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Eliminating Morality from Food Choices

By: Liz Marino, RD, LD, CSSD, Regional Nutrition Manager for The Renfrew Center

Posted on July 15, 2019

The problem with associating food choices and character is that it implies your character is contingent on what you eat… and it's not.

Your worth is not hinged on what you eat. You are not better because you don't eat chocolate, and you are not bad if you enjoy chocolate. Let's stop tying our morality to food choices.

This change starts by first turning inward. We can begin by eating unapologetically; ending comments like "I'm so bad for eating this," or "I've been really good today." Choose foods you like, that make you feel physically good, and that are satisfying in portions that honor your hunger and respect your fullness.

We can begin by talking about more substantial things than diets, weight and image. Let's engage in conversation about ideas, goals, challenges, things you want to learn more about, and interests you have to share! It's much more exciting and you'll build stronger, more meaningful relationships in the process.

Liz Marino, RD, LD, CSSD, is the Regional Nutrition Manager for The Renfrew Center and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She received her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Akron, OH, completing her Honors Thesis on "Exercise Preference and its Relation to Mindful Eating." Prior to joining Renfrew, Ms. Marino worked in the University of Toledo's Athletic Department, the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders and served as the Research Assistant to Dr. Eleni Lantzouni at the Akron Children's Hospital who published on "Predictors and Incidence of Disordered Eating in Adolescents with DM-I." Ms. Marino is a member of the Pittsburgh Academy of Dietetics and iaedp.
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