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“I Can’t Stop Thinking About Food All. Day. Long…”

“I Can’t Stop Thinking About Food All. Day. Long…”

What’s the biggest source of anxiety and angst on this path? Feeling obsessed with food. Feeling like every moment of every day is spent planning, counting, scheming, and dreaming of what you can/can’t eat next. One of the main reasons I realized I had a problem with food was the moment I thought to myself: I can’t stop thinking about food all damn day. It literally consumes my life.  It surely can’t be “normal” to be eating pancakes for breakfast (on a day I wasn’t dieting), while planning what I could eat for lunch. And then during my lunch break,
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Convinced You’re Addicted To Sugar?

Convinced You’re Addicted To Sugar?

Some people come to me convinced they are addicted to sugar. “Sugar is the devil,” they tell me. “I CANNOT stop eating sweets!” “I feel SO much better when I don’t have sugar. So why can’t I just stop?! I think I’m addicted.” When I was struggling with my weight, I was 100% convinced that if Hershey’s discontinued Reese’s Cups, my life would become at least 50% easier. (I binged on them daily for a while). It’s easy to think that if we could JUST cut out sugar, our desperation around food would be fixed. And “easy” solutions are so
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How To Let Go of Weight Loss As Your Goal

How To Let Go of Weight Loss As Your Goal

It’s the beginning of January, which means one thing: we get seriously seduced by diets and the hope that THIS is the year we’ll finally fix our food/weight/body issues. Everywhere we look, people are raving about about the new program that has worked for them. “You should try the Keto diet!” Your friend excitedly tells you. “I’ve lost 20 pounds and  feel amazing.” You mutter something under your breath and try to end the conversation as quickly as possible. You walk away wondering if you should jump on the bandwagon… After all, if you struggle with your weight, it seems
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Why Is Not Dieting So Damn Hard?

Why Is Not Dieting So Damn Hard?

I’ve tried to count how many times this last month I thought about dieting in some form or fashion. By dieting, I don’t mean a full blown “I’m cutting out carbs or going on Paleo”. I mean more of a “hmmm, I should really try to eat super healthy and perfectly”. (The number of times that thought popped into my was 22; yes, I did count 🙂 ) This is coming from someone who hasn’t officially dieted in 6 years, who has been working on my “stuff” for 13 years, and who knows inside & out that restriction never ever
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How To Stop Beating Yourself Up For What You Eat

How To Stop Beating Yourself Up For What You Eat

Do you find yourself always feeling guilty and criticizing yourself about something you ate? Whether it’s after Thanksgiving dinner, post get together with friends, or after an 8 pm cookie binge, we constantly feel guilty about what we’re eating. Here’s how to stop beating yourself up for what you eat. Remember these 3 things to help you stop beating yourself up for what you eat: There is no “perfect” day of eating. Whenever I get back from vacation or have a few days where I overindulge, I notice myself trying to get one “perfect” day of eating in. I’ll try
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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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