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Why Clean Eating Can Be Harmful (& What You Can Do Instead)

Why Clean Eating Can Be Harmful (& What You Can Do Instead)

Clean eating is all the rage these days. Wherever you look, there’s someone raving about the benefits of their 30-day eating clean challenge, showcasing amazing before and after pictures, and swearing to eat this way forever. Which is great if it works for the person doing it. But there’s a huge part of the population that battles dieting, food and weight (*raising my hand because I’ve binged and restricted for over 12 years of my life…) So for them (and me!), clean eating can be a slippery slope down into the abyss of rigid, restrictive, dieting habits and back into
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What Do Binging & Facebook Stalking Have In Common?

What Do Binging & Facebook Stalking Have In Common?

So what DO these two seemingly unrelated things (binging and Facebook stalking) have in common? Let me explain. Last week I wrote about emotions and food. Namely, that when you start to feel your emotions and not use food to numb out, escape, or forget about your feelings, it ain’t always pretty. And one of my clients was confused. And so I launched into this crazy metaphor about Facebook Stalking and she had an a-ha moment. So I realized this was a must-share. Because, c’mon…who hasn’t engaged in bit of harmless Facebook stalking? I’ve stalked ex’s, girlfriends of ex’s, friends
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Crazy Numbers in The Weight Loss Industry! (And Trying A Different Approach…)

Crazy Numbers in The Weight Loss Industry! (And Trying A Different Approach…)

Wanna hear two insanely staggering numbers? $60 Billion The annual revenue of the US weight loss industry, including diet books, diet drugs, and weight loss surgeries.  (Source: US News) 108 Million The number of people on diets in the US. Dieters typically make 4-5 attempts per year.  (Source: ABC News) Holy crapola! Yes, you read those numbers right. Americans spend $60 billion PER YEAR trying to lose weight. That. Is. Insanity. And that’s just in the US and not even counting other countries! (or maybe us Americans are just way more vain and obsessed with our appearances 🙂 ) 108 MILLION
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The 5 Things I Wish I’d Known 5 Years Ago (Especially #2!)

The 5 Things I Wish I’d Known 5 Years Ago (Especially #2!)

One of my favorite things is journal reflections. I know, I know…I’m a nerd 🙂 But as I reflected back on my own battle with food and weight, I realized there were some things I wish I’d known! Hence, this post 🙂 So, here you go… The 5 things I wish I’d known 5 years ago:    “Backsliding” is natural.  In fact, it’s part of the whole healing process. Think about a hobby that you learned at some point in your life. It was a process of learning how to do it. You didn’t learn it overnight and wake up
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Another Year, Another “I’m Going on a Diet”?

Another Year, Another “I’m Going on a Diet”?

When you’ve consumed a thousand holiday treats and feel awful about your body, the lure of “starting over” on January 1st entices us to make that infamous New Year’s resolution:  “I’m going on a diet!” (or your version of dieting…cutting out carbs, eating clean, limiting food groups, etc) Everywhere we turn, there is talk of dieting, losing weight, and promises to swear off junk food for good. The words, “I’m going on a diet” seem to become what you hear in everyday conversation at this time of year. But come February 1st  (or even sooner!), where are most of these people?
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The One Thing Missing From Your Diet (It’s Not What You Think!)

The One Thing Missing From Your Diet (It’s Not What You Think!)

We’re inundated these days with the latest fad diets, the top tips for keeping weight off, and the “fastest” way to lose 5 pounds in 7 days. And yet at no other time in our society have we struggled more to keep our weight off. We are a culture obsessed with being thin, but our obesity levels are off the charts! How can we be saturated with nutritional information but still struggle constantly with our weight? It’s because something is missing from our diets. When we have difficulty losing weight, we turn to analyzing our calorie intake and evaluating how
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