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How Long Will It Take To Feel ‘Normal’ Around Food?

How Long Will It Take To Feel ‘Normal’ Around Food?

Exactly 14 years ago I sat down across from the woman who would end up being my therapist. Almost before she had a chance to greet me, I desperately asked her: “How long will it take to feel normal around food? How long until I stop binging and overeating?”  I needed to know what I was in for. I wanted a definitive answer, so I could mentally prepare myself for the hard work ahead. “Well, it really depends on you,” she answered. That was NOT the answer I wanted to hear. I was looking for an exact timeframe like: “1
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“If I Eat What I Want, Will I Gain Weight?” (If This Is Your Fear, Read On)

“If I Eat What I Want, Will I Gain Weight?” (If This Is Your Fear, Read On)

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.  Our biggest fear comes to light: “If I eat what I want, will I gain weight?!”. Left to our own devices, we’re convinced that we will inevitably gain 10, 40, 100 pounds.  Our thoughts go something like this: If I eat what I want, my clothes will no longer fit. I can’t allow myself a dessert today, or I’ll lose control of my diet. If I don’t carefully monitor my food intake
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You’re Working To Stop Dieting. Is It Bad To Still Want To Lose Weight?

You’re Working To Stop Dieting. Is It Bad To Still Want To Lose Weight?

At some point in this journey, if you are overweight, you may get confused. The ideas of “love your body as it is”, “accept yourself as you are”, “focus on health, not weight” and all of the other messages we receive on the journey can leave you feeling like there’s still a nagging unanswered question in the back of your mind… But what if I’m overweight? Is it bad to still want to lose weight? This is a very valid question. Especially if health concerns are involved. Your doctor tells you that if you don’t lose weight, all sorts of health risks
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Can You Still Be Free With Food If You Have A Dietary Restriction?

Can You Still Be Free With Food If You Have A Dietary Restriction?

Here’s the catch 22 in the diet world: you’re working diligently on being “normal” around food but you have some sort of food restriction, allergy, intolerance or preference for being vegetarian or vegan. The question is… Can you still be free with food if you have a dietary restriction?  It seems counter intuitive; if you have something you can’t (or won’t) eat, how is it really possible to feel normal or free around food? You’re vegan so you can’t eat fish, animal products, diary or meat. You’re vegetarian so you don’t eat anything from an animal. You have a gluten sensitivity
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3 Ways To Quit The Clean Plate Club

3 Ways To Quit The Clean Plate Club

Do you swear to yourself you won’t finish everything on your plate but at the end of the meal realize that you inhaled all your food yet again? Welcome to the “Clean Plate Club” 🙂 (One that most of us don’t really want to be a part of!) So many of us struggle with wanting to clean our plates. But in the process of becoming normal eaters, it can be a valuable skill to learn how to leave the clean plate club behind for good 🙂 Here are 3 tips to help you quit the clean plate club:
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