Topics beyond weight and food

Elevate Your Dining Conversations: Topics Beyond Weight and Food

November 14, 2023

Ryann Nicole

Hi, I’m Ryann.

Your Not-So-Average Food Freedom Therapist & Virtual Coach. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Nutritionist with a BA in Psychology, and a MA in Professional Counseling, yes I do a little of the "so how does that make you feel".

But my ultimate goal is to provide you with the resources you need, in an easy-to-understand way, on healing your disordered relationship with food and your body. 

TOp categories
Get The Free 5 Steps To Stop Binge Eating Guide
Download Now

Binge Eating

Healthy Habits

Body Image

Emotional Eating

Mental Health 

Ever found yourself stuck at a table where everyone’s obsessed with diets, calories, food, and weight? It can be a real buzzkill. But fear not! Instead of enduring another round of diet talk, why not take control of the conversation? Be armed with some interesting topics to pivot to, and you’ll breeze through the meal without getting bogged down in diet culture. Let’s turn the tables on those triggering conversations!

Topics Beyond Weight and Food

To make your conversations even more engaging, here’s a list of topics to discuss at the table that have nothing to do with food or body:

01. Share Your Recent Adventures

Sharing your recent escapades and experiences can ignite the dinner table with excitement. It could be a spontaneous road trip, a new hobby you’ve picked up, or a fascinating event you attended. Your stories can bring enthusiasm and curiosity to the meal.

02. Discuss Books, Movies, or TV Shows

Books, movies, and TV shows are fertile grounds for conversation. Expressing your thoughts about an engrossing novel, a thought-provoking film, or a binge-worthy series can open the door to captivating discussions.

03. Talk About Travel Experiences

Travel is a fantastic conversation starter. Whether it’s dream destinations, memorable trips, or travel tips, it’s a topic that can transport you to new horizons and engage everyone at the table.

04. Explore Hobbies and Interests

Sharing your hobbies and interests, as well as learning about others’, can lead to compelling conversations. It’s an opportunity to bond over shared passions and discover new ones.

05. Ask Thought-Provoking Questions

Pose thought-provoking questions that inspire deeper discussions. These questions can touch on personal growth, values, or future aspirations.

A List of Questions You Can Ask

  • What’s one thing that made you smile today?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
  • What’s a recent book or movie that left a lasting impression on you?
  • Share a memorable moment from your past that still brings you joy.
  • What’s a new skill or hobby you’ve been wanting to explore?
  • Describe a challenge you faced recently and how you overcame it.
  • If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
  • What are you grateful for today, no matter how big or small?
  • Share a goal you’re currently working toward and the steps you’re taking to achieve it.
  • Discuss a recent news story or current event that caught your attention.
  • What’s your favorite childhood memory, and why does it stand out to you?
  • Describe an act of kindness you’ve witnessed or received recently.
  • If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it to make the world better?
  • Share a personal achievement you’re proud of, whether it’s big or small.
  • What’s a dream or aspiration you’ve put on hold, and what steps can you take to pursue it?
  • Discuss a time when you had to step out of your comfort zone, and what did you learn from the experience.
  • Share a life lesson or piece of advice that has had a significant impact on your life.
  • What’s your favorite way to unwind and relax after a busy day?
  • Describe a place that holds special meaning for you and why it’s significant.
  • If you could time travel, which era or time period would you visit, and what would you want to experience there?

06. Reflect on Personal Achievements

Celebrate each other’s successes and aspirations. Sharing personal achievements and goals can infuse the dinner table with positivity.

07. Discuss Current Events and Social Issues

Engage in conversations about current events and social issues to gain diverse perspectives and a deeper understanding of the world around you.

By shifting discussions about food and body and embracing diverse conversation topics, you can create a dining experience that nourishes not only your body but also your soul. So, the next time you gather around the dinner table, remember that just because they are discussing food and body doesn’t mean you need to too.

Keep Reading

Staying Binge-Free During The Holidays: Your Guide to Mindful Eating

3 Journal Prompts that Helped Me Heal My Relationship with Food 

Understanding and Managing Postpartum Baby Blues

Grab A Free Resource

kickstart your journey to food freedom

free guide


free lesson


Your Not-So-Average Food Freedom Therapist & Virtual Coach