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How to Find Your Set Point Weight

By Alissa Rumsey | March 22, 2022

Learn more about set point theory, the biological mechanisms behind it, how dieting affects your set point, and what to consider if you’re trying to find your set point weight range. (Hint: It’s not what you think!). I also share more about why I actually consider set point theory to be unhelpful a lot of…

Why You Don't Have to Lose Weight For Your Wedding

Why You Don’t Have to Lose Weight For Your Wedding

By Alissa Rumsey | March 21, 2022

There is so much pressure put on women to look a certain way on their wedding day. So instead of enjoying this special time, a lot of brides-to-be (understandably) start to panic and begin trying to figure out how to lose weight for the wedding. If you’re experiencing this, you are not alone! Given the culture…

Take action against the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' newest Evidenced-Based Guidelines

Take action against the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ newest “Evidenced-Based Guidelines”

By Alissa Rumsey | March 7, 2022

Are you someone who believes in a non-stigmatizing, weight-inclusive approach to health? If so, please continue reading – a very powerful organization is trying to put forth guidelines that will have severe health consequences for higher-weight people. Whether you’re a dietitian, healthcare provider, or community member with lived experience — any human who believes in and/or who…

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How to Spot Sneaky Diet Culture

By Alissa Rumsey | January 27, 2022

Diet culture is all around us and – due to years of cultural conditioning – is often internalized within us. While certain diets can be easy to spot (looking at you Atkins and South Beach), the dieting has learned that people aren’t looking for ‘diets’ anymore so they’ve changed the marketing game in the name…

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How To Look at Photos of Yourself Without Feeling Like Crap

By Alissa Rumsey | January 24, 2022

If you feel stress, anxiety, sadness, or shame when you see photos of yourself, you’re not alone. Read on to learn how to stop hating photos of yourself – including 7 steps and reflection prompts for you to try next time looking at a photo sends you into a shame/self-criticism spiral. If you feel stress,…


How to Find “Comfortable” Fullness

By Alissa Rumsey | December 20, 2021

If you frequently find yourself being uncomfortably full after meals, you are not alone. Here are my top tips to help you stop eating when full, so you can find comfortable fullness and naturally feel “done” eating – no control or force needed. “My problem is that I just can’t stop eating when I’m full.”…

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How to Challenge All-or-Nothing Thinking

By Alissa Rumsey | December 9, 2021

Part of unlearning diet culture involves challenging binary, all-or-nothing, thinking. Humans tend to live in the binary – good/bad, always/never, right/wrong – and diet culture plays right into that. But all-or-nothing thinking doesn’t allow space for growth, curiosity, or change. Read on to learn more about the problem with binary thinking and how to challenge…

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Self-Care Holiday Gift Guide 2021

By Alissa Rumsey | December 7, 2021

I’ve put together this self-care holiday gift guide: a list of my favorite clothing items, artwork, tools, and entertainment. Use this guide as you shop for your loved ones (or even yourself)! Often when people hear the word self-care, they picture a luxurious massage or treating themselves to a mani-pedi. While yes, it can be…


The Science Behind Why Diets Don’t Work

By Alissa Rumsey | December 3, 2021

Each year, more than 50% of American adults try to lose weight. The diet industry in the United States makes more than $70 billion per year. (Yes, that is billion.) Yet research shows that diets don’t work: 90 to 97% of people who lose weight through dieting will regain it back within two to five…

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