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Katy Harvey
From Kansas City
I'm a registered dietitian passionate about helping others find peace with food.
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My blog has a new home. It's part of my brand spankin' new website that I'm SO pumped about! From here on out, you'll still get my same weekly posts filled with insights, tips, information, and random musings....just head to to check it out! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Katy Harvey
Studies show that when you label a food as "good" or "healthy" you'll often eat more of it. This has been coined the "Halo Effect" with food. And you'll do the same thing when you label foods as "bad" or "unhealthy." When you initially start allowing yourself to eat what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Katy Harvey
Ask a room full of people to describe what hunger feels like and you’ll get answers like, “When my stomach growls,” or, “Lightheaded or shakiness,” or, “When I’m cranky or hangry.” These are signs of extreme hunger and maybe even hypoglycemia. There were more subtle signs of hunger that you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Katy Harvey
Remove the labels from food - including good/bad, healthy/unhealthy, junk, clean, etc. When you were eating intuitively as a toddler you didn’t know anything about food, other than what tasted good. Your toddler body also knew what it needed. You ate extra fat when you needed it, same with carbs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Katy Harvey
Eating disorders professionals are frequently using a philosophy called “Health At Every Size” (HAES) to help people recover. It is based on the idea that we can help people be healthier - physically, mentally, socially - if we take the focus off weight and instead focus on compassionate self-care and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Katy Harvey
Eating can either be an act of love and respect for your body... ...OR it can be a way to deprive and/or harm yourself. You get to choose. Eating as an act of love and respect: Eating when you are hungry (ideally before you reach the point of ravenous hunger)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Katy Harvey
I sat in the pew at church this past weekend, and something the priest said really stuck with me. He was translating the 10 Commandments into words that were relatable in our modern-day lives, and when he got to "Thou shall not kill" he pointed out that this commandment enshrines... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Katy Harvey
No one has ever tried more diligently to solve a problem than the chronic dieter... ...The way you've been told to deal with your problem - through control - puts you face-to-face with an impossible dilemma. You have been told not to do exactly what you need to do. --... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Katy Harvey
Yes, I am saying you can eat whatever you want. AND that you can be healthy while doing so. Common arguments I hear against this: "There's no way it's healthy to eat fast food every day." "If I eat whatever I want, I'll never eat another fruit or vegetable again."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Katy Harvey
It is possible to spend your entire life treating your body as if it is an uncompleted project constantly needing renovated. Many, many people do this. I was getting a pedicure the other day and overheard two older ladies chatting while getting their nails done. They were talking about their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Katy Harvey
'The human nervous system is plastic in a very important way, which means your experience of the world can be radically transformed." -- Sam Harris, PhD What this should instill in you is HOPE. HOPE that if you keep working at your recovery, things will get better. HOPE that you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Katy Harvey
With effective treatment, eating disorder behaviors related to food and exercise subside. Many times loved ones perceive that this means the individual is “over” the eating disorder. But those who have suffered know that this is typically just the beginning. That's because body image often gets worse before it gets... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Katy Harvey
If hurtful things have happened to your heart, and you have not yet dealt with them, those old events will continue to produce issues in your life. If we haven’t dealt with the baggage we bring into any given situation, then those hurts and issues will interfere and wreak havoc... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Katy Harvey
The other day I was low on groceries and had them scheduled to be delivered later that day. It was a crummy day outside and I would have had to take my toddler with me, so I didn’t feel like going out to get lunch. So I ate what I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Katy Harvey
Ask an adult what they like about their body and you’ll likely get a response along these lines: “Nothing." “I guess I don’t mind my hair/eyes/etc.” (Often a part of the body that we don’t judge on its fatness. Also note the disqualifies of “I guess” and “I don’t mind.”)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Katy Harvey
What else could you focus on?... Perhaps something that might actually change your soul for the better? Or change the world for the better? A poem that perfectly captures the essence of what I’m trying to say (h/t to Dr. Amy Jacobsen for sharing this with me!): places If women... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Katy Harvey
"Compassion comes from knowing that we too need compassion, that we all have struggles, adversity, and we see them the way we hope others might see us – through the lens of equality, humanity, and kindness” - Michael E Berrett, PhD, founder of Center for Change in Utah Giving and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Katy Harvey
People often come to me in a state of distrust and confusion with their body. This is understandable, given the ways we are taught not to trust our bodies. We are told that our appetites are too much and that we must "watch what we eat" so as not to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Katy Harvey
In 2013 Binge Eating Disorder (BED) was finally added to the DSM-5 as its own diagnosis. Prior to that, those patients were lumped into the diagnostic category called "Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified" (EDNOS), which was really just intended to be the category for people whose symptoms were so varied... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Katy Harvey
No amount of food will fill it. Food might distract you for a minute. It might even numb the pain. Food can certainly make you feel physically full....but not emotionally fulfilled. That empty space will still be there until you fill it with what your soul actually desires. For some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Katy Harvey
There is a fine line in recovery between discipline and intuition. Yes, intuitive eating and intuitive movement and intuitive self-care are all great and necessary for recovery. Yet, at the same time, if we only apply intuition without intellect or discipline, we succumb only to our whims, which if done... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Katy Harvey
These holiday weeks can be exhausting and overwhelming, especially for people with eating disorders. Much has been written on this topic, and instead of reinventing the wheel, I'll point you to some resources that are speaking to my heart this year: The ED Matters Podcast. In particular, the episode on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Katy Harvey
The key is for us to actually listen to our bodies. Easier said than done in the culture of distraction that we live in. The eating disorder will capitalize on this. The eating disorder wants you to be disconnected from your body, because if you were to listen to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Katy Harvey
I've been getting a lot of questions lately from clients about how to change their relationship with exercise, and what exercise looks like as part of the recovery process. It's a sticky topic, for sure, and I've decided to tackle it here today. Or to at least start the conversation.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Katy Harvey
With Halloween being tomorrow, we're bombarded with candy galore. But what we've also been bombarded with is articles and advice about how to restrict and limit the candy, because heaven forbid our kids eat "too much" of it. After all, it has [gasp] sugar in it. And isn't sugar toxic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Katy Harvey