A few hours ago, I enjoyed a few drinks with friends. I haven’t eaten anything since 3:00 pm, and upon my departure from the social setting, I found myself daydreaming (okay, night-dreaming) about an olive oil-soaked piece of avocado toast to enjoy before falling asleep. I arrived home, made my way to the bathroom to let the aforementioned drinks out of my body’s side door, and noticed my scale in the corner of the room. At this point, approximately (fine, exactly) nine days after my last weigh-in, I decided to hop on.

It wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined it…


The other night, I entered a blackout. This didn’t happen after I drank five beers (although I did drink five beers)- it happened when I got home and started eating. I hadn’t eaten much that day at all. I know I had coffee and fruit, and, at some point the five beers, so by the time I returned to my apartment for the evening I’d started to feel fairly food-deprived. I found a frozen pizza and popped it in the oven. Then, I located some leftover queso in my fridge and dumped it into a pan to heat up on…


Late last night, I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole. I do this often. I’ll watch hours of true crime stories, makeup tutorials, or fifteen-minute windows into what Instagram influencers eat in a day. Following that last one led me to the YouTube account of Victoria Garrick, a vlogger focused on the concept of intuitive eating. I had heard the term before and even familiarized myself with the concept as it always sounded like the most viable solution to my binge-and-purge problem. Garrick even talks about overcoming her own binge eating disorder through intuitive eating.

We are all born intuitive…


We’ve all heard it before- diets don’t work. According to WebMD, an estimated 80% of dieters gain the weight they lost plus some extra back within a year. This is because when you carry out consumption habits within a set of parameters that don’t align with your lifestyle, you’re fostering unsustainable habits in pursuit of a superficial goal. I’m no stranger to such habits. Ever since I was a child, I have experimented with heavily regimented diets and rules in order to achieve what I considered to be the perfect figure. Ranging from calorie counting and Weight Watchers to copying…


The world is ending, and all I can think about is losing ten pounds. Alright, fine. Maybe it’s not ending. Even I, grown-up theater kid and perpetual seeker of attention with a flair for the dramatic, can admit that it’s possible that all hope is not lost. Be that as it may, it’s no secret that we, as a country, have been navigating through the throws of chaos and a relentlessly flowing stream of bad news at a particularly high concentration this year. While disaster unfolds in the news, I find myself fixated on the one piece of news I…


Food is a medium soaked in tradition, constantly evolving, and highly personal. The most personal foods are comfort foods, and most of us have a specific food we turn to when we need to feel grounded. For me, that comfort food is a simple red sauce, and my mom regularly stocks my freezer when she visits with slices of homemade lasagna slathered with the stuff so she’ll know I won’t go hungry. She never wanted me to live 1800 miles away from her, and leaving me with her homemade dinners after she boards a plane and flies home serves as…

Leah Mulroney

Writer, Comedian, Real Live Human Person

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