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The holiday season is a time when diet culture ramp ups and can be difficult as an intuitive eater. If you aren’t sure how to navigate triggering conversations around food and weight or feel nervous to set boundaries with friends and family, this episode is for you.   

In today’s episode, I’m talking to Kirsten Ackerman, an Anti-Diet Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is the Host of Intuitive Bites Podcast and runs her own virtual private practice helping women heal their relationships to food and body. In our powerful conversation, Kirsten speaks on how growing up her own personal biases and stigma with dieting and weight impacted her choice to become a dietician to heal her own disordered eating patterns. 

She explains how to deal with caring, but nosey friends and family who question your eating habits during get-togethers, how to deal with triggering comments, and why it is important to center yourself and check in with your own body during the holidays. What does your body need and how can you honor it today? 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Kirsten shares how she became an intuitive eating dietician [3:18]
  • How you can deal with all the different food related scenarios that might pop up at your next holiday party [12:04]
  • Diet culture messaging is much louder during the holidays with an emphasis on substitutions. Kirsten weighs in on what actually matters and what you need to focus on instead [37:21]
  • Kirsten explains how you can reset your “I should have chosen…” and diet culture mindset [42:48]
  • How to set boundaries [50:49]

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