Product Showcase: Building Your Anti-Dieting Community

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Friday, February 05, 2016


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In this Product Showcase I provide you with four resources to build your anti-diet community. And if you are trying to get off the dieting train, you know it takes fortitutde and a lot of positive reinforcement in this toxic and obsessed culture we live in. I review the book "The Gluten Lie" by Alan Levinovitz as well as 3 new podcasts. Check out my video blog below where I review each of these products in detail. At the end of this post I will also provide links to the podcasts.

Good luck as you develop your own go-to resources to help you stay sane in the often stressful world of food, nutrition, exercise, and body image!

 

Below are the list of podcasts I think are pretty awesome! They are by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who believe in Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size, and breaking out of dietland. 


 

Food Psych - A Podcast about Nutrition, Eating Disorders & Food Psychology

By Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN - Certified Nutritionist and Intuitive Eating Counselor


 

 

The Love, Food Podcast: Peace from emotional eating, binge eating, eating disorders, and negative body image

By Julie Duffy Dillon: Registered Dietitian, Food Behavior Expert, Body Image Guru


 

Body Kindness Podcast

By Rebecca Scritchfield Registered Dietitian and Health & Happiness Expert
 

 

Fall Products I Love & Hate

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Friday, October 02, 2015

In today's vlog I give a roundup up 2 products I love and 1 product I hate. It's my Fall special of showcases and no case that I think you'll love. I'm talking my favorite cures for the common cold, simple and delicious frozen food, and taking yoga challenges to task. Tune in and then let me know some of your favorite (or not so favorite) products for the Fall season!

 

Product Showcase: Fairlife

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Friday, August 07, 2015
I recently learned about Fairlife milk, a new product from the Coca-Cola company. This milk is different from all other milk for a couple of different reasons. Through a filtering process, lactose, the often tummy bloating and diarrhea causing sugar in milk, is removed. Additionally the milk gets separated into five parts — water, vitamins and minerals, lactose, protein, and fat. Then those parts are recombined and the resulting product has half the sugar and double the protein of normal milk. Fairlife also boasts a significantly longer shelf life than regular milk.

As I was doing a little research on Fairlife, I was surprised by how many negative articles have been written about it. From dietitians criticizing the nutritional tweaks to taste testers complaining about texture and flavor, Fairlife has not received rave reviews.

But I actually read these review after trying Fairlife myself. And given the title of this blog post, it’s no surprise that I’m a fan. I’m a milk drinker, I have been all of my life. My childhood memories include a nightly bowl of cereal before going to bed. I have no affiliations with the dairy council, I just find milk to be a satisfying addition to my diet.

As for Fairlife, I think the nutritional changes make a great option for many people including those who are diabetic, hypoglycemic, and post-bariatric surgery. I think the addition of calcium is great for those who have a hard time getting enough in through food. Also, the elimination of lactose is a significant selling point given the prevalence of lactose intolerance. I bought the 2% version so can’t speak to the skim or chocolate milk, but I found the texture and taste totally delicious.

One very fair criticism of Fairlife is the cost. As milk goes, this is probably one of the priciest options out there. So for big families and people on a tight budget, Fairlife is a tough sell.

I know the grocery store is an overwhelming place filled with sales pitches and gimmicks that make it very hard to know what to buy. So what do you think- is Fairlife a useful new product? Or is another product that’s more hype than help? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Vlog: Mary's Gone Crackers

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Friday, January 16, 2015

I just realized that it's been nearly a year since my last product showcase post. That is such a shame! And I hope to make it up to you with my very first vlog. Let me know what you think!


Product Showcase: The Foodery

  • posted by Marci Evans
  • Wednesday, March 05, 2014

About a year and a half ago, two guys from a new company called The Foodery contacted me via Twitter. They wanted to meet up and learn about my practice and tell me about their food company as well. I enjoy meeting people in my community and learning about organizations that are food-related. But when I heard the words “meal delivery service” I was instantaneously skeptical.

I mean come on, little did these guys know, I do eating disorders work. And we eating disorders dietitians worry about pre-packaged meals! So many of my clients have been traumatized by dieting companies that feed their customers cardboard for food and empty promises of weight loss.  But I checked out their website and decided to meet up. They described themselves as a farm-to-table meal delivery service, which had me intrigued. 

I’ll admit, my take on “nutrition” is often different from many other dietitians out there. I’m a bit of an odd ball in my profession because I consider not only nutritional content but also the psychological and emotional relationships that my clients have with food and their bodies.  I’m not just interested in what my clients eat, I care just as much about how they think and feel about it.  One of the core concepts I bring into my work is the principle of mindfulness. I spend so much time trying to help my clients notice how food choices make them feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s my belief that a curious/mindful stance is the true path to health and healing.

So what does this have to do with The Foodery- a company with a goal to liberate truly healthy, convenient food?! I’ll tell you how- their company supports and aligns with many of the values and principles I utilize in my counseling every day.

  1. The Foodery is not a weight loss gimmick. These guys are selling super convenient and truly delicious food that is balanced and satisfying. Believe me, I’ve tried it!
  2. The Foodery integrates the concept of mindfulness into every step of their business model. The level of thoughtfulness, intention, and awareness that informs their work is truly impressive.
  3. The Foodery incorporates a holistic approach to eating. They are asking meaningful questions about health and sustainability that isn’t reduced to the narrow and misguided question “will this help me lose weight?” Our capitalistic economy supports a weight loss industry that is harmful to environment, harmful to our health, and also perpetuates the yo-yo dieting cycle that I work so hard to get my clients off of.  Helping my clients return to eating real, whole, delicious food is something that I am truly passionate about! And The Foodery is a great resource to make that happen.

As I type, The Foodery is in the first week of a five week sprint of their Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for a brand new kitchen in South Boston. They have big plans to expand their business. I highly recommend you check out their video which will help you get to know the company, their mission, and their future plans.

My hope in writing this blog post is to spread the message about The Foodery but also ask you to consider donating to their Kickstarter Campaign. You can donate as little or as much as you’d like and every bit helps!

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and good luck to the Foodery on your ambitious Kickstarter campaign and expansive vision to changing the way we eat!