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Snippet of The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast: Episode 66 - Positive Nutrition and Food Neutrality with Paige Smathers

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Paige Smathers defines the concept of "gentle nutrition" and offers some simple tips on how to incorporate food neutrality into your eating disorder recovery practices.
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Paige Smathers defines the concept of "gentle nutrition" and offers some simple tips on how to incorporate food neutrality into your eating disorder recovery practices. Paige notes that achieving an entirely neutral perception of food and nutrition is a long and challenging process but ensures that it is wholly rewarding and helpful for one's recovery process.
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during. If you'd be willing to kind of walk us through some things that you think this is gentle nutrition and then this is not gentle nutrition like so people can kind of figure out how to think about gentle nutrition versus something like that's more rule based or diet culture related. Yeah, yeah, And maybe maybe it would be good for me. Toe just kind of speak to that very specifically, so that people can know what I mean when I say gentle nutrition. Honestly, even as a dietitian, someone who I truly do care about health and well being, a nutrition like I'm you won't find me recommending. Alright, pore over the nutrition facts, labels and obsess, you know, now you general this work. So let go of dieting and make peace with food and to find satisfaction and blah, blah, blah all the other principles. Now just kidding. Let's pull the rug out from under you and let's let's obsess about numbers like, totally not that right, but more of what to me, gentle nutrition is if I could sum it up. It's about getting enough getting regular, adequate filling, satisfying meals. So it's It's not like a. I mean, I see it. I see why people say it's the It's the last step. It's the last thing to come into the big picture. I see where they're coming from. And I also think that some people it might resonate to hear like you've been doing this all along like Like it's not opposite of making peace with food. It's not completely 1 80 degree turn from, you know, honoring hunger and fullness or rejecting diet culture. Like I think it's all I think it's gentle. Nutrition is in there because nutrition suffers when we try to manipulate our bodies, like truly. So as we let go of all of that diet culture, we actually very much most of the time find ourselves eventually actually eating. Oh, a better balance of nutrients. Ah, more well rounded, more variety filled way of eating, Does that? Yeah, absolutely yes. And one of the things that I always think about and talk with about with my patients is that if you're if you're wanting toe work through that I e framework, the intuitive eating framework, it really is always redirecting you back to your own experience instead of using any kind of external marker of what you quote should be doing right. And so to me, gentle nutrition lines up with having a lot of awareness and doing, like, a lot of experimenting and reflection on how to different things. Feel, um, when you, you know, eat in certain ways and kind of going back to your internal experience. Not like you were saying, you know, poring over the labels and figuring out, you know, whatever the nutrition facts are for something like, the point is not to get people back to where we have them reading labels or they can tolerate seeing like calorie counts or something like that, like the point is to add another layer into understanding your own experience of food. Yeah, absolutely. And you know, if I could if I could kind of paint a picture of what I I see gentle nutrition looking like on a really practical level, it would be something like when it's time to eat or when you are. You know when it's your time to eat, whether that's based on a meal plan or like that, you know if you're in recovery or if that's I'm hungry, or if That's something that you just like toe have sort of, Ah, gentle structure set up in your day based on your schedule. You know, let's say it's time to eat and you're like, OK, what sounds good to me right now or what do I have or what's accessible to me or what's here, right? Those are all very practical first questions to ask yourself.
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