Intuitive Eating: A Respectful Lifestyle Part I

While I felt I adopted a non-diet philosophy during my dietetic internship and graduate school, due to seeing so much disordered eating as I worked with University at Buffalo athletes, my journey to this concept of “intuitive eating” came several years later. As discussed with Heather on her podcast, intuitive eating isn’t something covered in a dietetics undergrad program or our mandated internship {or wasn’t 10+ years ago}. And it definitely isn’t covered on our certification exam! Until I was working with a client who had previously been in a treatment facility for an eating disorder, the term “intuitive eating” wasn’t in my vocabulary. After she mentioned it, I got the book and read it in a couple of days, wishing I’d known how to pull these philosophies together in my practice so much sooner. Continue reading

Fit Fuel: Intuitive Eating for Fitness

See our feature in Women’s Running Magazine!

Do you ever skip breakfast or a snack before you exercise whether due to time, nervousness, or in an effort to lose weight?

Ever finish a tough workout or race, not felt hungry, and then eaten everything later that day or the next?

I used to experience the above, too, as a college swimmer. After my division I career ended and I wasn’t active 20 hours per week, I really convinced myself that I didn’t need to fuel much once I started to train for half marathons, too. And boy was that first one brutal. I remember crossing the finish line on a hot June day of the Fairfield Half and my friend’s mom and my own mom talking about how awful I looked. I don’t think I realized the level of dehydration I experienced until I ran a half marathon and completed triathlons properly fueled. It wasn’t due to lack of fluid intake though. It was due to lack of carb and electrolyte intake. I never made that mistake again (and know exactly what fuel is right for me to be smiling at the end of a tough race). Continue reading