10 October 2019

Double Green Casserole

Green tomatoes—just what do you do with them?

I embrace that question every fall. This year, rather than matching flavors, I matched colors and added green tomatoes to a green bean casserole. At least one non-family member professed to like it, and seeing as she asked for the recipe, I believe her.

22 August 2019

Eating Disorders and Trauma: A Match Made on the Track (and Field)

This post was written by Elizabeth Briasco, a dietitian with a Master of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. 

The fire that you tried to burn me with, it made me who I am
All the things you said I couldn’t do
Guess what, yes I can
‘Cause I’m not weak, I’m not broken, I am bold
And the fire you put me through turned me into gold
I’m not done, I’m no loser
Watch me take on my bright future
Tonight I’m no bronze, I’m no silver
You’ll be thinking damn I knew her
But you didn’t
"Golden," Ruth B

I would first like to give a shout-out to everyone trying to heal from trauma they do not discuss, especially those who feel that their trauma is not valid.

If this is you, please know:

Your experiences are valid.

The behaviors you developed so that you could survive are valid.

You are valid, you are seen, and you are not alone.


We know that the development of eating disorders (EDs) is multifactorial. I love that the harms of dieting, toxic sociocultural values, and unrealistic body standards are being thrust into the spotlight but I can’t help but feel that a crucial, albeit uncomfortable, contributor to this mental illness is being left out of the conversation: trauma.

09 March 2019

When should I worry about my weight?

Usually on this blog, I answer my own questions. But when an old friend tells me that my answer to his question was helpful to him and could be to others too, well, I’ll break format for that.

How do I know I’m healthy?

The question:
So when it comes to being fat/body positive, I've been pretty successful in applying that to other people, but I'm not sure how/whether to use my own weight fluctuations to assess my own health. How do I assess my diet/exercise level? Should I evaluate weight gain/loss? Are there measurable signs that my diet and exercise routine are working for me? At what point (if ever) does weight gain/loss become a concern?
There are at least two ways to understand your weight changes and health status: with your head and with your heart. We’ll explore both. Before we do, though, let’s assume that you are a disease-free, able-bodied person who eats a reasonable diet, i.e. you’re not getting 40% of you calories from, say, alcohol or donuts.