Letting Myself Eat When Hungry

Recently I’ve had a couple of days where I’ve felt like the Very Hungry Caterpillar. In case you’re not familiar with it, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a kid’s book by Eric Carle that describes a caterpillar who can’t stop eating. He starts off modestly, but each day of the week he eats more and more. Finally, on Saturday, he eats through a ton of food. Remember, this is a tiny caterpillar who eats through chocolate cake, ice cream, a pickle, a slice of Swiss cheese, a piece of salami, a lollipop, a piece of cherry pie, a sausage, a cupcake, and a slice of watermelon. No wonder he gets a stomachache! (For fun, you can also watch an animated version of the story.) My own very hungry eating N

Why Being Fat Encourages You to Make Yourself Small

I recently watched the Hulu series Shrill, only to then discover that it was inspired by the book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. Both gave me a lot of food for thought, so this is the first of what might be a few reflections on it. In case you’re not familiar with either the book or series, both are essentially about empowering fat women. In the series, Annie is a young woman who happens to be fat, and as the short season (6 episodes) progresses, she becomes more confident and assertive. Similarly, the book is about Lindy West’s own journey in life as a large woman, also becoming very outspoken against fat shaming and defending her right to exist as she is. And both illustrat

Implicit Weight Bias on the Rise – and My Own Results

I don’t like to think of myself as being biased. I imagine most people don’t. And yet when I took a recent test on the Harvard Project Implicit website, about weight bias, I found out I had a slight automatic preference for thin people. In reality, this shouldn’t be surprising, especially when you consider that between 2007 and 2016, implicit weight bias increased by 6%? Surprising or not, the test did what it was supposed to do. It got me thinking more about bias, in myself and others. What is implicit weight bias? Implicit bias is when you have automatic thoughts and feelings about something without being truly aware of it. If asked, you might say you’re not biased, but you could still act

Deciding to Ditch the Salad

Have you ever gotten tired of eating salad? Either salad in general, or a specific salad? I’ve heard from many people that they’re sick of salads, and it’s easy to understand why. They’re the go-to food for people on a diet, which makes them the very poster child of restriction. Plus, a lot of people eating salads are trying to lose weight, which means they skimp on salad dressing, or they go for more watery, fat-free versions. That doesn’t help with the flavor. And really, if you eat anything day in and day out, you’re much more likely to get tired of it. Especially when you’re eating it out of a sense of duty, not because you enjoy it. Deciding not to finish the salad I had my own experien

Gelato as Consolation and Celebration

Last week, I wrote about why I dislike overeating, but also how I hoped the reminder would be useful when I went out for birthday gelato on Memorial Day. I’m happy to report that I remembered the lesson on two occasions, both involving gelato. Unfortunately, the one on Memorial Day turned out to be more of a consolation prize than a celebration. Memorial Day consolation The reason the holiday gelato wasn’t so happy was sadly due to kitty issues. Osiris has been up and down a lot since January, and he took a downturn late last week. He started having more balance issues, and doing weird things like eating kitty litter. He’s also not being very vocal, which for him is an indication that he’s n

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