Food Rules

By Michael Pollan Written with clarity and wit, this handbook lays out a set of straightforward rules for eating wisely, each accompanied by a concise explanation. It’s an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Some of … Read more

Norma: breakthrough

At the beginning of attending Jana’s class, I realized how much I didn’t care about taking care of my health, and my prayer was, “Lord, give me the want to, to want to!” What I learned in the first few sessions made me see the reasons behind my struggle with food. This in turn gave … Read more

10 ingredient prep tips

tray of prepared ingredients

Doing ingredient prep before the first day of your new diet is probably the best thing you can do to start off strong. I like it better than prepping full meals, because it opens up more flexibility on a day-to-day basis. And it’s not as time-consuming on the front end, while still saving you time when you fix … Read more

What is food freedom?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried a 30-day diet, hoping to have all your food issues solved at the end. Yeah, me too. When that happens, we may fault ourselves, or we may dismiss the diet. But I’ve found through my own experience that there’s more going on. Let me first say that the … Read more

What if I told you that hunger is good?

Morpheus from The Matrix

What if you didn’t have to feel guilty for every craving? What if you saw them as signs, instead of failures? Here’s the thing: You have legit hungers. You are a four-part person: heart, soul, mind, body; and each of these parts has its own hunger. Your heart hungers to be known and loved, and to love … Read more

25 ways to nurture yourself

flowers and candle on bedside table

One of the main reasons we do emotional eating is because we’re feeling stretched to the breaking point. One of the best ways to combat that is with regular, intentional self care. But many of us don’t know how to do that. And in fact, we may be used to thinking of food and drink indulgences … Read more

It’s not your willpower: it’s the food

I flung open a vending machine and out pops craving. suddenly, i wanted everything.

Are you hungry all the time? Do you blame yourself for having no willpower? This 4-minute audio file explains how it could actually be the food you’re eating that’s keeping you hungry. Article mentioned: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food . image/blackout poem: Jana Snyder

Imagine a new you

Having a positive vision of where you’re going can be a helpful motivator at any stage of your journey, but it’s especially useful when you’re just starting out or when you’re endeavoring to keep at it for the long haul. Imagine you… ⦁ Feeling great when you wake up in the morning. ⦁ Having energy … Read more

A hidden reason for repeated relapse

graffiti: you are here again.

What if you’ve cleaned up your diet, found your bigger yes, made time for self care, and you’re still struggling with frequent, repeated returns to your old ways? I’m not talking about having pizza one night and cake at a wedding in the same week. I’m talking about several times every week, for weeks on … Read more

From grumpy to grateful

grumpy faced cat

Okay, so there are a lot of things that can make you grumpy. When the shop clerk believes texting her friend about last night is more important than getting you checked out quickly. Raisins you thought were chocolate chips. The way no one in the house but you sees the trash can when it’s overflowing. … Read more

Re-framing failure with grace

I know how journaling helps my mind. I know that reading scripture, meditating, and praying keep my soul anchored. But some days, I struggle to discipline myself enough to sit down and journal, or pray, or meditate. I tend to get distracted by the tasks for the day, or the fun easy thing I’d rather … Read more

Is food your happy pill?

goldfish saying, Am I just going around in circles?

Yesterday morning, I was doing a writing exercise that asked me to think about painful places I don’t want to return to (oh, yay), and how that relates to my current writing. As I mulled over possibilities, one that came back to me was late 2009, when my dad was dying. At the same time, my mom … Read more

5 steps to address emotional eating

5 steps to address emotional eating

I have been an emotional eater. Eating to fill loneliness as a friendless teen, eating to calm my nerves as a frazzled stay-at-home-mom, eating to balm my heart when my dad was dying. Yep: I’ve been there. If you have a history of emotional eating — and let’s face it: most of us have at … Read more