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Full Fridge

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~Ruth Reichl

“When you eat at the refrigerator, pull up a chair.” ~Geneen Roth

What’s in your fridge? For those of us who are not only fortunate enough to be able to buy the foods we want and need, but also confident enough to bring them into our home, a “full fridge” embodies much more than the foods inside.

Let’s reach inside and discover what’s in a “full fridge.” In the crunchy, creamy, spicy, sweet, and salty rainbow of colors and shapes on the shelves, we will find:

Body wisdom: naturally knowing what we need and want, in the simplicity of the carton of milk and the clarity of the bottled spring water.

Body trust: honoring of our needs and wants with abundance, in every single grape in the bunch.

Body and Self acceptance: appreciating our complexity of feelings, strengths, and weaknesses, in the cherry-walnut-goat cheese-mixed greens salad and the tuna noodle casserole.

Peace and Power: replenishing ourselves with nourishing connections and food, maintaining balance and a normal blood sugar, packed into that pudding and the leftover pizza.

Joy: the expression of our enthusiasm and creativity, reverberating in the chunky chocolate raspberry ice cream and the bowl of strawberries-kiwi, and cantaloupe.

Help yourself to a full fridge. Take the time to know, trust, accept, nourish, and express yourself. Tune in, take stock, and stock up. We are worth the effort of keeping our fridge full and our life fulfilling.

Tip: Take a moment to tune into the foods you want and need. Are these foods in your fridge? If not, without judgment, ask yourself, “why not?”. Then, imagine opening your refrigerator door and always having, in this one space in your life, enough of what you love and need.

Affirming Statement: “I keep my fridge full, and I help myself.”


Nutrition therapists Amy Tuttle, RD, LCSW and Karin Kratina, RD, PhD provide no-diet articles and resources including “Stay Attuned: The E-zine for Nourishing Connections” at their Nourishing Connections website.

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I have worked in the Wellness Field for 30 years. I created an Emotional Eating & Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program way before most people knew BED was an eating disorder, NOT a “willpower” issue. Personally, I suffered for years before finding answers and the help I needed and deserved! I became a Coach in 1997 to help others who were still suffering as I had. I love being a Coach!


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