My friends Kylie and Robyn do these Five Thoughts posts, and I always enjoy reading them. So I thought I would try it out on the blog and see if it's content that you all enjoy - let me know if the comments! Shameless plug for comments: I get a ton of questions over email and DM on instagram, and would love if you could leave questions or comments on the blog. I try to answer as many questions as I can, but I don't always have a ton of time, so I try to prioritize questions on my blog or instagram posts so other people with similar thoughts will be able to get their questions answered too.
Going forward I'm going to try and share one recipe, one IE/HAES wellness post, and one WIAW or Five Thoughts post a week. Trying to keep this blog fresh while keeping up with a full client load can feel like a lot sometimes, and realistically it is a lot! But my extroverted introvert heart is endlessly grateful to be able to make a living spending half my day counseling incredible clients, and the other half holed up in front of my computer writing or playing in the kitchen.
Diversifying social media.
One thing I talk to a lot of my clients about is diversifying their social media feed. It's amazing how something we unconsciously scroll through can have such an impact on body image. Pretty pictures of thin (usually white) women, are SO valued on instagram. This weekend I was doing some planning for an upcoming trip to South Africa (any recommendations are welcome!), and when I searched the hashtag for some of the locations we were visiting, almost all of the popular pictures that popped up were instagram models, and like, one of two penguins holding hands on the beach. Sometimes it feels like travel instagram is no better than #fitspo instagram.
I think it's so important to consciously follow a wide variety of people and diversify your instagram feed. Personally, I like to fill mine with fellow intuitive eating dietitians and therapists, Bernese Mountain Dog accounts, REAL WORLD friends, activists/organizations whose work I admire, and people of all body sizes, skin colors and genders living their best life. A few weeks ago I created a highlight reel with people to follow to diversify your feed. I just added a bunch more last week, so check it out for some suggestions.
I created this recipe for everything but the kitchen sink cookies years ago, when I was just coming out of a very "clean eating" mindset. My approach to desserts at the time was having what I viewed as "healthy" sweets on hand. I used to tear through a batch of these in a few days because they were "healthy" cookies which obviously means eat as much as you want without any attunement to your body or whether it's actually satisfying your cravings. Or, at least that was my experience!
I made these cookies last week to rephotograph for the blog - it really is a great recipe! Yet, I still have a few hanging out in a container in my fridge. Because now I don't think of them as "healthy" cookies - I just think of them as the cookie recipe I really like when I'm craving soft, cakey cookies that aren't too sweet. They have a great crunch from the almonds, and I love the combination of rich dark chocolate with the oaty, nutty tasting flour. Other times I'm craving a sweeter sweet, so I have something sweeter to satisfy that craving, instead of eating 3,482 "healthy" cookies that don't do it for me.
The Good Place.
Do you watch The Good Place? I watched season 1 last week, and it is such a great show! If you haven't seen it, it's about a character (Kristen Bell) that dies and accidentally gets sent to The Good Place (kinda like heaven) when she was supposed to go to The Bad Place. Hilarity ensues. Anyway, it's really lighthearted, but incredibly well-done. For entertainment, I tend to watch a lot of historical or social justice documentaries, heavy dramas, or listen to news/politics or eating disorder recovery podcasts. After watching The Good Place, I realized how much that can get to my mood. I started watching The Good Place in the morning while I was getting ready, and it honestly made me feel happy for the rest of the day. Such a silly thing, but it made such a difference.
I feel super grateful to have been featured in this article in Self as one of 17 trustworthy dietitians to follow, alongside colleagues and friends who I have learned so much from over the years. Go through that list and click follow on everyone - they did such a great job picking out diverse voices in our field.
I also feel super grateful and honored to be the first guest on my friend Cara's new podcast, You Can Eat With Us. In that episode, we did an intro to Intuitive Eating and discussed some of the common myths and questions that arise when people first hear of the practice. I hope you'll subscribe, because she's got SO many incredible guests lined up!
Beyonce and Jay-Z
We went to see Beyonce and Jay-Z last night and holy smokes guys. If you ever get a chance to see them in concert, it was incredible. It was the best show I've ever seen. They performed for 2 1/2 hours and were flawless the entire time. Just the production of the show was a sight to see. Also, I'm obsessed with Queen Bey's sparkly bodysuits and I want to figure out what would be an appropriate venue for me to wear one. Work?
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post, and that sharing some little tidbits from life gives you some new resources and food for thought. Let me know in the comments or on instagram if you enjoyed this kind of post and I'll continue doing them!