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I am Julie Duffy Dillon, Registered Dietitian and Food Behavior Expert. I hand-picked these finds hoping to engineer a way for you to connect to food with peace, pleasure and health.

Yes, that is possible!

For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and health...

Weddings celebrate lifelong partnerships yet why do so many dive head first into extreme dieting or overexercise before the big day? 

This newsletter brings together an archived blog post and a Love, Food podcast episode discussing these nose dives. I think walking down the aisle without dieting is the way to go. Check out this beautiful post on doing just that by Lindy West. It is life changing. 

Sarcastically speaking, nothing says I love you like I want less of you. A marriage *hopefully* celebrates unconditional love including body shape. My hope for those getting married in 2016: your wedding day also includes a celebration for your own unconditional love and respect for yourself.

While I was in production for this week's podcast, my husband and I got to brainstorming the worst gift anyone could give their significant other. They all symbolize an indirect (read: passive aggressive) way to encourage the pursuit of weight loss and/or body shame. We came up with these:

  1. Scale
  2. Shape wear
  3. Gym membership
  4. Treadmill
  5. Fitbit
  6. Calorie counter book
Which did we forget? What would you add? Hit reply and let me know! We could make it into a future PSA (Public Service Announcement).

Because of your support, the Love, Food podcast has been featured in New + Noteworthy!! This is huge and I am incredibly grateful for your enthusiasm and encouragement. Have you subscribed or left a review? Means a lot and it will help the show grow. You can do so here

I hope you enjoy this week's newsletter. Take care!
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As you walk down the aisle in your wedding dress, you may be pondering a few things:

  • I am so happy (and nervous!) to spend the rest of my life with this person
  • What will our children will look like?
  • I L-O-V-E this person no matter what.
Sadly, a new wave of products and programs have inserted what we should be thinking:
  • there needs to be less of me before I commit to this partner who unconditionally loves me
  • this white dress makes me look huge so I am glad I crashed dieted
  • I wanted to invite my best friend into my wedding party yet she is too fat. Wouldn’t look good in the pictures.
Going to the chapel, going to get married...only if I am skinny enough.


Today's letter writer struggles with body acceptance and can't seem to lose weight. She wants to have her soon-to-be husband to sign a contract: he can divorce her if she gains too much weight.

Do you think this will give her the willpower to stay skinny? Do you think this will increase her motivation? 

Connect here to listen now or read the show notes.

I am excited to be presenting at this year's Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington DC on my Food Peace Tool-Kit for Therapists. Here's one of my slides exploring the topic with a handy Venn diagram.

Let me know if you will be at the Symposium. I would love to meet up!
Have you ever gone to the doctor for a sore throat and got a bonus weight loss diet instruction?

Have you ever avoided a doctor appointment for fear of being weighed in?

Check out this personal post by dietitian Blair Mize. Her experience may help you prepare for next time.
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