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Emily Marshall 

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I grew up as an intuitive eater

I grew up as an intuitive eater. I really have my parents to thank for this, but I also want to acknowledge that my parents and I had thin privilege which shielded me from diet culture for the most part. Growing up no foods were off limits. My parents provided a wide variety of foods and we always had family dinners with a dessert with each meal. When we went out to dinner I could order anything I wanted without shame. It allowed me to really trust my body and have a normal, healthy relationship with food. Continue Reading

5 Ways to Trust Your Hunger Signals...Again

Through the messed up world of dieting or from the non-stop go-go-go nature of life, you may have gotten out of touch with that innate ability. The good news is you can get in touch with it again!  Getting to know your hunger signals and actually acting on them is one of the major steps towards normalizing your eating! Here are 5 strategies to get you started! Continue Reading

Body Liberation Books

Are you interested in improving your body image and changing how you think about health? Are you wanting to challenge and unlearn any implicit bias you have to help make our world a more equitable place?
I’ve learned that doing this is an ongoing practice. One of the ways we can do this is by learning from and listening to the voices and experiences of people with marginalized identities. I’m happy to share with you the books I’ve been learning from as part of a series I’m calling book roundup. 
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Reducing Burnout with Spoon Theory

I personally think there’s a lot we can learn from spoon theory whether we have a chronic illness, mental illness, are neurodivergent or not. As part of being a human, your “spoons” aren’t unlimited. Assessing how many spoons you have in a day is a way to tune in and listen to your body. The analogy can be used in a way to manage how you take care of yourself and reduce your risk of burnout. Continue Reading

Hard to Pronounce Ingredients

When I was still learning to read and I had my head in a book engrossed by a story, I’d usually come across a word I didn’t recognize or didn’t know how to pronounce. When I saw it, I’d always ask my dad, “Dad, what does this word mean?” He’s a really smart man and it was natural for me to ask him about things I didn’t know anything about.  Continue Reading

Experiencing Body Grief

I came across a clip of an interview from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with actor Andrew Garfield.  In the interview Andrew shared his thoughts on grief after losing his mother. He had said, “grief is all the unexpressed love I didn’t get to tell her.” Continue Reading
5 Body Positive Terms You Should Know

When developing a healthier relationship with food and your body, there comes new terminology.  It is helpful to learn about this terminology to better understand how society has shaped your views and relationship with your body. It’s also helpful to learn in order to see how your experience intersects with the broader context. I’ve outlined a few terms in this email which seem to come up most often in my sessions with clients. Continue Reading
What Do I Want to Eat? Discovering Satisfaction with Eating

Your sense of satisfaction with eating is often left out of the equation when dieting. Having food rules or trying to restrict your intake is just a recipe for being left feeling unsatisfied even if you may actually feel physically full after eating.  Find out how to trust your food cravings and develop a healthier relationship with food in the process.  Continue Reading
Opening Up a Dialogue with Your Body

Your body communicates with you all the time. Through trauma and/or diet culture you may have learned that listening to your body was wrong or unsafe or that you can’t be trusted with listening to your body.
Those beliefs may have disrupted the dialogue with your body. Opening back up a dialogue with your body is a way to consistently meet your needs and show respect and care for your body.  Continue Reading

Are You Eating Enough?

One of the most common issues I see people face with their food intake is not having enough of it. It may sound strange considering that the media and public health campaigns have blasted the message that “Americans need to move more and eat less…or else!” Unfortunately, I’ve seen this message get taken out of context or taken a little too seriously. This can have many consequences and often backfires against the individual’s health goals. Continue Reading

Body Acceptance- what is it really?

When you hear the words body acceptance what comes to your mind? Maybe you feel like it’s giving up or "being lazy" or facing some really difficult emotions and feelings towards your body. 
All of those things may be true for you, but I’d like to offer you another perspective. Another dietitian told me of this analogy to help explain what body acceptance can really look like. Continue Reading

How to Form a Healthy Relationship with Food Through Intuitive Eating

Move over intermittent fasting and keto diet, Intuitive Eating is having a moment in the spotlight, and it is gaining attention for a reason! Some things you may have heard about Intuitive Eating are that it can help you form a healthy relationship with food and your body. It can also help you give up dieting. However, because of its trendiness, there is the potential for the meaning and nuance of Intuitive Eating to become misconstrued or “watered down”. Read on to find out more about this unique approach and what it is and what it isn’t. Continue Reading
Comfort Shows and Coping Mechanisms

Do you have a favorite comfort show or movie? A show or movie that you could watch again and again and never really get tired of it? You notice it brings you so much joy and comfort because you know all the lines and the scenes like the back of your hand. You’ve fallen in love with the characters and can even picture yourself knowing the characters and what they’d say or do in any given situation. Continue Reading
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