Sushi, Eggs and Oatmeal: Critical Thinking, Common Sense, and Nutrition

I’ve been around the block a few times, nutritionally speaking. I’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease (wrong) and Crohn’s disease (right, we think), I’ve spent countless hours at the allergist’s office, I’ve been told to follow diet after diet. Yet through all of that, none of my HMOs have ever allowed me to visit a nutritionist*– until now. My HMO is offering six free visits as a promotion, so I made an appointment.

I selected a nutritionist who works from the same office as my (totally fabulous and lifesaving!) gastroenterologist. I was so excited– finally, answers! Marion Nestle’s advice on what to eat is great, but with a Crohn’s diagnosis, I really felt like I needed more targeted advice. Not only that, but I’ve had some issues lately with my eating patterns. I’ll starve all day and then stuff myself at night, or eat a healthy lunch only to binge on junk food in the evening. I’ll cast around for something healthy to eat that won’t worsen a flare-up, only to come up empty-handed and drink an Ensure instead. I gain weight when I think I should be losing, and lose when I think I should be gaining.

In other words, I’ve got a weird, complex and emotionally fraught relationship with food, just like a whole lot of other people in this sexist, diet-obsessed society, and I thought maybe seeing a nutritionist would help.

The verdict? Helpful, but not in the ways I expected. Read the rest of this entry »


Love Your Body Day




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Love Your Body Day Philadelphia!

Sick of fashion magazines telling you you’re too fat? Tired of the endless pressure to diet? Come to Love Your Body Day and celebrate your own real beauty! We’ll be making pages for a zine about our experiences learning to live with and love our bodies. No artistic talent required! Come out, have fun, get creative and celebrate on Sunday, October 21, 2007 from 11 am to 2:30 pm.

The A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

I’m part of organizing this workshop, and I hope any of you all (male, female and/or otherwise identified) will consider coming out to be a part of it!

Love Your Body Day was originally conceived by the National Organization for Women, about ten years ago, with a focus on protesting sexism and unrealistic beauty standards in advertising. It’s since grown well beyond the buttoned-down confines of NOW, and feminist groups on campuses and in neighborhood around the country participate with various activities.

How does this relate to a blog about real food? Glad you asked, my friends. Read the rest of this entry »