The 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, you can be reminded that you possess:

  • Body wisdom: the ability to naturally know what you need and want, whether through the simplicity of the carton of milk and the clarity of bottled spring water.
  • Body trust: honor you needs and wants with abundance, through all the shredded cheese and in every single grape in the bunch, you can take good care of yourself.
  • Body and Self-Acceptance: appreciating the complexity of your feelings, strengths, and weaknesses, from the cherry-walnut-goat cheese-mixed greens salad to the leftover tuna noodle casserole to the apple.
  • Peace and Power: replenishing yourself -- using your eating wisdom to maintain nutritional balance and a normal blood sugar, knowing there are wonderful nutrients packed into that pudding, pizza, and papaya.
  • Joy: the expression of your enthusiasm and creativity, reverberating in the chunky chocolate raspberry ice cream as well as the bowl of strawberries, kiwi, and cantaloupe.

There is much going on in that fridge! Slow down and pay attention!

About Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, LDN, SEP

Karin can help you escape food and body angst and learn to manage your eating and weight naturally. Visit for free handouts, online courses and more tips on mindful, intuitive eating and healing disordered eating.

2018 Adapted from © 2011 Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, LDN and Amy Tuttle, RD, LCSW