#31: Diet Culture + Resolutions + Your Daughter with Meg O’Rourke, Registered Dietician

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“New Year, New Me!!” We’ve all been there, right?

While the new year is an excellent time to reflect and look forward to the goals we have for ourselves, it can also bring up many well-intentioned “resolutions” that can do more harm than good, especially when it comes to building confidence in our female athletes. 

Losing weight, trying out the new diet (Looking at you Keto + fasting…), and over-exercising are among the top offenders when it comes to adopting new habits for the new year. 

There is a fine line between developing healthy habits and diving head first into an all-or-nothing, restrictive diet or lifestyle. 

This is particularly important when it comes to how we model this for our daughters. 

You are the greatest and closest influence in her life right now. 

Which is why it’s important to examine your resolutions and intentions for the new year through the lens of how your daughter sees them. 

Because, all too often I see this:

Athletes who… 
-> Are self-critical
-> Struggle with perfectionism
-> Never feel ‘good enough’ 

… are often mimicking adults in their lives who also display these tendencies in one way or another. 

And new year resolutions can often trigger some of these things in a big way! 

That’s exactly why I sat down with Registered Dietician Meg O’Rourke to talk all about the impact of diet culture, resolutions, and our relationship with food has on our athlete daughters. 

One big area of concern that Meg speaks into: eating disorders among youth. 

Spoiler alert: A mom’s relationship with food impact’s her daughter’s. 

And the way the diet industry is set up can lead moms and daughters down the road of eating disorders before they realize what’s happening. 

So, before you set that intention to do a strict Whole 30, never eat a gram of sugar or a glass of wine again… do yourself (and your daughter) a favor and tune in!

In this episode, Meg and I talk about…

✅ What it means to have ‘harmony with food’ 

✅ What the diet industry doesn’t want you to know 

✅ Why going on a diet can negatively impact your daughter’s relationship with food and what to do instead

✅ How to have a relationship with food that honors your body and sets a healthy example for your daughter

This episode is packed full of information, “ah-has,” and tangible tips to help you become more aware of how to develop a healthy and sustainable relationship with food that encourages your daughter to do the same!

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