Posts tagged eating
Finding your Food Stories: a Map to Understanding your Relationship with Food

In a recent blog post and podcast episode, we talked about finding your body image story. Those short conversations and events that happened early in your life that started to define the way you looked at and felt about your body. Going back is so powerful, therapists have know this for years. It's not about feeling sorry for yourself, or getting stuck in a blame cycle, or living in the past, it's actually about coming to a bigger sense of understanding, and with that, lots of compassion and love towards yourself and whatever issues you have now. It's understanding that you and the people around you are simply human, and it's also the beginning stages of finding true healing, especially when it comes to food, eating and body image issues.

Since we already went on that scavenger hunt to find our body image stories, today we're going on a different ride, we're going back in time to look for specific moments in which we got important cues about food, eating and dieting. We're on a mission to dismantle these, and to build our views about food back up in a more healthy and pleasurable way that excludes punishment or guilt. Doesn't that sound nice? As usual, I'm sharing some of my stories, it's only fair right?

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The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

You know my motto right? It's time to put an end to food restriction and approach food and our relationship with it from a new perspective. The little gem I'm sharing with you today is so powerful you'll be able to hold onto it to help you on your journey towards food freedom. It's been one of the most powerful studies and texts I've read this year and I couldn't wait to share it with you.

In 1944, 36 volunteers, all male, walked into the football stadium of the University of Minnesota to begin a year long journey as subjects in a study done by one of the world's most prominent nutrition researchers, Ancel Keys. Along with researcher Josef Brozek, Keys was determined to study the physiological, behavioral and psychological effects of starvation in the hopes of creating a manual for relief workers in World War II after reports of starving populations all over Europe were reaching the US.

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