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4 Helpful Hints to Deal with Discomfort

4 Helpful Hints to Deal with Discomfort

Last week’s blog discussed bringing awareness to all of the ways we use food to escape life’s uncomfortable feelings and situations. When we become mindful of how eating to ease stress, boredom, frustration, and anxiety can become a destructive habit in our lives, we are then able to be more open and receptive to learning new ways to deal with the discomfort. By constantly running from all our fears and feelings, we never delve into those emotions to examine and understand what we can learn from them. Remember, we do not grow by constantly running away. Transformation comes when we
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The Uncomfortable Side of Life

The Uncomfortable Side of Life

So much of disordered eating is dealing with discomfort.  No matter where you are on the spectrum, from mild emotional eating to a full blown eating disorder, many of the obstacles and hurdles on this path involve being able to deal with uncomfortable feelings, thoughts, and situations. Most of us are taught to employ any means necessary to escape discomfort and distress. Any time we feel anything, we run. We flee from the situation, racing towards something that will relieve us from the uncomfortable emotions. That “something” for many people can be drinking, excessive television watching, shopping, gambling, drugs, etc.
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The Why’s of Exercise

Once upon a time (not too long ago), I was “that girl” at the gym-the girl that spent forever and a day on the elliptical machine. I had a very scheduled, rigid routine, and devoted my gym time strictly adhering to this regimen.  Day in and day out, I dreaded the seemingly endless minutes I would spend on the elliptical. Despite my dread, I never questioned this routine. I blindly followed this monotonous, mundane habit because it was what I had always done.  In retrospect, I wasn’t doing it for the right reasons, really.  I wasn’t exercising to be healthier,
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Combat Excess Holiday Eating

Tis the season to overindulge. Yes, it’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us. Everywhere we look we are inundated with interminable opportunities to satisfy our sweet tooth.  Thanksgiving pies, stocking stuffers, holiday cookie exchanges, work parties, and even aisles at the supermarket devoted solely to Christmas themed candy.  How do we survive these torturous temptations?  When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless array of obstacles that threaten to sabotage your healthy habits, remember these helpful tips: Keep Your Body Fueled.  There is nothing like showing up to a party and being so hungry that
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Why Weight?

For so many years, I equated achieving my ideal weight with achieving happiness. I believed they were synonymous. If I could just reach my perfect weight, hold on to it and never let it go, than I would finally be content. It was an endless struggle, because each time I went on a new crazy diet or excessively exercised to the point of where I wanted my weight to be, it was impossible to stay there.   It never occurred to me that 1. perhaps my ideal weight was not what was natural for my own body and/or 2. perhaps this
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Compare and Despair

After ranting about a friend who seemed to “have it all”-the perfect life, great friends, a flawless figure, a fabulous mate, and a wonderful job, a wise mentor put her hand up to stop my blabbering and told me, “Never compare, or you’ll always despair”.  The more I thought about it, the more it rang true.  Each time I compared my own body, job, friends, family, and life to someone else, I felt a pang of despair.  Mine wasn’t good enough.  Theirs was better. Every time I compared, I felt worse about myself and my progress.  What’s the secret to
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