4 Things My Newborn Baby Taught Me About My Relationship with Food

I had my 1st child back in March. In the first 4 months of his life I struggled with getting him to breastfeed.  Because of this struggle I spent a lot of that time focused on his eating patterns. I watched when he ate, how much he ate,  and the way he acted when he ate. During these observations I learned a lot about the way our relationship with food initially begins before it all goes wrong. Here are 4 lessons my newborn son taught me about my relationship with food:
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How Pregnancy Taught Me to Love My Body

My sister recently shared with me, “the best thing just happened to me.  I was in my doctor’s office getting my standard six week check-up after having the baby and I was standing in front of the mirror in the room naked.  And as I looked at all the changes that have taken place on my body, I realized, I will never look like I did before, ever again.”  There’s no way it’s ever going to go back to how it looked before.  And you know what, I instantly felt relieved.  All this pressure to lose weight and “get back to how it was before” was suddenly over. 

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She said that, before the baby, if she gained weight she’d admonish herself and make promises to get back to her pre-college weight because she knew she could and she thought she should.  She would diet and exercise then of course binge later and feel guilty that she didn’t have more self-control.  And around and around we go.  But this time, she could not ignore the obvious insanity of taking that approach yet again.  She had just had a baby and the changes were much more dramatic this time that in previous weight gain episodes.  This was much more than weight gain.  This was a monumental change to her entire body inside and out.  And she realized that there was no going back. Continue reading

Why Your Partner is Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts and 5 Tips to Make Him Stop

When I got married, my mother gave me a piece of advice. She said to me: when couples move in together their daily habits start to merge and they end up resembling each other physically. You look and you’ll see that if one person is athletic their partner probably is too. If one is super lean then their partner probably is too. If one is a muscle bound gym rat, the other probably is too. And if one is overweight the other person probably is too.  And if they aren’t, give them time. One person in the relationship will shift the other way, the only question is which way will the shift occur. So beware and make sure the shift occurred in your favor.
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When you start to make healthier choices in an effort to lose weight and improve your lifestyle you may notice your partner trying to sabotage your efforts by bringing home little treats or encouraging you to make bad choices at the restaurant. You may even see him eat worse than usual in an effort to convince you that you’re not eating so bad when you cheat- not compared to him anyway.
Why is he doing this? What’s his motive?
Believe it or not, it’s not really about you. It’s really about him. He’s not a bad, evil person. He’s frightened that you are changing and that you might be outgrowing him. Suddenly your discipline and self control are threatening to his everyday life. And so he has 2 choices. He can jump on board or he can sabotage your efforts and try to get you to regress. 9 out of 10 times, your partner will try the latter. It’s easier to try to get you to cheat than to try to make changes for himself and get healthier with you.  And the more progress he sees the worse his sabotaging will get and it will become very hard for you to meet your goals and live in the same house with him. But if you understand his motives then you can do your part to patiently show him that sabotaging you will not work in the long run and that joining you in this new and health lifestyle is really his only option.

Getting him to see the light will take some time but here are 5 tips to help you continue to make progress even when he tries to sabotage your efforts.

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5 Easy Tricks to Help You Stop Eating Your Partner’s Snacks

“I’d be skinny if it wasn’t for my partner’s snacks.”

How many of you have said that before?

Blaming our significant other for our bad habits is all too easy and sometimes feels very true. Afterall, if the food wasn’t in the house we wouldn’t eat it and who brought it in the house in the first place?

Well, we can’t always get our partners to eat healthy with us but we can do more to ensure that their unhealthy choices don’t end up on our hips.
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 Here are 5 tricks to that can help you stay away from your partner’s snacks:

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5 Tips for Enjoying the Holidays without Gaining Weight


It’s that time of year again.  We just had Halloween, Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas and New Year’s will be soon to follow.  And the biggest question on the minds of all of us in the FoodLove Community is: How can I survive this without ending the year with 10 extra pounds I seriously don’t need?

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5 Ways that Falling in Love with Fall Can Help You Lose Weight

I love love, love the fall. Did I say love? Looove. And I always want to recruit people in this obsession with fall. So my little weight loss seekers, I thought I’d play on your desire to lose weight by telling you that I think fall is the best season for you to get in shape and revamp your healthy habits. Here are five ways that the beautiful season of Fall can support a healthier lifestyle:

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5 Tips for Staying Healthy When Hosting Houseguests

5 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy When Hosting Houseguests

Last weekend my mother came to visit and we had a sort of House Crashers episode in my house.  Have you seen that show on HGTV?  It’s where they come in your house and remodel and decorate and transform it in like 3 days.  That is seriously what it felt like when we were done.  3 days of nonstop shopping, decorating, and gardening.  And if I do say so myself, my house looks fabulous!  In the midst of that, I did not eat as planned and it brought me to this week’s highlighted post:  “How to Stay Healthy When Hosting Houseguests”  I hope you find is useful the next time you find yourself with houseguests. stay healthy hosting houseguests Continue reading