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Emotions and Eating

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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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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Eating to Live, Not Living to Eat

Oh, the countless times I’ve come to meals anxious, upset, and overwhelmed.  It didn’t have to be a holiday or a special occasion; even the most basic meal used to give me anxiety.  I would be completely and totally in my head, attempting to follow all the “food rules” I had established for myself.  My mind would say “since I ate a big lunch, I shouldn’t eat a lot for dinner.”  My body would counteract and retort, “But I AM hungry and I want to eat!”  And thus ensued the battle between my mind and body. Guilt, frustration, and anxiety
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