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Emotions and Eating

What to Do When Going Out to Eat is Stressful

What to Do When Going Out to Eat is Stressful

Going out to eat used to send me into a panic. Here is how the situation usually panned out: 1. I knew I had dinner plans, so I would try not to eat that much during the day because I wanted to save up the calories and “splurge” at dinner. I was usually so worried about keeping my food in control at dinner (i.e. not binging), that I was anxious about it all day (and usually ended up overeating at dinner) OR 2. In anticipation of going out to eat, I obsessively planned out exactly what I was going to
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Are You Too Critical of Yourself?

Are You Too Critical of Yourself?

This week I was putting the final touches on my flagship program, Healing From Within, and was battling crazy critical thoughts… What if it’s not perfect?  What if there are mistakes?  What if it’s not good enough?  What if it doesn’t help people?  I was scrutinizing each sentence, criticizing each module and second guessing everything I had written. I was about to rip my hair out, so I decided to go for a walk. The distractions of the city pulled me out of my mind, and it dawned on me… Why am I being SO critical of myself and my work? I know
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How to Not Eat The Entire Pantry (Even When You Want To)

How to Not Eat The Entire Pantry (Even When You Want To)

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to be going right? You are super stressed out about work, your significant other is irritating the *%$& out of you, your house is dirty and looks like a war zone, and you just can’t seem to get out of your “mood”? We’ve all been there. You get home and something seems to beckon your name from the kitchen… The Pantry. You open the door and wonder what’s in there that you can devour. Even though you have the shelves memorized. You’re hoping something will appear, though.  Something wonderful.
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If You Eat What You Want, Will You Get Fat?

If You Eat What You Want, Will You Get Fat?

When you’re obsessed with controlling your food intake, body size, and the number on the scale, the concept of “eating what you want” sounds foreign, frightening, and downright impossible.  We are convinced that if we allow ourselves to freely choose what we want to eat, we will inevitably gain 10, 15, 20 pounds. You think if you eat what you really want, you’ll just get fat! Our thoughts go something like this: If I eat what I want, my clothes will no longer fit. If I allow myself a dessert today, I’ll lose control of my diet. If I don’t carefully
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Grasping For Control

Grasping For Control

For so many women, the desire to exert strict control over our weight, body size, and food is all too common. We convince ourselves that reaching that magical number on the scale would allow us to finally have it all together.  Or that eating “perfectly” and adhering to the EXACT meals we plan for the week will enable us to control the external stress we may be feeling. Or that dieting to fit into those skinny jeans creates a sense that other areas of our lives are more manageable. Unfortunately, this sense of control is an illusion. Life is messy,
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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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