What obesity and homosexuality have in common

By Diana A couple of weeks ago I was listening to an episode of Radiolab on which they shared an episode of the short podcast series Unerased titled: Dr Davison and the Gay Cure. They were talking about the former perception of homosexuality as a disorder and the rise of conversion therapy. …read more Source: Bite My...

Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips

By Diana It’s that time of year when food is abundant, there is a seemingly never ending succession of holiday parties and events, all of which feature food. It’s also that time of year when you start to see a proliferation of articles about the average weight gain over the holidays and …read more Source: Bite My...

Are calories an enemy?

By Diana I would like to propose that we stop demonizing calories. All too often I see products promoted as “low-calorie” or “calorie-free”. I hear jokes about things like it’s okay to eat a broken cookie because the calories all leak out. Consuming as few calories as possible is considered virtuous. This …read more Source: Bite My...

What does “healthy” look like?

By Diana A little while ago I wrote about the importance of representation and how the health care industry is failing at it. Of course, it’s not quite as simple as saying “we’re going to use more diverse images in our marketing and materials”. Most organizations don’t take their …read more Source: Bite My...

Do dietitians follow the Food Guide?

By Diana The above inane tweet last week prompted me to post a couple of tweets in which I screamed into the void about a) people not following dietary guidelines anyway and b) weight not being indicative of health. Which then lead to me posting the following poll: <img data-attachment-id="9666" data-permalink="https://bitemywords.com/2018/11/05/do-dietitians-follow-the-food-guide/screen-shot-2018-11-04-at-3-37-06-pm/" data-orig-file="https://bitemywordsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/screen-shot-2018-11-04-at-3-37-06-pm.png?w=611" data-orig-size="1184,504" …read more Source: Bite My...

Response to: The Rise of the Anti-Diet Movement: Is it No Longer P.C. to Want to Lose Weight?

By Diana Someone I follow on twitter recently shared this blog post: The Rise of the Anti-Diet Movement: Is it No Longer P.C. to Want to Lose Weight? by another dietitian, Janet Helm. In the post she mused about dietitians promoting themselves as “non-diet” and what this might say about other dietitians. …read more Source: Bite My...

The day the Internet dies

By Diana Computer Rage GIF Sometimes I think that we would all be so much better off if the Internet collapsed. Or at the very least, social media networks. I was reading this article: The Death of Civility in the Digital Age that Yoni Freedhoff shared on <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" href="http://www.weightymatters.ca/" target="_blank" …read more Source: Bite My...

To keto or not to keto

By Diana I feel like there’s one thing missing from a lot of the discussion about the keto diet (and similar extreme diets, really). Everyone talks a lot about whether or not it “works” with proponents on both sides, research supporting both sides, arguing that it does or doesn’t work for weight …read more Source: Bite My...

Will soy give you strong bones? Spoiler: maybe, if you’re a rat

By Diana Recently there was a lot of criticism of a NYT article about what’s making us fat that was really about what diets might make mice fat. Along the same lines is this research from the University of Missouri that found soy diets might increase women’s bone strength. The study …read more Source: Bite My...

Can we take chocolate milk out of politics already?

By Diana You would think that I wouldn’t have anything left to say about chocolate milk by now. I wish that you were right. I would have thought that I wouldn’t either until I read this article the other day about the school nutrition policy in New Brunswick and …read more Source: Bite My...

If men got pregnant…

By Diana Today I just want to rant a little bit about the patriarchy and research, particularly in relation to mothers and pregnant women. You’ve likely all heard about the difference between men and women when it comes to heart attacks, leading to missed diagnoses in many women, and …read more Source: Bite My...

In the chocolate milk war which side will you take?

By Diana A school in Ottawa decided to no-longer offer chocolate milk to students as part of their milk program. This, I should add, was based on a vote taken at a parent council meeting. Predictably, a bunch of parents, students, and assorted individuals from all over the province are outraged at …read more Source: Bite My...

Whole Life Challenge review

By Diana You know what I’m sick of? Engineers and people with zero nutrition education making claims that you can “biohack” your life, undermining dietitians, and giving one-size-fits all nutrition advice. This rant seems appropriate coming on the heels of my post about the carnivore diet. Earlier this summer …read more Source: Bite My...

Why science is failing

By Diana After my fellow dietitian Abby Langer wrote this article for Self, which I personally felt was quite considered and rather generous to the carnivore movement, I noticed a commonality among many of the people spewing abuse and vitriol (does an all-meat diet make you …read more Source: Bite My...

So you don’t want the government in your kitchen

By Diana According to Wikipedia, “A government is the system or group of people governing an organized community, often a state.[1] A government is like a clan with the purpose to govern the whole family or whole nation with powers of financial, military and civil laws. The main purpose of …read more Source: Bite My...

A smile doesn’t hide your weight bias

By Diana I completed an online course on weight bias and stigma for healthcare professionals last week. There was quite a bit that was good but there were a couple of things that rubbed me the wrong way. If you’re not already aware Obesity Canada states that, “weight bias …read more Source: Bite My...

If you’re cheating on your diet, then you should probably break-up with it

By Diana Yes, the above post is undoubtedly very cute. Using emojis is a fun way to make your point. However, I would argue that if you are struggling with your weight that you should actually reverse the suggestion by Dr Nadolsky. I’m not saying, eat unhealthy food all day every day. I’m …read more Source: Bite My...

Representation matters and the health care industry is failing miserably at it

By Diana Source: UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. In relation to my recent posts about how a dietitian’s weight is not indicative of their professional capability, I’ve been thinking a lot about weight bias. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how we portray (or don’t portray, as the …read more Source: Bite My...

Call in the food police, we’ve got another unruly body

By Diana I feel the need to expand on something I touched on in my post last week. It’s related to people judging dietitians on the basis of our weight. My previous post mainly discussed why it’s inappropriate to judge anyone’s professional abilities, including dietitians, on the basis of …read more Source: Bite My...

Being thin is not a qualification for providing nutrition advice

By Diana Last week a bunch of crossfitters and meatatarians got all worked up because the former president of the Academy of Nutrition and …read more Source: Bite My...