Category Archives: Weight

3 Signs That You’re Not Eating Enough

This is a preview of a guest post that I wrote for All The Healthy Things! Scroll down to read the full post. 

Tired? Can’t lose weight? Maybe you’re not eating enough!

In the Standard American Diet of calorie-dense, over-stimulating, processed foods, it is really easy to over-eat.

But when we enter the “healthy eating” world, things get trickier. If you aren’t careful, you may find yourself struggling with the opposite problem! Why does this happen?

Well, under-eating is sometimes done with purpose: a restrictive attitude around food (even healthy food) may be at play. But often, it’s accidental: maybe you’re eating a lot of fiber-rich plant foods that fill your stomach without delivering very many calories (like salads and smoothies). Or maybe you’re just SO BUSY that an afternoon flies by and you forget to eat lunch.

Yes, many people find it incredibly easy to under-eat. I’m one of them. Before I started paying attention to nutrient density and calorie consumption, this is what a typical day would look like:
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Taking “You’re So Skinny!” Out of Your Vocabulary

It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

I’ve never had an eating disorder, but it’s a subject that was constantly inserted into my study of nutrition and health. I’ve known people who have had slightly disordered relationships with food and exercise, and people who have had full-blown, heart-breaking disorders. 

No, I’ve never had an eating disorder, but I have been underweight. A few years ago, I had a body fat percentage that was MUCH too low for me (partially because I have “skinny genetics”, but also because of a tendency to accidentally under-eat). I realize now that it played a role in some of my health issues over the years, specifically with hormonal imbalance (for more on my story, read my feature on Primal Palate’s blog).
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This is Your Brain on “Fitspiration”

This Is Your Brain on Fitspiration

“Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels”

“It’s hard to get fit, but it’s harder to look in the mirror and dislike what you see”

“Do it for the ‘after’ picture”

“Shock every single one of them”

“Would you rather be covered in sweat at the gym, or covered in clothes at the beach?”

“Think before you eat”

These are all quotes I found from a quick scroll down the “fitspiration” tag on Pinterest.
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6 Effective Ways to Kick Sugar Cravings

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In honor of my second 21 Day Sugar Detox, I decided to put together some (hopefully) helpful tips for dealing with strong sugar cravings. I hope you will be able to use them when the craving hits!

Great ideas for dealing with sugar cravings from a Paleo / real food perspective! Image courtesy of marin at freedigitalphotos.net
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Your Hormones and Weight Loss: Leptin

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Ever wonder why an obese person still feels the need to eat a lot of calories? After all, they technically have enough stored energy to last them quite a while during starvation. So why would their bodies tell them to eat more and more?

The thing is, the body SHOULD be able to control caloric intake (by telling you when to eat and when to not eat) without you having to count calories and restrict food. But sometimes it gets confused due to poor lifestyle choices, jumbled hormones, and a messed up body fat set point, and that’s where things get tricky. Read more

“Why Can’t I Lose (or Gain) Fat?” – Body Fat Set Point

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If obesity is simply a problem of too many calories, then why can some people eat giant portions and remain lean, while others feel like they see every spoonful of ice cream on their hips?

Why does it feel like your body is resisting your efforts at weight loss or weight gain? Read more

Why Counting Calories Can’t Fix Your Health

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Ahh, summer. A time for sun, sand, and for many, getting bodies “swimsuit ready” by cutting calories, trying weird body fat wraps, downing expensive shakes or supplements, and making desperate attempts to work out for hours a week.

I’m all too familiar with the obsession surrounding diets and calorie-counting. Not because I have done it myself, but because I have studied it in depth through my nutrition courses. In the study of nutrition, we use different equations to figure out calorie levels. In fact, the answer to almost every weight issue is “decrease calories, increase physical activity”. Seems simple enough, but how far does it really get us?  Read more