MEET WENDY FARACCHIO
Wendy is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who coaches people on improving their health and relationship with food with a weight-neutral and behavior-focused approach. She is intuitive eating aligned and believes food should be a source of happiness and energy, not guilt and anxiety. Through her proven framework in her signature program, The Wellness Workshop, she’s helped many people ditch the dieting mentality and truly find health and satisfaction with an “all foods fit” firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THIS PODCAST
- Be mindful of where the emphasis is
- The secretive overconsumption in diet culture
- Your body wants balance
Be mindful of where the emphasis isWhere is the focus of your thoughts? What is the intention of your actions around eating and moving your body? Is it to control or manage calories, or to feed, nourish, and care for your body This awareness is also key when you are working with medical professionals.
[Maybe] their emphasis has been on counting calories and weight loss… [it can be] very difficult to find dieticians and nutritionists that were not focused on weight loss. (Dr. Castagnini)Some dieticians or nutritionists may still place more focus on numbers than on the quality of life, so be careful of your focus as well as the focus of those that are giving you advice.
The secretive overconsumption in diet culture
It’s really in the action. It's almost like the logistics of it … where we are taking alternatives and swap versions of things and we’re overconsuming them way more than [if] we had just had what we wanted, and it’s almost encouraged in diet culture. (Wendy Faracchio)Diet culture is not always about having less. Sneakily it also encourages you to have more, and more than you normally would of a type of food, just to encourage you to purchase more or to buy into the culture itself. For example, some companies will advertise a whole product like low-calorie ice cream as “consumable in one sitting compared” to its “unhealthier” alternative.
It’s encouraging overconsumption because it’s “healthier” and therefore acceptable. But having a regular pint of ice cream, eating the entire thing would not be encouraged or even generally accepted. (Wendy Faracchio)Remember that higher calorie content in foods does not make it something that is “unhealthy”. Therefore, low-calorie content foods are then not a straightforward “healthy” alternative.
[The] foods that get the axe right away [are the ones that] are typically higher calorie so we avoid those … so we pick “diet” foods and then we end up eating more because you were looking for satisfaction in it [but there is none]. (Wendy Faracchio)
Your body wants balanceThere is no golden rule. There is no shortcut, no quick fix, no easy way out, no pill or diet or program. If you want to have a good relationship with your body, with your eating habits, and with yourself, you have to show up each day with patience, self-love, and self-respect. Feed your body like the complex organism it is that needs a variety of different nutrients and minerals to thrive while being mindful of your humanity, emotions, and cravings. You can eat well and healthily without restricting yourself – no matter what anyone says.
All in all, spreading things out in normal amounts, that’s going to be the best way for your body to handle the food that you’re eating, [to] take out what it needs. (Wendy Faracchio)
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