Five Thoughts {Including "Girl, Wash Your Face" & Not Ignoring Body's Cues}

Girl, Wash Your Face

I’ve had a quite a few clients, colleagues and friends rave about this book. TBH, I didn’t know who Rachel Hollis was until this book came out, I haven’t read the book and I’m not planning on it (with the exception of Brene Brown, self help books just aren’t my thing). I had heard from some of my ED/HAES/intuitive eating colleagues that there were some problematic messages in the book about food and weight, then I read this article by Buzzfeed that went more in depth with it. Let’s just say if you are in a larger body or can’t stick to a diet, that doesn’t mean you’re not a person of integrity, just someone with a larger body that’s doing it’s best to protect you against starvation (you know, it’s job). While I’m sure there’s some useful tidbits in there, if you’re in the process of healing your relationship with food, I pass on this book.

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Last minute Thanksgiving recipes.

This weekend I shared some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes in my newsletter (sign up in the side bar if you haven’t!), so here’s a few in case you missed it:

Butternut Squash Soup with Cranberry Salsa

Butternut Squash Soup with Cranberry Salsa

Collard Green Salad with Beets, Black-Eyed Peas and Cornbread Croutons with Buttermilk Dressing

Collard Green Salad with Beets, Black-Eyed Peas and Cornbread Croutons with Buttermilk Dressing

Warm Farro Salad with Kale, Grilled Fennel, Caramelized Onions and Harissa

Warm Farro Salad with Kale, Grilled Fennel, Caramelized Onions and Harissa

Kale, Caramelized Onion and Apple Stuffing

Kale, Caramelized Onion and Apple Stuffing

Roasted Green Beans and Cremini’s with Herbed Breadcrumbs

Roasted Green Beans and Cremini’s with Herbed Breadcrumbs

Caramelized Cauliflower with Golden Raisins

Caramelized Cauliflower with Golden Raisins

Recommendations for fellow history nerds.

I’ve been watching Civilizations on Netflix and highly recommend. It’s all about art history through the ages and it’s really fascinating. It makes me want to pick up and travel the world. I also just started reading These Truths, which is a history of the United States, from the lens of when our country has, and hasn’t lived up to “these truths” laid out in the Declaration of Independence.

Trusting your body’s cues.

I love this graphic by Food & Fearless - she’s one of my favorite people to follow on instagram, and wrote this guest post for me awhile back on bursting the health bubble.

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Entrepreneur classes.

Last week, I was on an entrepreneurship panel at a local high school, and also led a class for an Alabama dietetics association on building a private practice. Whenever I speak at one of these events, it blows my mind thinking back to that first year of business when I had no idea what I was doing, and knew I wanted to practice non-diet wellness, but didn’t quite know how to do it. If you’re a dietitian reading this, I’ve written some articles on building a private practice that might be helpful for you. Go my recipe index and scroll towards the bottom for a section labeled “For Dietitians.” Some of the posts I think are most helpful are How to Bring Intuitive Eating and HAES to Your Dietetics Practice, Self Care Guide for Running a Private Practice, and What to Know Before Starting a Nutrition Private Practice.

I thought the panel was especially interesting, because we had a diverse panel of people from totally different fields (my friend Nimai who runs a HIV/AIDS health clinic I’m going to start contracting with, a woman who runs a salon, and another woman who runs an HR/recruiting agency), yet there were a lot of similarities in what helped us succeed - networking in the community, harnessing social media, and setting ourselves apart from competitors without competing with them.

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