Holley Grainger is a registered dietitian — “the expert,” but even experts struggle. Holley e-mailed me privately and asked about a family member who wanted to try the HCG diet (on top of the other dozens she tried that have not worked) and I asked her to join me on a podcast to discuss it.
In this episode Holley opens up about her genetically larger body compared to her peers, her weight gain during her fertility treatments that gave her two healthy girls. “How can I still love my body at the same time while I want to get to a healthier place, ” she asks.
Weight concerns make sense because our culture sucks. I help Holley understand that diet culture keeps her stuck in an “I’m not good enough” mental place and continually believing her body is a “problem.”
I share a story about a client who was body shamed by her gynecologist and the Kevin Hall NIH research on NBC’s The Biggest Loser that shows the metabolic reasons why dieting — cutting calories and over exercise — is followed by a “fight back” from the body that leads to weight regain.
I also define HAES for Holley (gee, wish we learned this in nutrition school.)
Finally, I explain how I would help her family member, if this person was a client of mine, essentially to help her understand there is a process for changing habits and mindset that is weight neutral to improve well-being regardless of any changes to one’s appearance, and even IF the client really wants to lose weight.
I’m glad Holley had the courage and interest to speak to me about personal concerns in a public setting. Hopefully it helps you too.
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Holley Grainger is a nationally recognized lifestyle, culinary, and nutrition expert. She is a dietitian & mom that shares simple, healthy, flavor-packed meals and practical, doable nutrition advice for busy families. The former nutrition editor for CookingLight.com and MyRecipes.com, she has instructed millions of accomplished and aspiring home cooks on how to make simple, healthy, family-friendly meals through online video, media appearances, speaking engagements, national news segments, online instructional guides and social media. Her approachable style allows her to authentically advance nutrition and culinary information in a credible and relevant way.
Dedicated to helping companies and individuals share their healthy messages through visual communication, Holley has produced and hosted more than 800 online cooking, health, and lifestyle videos. Holley has been featured in hundreds of televisions, print, and radio segments nationwide including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctor’s, NBC’s Today Show and Weekend Today, CBS’s The Early Show, Fox News Channel, CNN, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, MyFitnessPal.com, HGTV.com, SouthernLiving.com, and MSN.com among others and is a regular contributor to the Birmingham, Alabama news outlets.
Holley lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and two young daughters, Ellie and Frances, and blogs at Holley Grainger Nutrition.