc ..read more
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Intuitive Eating in Eating Disorder Recovery
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by Rachael Hartley
3M ago
“You can’t practice intuitive eating in eating disorder recovery” is a common refrain in treatment. But is that actually true? In this post, I discuss the 10 principles of intuitive eating and how they can be incorporated in eating disorder recovery. When I first started training in intuitive eating, I was warned that it isn't appropriate for people who have an active eating disorder. Initially, I couldn't explain why, but it always rubbed me the wrong way. Still, I deferred to the experts, and even put off getting more in depth training in eating disorder work, because I really loved working ..read more
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Five Things to Know About Binge Eating Disorder
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by Rachael Hartley
3M ago
Binge eating disorder is perhaps the most stigmatized and misunderstood of eating disorders, thanks to it’s association with higher weights and out of control eating. Read this post on five things to know about binge eating disorder so you can better understand this serious disorder, and it’s treatment. Binge eating disorder (BED) is arguably the most misunderstood and stigmatized of eating disorders. Because the eating disorder is associated with a loss of control, overeating, and higher weight bodies, it’s often thought of as being less serious. Even worse, it’s often chalked up to low will ..read more
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Intuitive Eating for Athletes
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by Rachael Hartley
4M ago
Because athletes often require a bit more structure than the average human, some people think that intuitive eating for athletes isn’t possible. This blog post busts that myth and shows you how to adapt the principles of intuitive eating for sports nutrition. If you’re an athlete, or simply an active person, surely you are aware of the fact that food has an impact on athletic performance. Food is our body’s only source of energy, the fuel that allows for every muscle contraction, thought, and deep breath that goes into physical activity. Just like you wouldn’t want to head out on a long road ..read more
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Four Tips for How to Learn Intuitive Movement
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by Rachael Hartley
4M ago
Just like intuitive eating teaches you to tune into your body to help guide food choices, the practice of intuitive movement teaches you how to tune into your body to help guide physical activity choices. If you’re healing your relationship with movement, read this blog post for more support. A neat thing about practicing intuitive eating is that as you get in touch with your body to better understand and honor it’s food needs, you start to better understand your body’s needs in other arenas as well. Whether it’s a need for rest or the need to put on a pair of socks because your feet are cold ..read more
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Unhealthy Exercise: Do You Have a Healthy Relationship with Movement?
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by Rachael Hartley
5M ago
Just like there is a point where healthy eating becomes unhealthy, there is a point when exercise becomes unhealthy. Over-exercise, compulsive/obsessive exercise, and exercise bulimia occur when exercise stops being a choice and becomes an obligation. Read this post to learn if you are engaging in unhealthy exercise. Pretty much everyone agrees that exercise is a good thing. There may be disagreements over how much, how often, what kinds, and so on, but as with eating fruits and vegetables, getting enough sleep, and managing stress, getting regular exercise is a pretty uncontroversial recomme ..read more
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