It Takes You

17: The Lies About Dieting with Katherine Metzelaar

August 24, 2020 Tannya Bernadette Episode 17
It Takes You
17: The Lies About Dieting with Katherine Metzelaar
Show Notes

Disordered eating is suffering in silence—so let’s work to change that. 

We constantly see ads featuring certain body types. We talk about dieting and restriction as if it’s okay to do this. Even our doctors speak about food as if it were a one-size-fits-all formula, when in reality it’s not. 

Katherine Metzelaar of Bravespace Nutrition is a “non-diet” registered dietician who is dedicated to helping others create peace with their bodies and relationships with food. 

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As a stylist, I work with men and women of all ages, all body types, and all backgrounds. Sometimes I hear disheartening comments about what they don’t like about their body. I hope that this conversation helps you understand where these feelings come from.


In this conversation, we talk about:

  • The age you start to become aware of food limitations (it’s so young!)
  • The questions to ask yourself to get more in tune with your body
  • What suffering in silence looks like
  • How food might be taking up too much headspace
  • How “diet” is just as bad as the f-word
  • Steps to talk to a loved one about a concern you may have


My biggest takeaways:

  • Talking about eating disorders with someone you love really means you’re saying, “Hey—I see you, and I love you.” The most important part is holding a space for them to speak or stay silent, but letting them know you are there for them.
  • Quick fixes really mean I need help now. I loved how Katherine said, “When we are struggling with something for a long time, or deeply, of course we try to look for a quick fix to lessen the pain, why wouldn’t you?” But behind this, we also need to question if we need more help on a larger scale for lasting change.
  • Children and those you influence can feel and see the relationship with food that you have. It’s not just the words you say.


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